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Agree once we learn that opener got K he wont be 4135 anymore.
7 hours ago
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My guess is that the field is in 4S because of 1—(2)—4, 1–(2)–3–(4)–4 or because NS bid 4 in others auction not because they bid a voluntarily game. a mixture of 3+1 and 4 seems fair giving only 4S is a too harsh punishment.

Imo over 3 west can bid 3 to imo show a good 3 raise east is still dead min for his 1 opening so being in 3 is more likely than 4.

Since north passed 3H (despite south showing a strong hand) I don't think we can assume that they will always bid 4 over 3.
Oct. 16
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or maybe bid 3H as too good to bid only 3
Oct. 15
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Behind screens no matter what is your agreement there is one side of the table that got MI.

The director need to decide if 2S was a “misbid” or if south forgot to alert. In doubt he should rule for the non-offender, IMO this is especially important if its a “destructive” situation.

In no-competitive auction if my opps have a f%^$#ed up and its a MI or misbid case and we misdefend it doesnt bother me that much if its rule a misbid because I know that a fair amount of the times we would get a good board simply because they would end in a poor contract.

However after we open a strong club if they have a NV f&*% up auction (one side forget they play multi because they decide to play this 30 seconds before the session) that its important non-offender get the benefit of the doubt since sometimes offender didnt risk a lot with their lack of knowledge of their system.

So unless NS got clear notes that they do not play P/C than its MI not a misbid. Obviously if EW get the right information they will be in 3S.
Oct. 15
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 15
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I think its just another hand that show why 4 as last train is better than as showing control.
Oct. 13
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responder bid 4 and opener had

A
KQxxx
J9xx
KQx

and bid only 4. I have no idea if they play 4 as a last train.

Ive polled mostly because I wasnt sure if responder hand is good enough for 5 splinter. IMO its hard enough to see how 5 can be too high, but if you play last train 4 is probably better since if opener doenst have extras (and cannot bid 4 last train) you should be happy in 4H.
Oct. 13
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With 4H and 4m opener will pick 2Nt not 3. Ending in 3H is less likely than you think.
Oct. 12
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3 is 8-11 so its wide-raging (lim+construct) I guess 3 would ask to specify the range
Oct. 10
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thanks !
Oct. 10
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From a preemptive POV what matter are the critical cases, cases where using a specific bid make a difference compared to alternative. Consider 1NT–2H—3S as a super accept, how often 3S stop opps from finding a good 4 level contract ? Most of the times you can bid 2S and compete to 3S to reach the same position with sometimes extra information. However if the 3S bid allow you to find game that you would miss its different.

3M is the best preemptive bid (so it need to be frequent) but since there is no counter game try available it need to be precise for the constructive purpose. 5-7DH is probably the sweet spot. If you use 1S-3S as 7-9 than its unlikely opps were able to compete to the 4 level anyway and if you 1S-3S as 0-5 the bid is too rare (for preemptive purpose) and imprecise (for constructive purpose).

3M-1 should cover the other bottom range. If you play 3M as 0-5 than 3M-1 should be the mixed raise and vice versa. However 3M-1 is a forcing bid so no reasons to NOT put a GF hand in it as long as its a hand that will keep bidding over 4M if opener raise to 4M.

How you use 2NT or 3C or other GF raises is unlikely to matter as long as you respect bidding space principles.
Oct. 10
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 10
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Like if you think 3 is forcing only to 4m.
Oct. 5
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Like if you think 3 is 100% GF
Oct. 5
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I think XX with a 5 card suit isnt that bad as long as you have a strong desire to punish the opps, they are vul +200 is usually a good MP score so XX with a prime 3514 is normal.

However after a XX that suggest defending further double are penalty (not when you play Double pass inversion) and pass become the takeout hand or not sure what to do hand. If you play XX turn penalty on and you dont play FP “on” than you don't have a takeout X available so north is endplayed himself with his 25?? shapes in the majors. If the XX promise at least 3 cards in the others suit than there is a case for not playing FP however I would still X with south hand since I like my chances at +200.

Its always the same trilogy

a) X is pen —pass is forcing this lose the ability to defend undoubled. Regular forcing pass.Most common when our side promise GF values

b) X is pen —pass is non-forcing this lose the takeout double.This one should only be used when partner hand is well defined.

c) X is takeout—pass is not forcing = this lose the pen X
most common.

d) X is takeout/dsip— pass is forcing = this lose the ability to defend undoubled. This is dpi double pass inversion and its very similar to regular forcing pass.

a&d are almost equivalent. If you XX with a doubleton in a side suit I think its clear that you cannot lose the takeout double. Playing “B” is dubious unless the initial XX promise at least 3 cards in all side suits.
Oct. 5
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 5
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Either its a FP situation or a double is takeout. I assume north didnt X because it would be penality so south must bid since it should be a FP situation.
Oct. 2
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 2
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“”book“ action is to make a negative double”

If opener jump to 3S he shouldnt have a stopper (with 2 places to play you make a 3 cuebid) so you can bid 4H and partner will understand you have 6H+2/3D.

If you have the same hand but with singleton or the A instead of A now we have a problem.
Sept. 28
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IMO its safer to bid a flawed 1S/2C in round one rather than make an offshape double and correct one level higher.
Sept. 27
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If we simply compared it to a simialr but more frequent auction like

(1Y)–P–(3Y)–4S where 3Y is a preempt.

Than we see why 4S cannot be weak.
Sept. 26
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I think you are more likely to have a good minor than a good major because its easier to overcall 1M or to preempt 2M. But the difference is probably very small.
Sept. 25
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 25
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“The first double is a lead director”

A little bit off topic but imo favorable unpassed hand a natural bid is more important than lead direct.

If east X suggest bidding 4S over 4H than its likely that west will be able to bid 5S instead of 4S making life significantly harder.

Also I think that the best lead directing are short suits like KQT,KQ9,AQT but its dangerous to make a lead directing at the 3 level on a 3 carder if the opps know how to use their XX. Making a lead directing X agaisnt a suit contract with a lenghty suit like KQxxx is often helping offense more than defense.

I would play X of 5S suggest sacrificing.
Sept. 24
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