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Completely disagree with the 3 call by North at their 2nd turn. They had an easy raise to 3 with South having shown 5+ and a GF hand when they bid 2.
Feb. 13
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Is 3 forcing? Systemically, what is our bid for showing a max for ? Hopefully this does not require jumping to 4 as that takes away room for slam bidding when partner held an opening bid or better.
Feb. 11
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Agree that 4 last time was automatic.
Feb. 6
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After the 3nt was passed out and before South made an opening lead against 3nt, South stated that the explanation was absolutely correct and that they had forgotten when they made their 3 bid.

I honestly believe that South felt terrible for making the incorrect bid and had the right intention in mind when they looked to clarify for me what just happened.

The pro (North) is one of the most ethical bridge players that you will ever meet. North & I were both very calming with South looking to diffuse the situation, while still calling for the “director please” to mention to South that it was inappropriate to bring up the mistake that they made while they were in the middle of defending the hand.
Feb. 6
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Once partner overcalled 2 at red all, I decided that I was forcing to 4 since partner should have an opening bid in support of for their bid.

I did not just bid 4 the first time because that could be made just on a distributional raise in , whereas cuebid followed by 4 showed some power and defense.

After I bid 4, it went all pass. Opponents led a and partner held:

3
KJ9874
AJ75
75

South won trick 1 with K and switched to k. Presumably, they are marked with 12 HCP now (AK , KQ ). Partner took a losing finesse, so SOuth was now marked with 15 HCP. were 22 with North holding Q10 doubleton.

+620 was worth 87% of the matchpoints.

Passing would have resulted in +100 since we score 2, 2, & 1. +100 would have been worth 36% of the matchpoints.

Perhaps some people would have bid 4 with the West hand, but partner elected not to as they decided that they had a bare minimum for their previous 2 call.
Feb. 5
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I found this to be a unique problem. Even though the opponents were not vulnerable and we were, I did not see that there was much chance that South actually held a Limit Raise in .

In order for South to have a LR that is a tad light in HCP, I assume that they would normally need to hold 6 card support. Therefore, North holds no more than 4 in their hand. North must be relatively balanced, therefore we know that they MUST hold at least 11 HCP and there is a good chance that they have 12-14 HCP balanced. I could see an extreme case where North has say 3433 shape with 12 HCP and South has all of the remaining 8 HCP and something like Axxxxx & another suit Axx with a singleton.

What seemed like a near certainty to me was South forgot the meaning of their 3 bid and actually had a preemptive raise. If that is the case, I am not entitled to redress from the director since North explained their agreement (all that they have to do), while South forgot the agreement. In that case, if I pass 3 and it goes all pass I am stuck with my +150 or so for defending but may be cold for a vulnerable game.

I decided to bid 3nt. Partner is certainly marked with very few HCP, but partner is also marked with relative shortness in . Therefore, I expect that if partner has a weak distributional hand with 6+ /, they will bid their major over my 3nt.

As it was, the auction went all pass after my 3nt bid and the opening lead was the 6. Dummy tabled:

108
Q1032
1098643
10

RHO played small on the first and I won the Jack in hand. I then cashed the top two out of hand and saw North show up with QJ doubleton. I then played the K out of hand and South won their ace and played a 3rd round of . At this point, it seemed a near certainty to me that South started with Axxxxx and North was out of .

I pitched 1 & 1 from dummy on the 2nd & 3rd trick. I then ran all of the , pitching the 5 out of hand and then my 2 lowest .

North pitched 2 and the 2 & 9; South pitched 2, then 1, and finally made the mistake of pitching a low on the final .

I played a to my Q, cashed the ace, and the 3 was the only left. I ended up scoring 3, 6, & 2 for +660 and 90% of the matchpoints.

If I pass 3, we will set that 2 for +100 (partner is nearly certain to NOT lead the 10 , which is the only lead to set it 3). +100 would have been worth 27% of the matchpoints.

