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Hi Lori. Both minors is a very difficult combination to handle after a 2C opening. I think North's hand is strong enough on playing strength but not the most practical choice - for me it would be a 1D opening, planning on following up with 3C then possibly 4C, showing 5-5 and a big hand but at a more comfortable level.

As it was you had to do a bit of guessing here. I agree with 2D and 3D. South might now bid 4D - in my experience the 3D rebid is frequently long strong diamonds, often simgle suited, often slam interested - the idea here is to show a fit while you still can. After 3S, 4C, 4D I can't see any way to solve this one without guessing.

After the club lead, I see an alternative line: two top diamonds followed by clubs throwing away hearts from hand, eventually ruffing dummy's heart (who thought a heart ruff on hand would be our twelfth trick?). You need diamonds 3-2 anyway, and this line wins when the Q is offside but clubs break 4-3. It's also a winner when the diamond queen is doubleton anywhere. Depends on your judgement of how likely the club lead is a singleton.
March 6
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My issue with 3 is that it often makes it harder for the partnership to find a 5-3 major fit if responder has an extra card in their suit. Responder doesn't always give chance an opener to show possible three-card support because of how much more frequent a shortage in responder's major is.

A method I used to play to solve this sort of hand was that 1-1-2 and 1-1-3 both showed a good hand with six clubs and three of partner's (with some artificial follow-ups, but the point of the thing was the initial rebid).
March 6
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I too was surprised to see Helgemo open 1 rather than 1NT. Routine upgrade for me.
March 6
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Hi all - After 1-1-2NT, 3 (if checkback) must have five spades, because if you have 4-4Ms you would have responded 1.

Definitely a good discussion point how you bid with 44 compared to 45 after 1m-1H-2NT though…
March 6
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Regarding our agreements over transfer responses:

For us, 2 is natural. We play opener's suit (2) as the other two suits in most auctions. This can certainly be annoying when they have opened a short suit and fourth hand is stuck, but seems OK in practice. It also does good things - frequently we can play either of overcall's 5/5 suits at the two level which allows us to overcall more freely.

If we start there, we have two options over (1) P (1): double as takeout with 1 as natural, or double as hearts and 1 as a takeout double. It's clearly safer to play double as a takeout double (compared to 1), but on the flip-side is it more likely you would want to overcall 1 or 1 after the opponents respond showing spades? The frequency argument for the latter is enough for me to ignore the other flaws of the method. Often I can double to direct the lead, or with a chunky four-card suit etc. And when I do overcall at the two-level, partner knows I am for real.
Feb. 26
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Indeed…
Feb. 26
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Not if you have the 10.
Feb. 24
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Yes
Feb. 24
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What would you lead?
Feb. 24
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I considered the possibilities of leading all four suits. A trump was probably safer but passive didn't necessarily seem best.
Feb. 24
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Hi John, the above is what you want. The IDs for the match are:
61577
61582
61588
61592
Feb. 24
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Is there an argument that with 10-8, the defence don't know their cards are equal?
Feb. 24
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Defence identical at both tables and I believe tempo was quick (I was dummy and had left the table).
Feb. 24
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Michael Ware has been insisting on problems being given in this format for years in New Zealand, and he has certainly had an influence on the discourse.
Feb. 24
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Second question: would your play change if West had instead ruffed with the 9 or 8?
Third question: which heart should West ruff in with holding 10-9, 9-8, 10-8?
Feb. 23
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Great hand, thanks for sharing Matt!
Feb. 21
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If you told me pass was right, I wouldn't be surprised. I'm just not that keen to pass and cop it for probably a bad board.
Feb. 18
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Takeout, usually short in hearts (so that's why partner passed over 1D, they couldn't double with shortage in a major). I'm a little worried I'm undercooking things a little with 2 but anything else is too rich. Pass could work given partner usually has 4+ diamonds.
Feb. 1
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Also a diamond ruff. But mainly wanted to bid 7S over 7H :)
Jan. 21
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Hi Nick, I didn't play the hand (and lazily didn't look it up). I was given the problem with x's.
Jan. 18
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