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I would never pass 1 X with the North hand. Would you?
April 22
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After 1N (X) our side is forced till 2, 2 is the first contract the opponents might play undoubled. If the opponents run, the next double from both sides is T/0, further doubles are PEN. Takeout for us means that pd will only pass with one ore more SURE trump tricks and when knowing the opponents only have 8 or less trumps. This usually means that to pass a double you need to have 4 trumps.
April 21
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I would have opened 1N. In Precision, opening 14-16 5332 hands with 1M frequently causes problems. Now I need to X (Takeout), as pd will play me for the usual rubbish if I pass. Playing MP further action is mandatory.
April 19
Martin Wuest edited this comment April 19
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After your suggested play (which looks best): Spade K, diamond to the K, diamond ruff, heart, 2 X would have been very interesting. West needs to continue with the ace of spades, otherwise it is over. And the defense is far from easy even after that. Nice hand and great analysis as usual. :-)
April 19
Martin Wuest edited this comment April 19
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Thx, Timo, enjoyed. :) The first 2 are really excellent.
April 19
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After this bidding i would have bid 8 with the south hand. I probably would have made an overtrick ;-)
April 19
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I dont have a sure fit or a sure game and 1N X will surely go down probably more than 1. So why not X? And the second X is clear T/O and pd will only pass with a good holding in and at least 4 trumps (of course this should have been agreed, so that pd doesn't expect me to have xx or xxx in . This is a different style that has merit, too). Then: again no problem detected.
April 19
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Why didnt East bid 3! D second turn? Seems like the totally obvious bid. As far as I know, Ingberman uses the cheaper bid of 2N and 4th suit for all weak hands, so 2 was weak here What do I miss?
April 18
Martin Wuest edited this comment April 18
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I exactly have the same agreements. Everything was fine until North"s final pass. WhyI pass a takeout X when the opps have 8-9 trumps and I have a MIN opener without a trump trick is beyond me. 2! H was totally obvious. South should try 2 then.
April 18
Martin Wuest edited this comment April 18
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Well, playing Gazzilli after this start the west hand is already limited to 15. If you want to you. can still classify further by using 3 after 1 -1N - 2 - 2 N for very weak hands with extra distribution requesting a 3 bid. Direct 3 and 3 bids then show the 13+-14 55 and 64 hands (forcing).
April 17
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The problem is that West never showed more than 11-12 HCP and the 3 small diamonds in the East hand don't look very promising thinking about a 5 or 6 level contract in clubs. Wouldnt West bid exactly the same without the ace of spades?
April 17
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You are right, it is a problem when they can preempt at the 3 level in second seat. But on this hand this does not look very probable ;-). Only 1 (3) X pass ?? seems remotely possible. And then you will either pass or bid 3N with the west hand.

But I get and accept your point.
April 17
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Either play Gazzilli or use 3 after 2N as a puppet to differentiate between weak and strong hands.
April 16
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Ingberman says, the cheaper bid of 2N and 4th suit shows all weak hands, letting responder pass the next bid and everything else is forcing. I like that aproach.
April 16
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West never showed his strength, which is the main problem. Playing Precision you would open 1, later on show 5+ , responder raises and the rest is easy.

In a natural frame this is much tougher, but 3N after 3 looks dissatisfying. Maybe 4N is an idea, showing extras and a good diamond stopper.
April 16
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With 13 HCP facing a precision opener, I dont think you have to be afraid that 3N is the absolute limit of the hand. 4 after 3 looks fine, limiting my hand (I already showed 12+ HCP with 2) and showing where I live (all my points are in the red suits). After that reaching 6 is a piece of cake and reaching 7 is possible.

Bidding 3 with xx simply doesnt look right when I have alternatives.
April 16
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Opening with AKA is completely normal, I think. You should combine it with a 14-16 1NT, so that a 1N rebid shows 11-13. Then with the hand above, pd will only invite do slam and you can easily decline.

Discarding against the slam, I think the first discard must be a club. On the last heart, it is a guess between a club and a spade, depending on the declarer´s club length. But in squeeze defense you should generally give up the stopper in the suit BEHIND you, so a club maybe is the best choice. If declarer has the jack it doesn't matter anyway and if pd has the jack, declarer must have 3 small clubs´, so that it is relevant. I don't think this is probable.
April 14
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Playing Precision, the meaning of our XX depends on the opening bid:
1 (X) XX: GF, no 5 card suit, interest in doubling the opponents
1 (X) XX: 4+
1/ (X) XX: 10+ HCP, no fit, no 5 card suit, interest in doubling the opponents.
April 13
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I don't like 3N either but I don't think you have a difficult guess now. :-)
April 12
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I dont like 3N at all facing a GF 3 Suiter and holding 14 (slow) HCP in partner´s suits. 3N looks shaky at best and i will have very good chances in 5 or 5. Following the old principle that one should choose the worse suit as the trump suitI will try 4 first and will bid 5 next if not raised.
April 11
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