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I agree that “clearly…” is an overbid. I think Steve Moese has it right: almost certainly (3/4)=4=2 shape with sufficient points that we know it is “our” hand (should be at least 23 total if we want to avoid costly accidents).
Dec. 5
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This looked like a hand for a preemptive 3NT to me. Maybe we would make. Maybe they can make 3 (or even 4) or a partial in diamonds. Who knew?

I also wasn't 100% sure at the time that 3 was as I've written here. Maybe it was yet another version of Stayman (viz. Puppet). I'm told by partner that in fact it was.

In any event, they didn't find the killing heart lead and partner made 12 tricks.

Let me also point out that it wasn't my idea to post the hand. Partner didn't like my sequence (if you can call it that) very much and asked me to post it ;) I guess I am severely chastened.
Dec. 5
Robin Hillyard edited this comment Dec. 5
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Halls of fame are a distinctly American concept.
Dec. 4
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Juniors never have seven cards for this bid and if they do, they are tram tickets ;)
Dec. 4
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I was thinking more like 3244 or even 3235 (that one a bit more risky). Of course, if you have a rule that says you have to open this 1, then the penalty situation might never come up (as you point out). Maybe in this case it's better to be takeout-oriented.
Dec. 3
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Simple rule (for me, anyway): after a support double everything is “to play”. Responder was happy to defend 2 therefore the final double has to be penalty-oriented. With a weak distributional hand, South will take it out.
Dec. 3
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Wouldn’t 4D also be a mild slam invitation?
Dec. 2
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Bravo!
Nov. 29
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Or, as we might have said in England (when there were such people): You must have been a twinkle in the milkan's eye before January 1, 1959, to qualify to play in ACBL Senior events."
Nov. 29
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This is one of the least understood laws in the book. Even by directors!
Nov. 29
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So, we have at least two possibilities: (1) their agreement is hearts (implicit or otherwise) and no alert is necessary (despite what may be on the card); (2) it's H+S and pass was a psyche and/or based on some UI tell that we are unaware of. Any other options?
Nov. 29
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You must be from the existential school of thought ;)
Nov. 29
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Were these opponents aliens from another planet? Newcomers? Or did they simply sense that they could browbeat your partner. In the latter case, I would suggest a severe talking to by the director and maybe a procedural penalty.
Nov. 29
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I'm repeating myself a bit here, but IMO one CC is preferable to two. No chance of the card(s) not being identical. Has anyone ever been inconvenienced by having to wait to see the opps convention card while partner is looking at it?
Nov. 29
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Interesting, Jeff. I don't quite understand the reason for grape==minor in this case. Can you elucidate?
Nov. 25
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Having made my previous comment, I was reminded of something the GIB robot on BBO did yesterday: holding A874 A5 T52 QJ84, and as dealer all white, it went p (p) p (1); p (1NT) p (2). The robot now doubled. I neglected to check the meaning (it was 100% obviously penalty to me) and passed. They made an overtrick while we could have made 2 (most pairs made 3).

I can see a case for another exception here. The opponents have both made limited bids and so we (i.e. the robot) are in a pre-balancing position.
Nov. 25
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Defending would be contraindicated given that you have four of a major. But that's what judgement is for ;)
Nov. 25
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(Almost) any time you pass over a call and then later double the same strain that you could have TO-doubled earlier, it is penalty. The big exception of course is when you pass over 1-grape, it goes 2-grapes on your left, pass, pass–and you double now.

I can see a scenario when white vs. red where it might make sense to define this double as “SOD” (sacrifice or defend). But I think you would have had to discuss that with partner ahead of time. Partner will know from the number of the enemy suit in his hand whether this is penalty or SOD.
Nov. 25
Robin Hillyard edited this comment Nov. 25
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This particular example seems to be rather a rare situation. I voted for “a step too far,” but only because of the rather unique factors here. As I understand it, declarer had lost one trick prior to the revoke and thereafter had to lose three trump tricks. IMHO, the director should restore equity on this hand and rule down one, providing he is satisfied that the OP didn't realize his revoke and therefore tried to hide it by accepting the claim.
Nov. 24
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Playing the weakie against flight C opponents usually puts your side at a slight advantage. It's possible that we could make 3D (via Lebensohl) but if that's the case, they might well make 3H (or even 4H!). I think pass is probably best.
Nov. 24
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