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I think partner would choose any 4crd suit over Axxx to leas on this auction and therefore partner has 4333 95% sure and I would certainly switch clubs.
Oct. 30, 2019
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If partner can have 4-4 you can't bid 2D with 3-2 in order not potentially violate Burn's law(assuming partner bids 2H with equal length which is an implied agreement of bidding 2D with 2-3). If partner has 5-5 you might endup in the 5-2 fit and not 5-3 fit. That being said is that partner is more likely to bid again over 2S with 5-5. I know the Swedes play (1NT) 2C p 2S as showing 4 spades rather than just preference for spades. @joshua donn nice to hear from you and thanks for bringing this hand up.
Dec. 4, 2017
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Thanks for your response Kit. Interesting point of view.
Dec. 4, 2017
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Hey Kit,
I always bid 2D with 3-2 and 2-3 in the majors when vulnerable because partner needs 5-4 typically and 5-2 often plays better than 4-3.
Do you and your partner bid their 3crd suit with 3-2?
Dec. 4, 2017
Jacco Hop edited this comment Dec. 4, 2017
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Frances are you sure that is standard? I thought standard was 5NT to show the ace of clubs
May 1, 2015
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I wonder why you didn't write anything about how partner played his clubs. He did more or less the I don't have a signal way. If I would be partner I would place the king of spades in declarers hand which would make a high heart honour very like to be in partners hand. However his order K,J,Q,8 suggest he had both major kings because he didnt play the 4 in 4th round. I think he should have played the 4 in the 4th club round actually. If partner had QT or QJ stiff in hearts playing a 4th club can never gain a heart trick unless declarer has 8 which could occur but is unlikely.
March 25, 2015
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In the January ACBL Bidding Box contest, a statement was made that after say 1♦-1♠-2♦ 2NT is forcing and generally asks for shortness.

I think that is “standard” expert bridge here in the Netherlands. 2NT is very rarely the right contract and in this auction finding about shortage(even in the responders suit) is very useful. Let's say your hand is Ax Axxx Kxx KQJx you want to find out more about partners hand and not about his possible 3 cards in hearts etc. Opposite Kxx x AQJxx xxx you have a good slam and oppositie Kxx xxx AQJxxx x you want to play 3NT and opposite the “unlikely” x Kxx AQJxxx xxx you want to play 5 or 6 diamonds. (obviously partner doesn't always have this exact hand)
Generally the respones are 3m is NF, minimum and other bids show non mimimum and shortage in that suit.

btw I also play this over 1H-1S-2H.
March 2, 2015
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With INV and both minors you would not start with 2C would you? For that reason I think this is GF although it sounds NF.
Dec. 9, 2013
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I am really confused wit the possible answers. If you bid 4C and than 4S that would show you have enough extra strength to bid force 5 level over partners 4D last train bid(not showing a cue) and show a spade and club cuebid. Why would 5C mean the same thing?

So if you decide your hand is strong enough to bid commit to 5 level over 3H your bid should be 4S right?

This also depends if 3H shows extra's or not.

April 4, 2013
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I am with Kit here. If partner would think a heart would be best he/she would play the queen so partner will expect me to cash the king of diamonds.
Perhaps his hand is Kx KJxxx QJxxx x and he thinks declarer has a void in hearts. Ax of spades would work aswell but than you could also switch to spade.
Feb. 25, 2013
Jacco Hop edited this comment Feb. 25, 2013
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To solve these type of hands over weak NT we play a variant of Multi-Landy where 2M shows roughly a textbook openingbid (12-16) and 2D shows less or more.
Feb. 11, 2013
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I would say lefty had xxx x AT987xxx x He led his ace to see which x-ton to switch. The 7 is his middlle diamond so he doesnt request anything special(just cash your ace partner). Only problem with this is that east should have ruffed with the king:)
Jan. 22, 2013
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I would choose 2D artificial GF and 2H Natural INV if that option was provided.
Jan. 17, 2013
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Me2.
Jan. 15, 2013
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Kit is the bidding would start 1C-1D-1NT could suit show his 1345/1354 with 3S and could you than signoff in 4D with this hand with all these wasted values in spades?

Nice article and it was really nice to read about the idea's and philosophy of your 1C-1D structure
Oct. 15, 2012
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Well it is not very unlikely west will bid at least 4 clubs and your spades get lost enterily. Why not bid 4C to show your majors? Sure sometimes you have no but at least your partner will now have a better idea over 5clubs.
Sept. 20, 2012
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The hand I fear is Axxx xx xx AQJTx. Any other hand I can construct where slam is good partner will make another try. What would 3NT over 3H mean? I play 3NT shows a H fit here but I am not sure if that is “standard”.
4H would never occur to be a cuebid here. If 4C shows hearts it is a signoff and otherwise it is last train isnt it?
I prefer to play 3H as GF aswell.
Aug. 13, 2012
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I am not sure if east blundered here give declarer Jxx AKQ Jx KJxxx or Jxx AKQxx Jxx KJ or Jxx AKQJ Jx KJxx not encouraging spades is really silly. For East point of view he knew all high cards but not declarers shape.
One could argue that with AKT9x without an entry west would have to lead low but remove declarers J of Spades from any of my examples and replace it with the T and all cards would still open 1NT and with AKJ9x it is standard to lead the ace.

With my former partners I had the agreemeent to play 2nd lowest for a 5 crd suit without the queen on the Ace. That has been very helpful on all occasions it occured. Off course it is still a guess sometimes.
April 26, 2012
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Hello Kit,you state thate clearly you are in a force. In my world 5C could be absolutely cold and they could even have missed 6 so why is this a clear force? I am not precision expert by any means btw. You showed 0-4 and partner didnt have enough to act again over 2S.
In these situations where both sides found a nice fit and when it is not clear wether who could make something I play X sets up the force. How do you think about that?
April 12, 2012
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I would ask how they return in this situation if they play 3/5th you could try to cash the second heart first and you might endplay west directly with a club to 8.
East could have Q97 or T97 or the clubs should be 2-2 so it seems very against the odds to play a club to the 8 without cashing a second heart(if you believe the opps).
Feb. 28, 2012
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