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ACBL land???
Aug. 19
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I asked a good player what he thought North’s hand was? Without thinking he said diamonds!! I told him that that I didn’t see how it was possible that North would want to play 2D on the bidding.
Aug. 19
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Bob, pretty close:KQJ76Q85324Q8. Makes 3H if you guess the hearts.
Aug. 18
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Sorry late at night. I think it is right now.
Aug. 18
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Sorry, South passed. I corrected.
Aug. 17
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“4♦ made 69.2%”; Looks like a winner at matchpoints. That's been my experience.
Aug. 14
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That's the point to see what methods people use. Obviously from the poll results most people don't have a mechanism for dealing with this kind of hand.
Aug. 13
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Thanks for the responses. My purpose in posting this problem was to see how experts handle the hand. I use the following approach which over the past ten years I have found to be very effective.
3Spades relays to 3NT followed by: 4Clubs or 4Diamonds is to play in matchpoints (in IMPS partner can raise to five in the minor); 4Hearts and 4Spades are slam tries in the corresponding minor; 4N shows 5-5 in the minors with 1 of 6 keycards; 5Clubs shows 5-5 in the minors with 2 of 6 keycards;5D shows 5-5 in the minors with 3 of 6 keycards.

As a corollary, I use a 3NT response to 2N to show a hand with 5S and 4H. With a 3-3-4-3 hand and 6-9 HCPs I would just bid 3S to play 3NT.

On the actual hand, 2NT was down two with 5D making if you guessed to drop the doubleton club queen. Playing 4D making was worth 9 of 11 MPs with one pair playing 4D making five and one E-W pair playing 3H doubled down two. All other pairs played 2NT down two.
Aug. 13
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Why pass or 3NT???
Aug. 12
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David, according to most of the respondents that is not an option. You not only have to put a noose around your neck, you must jump off the chair.
June 25
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Craig, apparently not according to most of the respondents. I knew I was between a “rock and a hard place” and in retrospect should have bid 2S.
June 25
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Sorry for the confusion. What I should have said is that about once or twice a session partner forgets something. It can be a bid, a card is a winner, or something else. I deal with it as best I can. Have you ever played with someone that has memory issues??? I DOUBT IT!!!
June 25
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Yes the score was altered and I thought some kind of adjustment was appropriate. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time partner does an obvious “forget” and I tell the opponents that partner may have forgotten what the bid meant. I expect all hell to break loose.
June 25
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I don't remember a “forget” previously in this particular situation.
June 25
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50% is an exaggeration, but I have been afraid to tell the opponents that partner may have forgotten as it would alert partner. So far no one has said what they do when playing with a partner who sometimes forgets. Maybe they just quit playing with them. I wouldn't do that to this lady.
June 25
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So what am I supposed to do? Everytime partner makes a bid that I think maybe a “forget” am I to announce this to the opponents and alert partner. Seems this would open another can of worms. I did not know that after a NT overcall partner's transfer are an alert. Good to know. Thanks.
June 25
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Inappropriate maybe, but almost everyone says transfer without saying what to. I usually say the suit being transferred to, but I guess I got lazy that day.
June 25
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Hmm! I guess you never play with somebody that is 85+ and prone to forget. I play with this person because it is my duty as a good citizen of the bridge community. I try to limit this kind of bidding but when she insists I give in to keep peace.
June 25
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Yes, over the course of a day long event.
May 31
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3-4 times during one SWISS TEAM EVENT; 3RD SEAT NON-VUL 1NT on 4-5 HCPS; 1 H over call with 2H AND 4-5 HCPs; 3rd seat non-vul 1 Minor on 5-6 HCPS. I admit the times I have been fixed is when my partner's trust the opponents more than they do me. I had an opponent open 1D 3RD seat with I believe 4HCPS. I doubled. His partner bid 1S ON 6HCPS. Partner with 10 HCPS and 5 hearts only bid 2H. I QBID 3D and he only bid 3H which I raised to 4, making six. We lost the match on that board. He said well the pro OPENED THE HAND AND HIS PARTNER BID!!!
May 31
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