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@Patrick, true but it seems unlikely that either the opponents at the table
Or the director had this knowledge.
Sept. 18
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Why would I show 5 when I have 6 of them?
Sept. 18
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I alert my xNT responses to 1 when playing 4cM and strong club for this reason.
But then EBu blue book 4B1(b) provides guidance:
“ natural but has a potentially unexpected meaning.”

1M shows 5, unless GF, when it may be starting a Canapé.
Sept. 18
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I’m not so sure that 6 would be a long suit grand try, but I am certain that clubs is the thing, and we appear to have exactly the right holding. Yes J would be nice, but this is what we got dealt.
Aug. 29
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Ace attitude, K count has always implied leading the Q from (say) KQxx to me, which also gets attitude.
July 19
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Wouldn’t we make a simple raise with the same hand with 5 low diamonds?
July 7
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So declarer seems to be marked as 1291.
(Partner ditches high low in hearts, and odd spade, then 2 more hearts).

My man came down to Qx A — Q worries about a stiff SK with declarer, but that isn’t really any good as declarer will cash the 9th diamond and stepping stone squeeze us.

Happily, as perhaps the carding and bidding indicated I had started with 4=6 in the majors and had come down to Kx in each major. When declarer exited with a heart I was down to Kx K.

Partner, a premier grand master, and occasional frequenter of this site chose to lead Q to trick 11, missing not only the stepping stone that didn’t exist, but also the pseudo fratricide squeeze this inflicted on me, who really didn’t think I’d have any decisions to make on this hand, and needed to hold onto the correct last 2 cards. Perhaps fatuously I reckoned that if partner had Q of spades left he would have exited with it, and thus discarded the K playing for the much more unlikely possibility of this deck having started with an even number of hearts in it.

So declarer started with
X
QX
AKQJT9xxx
X
June 7
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If declarer has stiff K, doesn’t he need K as well to be cold on the triple strip squeeze thingy?
June 7
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What if declarer started with a stiff K?
June 6
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If anything, it's standard SP, at least in isolation.
Partners known 10 major suit cards can be distributed in any way between the 2 suits, as long as there are at least 4 in each,
This does seem rather like a count position, partner knew declarer started with (at least) 11 on top before making his first pitch.
June 6
Matt Foster edited this comment June 6
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Added in, in case it makes a difference. On the next diamond partner will pitch the 2
June 6
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I bid whichever thing shows 3Hs (3NT?)
June 6
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Thanks, fixed
June 6
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I’ve no idea why f the traffic volumes, but this feels high to me, and I do IaaS optimisation professionally. AWS isn’t always the best answer dependent on the workload characteristics.

I’d be happy to donate a couple of hours to assess the cost effectiveness of the current setup.

SendGrid, last time I looked, was significantly more expensive than Amazon SES which does the same job.

Matt
June 6
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I’m not sure I know what is going on here, but that hardly matters with three aces.
May 9
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Mostly by playing kickback turbo (4T+1). But you’d better have good rules as to when it’s not Turbo, especially over diamonds.
May 9
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I can remember your convention card from the YC, under special notes it read:
No we don’t have any strong openings
No we don’t keep the bidding open on rubbish

I’ve done similar in a serious IMP partnership (in seats 123 only), but using “rough 2s” in the minors with no horrible results that I can recall; maybe we just got lucky and only picked up monster hands with no-one pre-empting in 4th seat.

Certainly the net gains were positive.

Oh yes, we did have a 3NT opening as “I can probably make this, in some comfort”, and a 21-23 2NT.
May 9
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Ian, who broke tempo when? I suspect East over 4 but the narrative doesn’t quite support that as you seem to have been in both seats….
April 29
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Hands like this explain which minorwood/kickback/redwood et al exist.
March 9
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I bow to your superior memory/correlation.

Not that either of us bid 6 either
March 6
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