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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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East held KQT987x x Ax xxx, South held Jxxxx AQx JT8xx -, and West held A Kxx KQxxx KTxx.

The auction went:

P - (2) - P - (2NT)
3S - (4) - X

2 was an intermediate two bid.

We were -590, the other table found the 5 save.
May 16, 2018
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Partner held AKQxx KJxx xxx x.
May 16, 2018
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While you have a minority opinion here, FWIW I think a lot of your thought above is valid.
May 13, 2018
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Interesting question. West does not know if East is able to figure out which minor West has.

FWIW, the world-class player sitting West said that if his suit was diamonds he would have doubled 4D.
May 12, 2018
Mark Chen edited this comment May 12, 2018
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I would not play 5 as specifically a trump ask. I could bid 4NT if all I wanted to know was whether Partner had AKQ of spades.

I would play 5 as a general try with concern about Opponents having two cashing tricks in their suit. Since Opener did not double 4D, Partner can probably figure out that their suit is clubs.
May 12, 2018
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Interesting poll, 8 different bids got votes, with 6 being the most popular bid!

I held this hand and bid 5 and then Partner bid 5 as expected. After this, I bid 5NT and was hoping Partner would cue bid 6 or bid their major, but he bid 6. Now having given up on 7, I bid 6, deciding it was worth the risk to be in the wrong major in order to be Declarer.

Partner did well to come in with 4 with his KQJxx Q QT9xxx x and we got to the best spot. The other table passed over 3 with his hand and my hand bid 4 over 3 and played it there.
April 19, 2018
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I made a bad 5 bid and my LHO had Kxx Jxxxx Axxxx -. He didn't take the bait to bid 5 and instead doubled. Partner had xxx x Jx QJTxxxx and we went for -800, which was bad since Opponents can only make 4 or 5.

In hindsight, I wished I had bid 3 to get a lead director in (or in this case maybe pick off their game).
April 10, 2018
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4. I'm gambling that Partner does not have 4 key cards and we do not have slam. If so, the Opponents will be on a blind lead and we may get a precious overtrick(s). Another possibility is West may balance expecting Partner to have more HCP and now maybe we can get a phone # against their 5m.
Feb. 6, 2018
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You all represented our district in fine fashion last year!

Thanks Mike for the fun, insightful articles.
Dec. 11, 2017
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I had this hand and bid 2H, but my Partner and I play intermediate jump overcalls when vulnerable.
Dec. 8, 2017
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Partner had Txx Jxxxx xx xxx. Those who bid 3S or 3D will probably end up in 4S. Everyone else will end up at whatever they bid after Doubling.
Oct. 29, 2017
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LOL, Partner had xxxxx x xxxx AQx. I wanted to bid 3D to show a really, really good spade raise but it was shaky ground with my Partner, so I decided to bid 4S and then it went all pass. We missed the good slam, but fortunately for us the auction was the same at the other table so the board was a push.
Aug. 17, 2017
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Partner had
Kxxx
x
AQTx
KQ65

Dummy had
2
KQTx
987654
Tx

Declarer had
AQJT98
x

AJ986x

I led my stiff club, which could have worked if Declarer had something like AKxxxxx x x KQJx. However on this hand, it helped Declarer and the best the Defense can do is down one as long as Partner plays a small club on the T. If I had led the 9 or led the A and shifted to the 9, we can set Declarer three tricks.
June 8, 2017
Mark Chen edited this comment June 8, 2017
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to K, to Q looks like the best line to me also.
May 9, 2017
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Like most in the poll, I chose to Double also. On this hand, the 3NT bidders will make Partner's life easy, as Partner's hand was QJxx/JTx/Axxx/xx. After my Double, he had to guess what to do next.
May 3, 2017
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Declarer had 9764 T8 K9753 AQ, so this was my only chance to signal to Partner that he needs to win his A on the first or second round and lay down his K.

I chose to play the T. The poll results are very interesting and I can understand why the majority thinks the 9 is the better play.

Thanks Michael, Mike, and others for sharing your valuable insight.
March 19, 2017
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Thanks, I did not know about the hand diagram generator. That is much better!
March 17, 2017
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