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All comments by Liam Milne
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Spade led, not club.
June 4
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I realised that many of the bidding problems I was posting were of the same theme (rebid problems similar to yours). In my current partnership I've decided to do something about it. We do something alternative with our 18-19 balanced hands (we choose to open 1 and rebid 1NT in a transfer response system, but there are other things you can do e.g. 2m opening showing 18-19 balanced) which frees up the 2NT rebid.

These days we use 1m-1M-2NT as an artificial bid showing a game-forcing single-suited hand with the long minor, may include 3 of partner's suit. 3C asks, then 3M shows the 6+m/3M hand while new suits show shortage there (and doubleton in partner's M), typically 7321 type. Rebidding 3NT over 3C shows stiff in partner's M. Using these methods we would bid 1C-1H-2NT-3C-3H showing long clubs, three hearts and a big hand.

I realise this might not answer your question about what do in natural methods. I don't know the answer to that which is why we've added in the above artificial methods.
June 3
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I like this! Didn't think of it at the table.
May 30
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I'm glad you said so Peter seeing as that's what I actually bid!
May 29
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Really enjoyed this, thanks.
May 20
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April 6
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Nicely done Tony! Huge result
March 31
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Yes, they are two suited and are bidding on the strength of their trump for while you have all the points - classic time for a trump lead. See the Pellegrini table from the bowl matches.
March 13
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1NT isn't for me. I can't see many reasons to upgrade this one and would treat it as a normal 14 rather than a good 14.
March 13
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Very, very worthwhile in my view. The results against the robots don't mean much. And playing against another pair is a good way to foster some competitive spirit ;)
March 10
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I led a diamond, as did the other two chumps holding my cards defending the same contract. Dummy's shape was 2=1=6=4, partner had the AK and K over the A. Declarer won the lead and correctly played ace and another trump before claiming.

K sets up the third defensive trick for when partner wins their trump trick.
March 9
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Correction: Andy Hung is a strong believer in opening all 11s :)
March 7
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I would be tempted to preempt 3 with the North hand
March 7
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Feels like partner is psyching on the way to 5
March 6
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My personal view on the hand was that I would have bid 4 as North, overbidding a little to emhphasise the majors, and would have doubled 5 as South on the given auction. Take the money rather than guessing and risking a disaster.

If I was going to force to slam, 5NT (pick a slam) might be better than 6 which sounds like majors. 5NT also gives North room to hedge with 6 over which we can show our diamond suit.

The main people to take the blame for -100 were probably East and West though :)
March 6
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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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