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It is easy to come up with minimum 5-4 majors hands (say Kxxxx Axxx xxx x) which are unbeatable in a game contract but might get passed out in 2. On the bidding you have 4 losers on your own, and partner should be able to cover one or two.

Now, if you play reverse Flannery (minimum 54 hands do not bid 1), it is possible to bid 3 instead of 2. That shows the value of the hand right away.
16 hours ago
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North can play either a spade or a diamond. On a spade, you'll play the jack, to the ace, and you would deliberately have to not ruff. Obviously irrational. On a diamond, you'd have to take the ace instead of letting the diamond run into the king-jack. Seems pretty strange too.
March 24
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You missed a 40% slam, seems OK.

As I understand, people usually play that a reverse can be made on 6-5 with an ace lighter than normal values. Here, all our cards are working and we have a solid club suit, so I think a reverse is a good idea.
March 24
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Yep. It's all a question of how much we mess up the opponents and partner. In second seat, I think a jump overcall is icky with this much outside values. That might cause us to miss game. But in third and fourth seat, why not?
March 23
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Did you notice that 1NT = 12-14?
March 23
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My personal opinion is that splinters in a GF scenario should be void showing. After that, it's easy to keycard and find the grand.

With a singleton, just support.
March 23
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I think 3/double is a similar matter of style as 1/pass.
March 23
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Offshape 1NT is something you do when you don't have a better bid. Here, 2 shows 5 diamonds and 4 clubs. And what would you know, I have… 5 diamonds and 4 clubs!
March 22
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A reverse seems reasonable, if marginal. But having not done it I am OK with splintering.
March 22
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Initial pass: Depends on style, can't criticize it much
Pass over 3: Big underbid
4: Humongous underbid
5: Slight overbid (understandable if South knows how timid North is!)
March 22
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Very sad. I enjoyed his Swedish and English bridge writing a lot. His passing is a great loss for the bridge community.
March 22
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Perhaps we bid 4 to make a fair amount of the time, but we didn't necessarily bid it on high card power to ensure 5 goes down if it is bid. If you want to set up a forcing pass, you need to show your high card power to partner by bidding four of a red suit.

Furthermore, I don't see why we can't bid if we expect 4 to make, while 4 and 5 go down one. That seems perfectly OK, especially at matchpoints. It is often difficult for the opponents to double in such a situation, and -100 is a better score than -130.

You would have a somewhat stronger argument at IMPs, but I think few would be convinced to abandon their straightforward meta-agreements.
March 22
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Interestingly, the club holding suggests that 2 is fairly safe, since the opponents are unlikely to raise the bidding too much.

However, I still think double is a little better. Since 1 denies a balanced hand, the only case where 2 finds a major fit and double doesn't is when partner is 3=1=(45) or 3 6+. The former case is quite unlikely given the overcall (and perhaps partner might pass the double?), and the second case will probably play fine in notrumps given our fitting kingleton.
March 21
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We might not have many high cards, but the ones we do have fit perfectly with partner's hand.
March 21
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Pass-double inversion or not won't make a difference. PDI or normal FP, the right call is 5. If you had a stronger raise, it is better to play PDI, since otherwise the bidding might go pass - pass - 5 - pass, and you'll be hard pressed to raise or pass.
March 21
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Richard Granville has written about his forcing one-bid systems on this site. I found the articles quite interesting and informative.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/introduction-to-mosso-mosca-with-standard-spade-openings/

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/update-to-swift-standard-with-fantunes/
March 21
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I still don't get why NF responses make sense. You're helping the opponents by allowing them the choice to pass, make a free bid, or double. I'd rather pass, let them show their suit and 0-9 hcp, then come in next turn if required.
March 19
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Really, I can't see what South would hold to bid like this. Perhaps a 3=5=2=3 10 count. It took a while for me to figure that out, so I can sympathize if North did so too. Disclaimer: I'm a small time club player.
March 18
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“Why is CHO doing this to me?”
March 18
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4 is “obviously” a cue, since 4 last turn “obviously” would have been natural and forcing.
March 18
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