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No, partner could have bid 3 with a limit raise. Partner could have bid 2 naturally.
17 hours ago
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It's kind of silly not to mention your opening NT range if you expect to get useful responses.
17 hours ago
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I think you misread the post. That pass denies GF values does NOT imply that other actions promise them…
17 hours ago
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Shouldn't it matter whether this is pairs or teams?
18 hours ago
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A more interesting question is which you would return from an original holding of A985.
18 hours ago
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First of all, why use bridgeguys.com as a resource? I gave up on that years ago–there was too much stuff on it that was incorrect.

Second, as you can no doubt tell from many of the comments, this is “takeout” in the sense that it suggests holdings in the other two suits, but partner need not take the double out. He may decide based on his hand that defending is better. But that decision is based on his hand, not yours, so this definitely isn't a penalty double. Some people might call it a “cards” double, but most of us reserve that for doubles that don't necessarily promise the unbid suits. For me, using the words in these senses,
(2)-3-(3)-X and (3)-(3)-(4)-X are takeout, but (2)-3-(4)-X is cards.
18 hours ago
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Frankly I'd rather open 1 with a five-card major than open 1NT with a five-card major. If the opponents preempt, we have the same amount of bidding space, but if they don't, then we have more, and, crucially, partner is much less likely to pass 1 than 1NT.
18 hours ago
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How light do you open as dealer? If you open aggressively, you might not find a penalty double opposite 12-14 by a 0-9 or 0-10 (let us say) hand terribly useful.

Also, why is advancer bidding 2, pass or correct? He can't see your KQJxx of clubs. If he isn't 4-4 in the majors, wouldn't he likely have passed to let you make your normal Stayman response? (I presume if he has his own major he shows it by redoubling first to force 2 from partner.)
18 hours ago
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At which table(s) were the opponents playing phantom club?
Oct. 19
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If the goal is something playable in 15 minutes:
(0) Open 1 or 1 on any excuse, response ranged adjusted accordingly
(1) 1NT 12+-15, no transfers
(2) 1 3+ unbalanced
(3) 2 6+ unbalanced (2 artificial force)
(4) 1-1-1 = extra strong. 1 over that extra weak. 1-1-1-1-2 = no, REALLY REALLY strong. Everything else natural
(5) Whether 2/1 should be GF will depend on what partner is used to
(6) The usual Precision 2
(7) In competition over 1, double is values but not necessarily GF below 2. Simple new suits are GF; jumps to 2 or 3 level are GI/competitive
(8) 3rd and 4th seat openings a point sounder than 1st and 2nd (including 1 becoming 17+)
Oct. 18
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“Not safe for work”. (When I first saw it I thought it was a postal abbreviation for New South %^^%&* Wales….)
Oct. 15
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If North had held the Q instead of the J, would you consider that a 1 or a 2 opening?
Oct. 14
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And, sadly perhaps, when you care about marketing you have to take that into account….
Oct. 8
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Even playing Fishbein you don't have to skip all the way to the next NT bid to show a takeout hand! I think your idea is fine over a 1 or 1 overcall, where a takeout bid is not so crucial, but preposterous over 1-(2), unless you want to introduce four-card suits as responder on the two-level. Even then you'd probably be better off with 3 being takeout, since you might belong in 3NT by partner.

I admit I have played something similar to this over a strong club at the two-level, but only with the next step being takeout. (Over 2M, the next six steps showed one-suiters and then two-suiters in artificial order. Over 2m we had more room and were fancier.) Even so, we didn't play the double as pure penalty. It just promised at least 3 cards (and if only 3 cards, a lack of anything else intelligent to do). If you had AK1098 of trump and out, you still trap-passed, since partner wasn't likely to sit the double.
Oct. 8
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It wasn't blindingly obvious to some of my opponents on the second day of the Blue Ribbon Pairs many years ago, when, as dealer, I had the following decision after partner opened: With Axx Axxxx xx J10x, what to call after P-(P)-1(1)-(2)-X-(XX)-P-(P)-, and when I asked about the redouble was told “He doesn't think you are going to make whatever you bid”. Seeing no reason to disagree, I passed and collected a cool +600 for setting them two. After the hand I resisted the temptation to thank the opponents for the helpful information.

(1) Precision, 11-16 pts, 3+ s
Oct. 8
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Oct. 8
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Really? You don't think news that impacts public perception of bridge players is relevant? You don't think that for many people reading that column, that might not have been the only mention of bridge they see all year?
Oct. 8
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And if Serge is right, it would be especially helpful.
Oct. 8
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I was thinking more of the fact that a mass-murderer's father was a an avid bridge player. I agree a bank robber is far preferable to Deng. I wouldn't say the same about Stephen Paddock and Deng, though.
Oct. 8
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I don't think “legal” can be a misnomer, since it's an adjective, not a noun.
Oct. 7
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You're right. It's a problem. I hate not keeping the immediate heart splinter, though. Perhaps 2NT = clubs OR rebidding 3NT cancels the club message.
Oct. 7
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