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How can XX be SOS by a hand that has shown a one-suiter already? How can you not be nervous that partner will run when you hold AQx support and for all he knows you are void?
April 15
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Why pass? You hold unexpectedly wonderful trumps. Without the UI, wouldn't you redouble?
April 15
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Don't you want to redouble with your wonderful support so partner stays put?
April 15
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“Ignoramus” is plural. The singular is “ignoro”. By the way, it's a verb.
April 15
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Yes, I know 6 is obviously the right bid. My initial comment was an attempt at finding out how malleable the BW crowd is. Apologies if this messed things up for the intended purpose of the poll.
April 15
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Your two suits head by ace-empty, no control in their suit, and only a singleton in partner's suit. And about 8 HCP more than the minimum you promised. How can you not double their five-level bid?
April 14
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You're completely missing the point if you think it matters whether you make 2. Any plus is better than going down in 3. +200 is better than making 3. +800 is better than making game. When it's realistic to think you will be +200 and not making 3, or +800 and not making game, and your hand is already pretty narrowly defined, surely it's best to pass the decision around to partner, about whose hand you know absolutely nothing except that it contains at least five hearts.
April 14
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I don't know about making a pass–the OP didn't tell us enough about his wife.
April 14
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Your values are good for defense, not offense. You also don't even know they have a spade fit. This might be down two when 2 isn't making. If you pass and partner doubles you may well be collecting 800.
April 14
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They do occasionally but they don't defend 4 at equal vul with that.
April 14
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There's an old saying: Hard cases make bad law.
April 14
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4 is natural when partner has fewer spades than he has on this deal.
April 14
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 14
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It doesn't make it easier. Consider Kxxxx AKQx xxx x. Over 1NT bid whatever shows both majors. Not so easy over 2.
April 14
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The real downside to 4 is that LHO can double it to show spade support. So I wouldn't do it with any less than this. But here I just need two non-spade aces to make slam.
April 14
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See additional (edited) comment above.
April 14
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Thank you for commenting on that. I had noticed that, too, but you are correct to think that it probably escaped the attention of many.
April 14
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I hope one opens 2 at game and sixty!
April 14
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4NT is OK, but partner deserves to know about the spade void, too.

Under no circumstances 2NT. Too many of my partners would think that showed the minors.

And yes I expect partner to be able to determine from his 3+ spades that 4 was not natural. Maybe I wouldn't bid 4 against players who partner thinks might psych a response at equal vul in an uncontested auction, so maybe I couldn't have bid 4 40 years ago, but seriously no one psychs like that any longer, at least not now that everyone plays inverted minors (or has some strong minor suit raise) and controlled psychs are illegal.
April 14
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 14
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Pass. I expect to set this, but I am not going to double as partner would lead a if I did.
April 14
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Well, utility matters, not just frequency. Certainly at IMPs I'd rather use 2 as a strong opening than as, say, Flannery.
April 14
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