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'pretend they have opened at the minimum level in the anchor suit as a pre-empt'

I think that is just what players of these conventions want to achieve: we don't disturb their strong openings.
Feb. 18
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Normally, partner is going to lead one of the unbid suits. If you double when you'd like the lead of one of the unbid suits, you definitely decrease your chances because you bring 2 other suits into the picture. I'd go as far as claiming that you make him impossible to find the desired lead.
Feb. 18
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This was a tournament played on tablets and the convention card was submitted in an electronic way. It could be invoked by the click of a button. Unfortunately, by the time you can see that button you have already seen your hand.
Feb. 18
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True. But how can I avoid this situation? It was not me who used the convention and there was no pre-alert (which is not used here anyway).
Feb. 18
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I can't be prepared for everything that might come up, even less with a casual partner. The 2 bid was just an example, it could have been 2 meaning long clubs or anything.
Feb. 18
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What if I don't like their recommended defence?
Feb. 18
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Craig, I am not convinced that doubling 4 is safe. E.g. you may talk them out of bidding the slam if they have no control in the suit (good pairs have a way to deal with the situation).
Feb. 18
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I exclude hearts, their 8-card fit. Spades and diamonds would be natural leads so the only suit you weren't going to lead is clubs.
Feb. 18
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Lead dummy's first bid suit unless the bidding suggests something else. But the blame is yours if you don't guess right.
Feb. 18
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OK, then 3 can't be spades in Frances' partnerships.
Feb. 16
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I exclude answer 1. Whatever Stayman you play 3 is never spades.
Feb. 16
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A slightly different alternative (after 1m-1M-2M):
- 2NT and 3m: invitational with 4 cards in M. 3m may be bid even with 3-card support because you never (?) raise on 3M without 5+m.
- 3M and 3 in the suit below M: random game tries with 5+M (with 3M being more distributional but you can assign your own meanings to the bids)
- by elimination this gives that the relay is the lowest unbid suit, 2 with hearts, 3* with spades. Now the relay is forcing to game because you woud have chosen between 2NT and 3m with an invitational hand.

*Why 3, you ask? Because over 1 we play transfer responses and never raise on 3…
Feb. 13
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Natural, invitational. We use 2NT to compete (with any suit).
Feb. 3
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If I bid 4 immediately with a hand too good to pass 3NT then what do I do over partner's 4NT? Drive to slam on my own? No, I have to cue-bid first then bid 4 to show slam interest. That is why the sequence does not imply a spade control.
Feb. 3
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For your convenience, here is the North hand again, together with the South hand:

AK103, -, AKJ73, AJ82
QJ62, 63, Q982, Q105
Jan. 14
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You are right. I thought I'd provide some entertaining background information. I missed the target, obviously.
Jan. 14
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No.
Jan. 14
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In my opinion the double was not very slow. But South could expect something very unusual because upon seeing 6 hit the table East made a very loud exclamation such as ‘goodness me’ (hard to translate from Hungarian).
Jan. 14
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 14
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It's difficult for me to answer your question, I am very bad at assessing these delays. North did admit to the double being slow and West pushed the tray over immediately, at least South did not say otherwise when asked.
Jan. 14
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Well, here is the North hand: AK103, -, AKJ73, AJ82.

More information: The hand was played in the quarter-final of the Hungarian team championship.
Jan. 14
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 14
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