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No system is designed with hands like this in mind, so we will likely end up guessing. There are strong club systems (or even strong 2C opening systems), where the responder first tells the number of controls they have (A=2, K=1). Such a convention might help us estimate the odds of a making slam, but it is not a sure thing. Opening 4NT, asking partner to ...


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"Regular Contract Bridge" doesn't really have a meaning, especially when it comes to Alerting. In rubber bridge, you usually are playing cut-for-partners, so the system is specified by the Club (what happens at informal rubber is up to the players). In duplicate, L40A1b assigns how players make their system known to the opponents to the ...


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To elaborate on one particular point only mentioned in passing in the other answers, specifically, entry management: Your nice sequence of high cards in spades that, however, lacks the ace can only be converted into tricks in two stages as at some point the opponents will intervene with their ace. Therefore, you or your partner will have to retake the ...


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This particular example doesn't even need specialized bridge knowledge. Any trick taking game would practically demand leading the spade suit. In this scenario, you're fine with your K losing to the A since you have the next immediate cards in sequence. As far as your hand is concerned, you have 5 cards of equal value since they all lose to the A but beat ...


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Joe has absolutely correctly answered your question. Let me discuss why this argument is being made. Part of what makes bridge so challenging is that unlike chess, it is a game of incomplete information (another part is that unlike poker, all 52 cards are in play). One of the goals of the bidding and the play is to pass enough information about your hand ...


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Against No Trump the point is to set up tricks that will be guaranteed. Here the KQJT9 is four safe tricks - so you lead from that hoping to later get in with the diamond King. When you do get in, either with a spade from partner or a diamond, you have four tricks guaranteed that will set the contract. By convention, from a run like that you lead the top ...


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