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What would a 3 raise look like for you?
32 minutes ago
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It would be nice if such methods were in the description.
37 minutes ago
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I threw an undiscussed bid in the middle of a delicate auction? Since I cannot turn the cube to ‘8’, I may as well bid what's in front of my nose.
40 minutes ago
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Wanted to abstain, but (to me anyway) it's so clear to bid 6 now that I may as well answer the question.
43 minutes ago
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65 is indeed great.

When a fit exists.
an hour ago
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If that's the case, I think we have to go with 5 to eliminate double-game-swing scenarios.
Sept. 19
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Tempted to force with 2, but will hope I get another bite at the apple with 2.
Sept. 19
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Ugh. My mentor will be most displeased with my choice to bid.
Sept. 19
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I never - and I mean NEVER - guess correctly when I'm asked to decipher the impossible. I'm going to guess that partner has a vast amount of soft crap and five broken spades and Pass.
Sept. 19
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I confess to being shocked at the vote for the non-forcing 3. Given that we didn't jump in notrump, I think a cuebid followed by 3NT shows something like this (granted, maybe a little stronger, but three spade stops aren't bad either).
Sept. 19
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Fair enough, but respectfully I disagree about the heart support.
Sept. 19
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An admittedly conservative 1NT - I see lots of points but few tricks. Also, IMO partner is going to wonder why I didn't act over 1 earlier if I thought my hand was worth 2NT - I fear partner may play me for additional heart stoppers.
Sept. 19
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Could you offer a construction where 4 is good? We can forget about partner having four hearts - partner would strain to compete on many weakish hands with such support. We can also forget about a pure maximum with (as a template):

x Kxx xxxx AQxxx

That's about as pure a hand as partner can have, but I think partner might have doubled 3 with that (if it was takeout) and even then 4 is thin.
Sept. 19
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Not in my partnerships. With interest, we make the cuebid most likely to interest partner. I know this is contrary to conventional wisdom but it works for us.
Sept. 16
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I'm tempted to double, just because passing here with three bullets doesn't seem bridge-like. However, Passing isn't a panacea either.

If partner would reopen with, say, a double, partner may not get the chance; LHO might jack the auction to 3. Now the ugly ‘slow Pass’ rears it's head and I'm pickled.
Sept. 16
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Maybe 3 should be forcing.
Sept. 16
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Given that we have bupkis outside of what we've already shown, moving over 6NT had damn well better be right or it's our fault, period. IMO partner has placed the contract; I might move if I had the Q but overriding partner here is so anti-partnership that doing so rises to an insult to partner.
Sept. 16
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Weak trumps and wasted K, but the K seems worth one push. I prefer 4 to 4, as partner is probably more interested in the K than the A.
Sept. 15
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If partner has an ace, the opponents are in ‘swing mode’ or the hand is a distributional monster.
Sept. 15
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Answer probably depends on style. If partner readily raises on three, this is an easy Pass - partner has a balanced minimum with three spades (and probably xx in diamonds).

However, if partner is the old-fashioned sort (meaning partner might have support and a decent hand in context) we might have a game so a raise is in order. I can safely say that none of my regular partners will hold this hand type, so a Pass for me stands out.
Sept. 15
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