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Spade raise
Jan. 7
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Avon, I've learnt to value masterpoints when I play in the USA.

I only found out my ranking in Australia this past year, but woe betide the foreign players in the USA who don't count their platinum points! Because those who don't, may end up not playing the Platinum Pairs…

(For those who haven't travelled to Australia, we only close off events to those with too many masterpoints, not those with too few. The exception is the national trials which requires special ‘playoff points’ earned throughout the previous year. There is no equivalent to the Life Master or Platinum Pairs. No, I don't think we are worse off because of it.)
Jan. 6
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I think my double on the previous round is just dandy. Can't raise now without any real assurance of an eight-card fit.
Dec. 28, 2018
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I abstained because I have no idea. Probably some diamonds at some level! What did you do?
Dec. 28, 2018
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Hi Jim, Merry Christmas. Guessing the hearts is only problematic in the five-card ending where declarer has played off the 10 i.e. stranded themselves from the dummy. In that ending, if declarer plays the 8 and West inserts the Q, there aren't 12 tricks any more because declarer only makes their two club tricks in hand (and none in the dummy).

In the six-card ending at the top of page 6, a heart to the 10 works fine.
Dec. 25, 2018
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My education is showing.
Dec. 24, 2018
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I recently switched from 2 showing six to 2 being catch-all style for exactly this type of hand.
Dec. 10, 2018
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Sorry who
Nov. 29, 2018
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I wonder if this is how all the hands in Adventures were dreamt up.
Nov. 15, 2018
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Jyri…. was this from Orlando?

I got told EXACTLY this story last night (except Kxxxx was in the closed hand) by a friend of mine!
Nov. 7, 2018
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I'm going to bid 4. I don't think this is clear because the auction is somewhat weird and because the chances of 12 tricks are fairly low. But: I've already limited my hand with 3, and I don't think I can have much more than this (probably not much less, either, but that's another matter…). Sure, partner is probably just bidding game in an indirect manner, but if so I survive just fine with 4.

If however partner is actually interested in slam (I'm guessing with a club void, 6 on my left and 5 on my right is possible) then my hand is fine. Of course partner should probably have bid 4 with that the previous round, but in the context that was given I can see why partner might have chosen not to do that.

I fully expect 4-(5)-X from partner which I will pass, or 4-4 from partner which I will also pass.
Nov. 5, 2018
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At the table, I was a 2 bidder, not a success opposite partners 4126 good hand with four little spades. If spades had been 3-3 or diamonds 5-3 we would've had a great score, but when diamonds broke and spades didn't the forcing game tapped partner out.
Nov. 4, 2018
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Thanks Stephen!
Oct. 2, 2018
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Sorry what was I supposed to bid?
Sept. 20, 2018
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Thank you Felix!
Sept. 18, 2018
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Tom - “no reasonable rebid”? You might not personally like reversing into hearts, but that is what a significant majority of bridge players would do, so calling it unreasonable is perhaps an exaggeration…
Sept. 17, 2018
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I'm glad I asked bridgewinners because I wasn't 100% sure, but passing seems pretty good. I bid 2 at the table, admittedly a pig of a bid, and was rewarded for it.
Sept. 13, 2018
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I'll pass on this carefully constructed hand…
Sept. 11, 2018
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David: I rebid 2 because 2NT seemed like the wrong bid to me without a club stopper. We play 2 only promises five so rebidding 2NT suggests NT orientated hand. I was looking for 1-2-2-2NT-3 which felt like a perfect description of my hand.
Aug. 28, 2018
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We know West: she is a sound club player. Fairly OK in the cardplay, old-fashioned but aggressive bidding.

East's signal is low from xxx or xxxx, high from xx. Attitude with Qxx in dummy.

East has a wide range of shapes with six diamonds. 6322 is not considering abnormal where I come from, nor is 4M6m.

At the table I was confident that West did not consider doubling.
Aug. 28, 2018
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