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One of my Teammates from my past said to me “Fortune favors the bold.” That approach would work well on this hand.

Good to hear from you Sven and hope all is well in Costa Rica.
Nov. 12, 2015
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Hi Paul,

We play ELC but it seems like Partner would only correct 4 to 4 if he was 6-4 in the reds. On the actual hand, Partner will pass 4. See my comment below.
Oct. 14, 2015
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I held x AKxx AJ9xx KJx. My partner made a very bold 4 bid with the hand above. The hand was very friendly (A onside, hearts 3-3, K onside, Q onside) so we scored up +650. At the other table, our teammates bid 2 and then 3 and played there undoubled for -300, so we gained 8 imps.

As long as I have 4 hearts, a 4 contract should have decent play. If you have to lose the lead after the K is dislodged, you can take the tap in the short hand.

3NT gets you +630 but it only works because we can take the next 9 tricks. If I had x AKxx KJ9xx AJT, 3NT would have no play and 4 is a probable make.

Passing gets you +800 but seems hard to find with secondary defensive values and knowing the Opps have at least a 9-card trump fit. If I have something like x KTxx Kxxx AKxx, both 4 and 3 doubled will be touch and go. If 4 goes down it is only -100 instead of -790 for 3 making.

Bidding the safe 4 gets you +130. It could have been right if I was weaker with only 3 hearts and had something like xx Kxx KJxx AKxx.
Oct. 14, 2015
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I'll post what actually happened tomorrow morning. Thanks to all who have voted so far.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Thanks for the note. They should put in a way for the poll responders to request the poll authors to change their vote.
Oct. 13, 2015
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If the defense starts with spades and continues spades when in with a club, Declarer can create a trump squeeze through the following ending:

West: Heart AK and Club KT
East: three small hearts and a diamond

North must come down to 4-cards and is done. He must hold on to all of his hearts, so he must bare his CA. East leads a heart to Dummy to lead a club, and now the CK is good with the HK as an entry.

I think this is how Joel actually ended up making 6D.
Oct. 6, 2015
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The formatting got messed up:

North: Q82 QJ7 JT8 A874
East: K5 985 AQ65432 3
South: JT976 T3 9 QJ965
West: A43 AK642 K7 KT2
Oct. 6, 2015
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No lead beats 6D. Even after an unlikely heart lead, Declarer can lead a club up to dummy and duck when South splits his honors. Then he can lead the CK to shift the club menace to South. Then declarer has a double squeeze (spades and clubs vs. South and spades and hearts vs. North). West's third spade will become trick #12.

Overall, it is one of the most fascinating hands I've ever seen.

Q82 QJ7 JT8 A874
A43 AK642 K7 KT2 K5 985 AQ65432 3
JT976 T3 9 QJ965

Oct. 6, 2015
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After taking his two trump winners, Chinese East correctly led a heart to tap dummy so Defense can cash a heart before Declarer can discard a heart loser on the 13th diamond. However, after ducking a diamond to West, the Chinese West led a spade instead of continuing hearts.
Oct. 5, 2015
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Thanks all for your votes and comments. I held this hand and passed. After getting +200 for 3C down four undoubled, I realized what this poll confirmed: I should have doubled.

Partner held Axxx AQ Qxx AKTx and made a good trap pass. We like to go after people and I didn't do my part and double.

What is the least amount of working HCP for a reopening takeout double of 3C by an unpassed hand?

5-4-4-0 with 7 HCP?
5-4-3-1 with 8 HCP?
4-4-4-1 with 9 HCP?
4-4-3-2 with 11 HCP?

You want to reopen with a double so Partner can convert to penalty, but you also don't want Partner to jump to game and go down (because he expects more) when you could have passed and gone plus.

On this hand, if we double 3C Declarer will be -500 or -800, depending on whether he guesses diamonds right. At the other table, the strong hand bid 3NT and made 4 for +430.
Sept. 30, 2015
Mark Chen edited this comment Sept. 30, 2015
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This hand is right on the border of pass/double. As long as you have an agreement with Partner, either bid will work.
April 28, 2015
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In these situations I just try to tell the least lie. If that is not clear, then I make the cheapest viable bid. One advantage of bidding 2NT (even with no spade stopper) is that gives room for Responder to support a minor at the three level.
April 28, 2015
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Maybe Partner should have passed the negative double. Pard doesn't have a trump stack, but Pard has quick tricks and shortness in the other suits, which bodes well for defense. Maybe you can get a spade, 4 heart tricks (with ruffs), a trump, and 2 clubs for +500!
March 25, 2014
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Way Cool! Congratulations, what an achievement and that must have been a great thrill!

I'm looking forward to meeting you a few weeks from now at GNTs.
Feb. 21, 2014
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Thanks all for the constructive comments and shared knowledge! Just like Brad, I took great interest in the lively discussion, especially those comments from Aviv, Kit, and Bob. Brad is one of my favorite partners and we do well and have great fun even though we only play occasionally.

I was East and I made the 5D bid. Right after I bid 5D, I wished I had bid 4D as that surely would have been forcing. When I saw Brad thinking, I was hoping that he would go on, but we stopped in 5D.

The poll and the discussion confirms my thoughts after the hand was over. My bad 5D bid was the primary reason why we stopped too low, but it is feasible for Brad to bid on and then we would at least get to 6D.

If I could have the hand back, I think the auction should go: (1H)-2NT-3H-3S-4D-4S-5D-5H-5S-6C-7D. See below for my bidding dialog, which is consistent with Aviv, Kit, and Bob's comments above:

3(E) - Invite or better in one of your minors
3(W) - I am accepting your invite and have a fragment and/or honor in spades.
4(E) - Sets trumps. This bid is forcing since West bid 3S. This also shows slam interest.
4(W) – This is our cheapest available cue bid since we play 4H would be Kickback.
5(E) – I don't like this bid, but what else can I do? I don't want to cue bid 5S because we could be off two heart tricks (although unlikely because then quiet opponents would have 10 spades between them). I don’t need to jump to 6D because I already showed a good hand by bidding 4D.
5(W) – Heart cue bid. East did not bid 4NT to cue bid the A, so it looks like he has nothing wasted in hearts. Surely West can go on since East showed a good hand.
5(E) – Second round spade cue bid
6(W) – Club cue bid, trying for grand slam
7(E) – Partner must surely have the AK of clubs, so 7D is probably virtually laydown.

Once again, thanks all for participating. I'm looking forward to the next Unusual 2NT hand!
Jan. 9, 2014
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I will be cheering for my friends Alex and Sylvia. Good luck today!
March 20, 2013
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Neat hand. It is hard for East to continue clubs. But if he does I think it is possible for Declarer to play DQ at trick #3.
Sept. 14, 2012
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I agree, most epic hand I have ever seen. That hand goes to the top of my Vugraph watching memories! Thank you Eugene for writing this up.
July 16, 2012
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While I agree with you that the NY pair played well all day, they are the ones responsible for losing imps on the 4H hand two boards earlier. They misdefended the 4H. Their teammates had no chance to make 4H with the defense at his table.
July 16, 2012
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