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1-1-2--5 would seem normal. Passing that South hand is so 1960-ish. 2 first round controls, 2 2nd round controls, and an easy opening and rebid is a no-brainer today.

But the auction starting with pass-pass-1C-1S is very favorable - South can cue 2S to imply support and then after 4S-5C-pass he can ponder bidding 6C.
15 hours ago
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I rejected the idea of a 4=4=4=1 with strong NT values since they are in a GF auction. If I have this hand, I'll just pass again and let declarer misguess everything except my spades.
15 hours ago
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I had good hearts. x AQxx Qxxxxxx x. I said that.
15 hours ago
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I think this is 4=6 or even 4=7 in the reds, I failed to preempt at my first turn because of my heart holding.
18 hours ago
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I voted that E should have made a move over 4. I voted this way simply because I see no alternative to either of W's actions. With xxx, a 2 overcall with that hand is a joke. And I'm not sure that a cue-bid is stronger than 4 or simply more flexible.

But I'm with the plurality, that this hand is just too tough. Even (Pass)-1-2NT-4 leaves East with no sensible reason to continue.
18 hours ago
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So if declarer has a 2-way guess and leads through me, I can't play either quickly or slowly without giving a litigious declarer grounds for requesting an adjustment. Nice law.

And who, pray tell, is to define what “in tempo” means?
18 hours ago
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The par score on this board is +110 for us in 2, even though LHO has KQxx. But you're right - leading Ace and a spade is the only way to beat the hand.
18 hours ago
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Exactly. And we were drawing dead, since nobody their way had scored more than +170 when we played this board in the last round on their 6-1 fit. (AKJxxx opposite 10)
18 hours ago
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Oh, right. And I meant 4-0 trumps of course.
June 17
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Since he was clearly aware that the K was out, I would permit him to play the A. Especially of the deck of cards was old and a mite sticky, as seems to be the norm for about 1/4 of the boards we see in the clubs I play in.
June 17
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Is this such a great slam? A trump lead is marked on the auction, now you need 4-3 spades and the Q onside. And 4-1 trumps will be a headache. I doubt that slam is more than 30% or so.
June 17
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We want only bidding problems where the correct auction is 1NT-3NT. It will make everyone feel that they are now able to compete with the pros.
June 17
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Should you really reshuffle a board that has already been played 4 times?
June 17
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The best writeup I have seen on this is in the following link:

https://jassem.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Polish_Club-2010.html#rr

It suggests that 2-3 be used as a puppet to 3 so that responder can show a long suit of his own. I gave up Namyats over a deal much like this, partner opened 4 and I held something akin to the above. Unfortunately, we played 4 as “You play it.”

I think Peter's way is also common among Multi people.
June 17
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North KJ97 KJ97 xx xxx

South xx xxx KJ97 KJ97

West AQ108 AQ10 863 542

East 542 863 AQ10 AQ108

NS can make 2 of anything. Try it!
June 16
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What was your auction? It looks like it might have been 1-1-2-4 or some sort of game try, refused, ending in 3. In either of those instances, East should realize that partner is virtually broke. If so, it may be tough to decide what the 5th trick on defense might be.

But if they never make a doubled contract against you, you're not doubling enough. Here, if NS get to 4, they will make it even though E's hand satisfies the Rule of 10!

In general, doubling when you have 15+ HCP and the opponents have at least tried for game is a bad idea - partner will be broke and declarer will figure out that you have all the cards.

P.S. - I have always found it very easy to make a penalty double. Just pull the red card out of the box and put it on the table. It's beating them that can be hard. But I ate a penalty double a couple of nights ago, and it cost us virtually nothing, since they had taken a good 4-level save over a partial and even beating them (I let them make it by trying to beat them 2.) would have been only a 25% score. But my other 2 penalty doubles/passes in that session collected 500 against a NV game and 800 against nothing.
June 16
Craig Biddle edited this comment June 16
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Another option you might consider:
2 - majors
2 - 5+ and a minor, or one-suited
2 - 5+ and a minor, or one-suited
2 - 4 and a longer minor
2NT - 4 and a longer minor

Cayne plays this, you can probably find some examples by searching JEC's playing history on BBO.
June 16
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Please prealert that at my table so I know that I am free to psyche a suit here.
June 16
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Those of us who play 1M-2 artificial and GF have entirely different issues with this auction.
June 16
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Yes, I am with you here. I voted for NF since I could have jumped to 2 as an advance of the double previously. I also agree with Stevo and Bobby that this 3 is forward-going.

Maybe they are thinking of hands like QJxx x KJ10xxx xx, which are very good if partner happens to have 4 among his 10 non-spades but are only mediocre for spades.
June 16
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