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Partner had xx A53 AKJx QJxx. Declarer was 6-6 in the majors with a stiff diamond. The winning defense was HQ to HA, heart ruff, diamond to the K, another heart ruff.

I unfortunately led a diamond and Declarer made 4H. Everybody on the poll did better than me on this hand, oh well, nobody is perfect!
March 18
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Probably seemed like a boring problem, I thought a diamond lead was called for also. Survey has T(25), 5(1), and 2(3). The layout is Board #8 at http://clubresults.acbl.org/Results/139386/2019/01/190124E.HTM.

On this hand, the A lead is needed. Poll seems to indicate this lead is double dummy. I did a crude hand simulation and Partner had the K 13 times out of 50. Maybe the A lead is not as far behind a diamond lead as most suspect.
Jan. 30
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Thanks all, got lots of replies to this post, some relevant and some on a tangent.

Declarer had Jx KQT9x x AKTxx and was cold after winning the A, cashing Q, and leading to her T. Partner had KQ9xx A AQxx Jxx, won his A, and then underled in spades, so we gave up an overtrick.

If Declarer had x KQT9x xx AKTxx then Partner needs to underlead at trick #3. If Declarer had Jx KJT9x x AKTxx then he Partner needs to cash his Q.
Jan. 13
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As of now there are 25 passers and 9 1NT bidders.

LHO opened light with xx KTx KJxx Axxx, RHO stole from us by bidding 1 with JTxxx Jxx Txxx x. The Opponents bid uncontested 1-1-1NT-2!-2 (2 is an invite or a diamond signoff).

Partner's hand is AQxx xxx Q QJTxx.
Jan. 11
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I wanted to bid 8NT but Bridge Winners website would not allow it.
I do see that 8NT is not cold, looks like we might need a squeeze for that to come home!

I ended up bidding 5S to show 2 or 5 with Q. But I admit I would be scared to bid 5H if I was responding to 4S Kickback.

Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas Prahalad!
Dec. 24, 2018
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East was 2731.
Dec. 14, 2018
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Yes, after I saw the whole layout I was happy we were not -800.
Dec. 10, 2018
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I held the East cards on this hand. North held JTxxx xx AK8xx x and did a long pause before passing 3, after which South bid 3 and then North raised to 4. South acknowledged the long pause during the bidding.

West had Ax QJx QJT9x Kxx and I (East) had xxx AKxx xxx xxx, so there is no defense to stop 4.

I thought of calling the director but since it was just a club game I decided to be sporting and just take our -420. So far the poll has Pass(22), 3(10), 3(3), and 4(3), so Pass is a logical alternative. The poll seems to confirm we would have received an adjustment had I chosen to call the Director.
Dec. 10, 2018
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This problem is solved by opener rebidding 2NT (or 2 Kokish) when 5332. When was the last time it went 2-2-2 and the best contract was for Opener to declare 3NT? The final contract is almost always a suit contract after this start.

I believe the 3 second negative method was needed when people rebid 2M with their 5332's. Now everybody has good Puppet Stayman methods and rebids NT with these hands.
Nov. 13, 2018
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I wonder if 3 here is a Game Try in hearts since I'm a passed hand and I can't have diamonds worth bidding on their own at the 3 level. If so, that is what I would like to bid.
Nov. 12, 2018
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I don't understand why people play 3 here as 2nd negative. Why not play old fashioned way where 2NT is 2nd negative and 3 is nice and natural? 2NT as 2nd negative also saves space and allows Opener to bid a nice natural 3 if that is their second suit.

I know that 2NT 2nd negative might wrong-side the NT, but I don't think I've ever seen the auction 2-2-2-3!-3NT because Opener would have bid 2NT at their second turn if they were balanced. Opener almost always has a short suit after 2-2-2 and it actually might be better for the weak hand to declare the NT.
Nov. 12, 2018
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I would have also doubled 2C.
Sept. 12, 2018
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The whole layout is available at Board #3 of http://clubresults.acbl.org/Results/139386/2018/08/180823E.HTM
Aug. 27, 2018
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I led the Q and hit Partner with QJT xx QTxxx A7x. Declarer ended up making 10 tricks.

The other table led the 6, Dummy had the stiff J, Partner had A74, and Declarer had QT52. Partner won their A and continued clubs. Declarer guess wrong and split honors on the second club and now had no chance to make 3NT.

As of now, 19 people led the Q and 12 led a club.
July 11, 2018
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Partner had xxx xxx x AQTxxx. Not clear if he should pass, double, or bid 7 over 7? When he passed, I was worried that they had 13 tricks in hearts, so I also bid 7, which turned out to be a phantom save. Interesting that 28 out of 44 people did the same as me.

The 6 bidder had AKQxxx AKQxx Kx. The 7 bidder had ATxx Jxx JTxxx x. I probably should have mentioned that the 7 bidder was Jeff Meckstroth, which may have impacted the poll's votes.

I was down 5 for -1100. I don’t know the exact auction, but teammates walked the dog and bought the hand for 6 for a fantastic +1370!

What a hand!!!
July 11, 2018
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I think 2 should be game forcing. If so, then 3 is game forcing.
July 11, 2018
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These are faded good memories over a long period of time. I guess get off the hook is a generalization for getting out of a losing imp position, not necessarily getting away from the axe. I vaguely remember the following good results:

1. Both tables play 2M
2. Our Opps get to bad 6m while teammates get to 3NT
3. Teammates smash 2M for more than the making 3NT at our table.
4. Opps get to a bad place because after it goes 2D-(2M)-P-(?), 4th hand wants to bid 3 of the other major natural but he can't because that is a cue bid LOL.
5. One time I had hearts and it went 2D-(2H)-2S by Partner! As I tried to stay calm from the shock, I was 3613 so I was prepared to pass the 2S pass/correct bid, but luckily RHO bid 3C. I think on this hand Opps got to a 5D contract that needed a lot while our teammates stopped in 3D. I think Partner was 2245 so he kind of had his 2S bid. Other table did not open my hand 2H with QTxxxx heart suit.
June 14, 2018
Mark Chen edited this comment June 14, 2018
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I've been playing Multi for 20+ years and I agree with Danny. There have been 10+ times where Opps overcalled our suit and we got off the hook.

I like Multi but I don't love it.

Pros: Opposite sides Declarership, Frees up 2H & 2S opening bids
Cons: Makes it easier for Opponents to compete in part-score battle hands because 2nd Hand can double 2D with a weak NT hand. I do not think going for more numbers is a con.
June 14, 2018
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Great match! So much fun to watch these great players!

Thank you also to the Vugraph operators who brought all of this great USBC action right to our homes all week long! It is so nice to be able to follow each bid and each play as it happens!
May 20, 2018
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I held this hand and chose to bid 4 over 4 and then lift 4 to 5. Partner passed since he was not sure how much I was expecting for his 4 bid and thought he had a minimum.

After the hand was over, I regretted not bidding 5NT right away over 4, since this will make East have to guess which minor to lead. I also thought that maybe I should have bid 4NT over 4. I found it interesting that nobody in the poll chose either of these sequences.
May 17, 2018
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