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Playing pairs, I want to go plus, Hearts can easily break badly.
9 hours ago
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Playing Precision, we would open 1 and then start a Relay auction:
1 - 2 (GF Relay)
2N (onesuiter, no shortness) 3 (Relay)
3 (6(322)) - 3 (Relay)
4 6=3=2=2 4H( Sets spades)
4 (MIN) - 4N KC
5 (2 KC) 6 Gambling that pd has the or the K or no club lead

Not 100% convincing :-(
9 hours ago
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BTW, I would not have openend 1N (too strong). The splinter with the partnerhand is rather crazy. I would have preferred to look for a real fit, however that works in your system (3 for us, as we play double transfers)
16 hours ago
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4N for me, which in our system shows 2 KC, a good hand and denies a heart control.
19 hours ago
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+1 The methods can be improved, btw. If a transfer break shows xx or Ax/Kx, this would have been easy.
1 N - 2 (X)
3 (xx or Ax/Kx in , 4, good hand) 4 Cue
4 (diamond control) - 4N (RKCB) etc.


BTW: Even in the actual situation, east must know that west has a spade control. He wouldnt bid 4 otherwise, as East has denied a spade control.
July 10
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4 should be conditional RKCB: Do you like your hand in context of the actual auction? If not, we will play 4N (4 after 4 would be RKCB again).
July 10
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4: fit and SI -> 4 last train
4: Puppet to 4, either to play or to show a void next
4: 5 , SI -> 4N to play
4 5 , SI -> 4N to play
July 9
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Well, after my potetial Pen X, this seems rather optimistic.
July 9
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3 first, 5 next. Then pd can cooperate, when they bid 5.
July 9
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Luckily, I don’t have to face a 3 bid at my second turn. What would I have bid then?
July 9
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I dont understand the problem (and wouldnt have bid 1N). Having 3 certain tricks, shall I reallydouble, hoping that pd has 2 tricks?
July 9
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For us, 1N simply shows 0-4(5-) HCP without 4. As 2!m would definitely show a longer minor and only 4, opener needs to rebid 2 with 5 : (1- 1- 1 -!N - 2). As we bid 2 after 1 - 1 with 6 and 17-19,, responder knows, that opener has 5 and a 4 card minor and can ask for it with 2N.

In your system, I have to guess……
July 8
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We organize our relay responses according to probability. So hands with voids always consume a lot of bidding space. I completely agree that trumps should only be set AFTER a potential shortness is known. Let us see, whether we survive the actual hand:
1 - 1N (GF)
2 (clubs) - 2 (Relay)
2 (shortness in ) 2!N (relay)
3N (3604) - 4 (sets hearts, asking for strength))
4 MIN - pass

Facing a 3604 10-15 hand slam chances look remote. Partner needs to have something like Axx, AQxxxx, - , DBxx. for a good slam. So I would set hearts and when PD cant do more than 4, I will let it go.
July 8
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We prefer a complete relay system after 1 - 1N (any GF) and 1 - 2 (any GF) and are very satisfied with the results.

In your structure, playing IMPs, I would definetely set clubs with 3. After partner shows his shortness (3 or 3N), you need to have an option to ask for strength and slaminterest (possibly conditional RKCB?!). When pd denies any SI with 4, I would bid 5 and hope for the best. Otherwise you know about KC and can ask for the queen of trumps if appropriate.


In our structure, we would bid
1 - 1N (GF)
2 (clubs) - 2 (Relay)
2/2N/3 (low, even, high shortness) - Relay
3rd step would be 1624, respectively 2614 and responder can then set clubs or hearts as trumps and ask for strength.
July 7
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Not for us. :-) We have a set of rules, when X is PEN. All other doubles are takeout. BTW, in 3 you have an endplay, not without risk, but rather interesting. Assume 2 rounds of hearts, spade switch, queen, king, ducked. Win the spade continuation, club to the ace, diamond to the queen, spade ruff, diamond. When the king pops up, duck and south is endplayed.

This would lose only, if south had 4 spades, otherwise you break at least even. The play to this point suggests, that north has a (very) weak hand with 3 hearts, so he easily can have 4 spades.

@Ambrose: When south leads an empty ace, he probably has critical holdings in all the other suits.
July 7
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Routine alert: 2+ : BAL or clubs or fit.
July 6
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I think, that after a 2 bid by East the bidding will continue (2) X (pass) 3?! a. p. and the fate of that contract mostly depends on the opening lead. I dont envy the opening leader. And even if he finds the heart lead and continuation that would be rather telling.
July 5
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To protect his club holding and to get a potential diamond lead. Besides it is nearly always an advantage when the balanced hand declares :).
July 5
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My goal is to play 4M from partner‘s side of the table. In my methods I can bis 2 - 2 -3 (spades) and go from there. If partner denies 4 I will probably simply bid 4. In your methods, I think I will simply Texas to 4. I don’t see much slam potential (no diamond raise!) and should avoid to become declarer by all means.
July 5
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This is one or the worst sequences in natural bidding. You should play that 2 - 2 - 3/ shows 4 / with longer diamonds. Then at least you dont have to look for a 44 major fit any longer and 3M now (after 2 -2 - 3 ) just shows values and your better major. Yes, I know that it is difficult to get to a 35 major fit this way. But I think it is more important to avoid that the weak hand declares 3N.
July 4
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