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I'd play it forcing to 3m even at matchpoints. I have found that playing 2NT under these circumstances is hardly right. Moreover, the forcing 2NT makes it possible for responder to try to bail out at 3, over which opener can still accept the invitation.
I'd prefer to use 2M rebids show some shape or at least concentrated values, a hand with character.
Or there is my favourite Meckwell convention, the 2 rebid with balanced hands. Over that, responder can bid up to 3m with an invitation, in the meantime reserving 2 as a puppet to 2NT with game forcing hands.
Dec. 5, 2014
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This is exactly what happened to us the other day. Only we opened a precision 2, thereby being in a more confined environment, at least theoretically.
My partner thought the situation was forcing, I thought otherwise.
I could be convinced to play every 5-level situation as forcing, on the basis that it is most unlikely that their contract is making and we cannot bid over it profitably.
Dec. 5, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Dec. 6, 2014
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Tell this to Stewart.
2014 Baze seniors KO SF, segment 2, board 30 (alas, I don't know how to give a link, maybe someone can help)

Also, look what Kasle is doing in the same tournament, QF 1st segment, Bd8.
Dec. 3, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Dec. 3, 2014
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No need to open sub-light. Light is enough, then you can survive 2NT. If you are sub-light, you can pass, you have the same strength as the opponents.
With your example hand I open 2.

BTW, let's say you open those 12-13 HCP flats. Now what do your passed hand 2NT's mean? If they mean you were just short of an opening bid (exactly 11 HCP's), you are guaranteed to get overboard even if your partner opens only a bit light. You will have 20-21 HCP's to my 22-23. Or you don't use the 2NT bid by a PH at all, which seems to place a very great burden on the PH 1NT response.
Nov. 18, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 18, 2014
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“The most successful pairs who play a wide range NT somehow manage to never, ever play 2N (ie only inviting when partner is accepting).”

That is of course a joke. Anyway, no good pair I know plays a wide range NT.
Nov. 17, 2014
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I played a 11-16 NT up until about 2 weeks ago. In one match, where the opponents played a weak NT, there were 12 1NT openings (Mostly by our side). It was driving me mad. I'd prefer a different opening bid on each hand if possible.

Also, nobody speaks about the downsides of the wide range NT. E.g. either you miss a game or you play in 2NT where you should be in 1. When the opps compete you never know if it is safe to compete or double, so even if they are wrong they often get away with it.

I play 12-15 now and I am still not comfortable. I'd prefer if 1NT and 1 overlap slightly, so that I never feel a hand too strong for 1NT and too weak for 1 at the same time. The other day I held: KJx, Q109, AKJ10x, Jx. Is that a strong club? Is it not too strong for 1NT? AS we were not vulnerable, I went for 1NT but we still lost a game.
Nov. 17, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 17, 2014
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The notion of partner having to cater for opening values when contemplating his action has avoided me, to tell the truth.
Nov. 17, 2014
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The opponents were top players but had no agreement about the double. Opening leader took it as a heart stack and he led Q.
Yes, the main reason West passed out the double was that he hoped it would be interpreted as suggesting a spade lead.
Oct. 23, 2014
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To Michael: I see a problem with the suggested defence. What if declarer has QJ9xxxx Jx Qxxx -? Now if West plays 32 and East shifts to a trump, declarer makes.
Oct. 23, 2014
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Yes, 9 was misguided. It was probably meant to make East cash his K but West failed to realize that in fact he was showing AJ9 as Frances pointed out. Actually it led to the opposite effect of discouraging East from cashing K.
Oct. 22, 2014
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5 was not laydown but it could have been made because doubleton Q in overcaller's hand ruffs out (first you lead the king). Perhaps not easy.
Oct. 22, 2014
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In fact the hand meets all the requirements for a gambling 3NT according to the agreements of this pair.
However, I am not sure that 3NT would have led to 4 (West may have preferred to take it out to 4, for example).
Oct. 22, 2014
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Thanks, Frances, for the exhausting reply. To make things clearer:
EW lead the A from AK.
Both players agreed that at trick 1 the jack showed attitude, denying interest in overruffing dummy.
EW normally play attitude when switching.
Oct. 22, 2014
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For me it looks scary to commit to the 4-level with 25 HCP's and a suit not certain to run. However, it might be a winning strategy in the long run.
Oct. 4, 2014
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In my view West had the option of bidding 3NT but I don't think that double was unreasonable. With some hands 3NT will have no play when 4 is laydown.
However, E clearly misbid the hand. 4 looks like he was choosing from the suits partner had offered, no wonder that West lookeded for something else, not having real help in clubs. East had a good descriptive bid, namely 5, available, which assures West of suit length, at the same time denying slam interest.
That's why I chose 15-85.
Sept. 23, 2014
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I'm sure double is for penalties here, so the only thing I could invent here is 3 for the minors. However, that carries a big risk and we may not have a game even if partner has opening values, so why bother?
The real problem will come next round when I will have to decide whether to reopen 3 (I am not going to).
I never abstain but this was close as it would never have occurred to me to pass 2 at my first turn.
Sept. 23, 2014
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I'd offer a choice via puppet. The other day partner did the same to me and I chose 4 despite being 4333. Even after the hands have been revealed it was difficult to determine which game was best. My experience suggests to look for the 5-3 fit whenever there is a way.
Sept. 22, 2014
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Maybe opening leader could deduce anyway that a ruff alone would not be enough to set the contract. E.g. declarer plays low to trick 2 as well then have 2 discards later. Would have to know whole dummy, opening leader's hand and bidding sequence.
Of course the knowledge of partner's spade holding makes the defender's task easier as he can exclude a line from his thinking.
Sept. 19, 2014
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As a reply to Geoff:

I think the remark of CH, stating he was considering double, is a giveaway that he was not just being slow but cheating.
Sept. 19, 2014
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Yes, I meant to create three categories: penalties, in-betweeen, takeout.
Sept. 18, 2014
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