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My 2 aces gave me hope of beating this.
I get the impression that I'm not the only one that didn't know having to have the heart king was universal.
7 hours ago
Gregory Nowak edited this comment 6 hours ago
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In casual partnerships I would have to bid 3 and hope for good inferences.

In other partnerships, the agreement forcing to 3 would not be unconditional. It would be superseded by qbid promises another bid. I can't imagine this auction ending in 3.
And missing out on some things would spoil my enjoyment of the game.

This hand is not unexpected. It's come up before and been discussed.

I prefer not to let my opps out of responsibility for their bidding. Can you imagine lho's relief when he/she doesn't have to figure out to pass 3 or bid 3 and get ready for the doubling.
Partner has some options that he/she wouldn't have had if I had bid 3. They can double 3 or qbid 3.
If lho bids 3, partner can double or pass. Partner's other bids will have a meaning of what his qbid was about.
8 hours ago
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At first 2 was some unknown force. Did East's 3 bid change it to just a raise to 3?
Oct. 18
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I prefer that my pass of 3 doesn't mean that I had one of those awful 2 bids that everybody else makes. If I have the partner I prefer, he/she knows this.

Partner also knows that once they qbid 2, I'm counting on them not to pass. Maybe they have something informative to say.
Oct. 18
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There is a good reason there is no single bid to describe this hand. So I plan on making more than 1 bid. I'll be getting information too. Lho will probably bid their hcp first. There aren't that many left.
Oct. 16
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Maybe stayman breaks even if partner doesn't have 4 hearts.
Or it gains when the jump to 3N talks the leader out of a spade.
Oct. 16
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I think the opponents have had a better than average auction against a 2 opener. Which you might not see again soon.

Most of the time you're not in this position.

Did partner's pass of 3 mean anything?
I prefer that it shows something positive.
His double would be literally negative.

Now you're starting at the 5 level looking for strain and level.

I don't have much optimism whether whatever you do is t/o or penalty at this high a level.

It might be a good idea to have whatever you do show or deny 1st round control in diamonds.

The 3 level is blatantly obvious.

If you do the same thing at the 5 level, maybe you'll get the best result possible.
Oct. 16
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The rules start out under a presumed context.

So maybe it's not so good to state them carte blanche.

Maybe the changing contexts have an effect.

Extenuations.
Exceptions.
Dealing with special needs.
At the 3 level 23 balanced is not the same as the 5 level.
How they got there.
1 opponent did it or 1 raised the other.
What info do we have? Is there a way to make use of it?
Oct. 16
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Maybe some constructions, it's not your spade stoppers. It's your diamond stopper(s).
Oct. 16
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Dave's opponent at the table was a lady who made a comment.

I guess some people don't read everything.

Especially the 5 more voters that bid 3.

It's now at 39. I only need 11 more.

Lynn, if your number isn't 50, what is it?

It seems so stubborn to be -620 when you could be -170.

Even if you don't to acknowledge the phenom of void opposite xxxx.
Oct. 16
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I think it would be so great if BW gave OP the option [hide abstains].
Oct. 16
Gregory Nowak edited this comment Oct. 16
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I'm counting on the Law being off a trick for my underbid.
Oct. 16
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I play ** asks for a heart lead. I could have A or K doubleton. I have also played ** asks partner to puppet to 1 spade.
Oct. 16
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At a lower level I play double is balanced with dia tricks.
Pass is balanced not as penalty.
Oct. 15
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I think this hand has preemptive covered a lot better than simple raise or pass.
Oct. 15
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I don't care what's forcing.
I'm bidding 1.
Oct. 15
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Why do it?

2 part question.

Why? Man has been asking that forever. No answer.

Do it? Yes. Somebody has to. There would be zero votes for 3 in stead of 30.
Yes. I think it went up 4 even after your last comment 10/14.

There is a better chance of guessing how many more will do it than thinking nobody will.

So I'm guess a round number of 50 total.
Oct. 15
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With texture in both suits, the need to get partner involved is very strong. 1 and 2 canopies may be available.

Bailey qbids were invented just for hands like this. Michaels is more practical.
Oct. 15
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I've seen many polls here and actual practice where trump contracts take more tricks than people expect when a side suit is 0/1 opposite (exes).
Oct. 15
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Not opening and bidding 2 now seem like - I can't make up my mind. Certainly not - the way this auction has gone, makes bidding 2 just stand out.

But more like - I can do this and I'm in denial of being punished for it.
Oct. 15
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