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Not sure about the percentages, but you want the queen ask to be forcing if you are looking for a grand. If you are worried about the trump Queen for a slam, you always use the Queen ask. Since the trump King was part of the RKC answer, there is no need to include it in the King ask. If using specific Kings, 5 of the trump suit denies a side suit King lower than the trump suit.
Jan. 22
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The 4 bid shows a suit playable opposite a void. It therefore sets the trump suit. So North's 4 bid is a cue bid in support of hearts.
Jan. 16
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I like it when the opponents obstruct their game forcing auction opposite an unlimited partner. If you prefer your partner avoid awkward guesses, please take a look at:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/jacoby-2nt/
Jan. 13
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I'm not a fan of the balancing 3 bid. Given West's silence, passing seems best.

However, doesn't East have the right to know North-South have an implicit agreement to make weak raise with weak hands as well as hand which are constructive? Sometimes better than constructive. North-South do this frequently enough that the director asked them to inform the opponents of that tendency.

Bridge is a game of risk and reward, but the decision should be informed by disclosure when asked.
Jan. 2
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It is common to play a raise to 2 as constructive after an overcall. That creates a negative inference on the ceiling for a weak jump raise. Certainly tactical considerations come into play.
Jan. 2
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The full auction was:
P-P-1C-1H
3C-P-P-3H
4C-P-5C- all pass

A heart was led. Declarer took just 11 tricks. Yes, declarer should make 12 tricks on a heart lead.
Jan. 1
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A diamond lead and continuation breaks up the squeeze.
Dec. 4, 2019
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Partner can have a 2-suiter or a 3-suiter, and can have quite a strong hand. Playing 1NT or a new suit is a substantial improvement. Passing can lead to playing in your opponent's 8-card fit. If partner rebids their spades, at least I know the opponents have at most 7 spades.
Oct. 29, 2019
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Puppet is a poor option if responder is (45) in the majors. Better to play Stayman with Smolen. If wishing responder to have an ask about a 5-card major, Muppett is a good option, but a memory lapse can be expensive.
Sept. 12, 2019
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The bidding is quite reasonable. The key is to beat 3 doubled by 2 tricks for a top. The difficulty is the King lead will compress the defense's heart tricks. North-South must navigate a spade ruff for a top.
Aug. 28, 2019
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Ken L, the mixed raise is folded into the 2 response. So 2 can be used as desired. I like soloway strong jump shifts. Invitational reverse flannery is also good.
Aug. 25, 2019
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Ken G, opener should generally bid 2 to ask. A 3nt rebid by opener should be 18-19 balanced with a 3 card minor.
Aug. 25, 2019
David Loeb edited this comment Aug. 25, 2019
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1m-2 can be played as a 3-way bid: a natural strong jump shift, a mixed raise for the minor, or an invitational balanced hand. This allows a 1m-2NT response to be played as natural and game forcing eliminating the awkward 1m-3NT response.

After 1m-2, opener bids 2 to ask. Responder bids 3m with the mixed raise, 2NT with the balanced invitation. With a strong jump shift, responder rebids hearts.
Aug. 23, 2019
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1M-1nt-2-3M is the 3-card inv raise in my partnerships. Suggest semi-forcing 1nt. Going through 2 and then supporting the major would deny a 3+ card inv raise. Would be looking for best strain.
Aug. 17, 2019
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If South has 8 clubs, 7NT is cold. If South has 7 clubs, 7NT has good play. South might have the J, the K may be onside, the JT may fall, there may be a squeeze.

A good agreement here is for a 5NT bid to ask for 6NT or 7NT depending on length.
July 31, 2019
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The diamond finesse isn't needed if spades set up. Declarers have better results if they combine chances.
July 30, 2019
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North could have a very strong hand that didn't want to open 2. To account for that possibility, I prefer cue bidding my club control on the way to 4.
July 2, 2019
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It is odd for a strong player to preempt with a constructive hand opposite an unpassed hand. Is it possible East can read North and knew North had a big hand?
June 18, 2019
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Yes, West, with 5-5 in the majors, should respond 1. This positions you to rebid 2 which shows 5+ spades and 4+ hearts.
June 14, 2019
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You can ask if this has happened before and what types of hands opener had for that action previously. Agreements can be explicit or implicit. Full disclosure requires disclosing both.
May 23, 2019
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