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Not here to make life easy for the opponents. 2 all day - partner can use our methods to find it's a crap hand if he needs to ask.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Switch the vulnerability and I bid 5 - at this vul, I let them have it.
Feb. 20, 2017
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I run away with my penalty double for +200 and laugh when most of the field makes 110 - and at IMPs I'll occasionally run away with 200 or 500 when 3NT is iffy.

8 or 9 counts DOUBLE the interference.

Yes, very occasionally I'll go for 470/670 but I'll end up on the plus side overall.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Don't bother opening 1NT against good players then - they will simply overcall on 13 cards because you can't double for penalties.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Double for takeout is horrific.

A good player will look at your card and bid on air as it's unlikely you can choose the right action.

Double should be penalty, cue bid is Stayman, and if you have 8 points in this situation you you have to ask if you have a defensive or offensive 8 count, and whether your hand (and partner's play) is good enough to make game.

Learn lebensohl!
Feb. 20, 2017
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I transfer to then bid 3 to show my 6/4 shape. Why would I not give partner the required information to help bid the club slam?

Second choice 6!
Feb. 20, 2017
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If P has the right two aces, slam could easily be good. I must not be lazy and bid 5 - so 4 for me.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Well - if you start the doubling at 4 p is much more likely to double 4 - hence my pass. How's 4 go? +620?
Feb. 20, 2017
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1 - 1NT - 3 should be 15-17ish, good 6 card suit
4/ opening is 11-15 good 7 card suit (what I have)
1 - 1NT - 4 should logically be good 6+ cards.18+ (ie not quite a 2 opener)

Pretty standard stuff isn't it?
Feb. 20, 2017
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I have to believe someone, and if the opponents have slam interest, I can't imagine partner having enough for a strong single suiter type double.

If that's the case, the opponents are in dreamland and I have been successfully bamboozled.

I hate to contradict a respected international, but I feel like it's time to throw some more sand in their faces and find out who is the 97lb weakling :) If it's me, I'll apologize to my partner and teammates later!
Feb. 20, 2017
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4! I'm white against red - let them untangle their issues - we have at least 9 hearts between us and breaks aren't kind, so let's push a little.

Plus they might misread the cards and play me for something if they win the declaration.
Feb. 20, 2017
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Bring back Ogust!

Failing that I bid 5NT GSF now - if p has a crappy suit we may only make 4 but if he has KQxxxx I like our chances to take all the tricks!
Feb. 20, 2017
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The Americans have a saying - 65 come alive - I really like the idea of rebidding after my 1 opening to show my shape - of course I risk the whole thing falling apart if it's a misfit, but if we find a fit, this is the type of hand that makes game or slam on limited values.

So I choose to get my good suit in first and plan to rebid at whatever level.
Feb. 20, 2017
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yes
see above.. I'm getting old and read the opener as 2 on the tiny phone screen :(
Feb. 20, 2017
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Answering on my phone - misread the hand in the tiny print
Feb. 20, 2017
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BTW.. if you bid 3 you MUST bid 4 now if only to give p a chance to bid 4 and rescue you. Good luck if he bids 4 or worse 5 on Qx because you have shown ‘6+ ’ in the suction.
Feb. 20, 2017
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This hand opens 4: 1-any-4 shows a stronger hand.

I open 4 all day at any vulnerability with this hand.
Feb. 20, 2017
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I am SO much better than I could be for my bidding, the HK looks well placed, and partner's shortage opposite clubs will be a bonus.

This hand plays itself and even if p shows up with a really poor minimum like:
QJxxxx
x(x)
xxxx(x)
x(x)

4 has some play.
Feb. 20, 2017
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They are going back to 4, P is still there… I don't have 3 spades and I won't bid 5 when 4 might be best, so I am going to pass and let p do something smart…

The big question is what do I do when it goes 4 - P - P back to me?
Feb. 20, 2017
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If P has stops in both majors and Axxx for his support, I'm pretty confident that we have at least a shot at 3NT here.

3C is pointless. P has diamond support and both majors, so how many clubs can he have? Bidding 3NT implies club stopper(s), doesn't it?
Feb. 20, 2017
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