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My guess is Opener has the balanced hand about 75% of the time here, so I like playing negative free bids here. 2=5+ NF, Double = Neg or Good Hand with 5 hearts, 3=6+ Forcing.
May 16
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Thanks all for chiming in.

Partner had Axxxx xx Txxx AQ. At my table I bid 4 and Partner raised me to 5. Defense led three rounds of hearts and I went down. At the other table, companion player doubled with my hand and they got to 4S, which made when spades split 4-2.
May 7
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I passed, as I would play 3 as non-forcing, showing something like x AKxxx Jx QJxxx. If Partner has a GF hand, they should first double 2.
Feb. 8
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I passed with this hand, regretting at the time that maybe I should have taken a more forward-going action. Fortunately I passed in tempo, and Partner came to the rescue by reopening with KJxxx AKxxxx xx after 3 was passed around to him. I then bid 5, which I thought was different from 4NT in that it also suggested clubs as a contract, and Partner bid 5.

The cards were favorable and Partner made 6. We got an imp swing when the other table did not get to game.
Jan. 26
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Yours is a neat story too Howard. I did not know that Martina Navratilova plays bridge also!
July 18, 2019
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Neat story Jeff, thanks for sharing! Looks like you showed that us citizens were very appreciative of Justice Stevens service to our country.

I did not know that I was only two degrees of separation from a Supreme Court Justice!
July 18, 2019
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Thank you Fred! I got a chance to play vs. you once in a Vanderbilt about 10 years ago(?), after the match I think I verbally told you how much I appreciate BBO, or at least I hope so.

I love watching Vugraph of nationals and world championships!
Because of you, I am able to watch world-class bridge right from my home, which fits my life priorities well while raising my three kids (now 17, 15, & 14).

Cheers to you and best wishes on whatever is in the next chapter of your life!
July 18, 2019
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Nice K unblock! Glad we didn't play this hand vs. you!
May 21, 2019
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Partner had AQ A3 Q973 AKJ85. On this hand, the winning contracts are 4 or 3NT. See Board #5 of http://thecommongame.com/NitePDF/190516NiteHandRecord.pdf for the entire layout.

Like 88/100 people so far, I chose to show my 5-5 game-only hand by bidding 3 and then 4. Partner took a preference to 4 and played it well to only go down one.

I'm surprised only 11 people chose to show 5 hearts & 4 spades by starting out with 3. This would have gotten us to 3NT. After the hand was over, I regretted not choosing this action since my spades are so weak.

I'm also surprised only 1 person chose Romex Puppet Stayman, which always makes the 2NT opener the declarer and is only wrong if we have a 5-3 heart fit.

Thanks all for voting and thanks to all who commented on their various 2NT methods.
May 21, 2019
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There are a lot of incomplete brackets and some brackets that did not get the full 64 points for the Round of 64. Something is out of whack.

For now, a known manual workaround is to do what Michael and Alan suggests above.
March 27, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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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