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From what I understand and what has been explained to me, David and Ian are incorrectly extrapolating “partnership agreement” to mean always. My partner expects me to have 11 hcp or maybe 10 hcp to open at the 1 level. Every once in a long while (once in the last 6 months?) I'll open at 1 with less but so will half the field and neither I nor anyone else will need to start alerting our bids. There are some pairs that DO regularly open very light and they pre alert at the start of each round to let their opponents know they can open with as few as 8. You can't have an AGREEMENT to open very light and partner shouldn't plan to expect it, but that doesn't mean you are breaking ACBL rules by exercising bidding judgment and choosing to open hands low on hcp but also low on losers at the one level. Disclaimer: I am not a director.
July 3, 2016
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Depends on skill level of my partner and the opponents. There are many club games where I think part of my role is to be an ambassador for the game and encourage people to have fun. I won't tell them to put it back in their hand but I'll frequently not think about how to take advantage of it and just play normally. In this instance I would have done as you did because I wouldn't want a beginning partner to feel bad about the result.
July 1, 2016
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If you are willing to pass after 4 p p 5, that seems reasonable as well. On a similar hand (also 9 spades), partner just couldn't stand it and bid 5 for a terrible board. 4 was making 4 and 5 was going to be a disaster (person opposite 4 was 0553) which might be coloring my view. The “pass unless partner doubles” crowd seem to assume that its LHO that will bid which won't always be the case. I also like to feel that I've put the last guess to the opponents with a preempt and that doesn't feel like the case here.
July 1, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment July 1, 2016
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1, normal bid. Why am I in a hurry? If it goes 4 p p 5 how do I have any clue what to do?
July 1, 2016
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I don't think its just a matter of partner “figuring it out”. If it goes 1 1 p p back to him, that's really easy. Its just that things never seem to go perfectly. LHO raises. Or shows a limit+ support in spades. Or bids a new suit that we can't X. Or partner has a long minor that wants to be in 3NT opposite a spade stop and some values. Or partner X's back in and RHO bids their 2nd suit where they actually have a fit. Or partner has a good 2 suiter and has trouble figuring out that we passed with 10 hcp. or we don't beat 1 x'd enough (especially with the bad spots). Or LHO xx's and they find a decent 2nd suit and we aren't getting as good a MP result as if I'd bid 1NT and gotten the lead.

The most recent time this came up for me the auction was: 1 1 to me and I had something like Tx KJ97x Axxx Qx. I think this is a clear 1NT bid and now I had no trouble X'ing when they raised hearts. The time before that it was similar except partner had an easy raise to 3NT with his minor suit tricks and nothing in their suit.

Overall I've been very happy with the results from giving up on a trap pass of 1X. I might someday miss out on a juicy 1X doubled penalty, but the good results and reduced confusion the rest of the time seems well worth it.
June 23, 2016
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After having roughly 50 attempts at a “trap pass” of 1x go awry, I've pretty much given up on them and would bid 1NT here. After it goes 2 p p back to me, X for penalty seems clear and I'd probably try 2NT as takeout if I had a hand that wanted to take it out. N will be tempted to pull w/ a void but with no extra shape and very defensive cards it seems worth leaving in.
June 23, 2016
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That's a good point that it will encourage partner to bid 3NT on a half stop. Reverting my vote back to 4, but I stand by my disagreement with your earlier statements :)
June 22, 2016
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Long major and limited values is really going to bid 3 here over our 3 level rebid of our own suit? I agree completely if the auction went 1 2 x 3 p p that 3 would be long and limited but typically when partner has a long suit that they bid and rebid they are not usually excited to suddenly hear that we too have a higher suit at the 3 level. If they do have the long major it ought to be fairly solid w/ a stiff club which certainly makes 4 sound appealing given our holding.
June 22, 2016
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By 1 shows 2, I mean at least 2 (precision 1)
June 22, 2016
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4621 and 9+ hcp does seem unlikely - but it seems counter intuitive to me to suggest that freely bidding 3 after partner rebid their own suit at the 3 level is weaker than bidding 2 directly. Either push things a bit and bid 2 directly or just leave partner in their diamond suit that they were willing to rebid at the 3 level. If east has 4522 or 4531 shape, west might have 15-16 and 2362 shape without a club stop and 4 is the right spot.
June 22, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment June 22, 2016
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What if east has a 10 hcp hand with 4522 and the Jx of or a 9-10 hcp hand with 4531 or maybe 4621? After partner voluntarily bids 3 - 4 is likely safe and the right contract could be 3, 4, 5, or maybe even 3NT and 3 seems like a good way to show the longer heart suit and the fact that the hand might have improved somewhat since the first bid.
June 22, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment June 22, 2016
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Doesn't 3 at least imply diamond tolerance if not support?
June 22, 2016
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Fun article, thanks for sharing :)
June 16, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment June 16, 2016
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would have opened it 2NT
June 16, 2016
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If this were an ATB, I would put blame on both with partner passing the X as the worst bid. Since its a bidding poll: I don't think you can X here. Partner expressed doubt at beating 2S. What about Qx makes us extra eager at imps to hammer it? I'd bid 2NT which seems to describe our hand nicely and then partner can check to a red suit if he's strong and balanced or 3NT on the hand he does have.
June 16, 2016
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While lots are voting for spade to the A, it'd be interesting to know plans from there.
June 9, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment June 9, 2016
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If partner bids 5 are you really going to be that unhappy to lay down dummy? You have 1 less black card than promised and the K of diamonds which might be more relevant than the QJT if partner makes that bid voluntarily. I felt like the main risk w/ those spots is that it goes 2NT x 3d x ? not that partner will be sad about my diamonds after bidding 5.
June 2, 2016
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2N being opening strength(ish) is a fine agreement to have and if you have that agreement you certainly can't bid 2NT here imo. I don't think that's standard and googling U2N examples seems to reinforce this.
May 31, 2016
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Guess I'll vote with what I did at the table :P
May 31, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment May 31, 2016
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