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A popular tournament format for Bridge where each table plays with identical pre-set hands of cards.

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What is this note-taking convention?

I have come across similar auctions a few times but have not been able to figure out what the convention is. Will be thankful if someone can help. N. E. S. W P. P. 1D P 1H p. 1S. P 2c p 2c is Alert ...
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What are the arguments for and against raising a "one over one" response with three to an honor?

The obvious danger is that you may end up in a 4-3 "Moyesian" fit if you do so. That appears to be why many members of my club hate that bid. Yet I feel that it provides useful information ...
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If a responder to a strong 1NT bid is 5-4 in the majors, would it make better sense to use Stayman rather than a transfer bid?

At matchpoints, with only them vulnerable, I dealt and opened a strong (16 point) 1NT. Partner bid a 2 heart transfer (to spades) with the following: ♠ AT843 ♡ AQ87 ♢ Q5 ♣ Q7. I duly made the forced ...
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Am I underestimating the differences between these two hands if I bid them the same way?

In the first case, I was in "third" position, only them vulnerable at match points. Here I pre-empted 3 diamonds with the following 13 high card point hand: ♠ 2 ♡ KT ♢ AKQ6432 ♣ J53. I would ...
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Was it reasonable for me to pass my partner's 2NT bid?

With both sides vulnerable at matchpoints, left hand opponent (LHO) dealt and bid 1 diamond. Two passes followed. I doubled (takeout) with ♠ KJT5 ♡ AJT4 ♢ Q5 ♣ AT4. LHO rebid 2 clubs. Partner bid 2NT, ...
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Did I bid properly against a (weak) 1NT opening?

With no one vulnerable at matchpoints, right hand opponent dealt and bid 1NT (which was alerted as 11-14). I made a "big double" with the following 16 point hand: ♠ QJT ♡ 6 ♢ AKJT9 ♣ AJ54, ...
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Partner opens the auction with a Weak Two bid and then your RHO intervenes

Can the Ogust convention still be used?
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Bridge psychic bid without looking at cards

If someone opens 1 Club without looking at their cards, is this legal in duplicate bridge? I suspect that this could be considered a psychic bid, but I'm not sure. Someone at our friendly club game ...
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Can I reasonably expect my partner to have a four card suit when responding to a takeout double?

With only them vulnerable at matchpoints, right hand opponent opened (a weak) two hearts in third seat. I doubled (for takeout) with the following: ♠ AKT ♡ Q ♢ AKQ642 ♣ A93 After left hand opponent ...
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Did I have enough information to call four spades in this situation?

With only them vulnerable, partner open 1 club (possibly a "convenient" minor) in second seat. My right hand opponent overcalled four hearts (showing eight). I passed with the following. ♠ ...
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Should I have done something other than open one heart in the following situation?

At matchpoints, with only us vulnerable, I opened one heart in third position (after two passes) with the following: ♠ AK ♡QJT98432 ♢3 ♣ K9. Despite my eight hearts, I elected not to preempt in order ...
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Did my partner and I get to 3NT in a reasonable way?

At matchpoints, with only them vulnerable, after three passes, I opened 1 diamond with the following 17 high card point hand: ♠ K97 ♡AK ♢AQJ982 ♣ 76. I did not open 1NT because of my two doubletons, ...
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Which of these hands should be opened in which late positions?

With no one vulnerable at matchpoints, I passed in first position with ten high card points. Ditto for second seat with eight high card points. Partner passed in third seat with eleven points and a ...
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Should I have opened the following hand in fourth position?

With everyone vulnerable at duplicate, there were three passes to me. I passed in fourth position holding the following: ♠ QJT642 ♡4 ♢K95 ♣ KJ3. We got a bottom because everyone else with our cards ...
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Partner opens 1NT (15-17 HCP) and then your RHO intervenes

My question is about whether or not you play "systems off" if there is an interfering bid by your RHO (right-hand opponent)? I guess that how you will respond to your partner's opening 1NT ...
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How should partner and I have gotten to 3NT?

Dealing, and with only us vulnerable at matchpoints, and holding ♠ 84 ♡AK5 ♢AKQT96 ♣ A6, I opened a timid one diamond, planning to bid 3NT if partner bid one spade or 1NT. Partner passed with six high ...
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Opening light in the 3rd position

What requirements do you have for opening the auction light in the third position when you are light ? vulnerability? strength? 4-card major? etcetera? All responses will be welcome.
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How should partner have followed up his takeout double under the following circumstances?

