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I think pd is 55
Sept. 28, 2018
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Even when a low heart would work it sometimes doesn't and for the remainder of the session your partner will look for ways to keep you off opening lead.
Sept. 28, 2018
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But is your partner as excited about it as you? Now he has no idea about your holdings in the other suits. Unless the opps have road-mapped the defense in the bidding he is on his own.
Sept. 28, 2018
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I wouldn't dream of overcalling 1 with this. 2 or even 3 would be better.
Sept. 27, 2018
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10 strikes a good balance between safety and attack.
Sept. 27, 2018
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:), that's possible Steve.
Sept. 26, 2018
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I play a similar treatment with 3 levels:
4 bid it if you're on good 17
4NT bid it on avg+
5 bid 5NT only if you were lying
I would bid 4NT
Sept. 24, 2018
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Martin, in competitive situations, especially in pass-out position, where you have a cue bid or other obviously invitational + call available, non-jump bids are best used as strictly competitive. Else you wouldn't be able to compete. It's the same principle as Lebensohl when they overcall over your 1NT opening.
Sept. 24, 2018
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A red lead is likely to find a Q for declarer but OTOH at mp's everyone else will lead a diamond or heart so maybe I should also. At imps I would always lead a spade as it is a good compromise between attacking and safe.
Sept. 22, 2018
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This hand is why exclusion was invented.
Sept. 22, 2018
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2NT if playing GB, otherwise pass.
Sept. 22, 2018
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Since 3 did not promise a suit, wouldn't 4 show a control and deny controls in clubs and hearts? I think 4 implies diamond values and if partner actually has a diamond suit we can always get to diamonds later.
Sept. 21, 2018
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KD, I know what you mean but partner, with no stickout opening lead will prefer a club to another suit.

Andrew, although not sure I agree, I see your point about not passing over 2. Just another reason I would never open this hand, I will take my chances on getting an opportunity to come in later. BTW, do you play that the 2 call absolutely denies a 4 card major?
Sept. 21, 2018
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That was my first inclination but partner always plays you for a better hand than this (at least better clubs) when you bid 2. For that reason I would not have opened. I would play this pass (over 2) as forcing so you're going to get another chance. Again, I would never have opened this hand, do I want a club lead?
Sept. 20, 2018
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I would double 2NT on any hand that I would not be ashamed to double 2 with so it didn't promise a super hand. Also partner can easily be void in spades so I am not counting anything for the K. This whole thing sounds fishy to me, especially playing against very good opps who are white vs red. LHO has a very distributional hand and RHO could have anything with spade support. Of course it would help to be at the table.
Sept. 20, 2018
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Assuming sup Xs I have denied 3 spades, so hearts first I guess. 2 by partner would not have been forcing so he has to dbl with inv+.
Sept. 20, 2018
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:) No, I wouldn't be in this situation. That's why I abstained. If I were sitting in for one hand I would bid 1NT but I hate it. At least I won't lose the match. What would you do with that hand if Vul?
Sept. 20, 2018
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Steve,
We will have a chance to show spades later but I will grant it may be confusing.
How would you show these diamonds after neg dbl?

The 3 bid after neg dbl and 2 sounds like a cue for hearts
Sept. 20, 2018
David Boxley edited this comment Sept. 20, 2018
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Not liking the spade opening lead but it is imps so maybe I am being a little chicken.
Sept. 20, 2018
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Nice 6. My 5 bid should say about the same thing since I probably wouldn't have bid 2 with xx. But maybe I am wrong since I haven't played anything but 2/1 in over 45 years.
Sept. 20, 2018
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