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Negstive. How restrictive this negative double is (e.g. does it promise 4 hearts? BTW, that is not recommended) depends on agreement with partner.
2 hours ago
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Patrick, I agree that doubleton xx is probably equivalent to singleton Q in this situation. So singleton J probably should be considered same as small.

Once you have confirmed doubleton or singleton Q, responder can always KC to know if you have the Q. Anyway, responder should raise 3NT to 4 if he is looking for the Q. That is the one card you can evaluate if he makes a quantitative bid.
3 hours ago
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Getting where? To a 4-2 M fit? Even 4-3 fit is problematic if your partner is not short in . If your shape is 4=4=3=2, the X as Stayman would make sense. You are fine as long as partner does not have 4+, and if he has, he may sit the X.
4 hours ago
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Ray, I did not say I don't pay Crawling Stayman, I said I don't play it after they bid 2. And if you open 12-14 1NT, and they bid 2, wild horses would not pull a bid from me with 6 points and no diamond support.
4 hours ago
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If you want to set as trumps, you can bid 4 over 2. Opener knows you have slam intention when you take his 3NT out to 4. His number 1 responsibility is to tel you his number of clubs (singleton J would work here too, but that may be having too much faith in partner) via control bids (2+ clubs) or 4NT (singleton, hopefully not void). With singleton, maybe 7 is the best contract, but that will be tough to get too.
4 hours ago
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The point is 4 is a risk free bid.
9 hours ago
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I see nothing wrong with 4.
9 hours ago
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4 would be a control bid in support of . How else can you agree ?
9 hours ago
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Ray, I play system on over 2, but I would not X on this hand. After the 2 overcall, I reserve my Stayman for invitation+ hands or hands that will pass a 2 reply by opener. I no longer have the need to make an advance runout from 1NT as a poor contract, I am not bidding with wishful thinking.
10 hours ago
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Why do you need low level control ask? Not to mention that it is responder who wants to ask here. I am not against bidding 6NT (I do have a problem with the 3 bid though). But I don't see this hand as so problematic as to require that kind of action.
10 hours ago
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David, sorry. I don't remember seeing that. Guess I stopped reading before then :-)
10 hours ago
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Thanks. Since transfer is not in Berkowitz/Manley, this is your treatment of their system, as adapted for transfer. But my question was in B/M, would 2 not be alpha/SAB?

It also would seem to me that if transfer has any value, other than allowing a beta/CAB bid by accepting the transfer, it should solve the problem of responder's hand being unlimited at the high end and yet may be only 8 points at the low end.
11 hours ago
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Exactly, so why are NS complaining when EW present them the chance for a good score?
11 hours ago
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Sorry if this ends up to be another duplication.

I can't remember, doesn't Berkowitz/Manley use asking bids after 1 - 2m?
11 hours ago
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Somehow this comment didn't get posted, so I'll try again. Sorry for the duplication if the previous one appears later.

To me, you already got away with the 3 bid. What if opener has 5=4=3=1 hand without the K? He has to bid 4. Now if you KC, you can't tell the difference between A and K. And if he tells you he has AKQ, you still won't know whether to put it in 7, 7, or 7NT.
11 hours ago
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I can't remember. Doesn't Berkowitz/Manley use asking bids after 1 - 2m?
11 hours ago
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To me, you got away with the 3 bid already. What if opener has 5=4=3=1 with no K? He would now have to bid 4. But you would not know if he has 5 or 6 . If you KC, it will now be KC in , and you would not be able to tell between the A and K. Furthermore if he shows AKQ, you still won't know whether to put the contract in 7, 7, or 7NT.
11 hours ago
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I was the one who mentioned Lebron, so I should explain. I was not criticizing Lebron. I have no problem with what he did. I do find that kind of action when translated to creating a super team to play for a country that none of the players belong to problematic.
11 hours ago
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Bid 4. If opener bids 4NT (singleton ), bid 6NT. If opener cues (whatever your style), you bid 4NT KC, then put it in 6NT. If opener somehow makes a KC ask (bad bidding), then convert his 6 to 6NT.

Transfer has nothing to do with anything. If you begin with 2, everything else would be the same.
12 hours ago
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Why would you need 5N? Opener has at most 4 points in the m.
12 hours ago
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