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One plausible way this pair could legitimately land on its feet is the following (1)-1NT-2NT-3(1)-3(2)-3NT(3)-P(4)

(1) Intended as Leb, actually both minors, 15-16 HCP
(2) Intended as a great hand for the minors, interpreted as Stayman with a stop
(3) Intended as to play
(4) I'm too weak to pull 3NT since partner has wasted values opposite my shortness
March 19
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Yes, but I don't mind getting tapped out in the only making game. They are welcome to ruff their winners at the end….
March 19
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Just asking about your preferred style. If you often respond 2 on four card suits and your 2 rebid makes no extra length promises, 2 would be an alternative. Was kind of curious if you would prefer 3 or 2 in that case.

By the way, would you respond 2 or 2 with a hand like xx KQJx Kxxx KJx?
March 19
Christopher Monsour edited this comment March 19
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If you get a 2 response to 1, is a 2 or 2N or 3 or 3 rebid more your style?
March 19
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There are lots of big losses for 1N. Among other problems is when 3N only makes from the other side, when you need to be in a spade Moyse, when you need to be in 5 or 6 of a minor, etc.
March 19
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If you have a good suit to open, upgrading 17s makes it much easier to find slam.
March 19
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Maybe I'm just old, but I open 1 with this since I'm strong enough to raise 1NT to 2. It will be difficult to find a successful 4-3 game after 1-1-1-P, and I'm not strong enough to jump shift. 1-1-2NT is fine on values but loses the spades. And 1-1NT probably loses them too, as most people need five clubs to reverse here.
March 19
Christopher Monsour edited this comment March 19
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Only card games they tax.
March 19
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Since it's a hypothetical auction at that point, you will also have to decide whether they wind up in 3NT (or at least assign a specific probability to it).
March 19
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Looks like this hand should be playing 4.
March 18
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There are multiple possible meanings for 3. After a 1NT opening, the most logical is that it is a rejection of the invitation with at least four cards in each minor, secure in the knowledge that responder almost certainly has a four-card or longer minor for his failure to use Stayman.
March 18
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Steve, you didn't address the false preference issue.
March 18
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For 1-2 ideas, and 2/1 not-quite-GF ideas in general, the KSU notes are useful. https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/readingroom/kaplansheinwoldupdated.html
March 17
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By the way, weak NT has advantages and disadvantages here. The disadvantage is that opening 1 and rebidding 2 over 1 really is the only path with the OP's hand, since rebidding 1NT would be strong. The advantage is that when you do have the strong hand, you can rebid 1NT with a singleton when it seems like the right move (since a reverse will often also have been an option) and the disparity between one and three card support is not as bad since the auction is much more likely to be long enough to create the time and space to sort it all out.
March 17
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Singletons are not rare over 1. 1=3=4=5, 1-4-3-5, 1=4=5=3, 1=4=4=4. They are rare over 1. This is why in many partnerships 1m-1-2 is only rarely three-card support, but one looks for any excuse to raise spades on three, since partner will assume you have only 1 or 2 of them if you rebid 1NT.
March 17
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(d) Responder is materially less likely to rebid a five-card suit or even look for a 5-3 fit. Also, if you really raise freely on 3 and rebid 1NT freely on a singleton, then checkback is looking for a doubleton (or maybe for Qx), not for 3, and you are probably checking back with a six-card suit.
March 17
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If the umbrella statute is for gambling, it's pretty clear cheating here refers to gambling.
March 17
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5-9? Isn't it more like 4 to a bad 8?
March 17
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You might be interested in Allan DeSerpa's book _Two Club Marionette_, which describes a 2 bid that can be a three-card limit raise, a balanced invite, or game-invitational or game-forcing with clubs. (His idea is to restore the 1NT response to being non-forcing.)
March 17
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It would be much easier to charge someone for cheating in on-line bridge. That would be wire fraud.
March 17
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