If I double again, partner would probably bid 3 and go +110 (opponents have normal A lead from AKxx and give their partner ruff, so they score 2, 1, & 1). +110 would have been worth 40% of the matchpoints.
Feb. 5
Leo Lasota edited this comment Feb. 5
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I did not believe that there was a correct bid with this hand; 1 and 1nt both can lead to problems in future bidding.

I decided to open 1nt with holdings that may need protection in 3 suits and figured that much of the room may elect for 1nt as most of the room plays strong nt openers.

The auction went 1nt by me-All Pass.

Opening lead was 3 and dummy tabled:

Q10
Q86
109754
K97

split 11, and I guessed to lead a to the Q (which lost to the ace, and then finesse for the jack in front of my K9). I scored 10 tricks for +180 when North held Ajxx and singleton K.

+180 was worth 56%; +630 would have been 97% (one other pair was +630).
Feb. 5
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Assuming 2/2 promise 5+ card suits and GF hand over 1, I raise to 3.
Feb. 4
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Question should be on what to do on the previous round of bidding. I would have doubled rather than bid 2.
Feb. 4
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-930 is not tempting for me; we had a clear 4 bid.
Feb. 3
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I have overcalled 1nt a few times on 19 counts, and one time I remember doing so on a 20 count. However, that particular 20 count looked like the worst 20 count I could hold.

Although I did give very brief consideration to overcalling 1nt with this hand, I decided that would be way too big of a position and so I started with the normal double first (most players around here play 1nt overcall as 15-18, except that some play 14-17 over 1/).
Feb. 2
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Interesting on the range for balancing overcalls. When you pass an opening bid, the 1nt balancing bid then says that you actually have an opening bid?
Jan. 30
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The options that you give are not mutually exclusive. Occasional… but once a year? has the same meaning as Very infrequent to me. Not everyone plays a lot of games throughout the year.
Jan. 29
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What is the 1nt opening range? At least give that information as an option.
Jan. 26
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The opponents 1nt opening is 12-14; I tried to clarify their possible hands for the 1 opening in the description.

The double of 1nt by them tended to show 17-19ish balanced. I agree with you that although the hand was 18 HCP, the real valuation was more like 16. I would have just passed out 1nt with their hand I believe, but certainly have sympathy for the double as they felt like I may be stealing the hand from them.
Jan. 22
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I saw positives to passing (planning to bid later if appropriate) and overcalling 1nt.

On the basis of valuation of our hand, 1nt was accurate with our good 16 count. Yes, the one big drawback is the singleton little .

It seemed unlikely to me that if I pass 1, the hand would get passed out.

The auction proceeded:

(P)-P-(1)-1nt-(P)-P-(dbl)-P-(2)-2-(P)-3 by me - All Pass.

Opening lead was the 8 (2nd best from bad), and dummy tabled:

Qxxx
10x
K965
J109

I won A, then led small to dummy's J, with showing up as 40 and RHO ducking the first round of . I then cashed K and ruffed my last in dummy. RHO started with a doubleton . They pitched a low on the 3rd (upside down encouraging). I led dummy's last , and RHO won and exited another . From there, I ran all but one of my and came down to a 5 card ending:

My hand
x
Axx
x

Dummy:

Qxx
Kx

On the last , I pitched another from the dummy, and RHO was squeezed (their partner had mistakenly pitched one on the run of the from their 10xx), and so RHO was the only one that could guard & when they held AK.

On their pitch for the last , they pitched K. From there I simply led my out of hand and called for small from the dummy. RHO had to win their bare A, and I won the last 3 tricks with AK and dummy's good Q.

+150 tied 2 other tables for a top with +150.
Jan. 21
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 21
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I made a great mistake on this hand when I bid 2. I thought too much that my holding could not be much better on the auction, since I showed 1 or 2 with the 1nt and I hold Kx. I thought that if partner only held 4, there was a decent chance that they may have 4 and could convert the contract to 3 (they would be 100% sure that I have 4 or 5 on the auction, as I would always sit for 2 doubled with 4+ ).

I had an honest blind spot and did not realize that 2 is the right bid if I am going to pull the double. Partner would know that I have exactly 4, and would never pass 2 unless they held 3 or 4 in hand.

