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I think we are in a Forcing Pass, and it looks to me like Partner has long diamonds and crummy spades. And given that he wants to bid on even with that, I think we have to bid on.
May 16, 2017
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On the diagrammed grand, after having NOT doubled 5, it seems like doubling 7 is guaranteed to not get partner off to the right lead. What am I missing?
May 5, 2017
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Who's the dealer?
May 3, 2017
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What if partner decides (3)-3-(p)-P-(p) ?? Don't we have X then 4 if we want to show “stuff outside”?
May 1, 2017
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I don't know which opponent was from outer space, but in retrospect, I really, really wish my partner had found the red card rather than the card labelled “4NT”.
April 26, 2017
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Partner actually had KJx KQJ9x xx Qxx
April 25, 2017
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Deleted .. I re-read the OP
April 18, 2017
Jordan Lampe edited this comment April 18, 2017
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I don't understand 3NT. I mean, I get that we have a diamond stopper and enough points to be in game. But I only see one single diamond stopper and I'm not sure I can depend on partner to provide the A and AK that I need to have 9 top tricks without losing control on the inevitable 4-2 spade break. Isn't 4 a lot more likely to make when we have to lose the lead to develop our winners?
April 12, 2017
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Even though this hand could have an ace less and have bid the same way so far?
April 9, 2017
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That's useful advice. What is it about “2 card support for a 5 (maybe 6) card major” that is less interesting than “3 card support for a 4 (maybe 5) card major”. Is the idea that with only 2 we are much less likely to have a useful ruffing value (that the opponents can't kill by leading trumps)?
April 5, 2017
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If it were me, I'd play it as a “support double” showing exactly 2 card support. But everyone thinks I'm weird.
April 5, 2017
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I, for one, didn't even know they were happening. Had I known, I would probably still pass because, you know, I actually have to work. And I don't have a huge network of bridge partners who can also skip off work for a full week at the drop of a hat either.
April 5, 2017
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A similar idea: Play lebensohl in these sequences. So after 1M-(2M):

cue = LR+ in M
2NT = relay to 3, showing either a “competitive” minor suit or a single raise
3, 3 = natural and GF
3M = mixed raise

The big win compared to the OP is reduced memory load if you play lebensohl in other situations. The big loss is that if the bidding is suddenly at the 4 or 5 level, Opener doesn't know what Responder's suit is. In terms of pure Bridge Goodness, the loss is obviously bigger, but in the world of actual humans who have to try to remember all this stuff, less clear.
April 5, 2017
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When I was a kid, I was taught that “aces and spaces” were good for trump contracts and soft honors (“quacks” in modern lingo) were good for NT. Does not South have soft honors up the wazoo?
April 4, 2017
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I think Drew meant for North's 2nd bid to be a forcing 2NT “game try”.
April 4, 2017
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There IS a bid in the arsenal which caters specifically to minors…
March 31, 2017
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Say South with 0 or 2 tricks on defense passes. North with 0 tricks on defense does what?
March 17, 2017
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Sure, but 3 should imply 5 or more of ‘em, and deny 3 hearts, so he knows he’s in the best fit available.
March 16, 2017
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Wouldn't Partner like to know that you have no fewer than three great cards?
March 16, 2017
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On which holdings exactly is Partner endplayed? 2524? 2515 with a hand good enough to not use Michaels?
March 16, 2017
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