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I once bid 3NT on a similar hand and was called names :)
20 hours ago
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I would prefer using 1NT to show majors (might be 4=5) because nothing good ever happened to me bidding 1NT in between two noise-making opponents with a church-mouse partner. I believe, though, most play that 2 shows this and voted accordingly.
22 hours ago
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I'll follow instructions by bidding 1 (nothing good ever happened to me shading or expanding values for a Namyats call), but had I opened 4 it's obvious IMO to now Double (see Richard above).
22 hours ago
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That would be an unlucky buy. So would be having the Q and lacking the Q. Add these two together (and throw in those hands missing the A etc.) and ‘unlucky buy’ turns into ‘unwise risk’ IMO.

If I felt I needed a board though, I'd probably shoot it out at seven (maybe spades).
22 hours ago
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It's a ‘you figure it out’ Double; we look at our hand and figure it out. With a doubleton heart it's pretty clear (to me, anyway) this a weakish takeout double; partner might also have four spades and 6+ in a minor in a weak hand.

I'm OK with the initial Pass. It's a tiny bit conservative, but forcing to the three level on this doesn't thrill me either.
22 hours ago
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Whatever is RKC for diamonds (4 for me, 4NT becomes a spade cue). Forget playing in hearts when partner raises diamonds; I'm not willing to contort options to cater to partner holding Jx, and even then I don't think I want to play in hearts with a 4=4 diamond fit.
22 hours ago
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I agree. ‘Invite aggressively, accept sanely’ at IMPs.
22 hours ago
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Sometimes one just has to Pass in tempo.
22 hours ago
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Being a Passed hand, I really think 3 should be a Passable constructive action that doesn't set a force. Partner can bid accordingly.
22 hours ago
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If the partnership has the agreement that ‘actions after partner has passed are aggressive’, this is an easy Double.
22 hours ago
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I play with maniacs and have become ‘disciplined’ in bidding style out of self-preservation, so I Pass this. Too much defense and the suit is suspect.

I admit though my gut instinct is to bid.
22 hours ago
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West just needs to make a try IMO. True, West might guess to try in diamonds instead of hearts; however, East has two more tricks than expected opposite a person who is promising K+A+A+A and logically must have one more to bid like this. East should be able to count to thirteen and bid the grand.
23 hours ago
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I prefer this meaning. I wouldn't object if partner was insistent on ‘splinter’.
23 hours ago
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Partner doesn't have a long major and appears to be lacking diamonds too. So I place partner with some club length, and thus I think it rather dangerous to lead one lest declarer take pitches on the A/K/Q.

I'm a wee bit nervous about crashing a diamond honor, but I should get a better idea what to shift to if I lead a top diamond.

To be honest, I'm having a hard time coming up with a hand from partner that makes sense.
Feb. 17
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Partner found a bid I'm thrilled with. I'd move…wait, why would I move?
Feb. 17
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Unfamiliarity with methods inclines me to bid 3NT and hope it makes. I'm not slam-ambitious with this diamond holding opposite shortness.
Feb. 17
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That may not be too much of a concern. If partner has (say) five-plus clubs, partner's second call might have been different.
Feb. 17
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I'm either bidding game (5) or Passing. 4 is wasting time given the parameters, plus I gave up trying to thread needles at IMPs.
Feb. 17
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I don't think this is a 15-count. The black suits are not worth six (closer to four IMO) and the sixth diamond isn't enough to compensate.

That being said, I am happy to ‘punt’ with 3. 3 I admit has some appeal but I'm a little nervous about suggesting the Moysian fit when my side trick source needs quite a bit of filling in partner's hand.
Feb. 17
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And if neither of your suits are running?

You made an optimistic bid that worked. You're entitled to reap the rewards of that view as long as you're willing to accept the responsibility for when it doesn't work.
Feb. 17
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