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LOL, I misread the bidding thinking my partner had opened 2. But I never feared that you two would let a mistake by me slip by unnoticed.
Dec. 20, 2019
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OK, one more time.
“Our weakness is no mystery to partner;
if s/he doesn’t fear 4S, why should we?”
“Are you suggesting that pd, looking at < 3 spades after our inability
to respond, wouldn’t suspect that the opps might make 3-4 of them?”
That is very short sighted. All your partner knows when he bid 2 is that W has 5+ spades and ~8+ hcp and that you have <5 hcp. He doesn't know how many spades you hold nor does he know what the opponents can make. When E bids 2 you, on the other hand, know they have a spade fit and can make at least 4. Yes, I know, neither of them has shown strength but give partner x AQJT9 AKQJT9 x, a hand with which he would have bid more than 2, and both sides can make a contract at the 5 level. I would expect to win 9-10 imps for +200 (3 making 5) and that's if they don't have a slam. I am not going to inform them that we have a big 2-suited fit until after they wake up and bid 4.
Dec. 20, 2019
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“Opener was well-aware of the risk of pushing the opps to
4S as a two-way win when s/he nonetheless opted for 2H.”
RR: No, he was not since they had not announced a spade fit when he decided to bid 2. He was merely showing his hand, a red 2-suiter with more offense than defense. I would almost bet that the opps can make 4 since my shape makes his hand worse on defense than he thinks.
Dec. 19, 2019
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No
Dec. 17, 2019
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Why didn't I bid 2?
Dec. 17, 2019
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Why play it if you're not going to use it?
Dec. 17, 2019
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4, because I have support and it's my turn to bid, but I think it's just a guess. Maybe you get some “feel” at the table.
Dec. 17, 2019
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Agree, but if I did, I would rebid 2NT.
Dec. 17, 2019
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Paul, depends on your agreements. Standard is 8-10 for a free 1NT response.
Dec. 17, 2019
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Maybe he doesn't know if it is a make or a save (but I do).
Dec. 16, 2019
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“3H is a bid we could make with the hJ in lieu of the K.” I would probably bid 3 with that hand since if partner wants to save I would rather play in the safer fit. If you are saying partner has a 2 opener that he neglected to make because it was very distributional and then all he did was bid 2 over 1, I have to disagree.
Dec. 16, 2019
David Boxley edited this comment Dec. 16, 2019
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I wouldn't play it as a forcing pass since, technically, 3 was not GF even though as a practical matter it may as well be.
Dec. 16, 2019
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RR, I wasn't saying I disagree with the 1NT bid, I don't. I was just saying that partner will be expecting a little more. I also voted for 4 but partner may be stretching a little to bid 3.
Dec. 16, 2019
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Richard, I think he's 65, and if so he is very likely.
Dec. 16, 2019
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2NT, it doesn't matter much what it shows in clubs. Responder had something in mind when he bid 2 GF.

At this point he has several possible hands:

4 spades - he will bid 3NT without slam interest opposite a min
5 spades - he will bid 3
Support for one of my suits - he will bid 3m

In all of these cases we should get to the right spot.
Dec. 15, 2019
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Yes, if the 3 bid was weak, partner's double is definitely not looking for a save.
Dec. 15, 2019
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If he were “loaded” in high cards he could have doubled rather than bid 2. I prefer to trust partner rather than the opps, who may not know what they are doing. “I had a really good hand, partner. Glad you were able to raise my suit! I would have liked to have been able to jump in spades but we play that as preemptive.”
Dec. 14, 2019
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RR, I am assuming that 3 was LR since weak wasn't mentioned.
With your first example hand partner would be afraid to double lest you leave it in so I am playing him for the 2nd hand and either opener has psyched or they had a misunderstanding. Either way I want to double.
Dec. 14, 2019
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RR, I agree but I don't want to push the opps into what I am afraid is a cold 4.
Dec. 14, 2019
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LOL, not in real life.
Dec. 14, 2019
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