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Because a pre-empt is limited but a one level opening is much wider range.
March 31, 2017
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43 votes for pass and everyone going down.

There has to be a reason a top quality West player preempts on what is known to be a bad suit - he has a side void.

Partner has AJ6 and although the K is onside, he is missing K109 so try as he might, 3NT goes down 2 or 3.
March 27, 2017
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Call me aggressive but 800 looks the max we can go down, and that's only -5 against their 4S or even a potential double game swing for us when they have majors and we have minors.

Also - it really upsets 2 openers when they have to bid at the 5 level to define their opening!
March 23, 2017
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Opening leader has a 33% shot at that anyway (and the better the field, the more I find that opponents tend to find the best lead - so with 5 I have removed all the bad slam options here - this is a forum which shows good bridge options - not lucky bridge options.

I'll take my 60% for 5 and beat all the slam punters who go down.
March 23, 2017
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2 - though of course my ox will bid 2 and I will then hit 2NT… anything other than 2 from partner and my hand starts to get way better.
March 23, 2017
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That -590 is also an acceptable score to take back to your teammates? :)
March 23, 2017
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I'm with Eric. They have more of a problem than I do…
March 23, 2017
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In my youth, I double expectantly. Nowadays I pass hopefully.
March 23, 2017
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When I do the opponents have a cashing AK.

The fashion these days is to pre-empt to the max on any old crap, and I admit I'd be less than happy if p did NOT have a club piece for 4S given that (s)he is missing the A, but KQJxxxxx x Kx xx rates a possibility, and 5 looks golden.
March 23, 2017
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5

“Look P - I don't have a club control”.
March 23, 2017
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Unless I have a really timid partner who bids a level below their actual values… I'm passing all day!
March 23, 2017
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Too good for 2 with the void, and a or contract will be lost and might be the spot to play in.

I'd open 1 all day 3rd in hand - but my partners expect a little more in this seat.
March 23, 2017
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3NT: am I worth more? Maybe. Did I wrong side 3NT here? Maybe.

Hamman's law applies.

What am a really bothered about is that P has a diamond void and my LHO has the A!

On the other hand it's MP so if that sad state of affairs is real, we'll have plenty of company.
March 23, 2017
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After 4 I bid 5. I'm stuck now with possible two diamond losers and I also prefer Michaels 4as my original action.
March 23, 2017
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In traditional Acol this is a NF sequence. Modern Acolers mostly play it as F1, and some play it as GF - so the answer is make sure you've agreed what this sequence really is :)
March 2, 2017
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We have to make the 3C call here unless we have some agreements over this lebensohl sequence - plus what do we do if it goes 3 - 3?
Feb. 27, 2017
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I'm expecting a spade lead but my point is that if p has as little as Axxx we run 9 tricks minimum before they can get theirs - if we have a diamond loser 5D is equally problematic and this is matchpoints so I would like the 430 that should be available.
Feb. 23, 2017
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Then my second choice is 6C - but this is where I take issue with BWS - it just doesn't lend itself to showing this type of hand, which is best shown via transfer. bidding spades, then over 3NT, 4C setting the suit and indicating a slam try.

The question is small slam or grand slam for me.
Feb. 23, 2017
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So what I hear is that you are giving up on this hand despite the fact that partner could have easily held opening values with no suitable call over the weak 2 and by refusing to bid the higher of two equal length suits you have effectively frozen yourself out of logical continuations?

PKUS: why are you worried about a lead director - this is clearly OUR HAND?
Feb. 21, 2017
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1 > 3 is 15-17 or 16-18 depending on your methods, with a 6 card suit.

That's what I have.

If I play in NT I'll have to get the hearts going anyway to make, so I'd like the security of those little trumps.

P is still there to bid 3NT or something else…
Feb. 20, 2017
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