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Hand 1: the defense wasn’t overly sharp :-)
Hand 2:!Looking at this dummy, isn’t a club through obvious?
April 3
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For us:
1 (10-15, 2+ ) 2N (12-13 BAL, no 4 card M)
3 N (With 12 we tend to accept, nobody likes to play 2N with 25 HCP) Pass

1N with 12 HCP is courageous :-)
April 3
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I admit I would be in 3 N with this hand.
April 3
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If you open 10 HCP hands (which is fine, I like to do it myself) you cant force to game with 12 HCP. After the 2 bid, West should have the opportunity to show a distributional hand without many HCP (you can use 2N either as the good hand or as the bad hand, we use 2N as the weak hand).

I dislike the PEN X of 3 with Kxxx. If pd has some points, you will have 9+ tricks in 3N and if he is weak 3 probably won't go down more than once.
April 1
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No problem. Thx for your work. Good job!
March 31
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We play 2 under transfers in these situations, which are explained here: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/continuations-after-3x-3n-p/?cj=918684#c918684
Thus I would bid 4 showing and a good hand. Pd can bid 4N with MIN and no Fit, 5 with MIN and Fit and 4 with extras interested in slam, 5 would ask for KC.
March 31
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The problem with bidding 3 with a weak NT simply is that PD won't expect such a hand, especially when 1 is more or less unlimited. In a Precision context I would open 1 with your example hands and later on bid 3 for sure because PD can't expect much more for a 1 bid (we play 1N = 14-16, 1 = 16+ UNBAL or 17+ BAL)

Whether I can do the same in a Polish Club context, I am not so sure. It seems to be a matter of partnership agreement. Without an explicit agreement, I wouldn't do it.
March 31
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Yes, and I don't even see an alternative to 2. 3, really? :-)
March 31
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Do you have a link for the youtube video? Thx in advance.
March 31
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You simply can't sell opener´s hand as a weak NT, so 1 must be wrong. With a weak NT, you are satisfied to pass in competition and here you can't stand to pass even 3.


After 4 i would have bid 4 but again I suffer from my wrong choice of opening bid. With spades as the agreed trump suit, you will learn that 1 ace and the queen of trumps are missing and will avoid slam.
March 31
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This is a great offer, I like your books very much. Thank you!
March 30
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I would have opened 1N with partner’s hand and answered 1 with yours. NT shouldn’t be played from your side of the table for sure. Actually, 2 or 3 is an excellent contract.
March 30
Martin Wuest edited this comment March 30
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Transfer Walsh is superior to standard Walsh as the opener (often a weak NT hand) will declare most contracts. With diamonds I will first transfer to 1N (with 1, which denies a 4+ card major) and will use 2 way checkback next if appropriate.
March 29
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I would have led the king. The ace of wouldnt have been on my radar.
If I am in the actual situation, I will switch to a small diamond. The second spade can't run away and a spade continuation looks dangerous.
March 27
Martin Wuest edited this comment March 27
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In my opinion, the chance that 2 is the last making contract is (very) low. I accept that you think pass is the best choice, I don't agree. So let´s agree to disagree :-).
March 24
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My first preference in this situation would be to play a better system (see elsethread). Gazzilli would help a lot. If I have to play a standard system, I would bid 2. I´m too much of a team player to pass 2 when game is still possible. I´m willing to risk going down in 2 or 3 on a bad day. I´m not ready to play a 2 contract with 25-27 HCP.
March 24
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In my opinion, rebidding 1N with the South hand is mandatory. Win the race to 1N and enjoy West´s “desire” to lead :-). Passing 1 simply doesn't seem right. North X after our pass of 1 can only be explained by a mental lapse.

NIce article! Keep them coming. :-)
March 24
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I don't think so….2 under transfers help :-)
March 24
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:) I think, that you think that i think…..
March 24
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Me, neither :)
March 24
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