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2-2 and 4-2 is sufficient if responder is 5512. T is also an extra chance.
6 minutes ago
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KQxxxx xx xxx Ax?
8 hours ago
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If partner has 3+ clubs, 7 will be at worst on D hook so I’ll take my chances in the grand.

I can ask opener (scientifically) for 3rd club control with 6C, step responses (no, dbltn, Q). Opener can’t have Q here, and he won’t know that no is the answer I want —- but I’ll find out.

That’s all well and good, in the real world I’ll just bid 6 barring the explicit understanding above. Opener might have only 5 spades for 1 thing,
16 hours ago
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Yes, both partner and I undervalued the 6 and the opps just plain undervalued.

Kicking myself for not re Qing hearts so we could reach 7 and avoid H lead.
Interestingly , in 7 , looks like the only legitimate play is the winning one (if escape H lead).
June 19
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There are several factors. Another is how difficult the contract is to reach. If 3N is best contract and always scores the highest on a 1N-3N auction, then it does not deserve as high a score as say the 6 contract from the recent trials with AQJT opp Kxx which might have failed on a sour trump break. Say hypothetically 6N would score better but needed a finesse. 6 is a superior contract (though not always highest score) and difficult to reach — that should result in a higher overall score IMO.
June 15
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You are a long way from 9 tricks on any lead. Time to establish spades, or diamonds, or clubs. 6 and 2 tricks are not enough. Opps can establish long spade (giving 2S), long clubs (giving 2 club tricks), or just Q (giving D, spade on opening lead)

Of course that's not the point of your post. I think experienced players are familiar enough with this maneuver, and a number of others, where it's not usually a concern. Here preemptor is unlikely to be in a position to overrule the 3N bidder and the baby psyche often comes to light later.

However, if responder always goes through 3N with these type of hands, then i would consider that an issue.
June 14
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Yes, though I’m not sure we can make game ,I’m getting us to at least 4.

I would note that I could construct layouts that make 4 opposite that hand.
June 14
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It was a paraphrasing of an OP comment upthread, I could have been more clear about that , it is certainly not a statement that i believe.
June 13
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4 is a descriptive invite when overcaller has AKxxxx xx Axx xx.
June 13
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Partner bids then ; bridge logic suggests they don't have .

Yes we can say the opponents have done this so they must have this, but why must we believe the opponents and not partner?
June 13
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That sounds like the contract I want to be in.
June 11
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I think the idea is to reward contestants who reach the contract “you would like to be in” seeing both hands. 25% of the time
in a non-field contract requiring 1 of 2 finesses, you might get a bad result, 100% of the time you want to be in that contract and that should be a factor in the scoring.

The best contract can be difficult to ascertain and the value of the top contract can as well.
June 11
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Diamonds are 0% to be 2-2.

For better or worse, scoring is based on the defense finding the most effective lead and with suits getting most likely splits (thus a contract requiring 3-3 break if the defense finds the killing lead is downgraded).

Thus in this example:
3N is all but doomed —- getting a club lead ; might well finish down 2 (or worse on a bad day)
4S will likely suffer a D ruff unless stiff ace has the CA or a D void has CA; in addition there might be 2 trump losers anyway.

Thus 5D , all but certain to make, is rewarded.
If 4S were a 50% contract , it would likely get a 50% score, half the time it will beat 5D half not, it is well under 50 here.
June 11
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If you are suggesting that South should bid 4 over 4, I disagree. Making a try below game does not overly commit us. If you only strive to bid cold slams, you're going to miss a lot of them.
June 10
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Equally pleased as that was the intent of my comment following the path of a low club at trick 2 ((“then I can hop with heart A and drive out spade ace”)
June 9
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If East has the K and a 2nd heart, I’ll wager west will be quite pleased when you drive out the A.
June 9
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4 was only splinter.
June 8
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Further move, but no RKC. Certainly didnt have extra values in trumps. Not 100% but that was my feeling.
June 8
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It amazes me how many people have posted about finding a tactical way to get doubled in 7n, and then believe the opponents when they might be doing the same. I suppose it would depend on the event i'm in, but defeating a grand slam is usually a decent result in most of them.

I have doubled in a similar position holding QJT of LHOs jump rebid suit. It would depend on how much i trusted RHO and the rest of the field.
June 7
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I would venture lead clubs given that partner had the opportunity to overcall 3M. My hand might persuade me otherwise. Of course any partnership agreement would take precedent.
June 7
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