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ATB
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34%? Really? When the queen of clubs is in the pocket, you will have a fighting chance. The play is complex but it gets interesting.
May 4
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Prefer X to 1, too. Now I am not sure, pd guarantees 4, so I will pass.
May 4
ATB
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What´s the problem? 4 isn't such a terrible contract. The balancing is a bit light, so the contract isn't cold but it has play.
May 3
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In my opinion a club lead is automatic with partner´s hand. A spade lead is far riskier.
May 3
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Yes, but in Kit´s auction (in 3N) you have the tremendous advantage, that NOTHING is known about declarer´s hand. I love that when declaring. :-)
May 3
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Another reason why I prefer 1N as a rebid.
May 2
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2 says I have a 2 suiter in the minors. With more than half of my HCP in spades and this gorgeous club suit, I dont feel this way.
May 2
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Yes, we play 1 = 16+ UNBAL, 17+ BAL, so this hand qualifies.
May 2
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Partner shouldnt lead the 2 from Txx2, so I wll play the K.
May 2
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5, showing a heart control, spade fit and SI is enough. I will respect partner´s judgment. RKCB obviously won´t help.
May 2
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The South hand looks much more like a strong NT than a weak one. I like to play 1N 14-16, so I dont have a problem at all. But even playing 15-17 NT the good texture in the majors would convince me to open 1N.

After that getting to 3N is easy, finding the clubs is not. :-)
May 2
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Playing Precision North has an easy 3 bid, in a natural frame, this is borderline. With the South hand, I would pass 2 reluctantly, hating the quality of my spades.
May 2
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In boards like this, I feel so glad that I normally play either Precision or a natural structure with Gazzilli. Playing the system mentioned I will temporize with 2 and hope for the best. But I dont like it at all.
May 2
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But he won't, not knowing that I hold the nearly perfect hand. I need to bid 4 to show my enthusiasm.
April 30
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We play the following structure:
- With a club stopper opener bids normally as if there was no X.
- Without a club stopper opener passes. Then XX asks for further description and
opener tries to avoid becomming declarer (protecting pd´s potential club stopper)
3 one or two majors: Responder bids naturally
3 five spades
3 five hearts
3!N no 4 or 5 card M
- XX: suggests to play 3 XX
April 30
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Yes, we have to live with that. But at the 2 level (and the opps not knowing about this) that might be less horrible than 1N ;-),
April 29
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We systematically play 1 - 1 shows 3+ cards in the suit bid to avoid awful NT contracts from the weak side. 1N shows 8-11 and at least a partial stopper in both majors. And yes, I would raise 3 to 4 probably ruffing 1 or 2 hearts with the short trump holding.

For us playing the occasional 4-3 fit is much superior to horrible NT contracts from the weak side.
April 28
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With 5 trumps ALWAYS lead one…..I have not analyzed but I think this is the kiss of death for 3 with 2N cold (2, 2, 2, 2 and the opps can only establish 3 tricks (togehter with their 2 spade tricks)
April 26
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Well, the bidding isnt over after pd passes. And you can nearly always construct perfect hands, where a certain action might succeed. (BTW: How will you reach game after X with these hands? :-))
In my opionion, on the majority of hands 1 will lead to the best results with this West hand.
April 26
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Would have bid 1 with the West hand (you will easily reach 4 then).Would have transfered to diamonds with the North hand after X. South will then know he has the nuts.
April 25
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