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2H NV maybe
Feb. 14
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I play these uncontested 5 of the trump suit bids as good trumps or good controls. Without a splinter from partner you are hard pressed to find a hand where slam isn't excellent. Jxxx KJX AKJxx K doesn't look like a 4S bid to me so I'm not giving partner a chance to pass a 5S bid.
Feb. 14
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You have an excellent shot at +200 or better by defending.
Feb. 14
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My old partner, Leo the Leaper, would occasionally respond in a 3 card major. Invariably I would have a splinter raise and we would get to the only making game on a Moysian.
Jan. 21
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IMHO it's much better to pay the single raise as INV and the criss-cross as GF. You often collect a penalty and, as with this hand, you don't play a 7 card fit at the 3 level.
Jan. 19
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I'm off 5 keycards. There are a few hands where partner will push with 3 keycards to the 5 level ala Axxx xxxx Ax AQx where the wrong 3-0 split will be fatal. With 4 keycards partner will often take another call and I can gleefully cooperate.
Jan. 17
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A hand where you might have bid 3D to show an invitational hand with both majors leaving the cuebid as a game force.
Jan. 10
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If you want to let favorable vul opps push you around that's fine with me. Partner made a limit raise, I accepted and bid a game. Now I just let them have their way at the five level with only one option to invite partner on?
Jan. 4
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We play that bidding game at these colors creates a forcing pass.
Jan. 3
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Another hand where playing the support double as a good hand would simplify things.
Jan. 2
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I didn't splinter in hearts so partner might work out my forcing pass without a heart control.
Jan. 2
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This hand is basically the same as AKxx xx Jxxx KQx. How many would bid 4S now? I suspect partner had a 3S bid originally.
Jan. 1
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Was wondering why my pass was unique.
Dec. 31, 2018
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A 2/1 bid even if not a GF should have a second bid available, this hand doesn't.
Dec. 30, 2018
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I like to play along Blue Team guidelines where you don't switch horses in midstream. 3D agrees clubs and if partner bids 3H it is a cuebid making way for a 3S bid by me.
Dec. 29, 2018
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We play suit bids other than 3H agree clubs.
Dec. 27, 2018
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I play these 5 of a major bid as good controls or good trumps. It looks like partner has good controls and needs trump help. It looks like we need 3-2 trumps if we are lucky to make 5S. Axxx AQxx AKx Ax or similar. AKQx Axxx Axx Ax has both good trumps and good controls and isn't a 5S bid as I play.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Did 1N deny 4S?
Dec. 24, 2018
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Partner should have doubled 6D without a one-suited freak. To play a forcing pass after a shotgun auction is too much for me to pick up on. My pass of 6D should discourage partner from assuming I know what they are up to.
Dec. 24, 2018
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There is a case for playing 3S as fit-showing for diamonds by a passed hand. Without that agreement I'll negative double and bid 4D over 3H.
Dec. 23, 2018
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