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Yes, I know it was not a mandatory opening…

I myself also bid 4. That went down 2 (could have gone down 1). 4 would have been 2 down.
Partner's hand: xxx,xx,Axxxx,Axx.
Sept. 16, 2014
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From the answers I have deduced that the double says it is our hand and we have no particularly good club support, and, of course, we don't have a clear-cut bid of our own. Also, not much in hearts is expected.
In light of that, what do you think opener should do in a pairs tournament, both sides vulnerable, with the following hand: AQxx,x, Kxx, QTxxx?
Sept. 15, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Sept. 15, 2014
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To Frances and Alan:

We have the following scheme when Stayman is doubled:

Pass: stopper. Responder redoubles if willing to play there, otherwise bids something natural. Over redouble, opener makes his original intended bid.
Redouble, 3, 3: no stopper, transfer to the intended bid (e.g. 3 = s)

This makes responder declarer if a suit contract is to be played.
Aug. 29, 2014
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Thank you for the replies, everyone.

It seems to me there is no mainstream agreement for this situation.
Aug. 27, 2014
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Joshua, what I wanted to say is that this tempo problem is inherent to all inv+ sequences, and I would not want to increase the number of situations when that occurs.
I have read some pairs, either for this reason or some other, distinguish between invitational and GF hand by using different bids when possible, e.g. over 1-(1) 2 is limit raise while 3 is the GF raise.
Aug. 18, 2014
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To Dean Pokorny:
(a) I don't think 2 denies the 7th card.
(b) You can use 3NT as a spade splinter.
© Can be a correct evaluation of a hand.
(d) It is already NF, although invitational for most people, I guess.

Anyway, if you would gladly bid 1-1-2-2 with the weak, 7-card spade hand, what's the problem with bidding 2 immediately?
Aug. 17, 2014
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In reply to Joshua Donn:
“- Play 3♣ inv+ in diamonds, 3♦ inv+ in hearts, 3♥ inv+ in spades, 3♠ GF no fit. Transfers.”
I do not like this inv+ method. If partner hesitates then signs off I am going to have an awkward time explaining my game bid with a borderline hand.
The first method you suggest seems far superior.
Aug. 17, 2014
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Kit, does this concept apply to other sequences as well, e.g. 1-1-2, with 3-level bids being game forces and 2 being any invitation?
Aug. 17, 2014
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If spades are 3-0 then 5 goes down 3.
July 18, 2014
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5 is a bid I used to make now and then, so I can sympathize with West. I guess his intention was to deprive NS of space for exploring slam, a goal which could hardly have been achieved by a pedestrian 4.
July 18, 2014
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If it cannot be proven that Lebanon failed to show up for political reasons (in which case they should be disqualified) the normal procedure seems to me a 0 for Lebanon and the best possible score for Israel (as David suggests).
It is not the EBL's task to compensate for a team's disadvantage caused by internal political reasons, however sad it is if Lebanon are ordered by their government not to show up against Israel.
Moreover, if it seems a regularity that Lebanon somehow always fails to show up against Israel, EBL should draw the consequences and not allow them to participate at all.
June 25, 2014
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25th June is Statehood Day in Croatia. Maybe the organizers decided that to have a free day on that day is not the best choice as all shops are closed. Just a guess.
June 24, 2014
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I saw it on their CC for Lille. To quote:
“Pass/X inversion applies 1-4+, or other high level F situation after 1 opening.”
Well, perhaps it does not mean it is a forcing pass situation.
June 5, 2014
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Thanks all for your valuable comments.

At the moment we play this situation as forcing, with X for takeout-ish.
BTW, I believe most top American pairs (Meckwell for sure) play this as a forcing situation.
June 4, 2014
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With most partners I play 3 as serious. I used to play it as showing control after which partner's 3NT was serious. It was never my choice because I still don't know which one is superior.
June 2, 2014
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That's another reason why 2NT is superior to 2. Responder can go into the tank for as long time as he wishes.
May 31, 2014
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Just do not play them.
May 29, 2014
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I have been using this super-accepting method for several years now with my partners. The only difference is that we always super-accept with 2NT.
In fact, you can use 2NT to super-accept with a minimal but good-looking hand. 3 over that could be used as a game invitation. You don't lose the long suit slam try by that, because you can restransfer, then bid your side suit (true, at the 4 level, but I don't think that extra level is needed here). If you have a short suit, you can jump in it over 2NT.
May 29, 2014
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That the play was difficult enough with this decent dummy clearly shows that 2NT was not an underbid.
Also, 2NT was by far the best choice. Describes strength and orientation in one, and even with a 5-3 spade fit 3NT may turn out superior. 2 is hateful, why create a nebulous situation when you ‘know’ where to go. 2 carries the danger of a raise on 2 cards, or a minor rebid which endplays us into 3NT and partner might think our heart guard is suspect.
What I did not like is the abrupt end of the story. I am missing the reasoning that made you make the winning decision. Yes, if 3 was from a 32 doubleton, E might have bid 2 but only might. Kxx, QJxxxx, Ax, K10 is not a tempting 2 bid.
May 27, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment May 27, 2014
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