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Clearly you would if he had a max with nothing wasted in spades. But should he be more or less likely to go than if you bid 4 directly?
7 hours ago
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I agree that that is a good thing to do in 2/1 GF auctions. I load more into the step 1 bid and keep 2NT natural with extras because I DON'T have the 2/1 quite GF, and it eats up too much room if opener rebids 2NT on any minimum with a six-card suit (after, e.g., 1-2). Basically I need 2NT to promise extras since 2NT needs to be GF over the non-GF 2/1.

Foe what it's worth, I use 2 to shows diamonds and extras after 1-2, though I'd probably be better off having 3 show diamonds and extras, with 2 an immediate club raise.
8 hours ago
Christopher Monsour edited this comment 8 hours ago
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David, if your diamonds were Kxx instead of K10x, you would be down a good portion of the time in 3NT, while it would still be cold for Josh.
10 hours ago
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I actually play 2 to show either extra length in hearts or no descriptive bid available. It even accommodates 2 as GI or better. On this hand the auction would go 1-2; 2(1)-3(2); 3(3)-3NT.

(1) Denies four spades (would rebid 2 with that) and denies a reasonable NT rebid. Tends not to be a max since then more bids are available.
(2) GF with long clubs (2 would be GI 6+ clubs OR 17-18 balanced). Occasionally only five clubs if a very strong hand with 4=5 in the black suits and good clubs. Otherwise 6+.
(3) Making the neutral 2 rebid functions like a NT rebid in the sense that any “suits” you introduce later are automatically suspect. Of course, in the case of spades, it's known you are just bidding a stopper since you denied holding four.
10 hours ago
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I guess I was just getting at that that also sounds like a singleton spade, so should it be stronger or weaker than 4 directly?
11 hours ago
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On page 7 there are actually two flaws to discarding a heart: The one you point out, and not being able to take advantage of 9x with East.
20 hours ago
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What would it mean for South to rebid 3 and then pull 3NT to 5?
20 hours ago
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RR: I fear the primary thrust of my original comment may have been missed. Hint: It was actually intended as on topic..i.e., about bridge, not really about cricket.
May 19
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India could have made cricket its national sport. They chose field hockey instead….
May 19
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Major sport? Now I know why so many here think bridge belongs in the Olympics. ;)
May 18
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It's not so much that you are trying to psyche them out of a specific strain, but just betting that if their doubles are all truly takeout they probably can't catch you in your shortest suit.
May 18
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Another possibility, perhaps too complex:
1 = less than GF without 4 spades, 5 hearts, or a 6 card minor, OR GF balanced, 3-suiter, semi-balanced w/o 5-card major, or 5-4 minors, or GF major one-suiter.
1 = 4+ spades, not 4-4 in the majors. If a GF hand, then 5-6 spades and a second suit.
1 = less than GF with 4-4 or 4-5 in the majors or a club raise of any stregth
1NT = 5+ hearts, 1RF, but if GF will have 5-6 hearts and a four-card side-suit. Not four spades unless GF.
2 = 6+ diamonds
2 = GF 5-5 reds
2 = GF 5-5 roundeds
2 = GF 5-5 minors
2NT = 16+ balanced
3 = preempt

After 1-1,

1NT asks partner to pass with the majors and a weak hand, bid 2 with majors and 8-11 or so, and bid higher with a club raise. (3 being weakest.)

2 asks him to pass with clubs and less than an invite but wants to raise a major if responder has the majors. Responder can now bid 2 weak with both majors, 2 invitational with 4=5, and 2 invitational with 4=4. With clubs and an invite he can bid 2NT or 3 (or higher with clubs and a force).

2 shows a strong hand (artificial). Responder's weak bids are 2 (majors) and 2 (clubs).

2 and 2 show four in that major and 5+ clubs in a minimum hand.
May 15
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It won't be a big deal in six months. (Mid-Chart, that is.)
May 15
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How is this different than 1-(1)-X-(P)-2 in “standard”? I wouldn't alert because I would expect it to be a minimum-strength four-card raise absent discussion.
May 14
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One tip (going back at least to Klinger) is to do the opposite for long (3, 4, 5, or 6+) and short (0, 1, or 2) suits. So if you agree long suit are lower-ranking first and short suits are high-ranking first, you still will remember that 5503 is the first step even if you only remember half your agreement (or apply the different half than partner had in mind).
May 14
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If clubs is not one of the first two steps, you are going to run out of runway way too fast.
May 14
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If you can run fast and it's 1976, Montreal Relay is great. Not so much at the bridge table.
May 14
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The earth doesn't suck, but I think you may have identified the attractive force involved in Montreal relay.
May 14
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And jump cue to show a stopper.
May 14
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Which decision was that?
May 13
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