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All comments by Jordan Lampe
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My plan over 4 is to bid 5.
June 8, 2016
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This 3 bidder was influenced by the vulnerability. I wouldn't bid 3 with such a balanced hand at any other colors.
June 7, 2016
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Since you are in balancing seat and borrowed a king from partner, you now have 21 HCP. Isn't 1 often going to get passed out when you are cold for a major suit game?
June 7, 2016
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Partner knows I have 10 points with good hearts and probably a few small diamonds from the auction so far. But I could have a lot more than that, I am still unlimited at this point. So, 4 seems to be asking me if I have “a lot more than that” or not. A careful examination of my hand shows that I don't have a lot more than that.
June 7, 2016
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If Partner isn't interested in slam, why didn't Partner bid 3NT immediately after 2NT, and why didn't Partner bid 5 after my 4 control?
June 5, 2016
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After 5, if I get 5 I can try 6, and if the stars are aligned correctly, Partner will have the black kings and put us into 7. If I bid 6, even if the stars are well aligned, I won't get there.
June 5, 2016
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Any reason I couldn't bid 1NT over 1?
June 3, 2016
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I think Partner has already shown a good 6-5.
June 3, 2016
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I don't understand how people can bid on here. If Partner's 1NT is showing 6-9 HCP or so, then Partner doesn't have enough room to have the spade stopper he promised AND the high diamond honor we need to hold that suit to 1 loser AND the two club honors we need to hold that suit to 0 losers. What am I missing?
June 2, 2016
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Sure, but why wouldn't you Double then? Pass is the weird bid.
June 2, 2016
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Whatever the technical merits of standard count might be, it is so much easier on the memory to just say “upside down count and attitude in all situations” that I'd choose upside-down.
June 2, 2016
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You showed your max, and then partner asked how you feel opposite a singleton diamond, and the answer is your hand is even better now. What's the problem?

If Partner needs to know things like whether you have the ace of clubs (required stopper!) or ace of diamonds (wasted value!), perhaps Partner should start a cue bidding sequence rather than hope that you can figure out that 4 was a bid saying “do you have two tricks in clubs to cover my three small?”
June 1, 2016
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Even with Axx you only have 8 tricks if the opponents lead a black suit instead of a red one.
June 1, 2016
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Well, I admit I was expecting a shapelier hand for the 3 bid. But I guess I can see how if My hand has K and a couple of other magic honors how we can make 6 without going over 9 HCP.

OTOH, it IS matchpoints, I AM balanced, the opponents are being quiet, and, as we can see, My hand will cooperate on slam finding with a good maximum and we go down 2. I guess this is why we have bidding polls.
June 1, 2016
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I'm having a hard time imagining what holding Partner has that means he doesn't want to bid 3NT over my 1NT call, but yet we make 10 tricks in NT. AKQ x AQxxx KQJx ?
May 31, 2016
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Don't we want to be 70% to be in grand slam? And isn't a grand slam that needs “only a 3-2 break” in one key suit actually slightly worse than 68% (because we are ignoring the possibility of a void somewhere).
May 30, 2016
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Many play that the jump to 2NT does not deny 4 spades since it's hard to describe the hand well after a 1 call and it's not quite strong enough for a 2 call.
May 29, 2016
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I like to call it the “usual” 2 notrump in this situation.
May 29, 2016
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The problem with Pass is that if it passes out in 1, you'll likely get a bad score for being in a 5 or 6 card spade fit. The problem with bidding on is that if Partner plays you for a full 6-9 points like you're supposed to have, you could end up in some 23-24 point game with badly fitting hands.

On this hand, I would bid just because the void opposite partner's suit is SO bad and because my 4 points are an ace, which is always a little better than 4.
May 27, 2016
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It seems like South is kind of stuck in your system, because he has no way to know whether Opener has a crappy hand with 5 hearts or a good hand with 6 hearts.
May 27, 2016
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