With only them vulnerable at matchpoints, RHO dealt and passed as did I. LHO opened one club in third seat. Partner doubled (takeout) with the following: ♠ KJ5 ♡AKQJ ♢KJ2 ♣ T53. I bid one spade, my ...
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How should I choose which game to bid with this strong but misfit hand?

With only us vulnerable at matchpoints, I opened one club in second seat with this powerhouse: ♠ Q52 ♡AQT5 ♢void ♣ AKQ852. Left hand opponent passed, partner bid one diamond, right hand opponent bid ...
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What is the most expeditious way to defeat this (overbid) slam?

With nobody vulnerable (at matchpoints), I opened two spades (weak) as East. Partner, West, who had a big hand, raised me to six spades. (All other pairs stopped at four spades.) South doubled with ♠7 ...
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How far should one go in preferring an eight card major suit game to a no trump game?

Both vulnerable at matchpoints, I dealt and bid one diamond (planning to rebid 2NT) with the following: ♠ JT8 ♡A6 ♢AK76 ♣ AKT4. An opponent overcalled one heart, and partner bid one spade, showing ...
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How might one make value judgments regarding bidding systems?

In the comments section of this question, it was noted that the late Barry Crane would open "an 11 high card point hand containing a king. With good distributional hands open lighter." The ...
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Under what circumstances should partner bid 3 clubs (Stayman) over a 2NT opening?

Opposite a 1NT bid, I need at least 8 high card points to bid Stayman (except for transfer or "garbage" Stayman). If we find our eight card fit and partner has 16, we are barely even money ...
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How far should a partnership explore altnernatives to a no trump game that is clearly indicated at matchpoints?

Here is an example of what I mean: With no one vulnerable at matchpoints, partner opened two clubs (strong) after three passes. I made the waiting bid of two diamonds, and partner bid three clubs with ...
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Did my partner make a plausible sequence of bids?

At matchpoints, with no one vulnerable, there were two passes before North opened one club. Partner (East) doubled. South bid one heart, and I (West) passed, since I was "off the hook. North ...
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Is this small slam biddable and if so, how?

With only them vulnerable, right hand opponent dealt and opened two spades (weak). I overcalled three hearts with the following: ♠ K8 ♡ AKQJ52 ♢J976 ♣ J. I thought of making a "big" double ...
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At what vulnerabilities should one raise partner's overcall to the level supported by the law of total tricks?

Neither vulnerable at matchpoints, I dealt and passed. My left hand opponent bid one heart and partner overcalled two clubs. I put her on six of the suit, and after right hand opponent raised to three ...
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Did I have enough information to "balance" in the following situation?

With only us vulnerable, I dealt and passed, as did my left hand opponent. Partner opened 1 diamond, right hand opponent overcalled one spade, and I passed a second time with the following: ♠ QT42 ♡ ...
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Under what circumstances should I refrain from raising partners' three level pre-empt to four (when I have three trumps)?

With nobody vulnerable at matchpoints, partner dealt and pre-empted three spades with KQJxxxx (and some side values). With three small trumps, I raised him to four, following the Law of Total Tricks, ...
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Did I underbid or did my partner?

We were non-vulnerable versus vulnerable at matchpoint duplicate. Dealer passed to my right, so I opened one heart in second position with the following: ♠ AK86 ♡ T98654 ♢none ♣ K96. Only ten high ...
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How should an intervening bid have changed my response?

With only us vulnerable at matchpoints, partner (South) dealt and bid one diamond. If West had passed, I would have bid one spade (one over one) with ♠ JT83 ♡ Q943 ♢J87 ♣ Q2. For this, I have minimum ...
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Does it make sense to double (for penalty) in the following situation?

With only us vulnerable at matchpoints, and after two passes, I bid 1NT (15-17).Partner knows I would not "shade" my values for a 1NT bid in third position as I might with a suit. The direct ...
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Which of the following hands are good enough for a takeout double?

With only them vulnerable at matchpoints, the dealer opens one club. I would make a takeout double in the second seat with the following: ♠ AK97 ♡ K763 ♢6532 ♣ 9. It's only 10 high card points, but I ...
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What are the implications of fourth suit forcing in the following "strange" hand?

