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Or, in the system I described in my previous post, you could even use 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 for essentially what I use it for in my Precision partnerships: GI with 6+ clubs OR 15-17 balanced. (OK, in my Precision partnerships, it's GI with 6+ clubs or 17-18 balanced, but that's just a matter of opener's range.)

Note that I also like 1 - 2 - 2 = s and 1 - 2 - 2 = s. That way the preference is still available over the nebulous rebid. There is a little more room on this auction though, and you could let the heart rebid be natural, but there's still no earthly reason why opener's 2 should show s rather than s.
Oct. 5, 2015
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By the way, 2 is a very expensive catch-all rebid here, and the natural 2 is too inexpensive. It makes things much easier is you use transfer rebids by opener over a 2 response–at least 2 = and 2 = , which again need not promise 6. (You can decide whether you prefer opener's 2 rebid show diamonds, with 3 a natural raise, or whether to continue transfers with 2 as the club raise.)

This way, after the catch-all rebid, responder still has the preference available, which can be used for various purposes: One way to play is to reserve the preference for strong hands with no clear direction. Another is to have it promise a good doubleton or flat shape with 3 card support. A third is to use it to show a good hand with 5+ s (allowing the 3 rebid to be natural and non-forcing). A fourth is to use it to show invite+ with 6+ s, freeing the 3 rebid up for something else entirely (like 3-level transfers by responder).
Oct. 5, 2015
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I'm bidding 4 on this hand, but I'm disappointed that responder couldn't have distinguished a singleton from a void if I had asked with 3. There's room. Also, I wonder if your partnership uses frivolous 3NT. If so, that would be my bid instead of 4.
Oct. 5, 2015
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I assume 3NT bidder has a doubleton spade 99.9% of the time in your system?
Oct. 5, 2015
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Similarly, I am used to the metaagreement that systems are on over our NT overcalls but off over our balancing 1NT. So it's natural for me to be happy to have an invite opposite 12-16.
Oct. 4, 2015
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6. Protecting the king of hearts may be more important than science on this hand. I suppose 4NT is OK, too, if your partner could really have A and K.
Oct. 4, 2015
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They haven't led a trump yet. On any other lead, I basically just need partner to hold A to take two diamonds and eight ruffs.
Oct. 4, 2015
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In my favorite strong club variant, I would elect to overbid slightly by forcing game over the 1 response, in which case I can almost describe my exact shape below 3NT. 1(strong) - 1(weak) - 1(semi-puppet…hearts, some balanced ranges, some big hands) - 1(bid 95% of the time…no showable distribution) - 2 (puppet) - 2 (forced) - 3 (3=1=5=4 or 3=1=4=5 GF opposite air) -

Of course the advantages of strong club tend to be more important when you don't get a negative response and you can bid the hand slowly.
Oct. 4, 2015
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Double should be takeout, as a sane RHO is unlikely to rebid his suit here unless he has good playing strength, but we may well have a 4-4 fit somewhere else (including possibly one in spades that makes 10 tricks).
Oct. 4, 2015
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If I have a forcing hand with a long suit, I would have overcalled, so Lebensohl is much less useful than usual. Also, partner's bid is wide-ranging, so natural is much more useful than usual.
Oct. 4, 2015
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6NT ia a hair better than 50% on a non-spade lead, and it's cold on a spade lead. Why do you want to stop in 3NT?
Oct. 4, 2015
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Vulnerable at matchpoints one doesn't preempt like this.
Oct. 4, 2015
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I am also not concerned with their finding a vul-vs-non save. I am very concerned with stopping them from finding a vul-vs-non make.
Oct. 3, 2015
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This whole sad story is interfering with US politics: The governor of New Jersey is upset that the “bridge scandal” is back in the news….
Oct. 3, 2015
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John, it's absolutely relevant that the Polish team was already in Chennai when the alleged proofs surfaced. I don't know their individual financial circumstances or whether they are sponsored, but for all I know they would be stranded in Chennai if they annoy their sponsor. I would not expect to hear their true opinions until they are safely home after the tournament is over. The Polish federation or the sponsor could still act, but no matter how damning the evidence is I don't think you can blame the rest of the team for taking no action at this point in time.
Oct. 3, 2015
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That depends… 62% can certainly win a two-session flight A regional pairs. 62% is much less likely to win if the event is not flighted (i.e., no separate flight B event running opposite to control field quality).
Oct. 3, 2015
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If Philip were talking about a pass rather than a 2 rebid by opener, I would agree. However, while holding three spades is highly unlikely when rebidding 2, it is possible (e.g., seven-card or eight-card diamond suit), but it's less likely when playing support doubles, which make it easier to get to diamonds than a direct raise in a natural system does.
Oct. 3, 2015
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This is when I want to be playing strong club…whenever partner preempts himself with a strong 2NT opening… But there is no other sensible alternative to bidding 3NT here.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Actually, you can always reject the transfer with 3NT, which is why I agree 2 is safer when 2 is GF, but I don't like the idea of trying to show diamonds and risking getting to 4NT opposite a typical minimum GF. I would open 1 and reverse, but I do think it's close. (Change the singleton heart to the queen, for example, and I'd open 2.)
Oct. 3, 2015
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1 at any other colors, but 4 at these.
Oct. 3, 2015
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