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PaulJH
Strong NT x
5 card majors x
Weak 2s ✓
Transfers ✓
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Dec 14 2018 Progress -29.4
1 5 by NS -50 47.8%
 
Dec 13 2018 Progress +14.3
1 5 by EW 200 91.5%
PaulJH wrote Why W bid after game and fit had been established is a mystery. Led KD, E-W down 4
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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Dec 12 2018 Progress +12.5
1 6 by NS 980 89.7%
PaulJH wrote I see this hand as a textbook example for using Losing Trick Count. (There is a Lesson available on this site that is very easy to follow and explains how this simple but effective tool works) LTC in action: First of all we are happy that trumps have been established. We calculate our losers, in this case 5, we assess partners losers, he has 7 (he jumped to game) Added together, total losers =12, subtracted from 24 leaves 12, the number of tricks we should be able to win. Hence Slam is on.
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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PaulJH wrote Check the lesson on this site "Losing Trick Count" a very useful tool that you'll use often. There lies your potential answer.
JOHNkib wrote Yes, @PaulJH, Losing Trick Count can get you to 6Hearts as a direct response to North's 4H. So too does an ordinary points count. With a singleton club South's total points come to 22. North's 4H response to South's opening bid suggests 13+ points. In fact North's high card points total is only 8 points but with a void in Diamonds you can add 5 points = 13 and a N/S grand total of 35. A definite slam contract. 13 tricks made but I don't know how some players were able to bid a grand slam.
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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Dec 11 2018 Progress +16
1 4 by NS -50 93.2%
PaulJH wrote The sequence of bidding is a textbook example of how the ACOL system works. Hence: N opens 1S , showing 12+ points and at least 4 spades. We respond 1NT, the "dustbin bid" indicating 6-9 points with no particular shape. N returns 2C, This shows us he most likely holds 5 spades and 4 clubs. Our 3 spades provide the 8 card fit. we let him know by bidding 2S. He raises to 3S as an invitation to game. With 6-7 points we would decline, with 8 we probably accept, with 9 we are expected to accept. Thus in this case with 8 points worth of useful cards and good shape we accept. Final bid 4H. In hindsight, although N knew we held a maximum of 21 points (his 12 plus our 6-9) and because the Jacks are isolated their value is effectively zero, his invitation to game was overambitious to say the least. Execution:After giving up the single H in dummy,used the small trumps in dummy to ruff the 2 of the hearts. The last H drops on KD. Then a case of playing out trumps, with minimal loss before running out the winning clubs. Net result Down 1.
4 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Weak NT, Transfers.
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wadkin37 wrote wadkin37 I found @PaulJH 's explanation of Acol system very interesting. I play Standard and have noticed the ACOL players frequently end up in different contracts than I. This is one such instance. I followed the hint and bid 3♠ and N went on to 4♠. Disaster! Everything that could go wrong went wrong. Will replay and see what happens.
5 card majors, Weak 2 bids, Strong NT, Transfers.
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Dec 10 2018 Progress -3.6
1 3NT by EW -490 73.6%
 
Dec 9 2018 Progress -9.9
1 2 by NS -100 67.3%