At matchpoints, with only our opponents vulnerable, my partner opened one diamond in fourth seat with the following: ♠ KQJ2 ♡ T7 ♢9873 ♣ KQ3. With opponents passing all bids, I responded one heart, ...
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Should I have raised partner or bid 1NT in the following situation?

Both vulnerable at matchpoints, I dealt and opened one diamond with the following: ♠ A86 ♡ K86 ♢QT75 ♣ KT5. Partner bid one heart. I was taught to raise a "one over one" bid to two on my ...
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What is meant in matchpoints by "opponents have control of the bidding and play?"

This possibility was raised by "Forget," in answer to this question, and comments about it. Could it be a phenomenon I've noted under a different description: My partner and I earn a (...
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Does it make better sense to open "light" in matchpoints than in rubber?

By "light" I mean with something like 11 high card points and a five card major suit or 10 high card points and a six card major headed by at least two honors. My (limited) experience has ...
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Are Moyesian fits more playable at matchpoints than rubber or IMP, bridge?

A 4-3 trump fit is known as a "Moyesian" fit after an expert who liked to play such hands, even with fewer trumps than the standard eight card fits. Their main downside is that with six ...
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Could it be a bad idea to try to compete when the opponents have stopped at two of a minor

With both sides vulnerable at matchpoints, I held the following cards: ♠ 8653 ♡ J3 ♢ AK52 ♣ QJ4. RHO opponent opened one club, I passed. LHO opponent bid one diamond, pass from partner. The next round ...
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In match points, do you need to be more aggressive about doubling when your opponents are not vulnerable?

In a duplicate game today, my partner and I set our non-vulnerable opponents two for a score of +100. We got a bottom because other pairs with our cards earned part scores of 140. On the other hand, ...
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Would you pass this 13 high card point hand?

At my duplicate bridge club, with both sides vulnerable, some Souths dealt, and passed with this 13 point hand: ♠ AJx ♡ Axxx ♢ QT9 ♣ Qxx (All x's are 7 or lower.) The hand's main drawback is its 4-3-...
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Should I have balanced in the following situation?

We are vulnerable, the opponents not, at matchpoint duplicate. South opened one spade. West and North passed. I am sitting East with the following: (s) x (h) 9xxxxx (d) Kx (c) ATxx. (All x's are 7 or ...
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How often do top duplicate Bridge players repeat the same game?

For the purposes of this question, we neglect plays that don't matter (i.e. plays that don't affect how the hand plays out). As I understand duplicate bridge, two teams play the same hand from ...
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Who’s to blame for our partnership missing an easy 4S game?

IMP scoring. Neither vulnerable. Right hand opponent was the dealer and opens 1C. The auction went E S W N 1C 1S P 2C 3C P P 3S P P P I had South ♠AQxxx ♡JT ♢Axx ♣xxx Partner had North ♠...
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How are bridge hands chosen, at top tournaments? What's the motive?

I've noticed that bridge hands in many top tournaments, are often extremely uncommon combinations of distributions and types. For example a single hand at the 2021 EBU Premier League contained a hand ...
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Pulling double after Weak 2 and competition?

This hand is discussed in the April 2021 ACBL Bulletin (p. 8) as a tempo issue, but I am interested in the underlying bidding issues Bidding West South East North 2S 3H 3S Pass Pass 4C Dbl Pass 4S ...
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How to handle dummy's revoke due to a hidden card?

A final bid of 3 spades is made. The opponent leads a club and dummy lays down a hand showing no diamonds. Declarer wins the lead trick in hand and leads a diamond trumping it in dummy. Declarer then ...
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Bridge auction: 3rd suit tells – 4th suit asks

Subject: 3rd suit tells – 4th suit asks [in Bridge auction] I occasionally used to hear the old fogies round my bridge club quote the above phrase. However, none of them could ever really explain it ...
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Finesse or Drop at trick 5?

This is a problem from the "Card Play 101" column from the Feb 2021 ACBL Bridge Bulletin (page 44) South holds: (S) 6 3; (H) A K 9 8 5 2; (D) A K 4; (C) 7 6. (West deals, E-W vulnerable, ...
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In Duplicate Bridge, does the person holding a particular set of cards open the bidding in all times that particular deal is played?

Say the same deal is played by 5 different pairs of people. Is the person opening the bid each time that particular deal is played have the same set of cards in his hand? Or is the dealer/opener also ...
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