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I have the values to consider double, but the defense could be problematic. Often when we have them dead to rights in 1n, they can run to a red suit. In situations like this, it's time to start showing your suits. My shape suggests that if I bid 2, the auction will not die. Then I can rebid 2.
Jan. 14
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In my pet system, I open this hand with 2, showing either 18-20 balanced or a GF.
Jan. 12
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I prefer to play that all super-accepts start with 2N or 3M, so I would play 1N-2-3 as natural, but that is not in the conditions. Given the conditions, I'd interpret 3 as a useful doubleton.
Jan. 3
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Partner doesn't have to pass the double just because he has spade length.
Jan. 3
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The K of doesn't rate to be worth much as either as opener is a favorite to hold the A. And the J of certainly isn't a world-beater. Maybe you better pass.
Jan. 3
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It's very unlikely that selling out to 3 undoubled is optimal at mps. I would usually either bid or double. I'm not saying I'd choose double very often but I think it should be on the radar screen. Partner is marked with values and they might be well-placed for defense. At imps, I'd consider pass because they might have a game, and double shows a different hand-type at imps. I don't think the colors are that relevant.
Dec. 31, 2019
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I am not rooting to hear partner pass. The vast majority of the time he will bid a suit and we'll get to our best spot, because this is a takeout double. I think I'm more likely to find the best contract if I do this rather than just guess to bid 2. On the rare occasions that he does choose to pass, I'm hoping to survive. It's nowhere near as important a decision that it would be at mps.
Dec. 31, 2019
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To all those who virtuously eschew the double–congratulations. you saved yourselves 2 imps. To save the other 5, you need to bid 2–assuming that at the table both 2 and 2 make. That's what I'd do at mps. At imps, the upside of 2-doubled–they might go down 2 or more–imo warrants the investment of the two imps.
Dec. 30, 2019
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Apparently neither 2 nor 2 is cold per deep finesse. My point is that on a good day, the decision to defend 2 doubled could just as easily be a 7 imp swing our way. If your judgment and defense are solid you rate to get more of these partscore swings right than wrong, but you'll never get them all right.
Dec. 29, 2019
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At matchpoints this result would be a disaster and I would probably blame South whose hand suggests not putting 2-x on the menu, no matter how seldom partner accepts. At imps it's just a bump in the road.
Dec. 28, 2019
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In my favorite methods, I'd bid 3 showing at least a sound raise to 3. Then, if partner tried to sign off in 3, I'd cue 4, getting my hand off my chest–I'm interested in slam notwithstanding your inability to raise to game over 3. If he has an A, he will cue.

I suspect most players on this site think 3 shows a heart singleton with at least invitational values. If that's how he takes it, it will work fine. If he doesn't know what it means it might work out ok anyway. I know one or two dinosaurs who think 3 should be natural, so without discussion it becomes kind of a useless call/

I'm pretty sure he'll take 4 as a splinter, but there are too many hands where he'll bid 4 only that are cold for slam.

4 is unambiguous in expert standard, although this isn't exactly what it shows. It's close enough and if partner has an A, he'll cue comfortably. If he doesn't–no slam. If he does, blackwood–slam should be at worst on a hook, and we might have a grand.
Dec. 26, 2019
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Your comment about LV supports my point. LV used to be an inexpensive site. It has morphed into a resort destination and we've moved to the upscale part of town. it has become a lot more expensive. Attendance has declined. QED.
Dec. 22, 2019
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Is 2 a game force? I'd say yes, because 3 shows a merely invitational hand with club support. So I think South's bidding is perfect and North should know South is trying for slam when he rebids 4. Since he has extras, controls out the kazoo, and great trumps, why would he not accept? If he didn't know how to ask for aces he should just jump to 6.
Dec. 22, 2019
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When you have a demographic crisis, you should try to adopt policies to ameliorate it and avoid policies that exacerbate it. Holding the nationals over the Thanksgiving holiday is a policy that benefits young people with jobs and children–the very demographic we sorely need to attract.

As to the influx of foreign players at our nationals, even though it is now so much harder to win a national, it has also made nationals so much more exciting. Avoiding the Thanksgiving holiday is nothing but a plus for this group as it holds down their expenses and they don't celebrate the holiday anyway.

For some reason I've always avoided the Fall nationals myself, but I don't think it has had much to do with Thanksgiving. My family really doesn't mind if I miss Thanksgiving every few years. When I have attended, we've usually managed to have a pleasant holiday dinner with some treasured friends, sometimes even other family members who also play bridge. It has had a lot more to do with the sites–they often seem to be expensive and difficult to travel to, especially at a time of the year when weather delays are common.

We should be campaigning to move Nationals to cheaper, more accessible sites. This suggestion is a step in the wrong direction.
Dec. 22, 2019
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If you raise to 3♦, I think you are again going to ‘lose’ 4♠ too often. Your opening bid is your spade suit. You need to rebid it.

I don't think you are losing either 3N or 4. You are simply putting partner on notice that 6 is on the menu before settling for one of those more mundane contracts. If you bid 2, you may never have a convenient way to show your diamond support. Bidding 2 and then raising to 4 loses 3N.
Dec. 22, 2019
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This is kind of a style quiz. I have bad experience with opening 11-counts without a 5-card major or a 6-card minor, so I would pass initially. If I opened I would certainly rebid 1n.
Dec. 16, 2019
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As a descriptor of my hand, 2n>dbl. As to scenarios that might unfold, dbl>2n. Partner might pass; otherwise he will use leb to tell me whether or not we have a game; often I'll be able to cue 3 to ask for a stopper rather than assuming he has one. It's possible 3n must be played by him–e.g., he has Kx, and the 2 opener has QJTxxx and an entry. Pass could be right but this hand has a lot of potential.
Dec. 14, 2019
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This is a good hand for a sim. Which is more likely: that 3n is a better matchpoint contract than 4, or that we have a slam? My gut feeling is to suggest 3N at mps and to make the mild slam try at imps.
Dec. 14, 2019
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“The 2NT bid does not promise a spade fit; it could be based on a strong hand with a singleton spade that hopes to play 3NT.”

If you have a hand with a singleton spade that “hopes” to play 3n, what do you plan to play in if opener responds 3?

2N implies either 2+ spades or some game-force that is trying to determine the right game.
Dec. 13, 2019
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Even if I had agreed that 2 promises 4, I would have bid it instead of 2. All “rules” have exceptions.

If I somehow found myself in this situation I'd pass. I think all things considered that 2N rates to be a better contract than 3, and on top of that partner might bid over 3, which rates to get us too high.
Dec. 11, 2019
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