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One I have enjoyed bidding 1N vs passing. Even when partner can SF pass.
May 24
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Notwithstanding having a game vs just a 2-level partscore,
IRRC, 4/3 has been seen in practice to play inferior to 5/2.
May 24
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The compelling nature of my splinters is more to emphasize lower than tradional hcp to make game or slam. It would be nicer if partner has 0 hcp in clubs to get too excited.
May 24
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4th seat passed 1. I don't think partner is too light. So I'm doing a kind of reckless 4, eschewing other less straightforward auctions.
May 24
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I thought of 2 first.
But I needed some way to get across the offensive potential of this hand.
May 24
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Sometimes hearts/spades(?) being misfitting means more misfitting. In hindsight maybe I could have doubled 2N - interest in defending (penalized?). Maybe partner has a penalty of 3. Can I find out anything now by doubling?
May 24
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My pts in clubs may be good only to stop them. Partner's pts may be hopeful for us getting tricks.
May 24
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Partner has about as many pts as I do. Maybe he has 3 spades and 4 hearts.
May 23
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there is a 4 card ending.

Tx
Jx
Jx
Qx AKxx
Qxx
Q
North is on lead and leads a spade.
Once the defense has open led a club or leads one later, declarer can always get to this ending.
It can be beaten with a spade, small dia, or heart opening lead, but not a club.
May 23
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I think opening 1 and thinking about bidding over 4 are horses of different colors. 1 is closing the barn door while the horse may still be there. The other may be closing the barn door when the horse may be already gone.
May 23
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Does partner like to make optimistic 3 bids?
May 23
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They give up 1, ruff 3 and can get to their hand by dia ruff. Or strip, endplay East, and have East steppingstone them to the fifth club via the Q.
May 23
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Partner never showed any spades. Now I can continue with my guessing and bid 5. Partner has to play it. Maybe partner already knows how I bid.
May 23
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Partner has 2 kc's, I have 1, the opps have 2? Partner has unexpected spade length. Bid 6 anyway and hope the K is in the pocket?
May 23
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Unless I have it wrong, the lead of a club gives declarer the tempo needed to establish their 5th clun.
May 23
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Partner plays me for 0-7.
Sometimes 7 when I have 0.
I hope not 0 when I have 7.
May 22
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I don't mind 2 on this hand, but bid 3 to be like the restless natives.
May 22
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Classic Smolen 3 if partner bids 2.
May 22
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I highly recommend Mike Lawrence's book “Judgement” possibly for nothing more than t/o doubles and responding.
May 21
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Why not disallow regulators from making bad rules?
May 21
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