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How about playing 4 as either a splinter or a fit bid and the rest of the table gets to guess what it is?
June 5, 2018
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Since it's a choice between pass and 3NT, I'll overbid but I'll probably regret it.
June 5, 2018
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That would mean that 1NT (3) 4 would be Texas, so 4 would have to be Texas also, but it's not a jump.
June 5, 2018
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This is a recurring hand type, 3 card support for responder's major with an unbalanced hand that evaluates to around 18 or 19 points. Sometimes you are able to reverse into a suit lower ranking than partner's (make this response 1 instead of 1) but often no bid is available, as in this case. It might be worth playing an artificial 2-way reverse or jump shift into the cheapest available suit to show either this hand type or a natural bid with a relay by responder to find out which. It shouldn't be difficult to devise a method that would be simple and low-cost. In fact, there are probably several already being played.
June 5, 2018
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I would consider it a mixed raise without the K.
June 4, 2018
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I know the conditions stated 5332 but I often bid 3NT on this auction with a singleton.
June 4, 2018
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And so what if partner has Qxxx of hearts? You don't get a bonus for being in a major going down as opposed to a minor.
June 4, 2018
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Dbl may encourage partner to compete whereas 1NT will do the opposite.
June 4, 2018
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I'm afraid that it also tells the opps how to play the trump suit if they bid 4.
June 4, 2018
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If you don't play that 1 shows 3, you should. It's one of those things that doesn't cost anything and is very useful when it comes up.
June 4, 2018
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That makes a lot of sense for a regular partnership with good memories.
June 4, 2018
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I don't want partner doubling some number of hearts or leading a spade, and he's unlikely to take a save even if it's right.
June 4, 2018
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Yes, the question is do you let them play 3NT or do you bid?
June 4, 2018
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I considered 4NT but thought that would be more like 65 minors.
June 3, 2018
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I happen to have seen your declarer play and you undervalue that also.
June 3, 2018
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The preemptive value and positional factor of 1NT opening make up for the slight undervaluation.
June 3, 2018
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I would not consider this a constructive raise.
June 3, 2018
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I guess it depends on your requirements for a weak 2. I think it's highly unlikely that partner has a 6 bagger, more likely a distributional hand with 5 good hearts. I would rather play a 6-1 fit (or even 6-0) than a 5-1.
June 3, 2018
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The largest vote, 3, makes no sense at all. The last thing you want is for partner to overvalue intermediates in the heart suit.
June 3, 2018
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June 3, 2018
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