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the problem is that if he pass south could pull and will often do. If you want to stay in 1NT you need to XX.
an hour ago
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in balancing seat XX is sos, in direct its to play and pass show doubt.

Some play XX = doubt in direct but it make no sense imo.

Note that in op its a direct XX of a “spade” double.
an hour ago
Benoit Lessard edited this comment an hour ago
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Agree.

Also west 4 tend to show more shape. For me its a very obvious double, it keep 3NT and 3Dx in play and AJ is good enough if advancer jump to 4.
Feb. 17
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Its somewhat symmetrical but i believe that 2 to show 5 is slightly better. When you have 5 you are less likely to have a 4M meaning that you will rebid 2NT more often ex (32)53, 3352 2362.

If you bypass 2 when you don't have 5 you are more likely to rebid the more economical 2M rebid.

With 3352/(32)53 with lousy it may make sense to rebid 2Nt. So 2NT is quite precise at 3343 or 5 bad and pts in the majors or possibly 3244 with poor .
Feb. 16
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 16
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AFAIK one of the reason of low from 2 and high from three vs the opposite is that it make it easier to read if partner unblock from Hx.
Feb. 16
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Agree, frrom a bidding space principle you want to bid 2 with 50% of the hands.

So 2 any hand with 5 or any hand without 5 both work nicely (some exception is obv ok).

I also like 2D is any min and rest is some extras.
Feb. 16
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My DD sim.

14-15 count 5332/6322/5422 both 3NT/4H make 55/56%, so based on this its close but not quite enough for a limit raise imo.

If you switch a low for a low club 3NT is now 57% instead of 55% but 4 stat the same.

If you missing the Q and you can finesse either way the 4th trumps is obviously not important.

But the fact that for 4H it stay at 55% probably mean that the 4th trump is overrated in a 4333 shape anyway, or that maybe a 4th is worth more that we think at DD, or maybe that having 4 trumps reduce the odd of opener having a 6322 shapes.
Feb. 15
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I would make a limit only at imps VUL.

We open sound.
Feb. 14
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slam with this hand isnt poor but i think opener could be worse than this and still force to slam.
Feb. 14
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3 keycards suggest that we are too good for 5 but I think that 4 is also risky. There is a fair number of hands where it will hard to stop in 5 and 6 will be poor.

AKxxxx
K
Axxx
xx
Feb. 14
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I would need to see how north alert on other boards before i would make a ruling.
Feb. 13
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So you think south hand is sure to get a plus in 2 ?
Feb. 13
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There is nothing wrong with 2S. However east need to bid 3D forcing at one point. Either 3 on the first round, or if you play a style where you don't bypass 4 in a major than X followed by 3 should be forcing (at least if opener bid ).

Also 5Nt pick-a-slam is one of the best convention for imps play.

There is probably twice as many imps to win because you reach the best strain vs using 5NT to reach the best level.
Feb. 12
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Not as crazy as you think. A void in partner suit is of course a minus for slam but having a void in partner suit and significant extras is way more likely than a void in a side suit.
Feb. 12
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Yes the 5422 hand with no controls in the side suits is annoying but its a rare hand.

Crappy minimum are quite frequent. Being able to remove the crappy minimum, allow a better split between the serious and non serious cuebids. 3 Categories instead of 2 give more precision and for me, it clearly worth more than the rare 5422 with concentration and no side controls.
Feb. 12
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 12
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XX sos should be 2 suits not a 3 suited hand. So opener need to bid 2M not 3
Feb. 11
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I much prefer a style where you X agressive and advancer need to underbid compared to standard.

If you can overcall 1M with 7-8 pts and AJ9xx I dont see the logic of not making a takeout double with many 8-10 pts and 4441,4432 shapes.

Making a takeout X over 1C (with a proper shape) is probably safer than overcalling 1M with a 5 card suit so the need to have an opening hand isnt that clear to me.

The difference is that for a takeout X the strenght needed go up according to how high is opener opening, while 1M overcall mostly stay the same.
Feb. 10
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 10
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In ACBL world here.

having 4pts for a forcing 2 fit under “Unusual strength, shape, etc” so its alertable even if its a natural call.
Feb. 7
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2 (maybe even 3) extra trumps and a club void compared to a hand where we would all jump to 4.

Usually when you jump to 5M you are afraid that partner got xx as support, this wont happen here.

Going down in 5H seems to be significantly lower than the cases where bidding 4H will bury a slam.

Also partner seems to have club lenght (but didnt bid 3Nt) so slam is pretty much in the picture imo.
Feb. 7
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 7
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Perfect hand for a 4th seat preempt, likely to make but game is unlikely.
Feb. 6
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