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The three rules for a 4-card suit overcall at the 1 level are: 1. You have opening strength 2. There is no other applicable call 3. The 4 card suit is very strong.

1 and 2 clearly apply. Is AJ9x “very strong”? Not for me, but it's not insane to judge it so. However, we can see from the voting that the BW community doesn't think 1 is viable.
Sept. 19, 2019
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I can see showing the good spade suit before showing the heart raise, but bidding it TWICE without showing the hearts?
Sept. 18, 2019
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East's failure to bid implies shortness in majors, so maybe partner is trying to show 4-4 majors? Quite a leap to take undiscussed, though. I can't think of anything better than Davis' comment above.
Sept. 18, 2019
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Double is the only way to get to 3NT, and you can bid clubs over any spade bid CHO attempts to make.
Sept. 18, 2019
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I don't need to. 6NT is a command to stop the auction. It's really quite easy.
Sept. 17, 2019
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Personally I'd apply Kit Woolsey's rule here: If somebody jumps to slam, the auction is over. This is kind of like the 2nd option, except Opener's opinion is not required at this point.
Sept. 17, 2019
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What am I supposed to do with a balanced yarb in 4th seat after 1NT-X-2 (to play) ?
Sept. 15, 2019
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You have amazing support, a singleton, and an ace as well. Your hand got a lot better knowing there are 5 spades over there.
Sept. 12, 2019
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I would do whatever I was planning on doing when I chose to bid 3.
Sept. 12, 2019
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A negative-free bid is non forcing, but it is supposed to be constructive, isn't it? Why didn't I raise to 3 the first time around?
Sept. 12, 2019
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Yes.

Specifically, there's a social problem here: If every single claim followed the law strictly, it would be a lot more time and effort than people collectively want to take. Think about how unions sometimes cause trouble by “following rules to the letter”. The problem, as we note, is after everyone is sloppily claiming for a while, somebody makes a sloppy claim that isn't true … or is only true if the Declarer knows he has to play a high diamond before any high hearts or that the trumps have to be played in the right order …

What we are doing here in this thread is trying to see if we can keep claiming simple and easy while still being “fair” in these tricky cases. And so far the answer is that there is no easy answer.
Sept. 11, 2019
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So now I can always claim with “I have a 100% line” and I get the benefit of the doubt? Sweet!
Sept. 10, 2019
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No, but it might be suggesting we have a good sacrifice at the 6 level.
Sept. 10, 2019
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I should have said “inviting a sacrifice” or “suggesting that 6 might be correct” or … I don't know how to word it in a way that some BW reader won't misconstrue.
Sept. 10, 2019
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Not according to the voting!
Sept. 5, 2019
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Where have all the diamonds gone?
Sept. 3, 2019
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Or to put it another way, if I wasn't going to bid 3 now, I should've bid something other than 2NT last time.
Sept. 3, 2019
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So for you, 2 guarantees 6, I guess.
Aug. 31, 2019
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Then I need more details about OP's system to comment intelligently!
Aug. 30, 2019
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Bonus question: You open 1 in /first/ seat with xx AJxxx Axx Axx and the auction proceeds as above. Now what?
Aug. 30, 2019
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