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The mini-moysian plays well with the spade shortness on left.

I still pass.
Nov. 22, 2012
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5N is forcing of course, but I do not see the point of it. If partner really liked clubs that much, I would have heard 3 probably or 3.

Opposite a doubleton heart, our hand isn't that awesome but it is very possible partner has something like Kx.

Even though I would prefer a 5th club I am trying 4.
Nov. 17, 2012
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4.

Agree with 1N, but since we rebid 2, I think partner's spades are better than 3 would indicate in 1 - 1 - 1N - 3. He could be bidding into a complete misfit, so I expect a good invite and a good suit.
Nov. 17, 2012
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How do I show a weak 5-5 directly over 1N sans 2?

Systems are on over 2 (because its non-specific), and whatever our methods that is my choice.
Nov. 16, 2012
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Not a caption, but,

Just make sure the kid doesn't drool on your Bridge World :P

Priceless pic.
Nov. 16, 2012
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I just confirmed with my regular partner that double is responsive and not “I like diamonds”.

Light on values, but the diamond fit compensates.
Nov. 15, 2012
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I like 4N. Its right on values and does not overemphasize diamonds.

With a combined 31-32, I'm not terribly concerned about partner playing 4N even if we have a 5-3 major suit fit.

Over 4N, partner can pass, bid 5 or 5 with a mild preference, 6m with a strong preference or 5N with 4-4 in the minors.

5 concerns me. 5N sounds like pick a slam and not a “help” bid.

Seems perfect.
Nov. 15, 2012
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3 is indeed obvious. But when we double 3 on the next round, how much license does partner have to pull?
Nov. 15, 2012
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What is your goal? Day 2?, Day 3? Overalls? High finish?

Or something more?
Nov. 15, 2012
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Partner's non-5 call is deafening. The beer contract awaits.
Nov. 14, 2012
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I assume we play some form of Drury, so partner does not have a limit raise.

My best construction is that partner has six bad spades (too poor to start with a weak 2) and intended to support hearts later. When we bid 3, partner wanted to show real support, instead of merely a preference: Qxxxxx Qxx Kx xx perhaps.

At the table I'm sure I'd pass, since I don't trust myself or (this) partner to bid more.
Nov. 12, 2012
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4N as takeout has to be better - at least over 4. I cannot ever remember having a hand I wanted to bid 4N on. MPs aside, for 4N to be right, it means we cannot make 5m and we do not have a sufficient penalty available in 4.

I would bid 5 (powerhouse with hearts and a minor) on the actual hand.
Nov. 12, 2012
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If you played Reverse Flannery, would this change your mind about 1N?
Nov. 9, 2012
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Lets build a hand. RHO has forced this to a grand opposite two keys, but he didn't open 2. I expect something like AKxxxx AKQxx x x, but very little more, and the Q would tip the scales to 2, and definitely the QJ.

Spades are railing 5-0 or 6-0 so its very unlikely they have enough tricks in 7N, even though LHO should have more than two aces for the x.

So easy x .
Nov. 7, 2012
Phil Clayton edited this comment Nov. 7, 2012
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Hi Peter:

How do you handle invitational hands with five spades?
Nov. 7, 2012
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Would you take advantage of an older player that had problems holding their cards back?
Nov. 6, 2012
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Every so often we get this problem which is nicely solved by playing 3 over 2 as forcing.
Nov. 5, 2012
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Agree. What I'm less clear about is whether or not I sit for 3 (I do not play ELC).
Nov. 2, 2012
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a) Double is strange with no side defense. b) I would have bid 4 like Henry.

I have no idea what partner's hitch was about, although an out of tempo pass with AKx killed any chances of a good score with this director.

Do the opponents play support doubles here? If so, partner cannot have KJTx, and I would have mentioned that to the director.

If partner is thinking clearly, I interpret the hitch as speculative defense against 4 that thought about doubling or a rotten 2 call that is concerned about 800 in 5 but regardless I cannot see how pass is a LA here.
Nov. 1, 2012
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a) I have no idea what double followed by a cuebid means in my partnerships, because like Greg, a double cannot contain a GF hand. However, upon reflection, how do you differentiate between a GF hand with 5 of the other major with/without a stop? It seems 1N - (2) - 3 can sensibly be played as denying a heart stopper, and double followed by 3 can promise one.

If I have KJTxx KQx xxx xx, I am thrilled if partner passes a negative double. If partner bids 2N or 3m, I can complete my description with 3. If LHO inquires about a minor, I haven't lost anything, and can show my suit later.

Jason's comment about transfer lebensohl is very valid, however, sometimes partner has a doubleton in your major without a heart stopper and a max and gets you past 3N unnecessarily. It does seem that you can use transfer lebensohl with the invites, and you cover nearly every hand type with this negative x idea.

b) 2N over a negative double is scrambling for me. I give up the ability to play exactly 2N for the ability to get out to the right minor. Playing this way lets you make some pretty aggressive negative doubles since your ability to find the right strain is enhanced. Note that I think a negative double can include hands weaker than an invite, but that might be a topic for another thread.
Nov. 1, 2012
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