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Routine alert: 2+ : BAL or clubs or fit.
3 hours ago
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I think, that after a 2 bid by East the bidding will continue (2) X (pass) 3?! a. p. and the fate of that contract mostly depends on the opening lead. I dont envy the opening leader. And even if he finds the heart lead and continuation that would be rather telling.
16 hours ago
Martin Wuest edited this comment 16 hours ago
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To protect his club holding and to get a potential diamond lead. Besides it is nearly always an advantage when the balanced hand declares :).
21 hours ago
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My goal is to play 4M from partner‘s side of the table. In my methods I can bis 2 - 2 -3 (spades) and go from there. If partner denies 4 I will probably simply bid 4. In your methods, I think I will simply Texas to 4. I don’t see much slam potential (no diamond raise!) and should avoid to become declarer by all means.
July 5
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This is one or the worst sequences in natural bidding. You should play that 2 - 2 - 3/ shows 4 / with longer diamonds. Then at least you dont have to look for a 44 major fit any longer and 3M now (after 2 -2 - 3 ) just shows values and your better major. Yes, I know that it is difficult to get to a 35 major fit this way. But I think it is more important to avoid that the weak hand declares 3N.
July 4
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I have no doubt that they were cheating, but I dont think these 2 hands are very convincing. In board 1 (Did East really pass in first hand??) the opps have reached a thin game and you know nothing about long threatening side suits. So you want to lead passively, not handing them a trick. In my opinion a small spade has better chances to achieve that than a club.

In board 2 after this extremely strange bidding, a heart lead will probably achieve nothing You either have one heart trick or you dont. But you need to remain on lead after seeing dummy.. So the ace of clubs seems like a reasonable choice (which is risky of course).
July 1
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I wouldnt have bid 4 (-> 3) last round as now i have to take the last guess. Did I expect to buy it with 4?
June 30
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:)
June 25
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Yes, but to think about a contract, that will never be played, doesnt look intriguing to me. My problem, I will be quiet now :)
June 25
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I don't like the 3N bid, would have bid X to show some values (takeout). Pass would show 0-3 HCP for me.

Nevertheless, the 6N bid was the worst bid in the auction by far. Why not bid 4 first and (at least) 6 later on, depending on the auction.
June 25
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Who would pass 2 after 1 X pass 2? Who would pass after 1 X? The suggested auction looks extremely strange.
June 25
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Against 4 X I would lead the ace of hearts. This enables me to have a look at dummy and prevents me from being endplayed later on. Pd should signal Suit preference between diamonds and spades first trick. Thus I will lead a diamond next.
June 25
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After 3N I would bid 4 of course. This surely shows a hand with diamond support and SI. According to partnership principles this should be either a) (conditional) RKCB (my preference, the stronger hand (if obvious as here) should always ask) or b) invite pd to ask for KC with 4.

In a): If pd denies any SI with a relay (4), responder can ask for KC again with 4.
June 25
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I would never play 4N as RKCB in a minor. Therefore the answer to your problem is very easy for me. With the actual hand you can force with 3 first.
June 24
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Playing a relay system, one should avoid this slam with only 31 HCP and no fit ;-). I will try 4 rounds of diamonds first, discarding 2. What happens?
June 23
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I play Precision myself, and I dont mind at all when the opps intervene at a low level. That is normally just helpful when declaring later on. It only gets complicated if the opps have a big fit they both know about and can raise to the 3 or 4 level. And you need to know exactly what suits and which length in each one pd holds to do that.
June 20
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After his 1 bid? Really? Do you play that 2nd hand HAS to bid after 1 Precision? :-)
June 19
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After a club lead, you win and play ace of spades, spade. North has to duck again and see above. I dont think the 1 bid was clever at all.
June 19
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Exactly. And then it is Game over. North needs to duck and after that you can easily play 3 rounds of clubs (leaving an entry to to table) and 4 rounds of hearts. South is endplayed and has to play a diamond. Declarer takes 2 spades, 4 hearts, 2 diamonds and 4 clubs.
June 19
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For me, X would be takeout, but I dont think I have enough for that bid. Partner should have 11-12 HCP with stoppers in both majors and no 5 card suit - something like 33(43). I hate my clubs and if pd has a dimond fit, I dont have much defense. Therefore pass seems obvious.
June 19
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