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I may as well show where my side stuff is, since I'm unwilling to sign off…
12 hours ago
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In one partnership of mine, 2 of opener's minor is natural by an unpassed hand. My admittedly obtuse reasoning would be if it's natural then, it's natural now even if it doesn't make sense.

Perhaps partner was 4=6 in the pointed suits and chose not to open 2.
12 hours ago
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We all know what the answer to that question will be :)
12 hours ago
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Without too much wasted in clubs, there's a chance, yes.
12 hours ago
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I flipped a coin, although I think your logic is sound concerning a heart.
12 hours ago
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Well, in that context I would follow the guidelines :)
12 hours ago
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I ‘know’ 4 is where we belong, but the risk is that partner takes me seriously. Since partner might be stretching, I'll run that risk and bid game.
15 hours ago
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4 might play a trick better… I know, small comfort.

3 ‘undiscussed’? I'm willing to guess what it means :)
15 hours ago
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Perhaps the ‘system weakness’ is being fixed as we speak, and we're being asked how to best cope in that context. IMO it's not my place to criticize methods here.
15 hours ago
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Move the A anywhere else and I might perpetrate a bid at matchpoints. It's just too risky at IMPs IMO.
15 hours ago
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Support doubles are nice, but doesn't it seem counterintuitive here? This hand is about my clubs. It can become about partner's partner's spades if partner rebids them freely.

If 3 implied this hand, I'd do that but since I'm not sure that's how 3 would (should?) be interpreted, I 'll bid what I think I can make - 6.
15 hours ago
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Having declined to open an Acol-ish 3NT, I may as well try 3NT now. Whatever I do, I don't make a bid partner can Pass. I could live with a forcing spade bid.
15 hours ago
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Making a non-space-consuming bid on this hand reminds me of my college hazing days: why am I asking to be smacked in the butt again? If it's not to get into some whacked adolescent fraternity, I swore I'd NEVER ask that question again.
15 hours ago
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Pass = signoff in 1NT
15 hours ago
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3 on this balanced cheese, when both opponents have Passed, is asking for a boot to the noggin IMO.
15 hours ago
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My first instinct was that responder had a penalty double of a minor and a mild heart fit (not that I endorse such methods).

I may have already won this hand when responder decided to ‘operate’, so I will Pass this out. If responder was indeed ‘operating’, partner's takeout is likely weakish and I don't relish a lead from, say, Kxxx/Qxxx.
16 hours ago
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2 pretty much sticks out IMO. IMO partner should not be reopening on 3334 soft 15-counts.
16 hours ago
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I wish methods were provided, or at least absence of methods…
16 hours ago
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It depends on how you play 3. If you play it as ‘not forcing but forward going’ I hate it. If you play it strictly ‘not forcing’ it's OK.

If 3 was strictly not forcing, I'm ecstatic to Pass.
16 hours ago
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If this is a system test - “what suit does partner want?” - I lead whatever our agreement is. If the double is more general - say, “find my void, you dingbat” - I try a spade.
16 hours ago
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