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there was no XX at the table. the hand passed the X, lho bid 2 and played there. i think we were +100. I didn't see how many (if any) actually opened the North hand 1NT.
Oct. 17, 2019
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re: “partner may still have a pulse”…..
on this hand partner was essentially D.O.A. (965, 7654, QJ6, 753)

2XX would not have been successful because lho had JT9 so after ruffing out the Q and returning a red suit to rho's ace, lho could ruff with a higher than were available on dummy.
Lose AK, 2 red aces, and 2 ruffs.

I posted the hand to see how many might overcall 2 and how many might make the bid that my gut said to make at the time of 1NT, as much of an underbid as it might seem/ be. (I wonder if the vote would have been different had the hand been posted as match points) The hand seemed to me to be the wrong type to double first and then try NT (obviously 2NT –> down 1: lose 4 s and 2 red aces).

Rho's hand was (AKJT7, A42, A54, 42). (lho was 8, JT83, T9872, JT9) Would I have bought the hand for 1NT? Maybe not. Would 1NT have helped rho pinpoint the situation if N/S declared: quite possibly. THis might support the case for the 2C overcall and then passing the balancing X so as to not pinpoint al of the strength. I leave it to all you expert analysts to decide that one.
Oct. 17, 2019
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A question from someone who isn't a TD or well familiar with the current laws. (Ignorant might be a better term.)
Why would it have not been a good idea for declarer to summon the director as soon as both opponents failed to follow to the 3rd round of trumps? (even to just speak to the director away from the table.) Declarer knows someone has revoked (just not who) and that someone has now disclosed a card in a side suit that shouldn't have been disclosed. Let the director examine the opponents hands for the missing trump, make whatever decisions/ corrections the director deems appropriate and, hopefully, thereby possibly establish equity before the situation gets worse and revokes become established? No revokes, no potential penalty cards, etc. Is doing so before the revoke has been established by playing to the following trick procedurally improper? Just curious.
Oct. 16, 2019
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If you are endorsing a 3 rebid (vs 2NT), how does a 3 stopper ask help to right-side 3NT?
What am I missing here (as usual)?
Oct. 15, 2019
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Please explain why this hand would not simply bid 3 over the 2 rebid instead of a false preference? That's where the hand lives, where the length and values are. At least P will not be tempted to play me for/ hope I have a card when making any further decisions.
Oct. 14, 2019
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agree with 3 rebid to show the solid suit, set trump.
anything after might be a control show?
Oct. 14, 2019
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u did vote 3N
Oct. 13, 2019
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“And the meaning of partner's pass and the meaning of partner's double which he did not make.”
Isn't that the real question that this OP asks? And, is X with the OP hand penalty or re-opening t/o? Establish the agreements to these questions and you have more direction re this current OP. I have yet to see any general consensus on these issues.
Oct. 13, 2019
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with all due respect: Run where? P had an opportunity to tell me to run and did not do so.
Am I to base my decisions by implicitly trusting the opponents' bids/ judgment? If anything, perhaps this argues more in favor of having Dbl'd 3 initially ( or bidding 3N)
Oct. 13, 2019
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This was an interesting hand.
The companion hand, also posted as a bidding polls as what to do if this hand overcalls 3 and lho doubles, was: KJ842, J, KT8754, 3. Not exactly the hand that is crazy about playing in 3NT. What would bid with this hand after P overcalls 3N instead of 3H?
Getting to s is easy if this hand Doubles 3. So, on this occasion, the spoils go to the 6 of your who have voted for Dbl.
Oct. 13, 2019
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is now 17 to 13 in favor of 3NT vs 3.
Oct. 13, 2019
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How is partner supposed to know whether or not he/ she made a bad bid with 3? If P thought 3 was a bad bid, perhaps P wouldn't have made the bid in the first place. Imo, P running, especially having no clue what your hold, is a unilateral decision that disregards your judgment about what to do after the double.
Oct. 13, 2019
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LL: Thx. looks a bit different from the bocchi-duboin/ il sistema, 2010 notes that you posted on BBF 4/29/14. Mostly the 2NT response. (I thought it looked familiar.) Looks like you made some improvements. Your 2 opener seems different.
Curious: how do you show balanced 22-24 or better? From what you wrote on BBF, i thought the italians incorporated it (Bal 23+) into the 2 opener.
Oct. 12, 2019
Donald Lurie edited this comment Oct. 12, 2019
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Thx, this seems like it has possibilities. I do have a question, tho: would like the OK to IM you via BW.
Oct. 12, 2019
Donald Lurie edited this comment Oct. 12, 2019
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This was actually the companion hand to another recent post where rho opened 3 and you held AT6, QT953, AJ, A64, red versus white. The current vote is a little more than 4 to 3 in favor of 3NT vs 3H, (with another 16% voting for Double) which then raises another interesting decision of what to do over 3NT with this hand? It would also be interesting to see what the split would be in terms of what to bid with the above hand had partner DBL'd 3C.
Oct. 12, 2019
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i could be wrong, but i believe the “italian” methods uses 2C as only bal 18-19, no 5-cd M, and all GF's packed into 2 with complex responses and rebids.
Oct. 12, 2019
Donald Lurie edited this comment Oct. 12, 2019
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L.L.: thx. I am familiar with this use of 2C and I have already noted it above and have noted a comprehensive write-up of it and responses to opening 2 GF that is on BBF. IIRC, u were the author if it…correct me if I am wrong.
Glen: your ETM stuff is always very interesting. So much hard work put into it.
Most interested in learning more about how you pack this into 2, what the responses and rebids, etc are.
Oct. 12, 2019
Donald Lurie edited this comment Oct. 12, 2019
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I can't answer that question. It's been a couple of years or so since I was at the local clubs or topurneys (we have two large, teaching clubs nearby) so i don't know modern local tendencies. My guess is the majority don't tend to respond on air unless very short in opener's minor.
My issues with Mex 2D (been around forever) is 1) you can't get out to play 2 given the response structure that I recall, and 2) can't get anyone who's familiar with it much less to play it. Opening 2C to show the bal 18-19/20 permits more options as you can get out in 2M. However, the whole response structure to the GF 2 opening that goes with it is quite complex and I, personally, have only seen one fairly complete writeup on it on BBF. So right now I am limited to online bridge due to life situation, stuck with 2/1, and with trying to work out penalty vs t/o, natural vs minors, vs good-bad (if I could get someone who knows/plays it).
Oct. 12, 2019
Donald Lurie edited this comment Oct. 12, 2019
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steve, re mexican 2…not my cup of tea, either. very anti-field at mps for starters (so has been opening 2N on a 19 for me, but that's another story)
Can't get the people i know to do precision which is really my fav. and preference. I still remember the original version when 1C-overcall-1NT was unbalanced GF. I think 2C-2D-2N was minimum 4-5 in minors. So i go way back there, and is what my most successful, relatively speaking" had been until I met my life partner. Then and now only 2/1 was/ is an option. Mostly I play online due to life situation - may change in future, don't know. I don't know people who play WJ (i have notes but would have to learn it, too).
The issue with 2/1 and sequence 1 that P wants it to be primarily business and i never know how to distinguish between bal 18-19 and a balance with short s and 4 s and enough to want to compete to 3-level. Pretty much the same with seq 2 although now i know that P couldn't bid 1N or neg X. We still get it wrong/ disagree a lot.
Oct. 12, 2019
Donald Lurie edited this comment Oct. 12, 2019
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So that puts the emphasis on sex as it is listed first?
Cool. Wow, was I ever born too soon!
Oct. 11, 2019
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