Partner bid 2nt over 2 by me. I played it there and quickly claimed down 2 (-100) when the opening leader led two of their top from AKQxxx. I have 6 tricks off the top with AK, AK, 2 tricks with KQJ after giving up the ace.

-100 was worth 1 matchpoint out of 9, which I definitely deserved for my incorrect 2 bid.

If I pass 2 doubled, we would almost certainly set this one for +100 and 7 out of 9 matchpoints.

If I bid 2, it will get played there and partner will almost certainly make 2 for +110 and 8 out of 9 matchpoints.

Partner held:

QJxx
Kxx
10xx
AJx

The 2 bidder held:

109x
Q109
AKQJxx
10
Jan. 21
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I made the decision to try for 6nt, 7, or 7nt when I heard partner overcall 4.

I chose 5, over which partner bid 6. I then signed off in 6nt.

Opening lead from the 3 preempter was the Q, and dummy tabled with:

void
983
AQJ987
KJ64

Trick 1 went Q-3-4-Ace (std carding for the opponents).

I ran my (pitching 5 & 7 out of hand). I then cashed my A, followed by AK. In the 3 card ending, I knew that the 3 bidder had 1 & 2 left; I knew that the other hand held the Q10 and 1 more . My only hope was for a defensive slip, where the hand with Q10 mistakenly kept the bare K OR they held the singleton Jack and their partner held the K10 and would not work out to just sky the k when I led 6 out of my hand. I led the 6 out of hand and was fortunate that indeed LHO held the K10 and played the 10 after some thought. Their partner was endplayed with the J and dummy scored the last 2 tricks in .

+1440 was worth 7 out of 8 matchpoints (one pair bid the cold 7 grand).

I felt that partner would bid 6 over my 5 if they held 4 . I had no way of knowing that they only had three cards between & and everything else could be ruffed out in my hand.

Partner elected to bid 6 because they were worried that 6 may be taken as more encouraging by me. I believe that 5 by them already put the brakes on, and 6 would just be pattering out (plus the fact was they held 4 decent ).
Jan. 21
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 21
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I was very tempted to double with the hand, since it sounded like terrible splits for the opponents with partner doubling 3, I hold a side ace that is far from necessary for a favorable preempt, and I only had a 5 card suit (which makes wanting to defend more likely than partner competing in possibly).

I decided to pass, and the auction went all pass. I decided that I did not want to bury partner for doubling 3 with great . In addition, I figured that if partner had a real sound defensive hand, they could still double 3 themselves. Specifically if partner holds a 4 card suit, I felt that they would likely double off 3 also.

Partner's hand was:

AK
Jxxx
xxx
KQJ8

The dummy came down with:

Jx
AK10x
KQJx
xxx

We defended accurately for down 2 +200, and a tie for a top with one other pair. The hand can be limited to 7 tricks in or for the opponents.
Jan. 21
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At the table, I bid 4 in my usual tempo (very fast). I saw positives and negatives to bidding 4 and 4.

Bidding 4 by me would not have denied a control on this auction, but it would have put the brakes on my expectation of moving towards slam.

There are possible hands from South that would equate to a no-play slam; there are hands from South that would equate to a laydown slam; there were hands that may fall on a finesse or partner being able to select a correct line of play from multiple options.

I really felt like it was close to flipping a coin if there would be a decent slam available, but was confident that partner would find the right line to make if it was a guess and may be able to deceive the opponents into letting the slam make when it shouldn't.

Over the 4, partner bid 4nt RKC, I bid 5 (two keycards w/o the queen), and partner bid 6. A trump was led and partner held:

KQ9xx
Qxx
AKx
xx

Partner drew 2 rounds of trumps (which split 22), then led small out of hand. His LHO skied the A and returned a small . Partner's only hope was for the Jack to be with his LHO also. Unfortunately this was not the case as his LHO started with:

xx
KJxx
xxxxx
Ax

It was an unfortunate poorly fitting hand from partner. Only one other pair bid 6 and went down 1; the other 7 pairs bid 4 and made 5 so we got a tie for a bottom on the board.
Jan. 21
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