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Yours is a neat story too Howard. I did not know that Martina Navratilova plays bridge also!
July 18
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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
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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
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Nice K unblock! Glad we didn't play this hand vs. you!
May 21
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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
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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
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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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