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As some others have mentioned, I would've bid 3NT instead of doubling 3.. however, now that we're here, I'm guessing partner may have bid 4 over 3NT anyways? If that's the case, I'm interested to see what more partner has to say. It currently looks like partner is 1246 - most of the time we're making 5, and maybe 6 if partner has prime values. I bid 4 - cue in support of . If that's kickback, then I'll bid 4 instead.
Jan. 7, 2015
Ankur Rathi edited this comment Jan. 7, 2015
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Agreed - this is why I open such hands 2. It's not exactly standard, but gives you less rebidding issues.

Saying that, I think 3 is the lie that hurts least here. 4 seems to be better regarding your shape, but 3 gives partner the perfect opportunity to cue with 4 (I believe Gordon made a similar comment earlier), which is all you need to hear to go forward. Bid 5NT over 4 and (hopefully) partner will be on the same page regarding pick-a-slam.
Jan. 7, 2015
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Agreed.
Jan. 6, 2015
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Assuming no confusion about exclusion, 5 still blocks partner from doing anything intelligent with a forward-going hand. I agree it's on the weaker end for a 2/1 game force, but I'd go 2 and then 4 over anything partner bids (assuming 4 would still be natural). Partner should be able to figure out I've got long diamonds, and I should pass if partner then chooses 4NT (hopefully we play kickback, but if not, 4NT should still be natural).
Dec. 24, 2014
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Great poll - I've never seen such a wide variety of bids!

My first thought was to bid 2 and rebid 3 after partner's 99.9% 2 bid. However, what I really want to do is clue my partner in to my huge red 2-suiter. There's very little chance that 2 is getting passed out (opener rates to have a fairly clear 3 competitive bid) - so why not pass? Then rebid 4 and partner will figure out what's going on.

Lol just read the bulletin showing the full hand.. I guess I just lost 17 IMPs! :-(
Dec. 14, 2014
Ankur Rathi edited this comment Dec. 14, 2014
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Agreed - bidding should go 4-4NT-5NT-6-6-6
July 31, 2013
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I first came on the site to watch Gavin's Road to Victory (so I guess a month or so after Louisville?) but I've had an ID since Sept. 16, 2012.

I still don't remember the hand but it sounds like us - crazy bidding, undeserved result. :-)
July 30, 2013
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I don't remember this hand at all :-)

Although on second thought I change my bid - 5NT has to be quant. here, not pick a slam. 4S definitely the right call.
July 30, 2013
Ankur Rathi edited this comment July 30, 2013
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