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I like the idea of playing 2 of our major with a balanced limit raise opposite a balanced minimum, which is why I asked the 1st question, similar to our ‘xy’ structure. So I think we'll keep the 2M-1 as exactly constructive.

July 7, 2012
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After 1 - (dbl) - 1*

- 1 (or support double / redouble) = 3 spades
- 1N = normal rebid, but generally denies 3 spades
- 2 = useful minimum with 4 spades

Otherwise, the rest of our major suit raise structure applies as if there wasn't a double.

After a transfer that forces us to the two level, acceptance generally promises exactly a doubleton and a jump to the three level in responder's suit as ‘blocking’, but its never come up, and I think its perfectly fine to play this as extras.

*spades
July 7, 2012
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After 1 - (dbl) - ?

- Redouble is a hand that you would bid 1N in standard methods.

- 1N ostensibly shows clubs. It can be either a single suited hand with clubs, or a hand that wants a club lead against their red suit partial with spade support - something like Qxx xx xxxx AQxx.

- 2 and 2 shows diamonds and hearts respectfully. Same criteria as 1N.
- 2 is a sound (generally constructive) raise to 2.
- 2 is a junk raise. w/r, I've made this call with zero HCP.

Other responses:

- A jump shift over a minor is weak.
- 2N is Jordan
- A jump shift over a major is fitted, however, a jump shift into the other major shows the mixed raise.

If anyone likes, I can post opener's rebid choices after a transfer response.
July 6, 2012
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The hand is a little too good for 3. 2 and 3 are distortions. The only thing left is 2N.

Opening this 18 2N is perfectly fine, although I'd prefer a better club suit - Ax Qx AJx AQJxxx.
July 6, 2012
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Redouble is a transfer to the next strain, so 1 - (dbl) - re-x shows a hand that would normally bid 1 over a TOx.

In the original poll, xx is a transfer to 1N. This gets the doubler on lead most of the time which is beneficial.
July 6, 2012
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3. I would also take 3 as a splinter if my majors were reversed.
July 6, 2012
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Pass is of course legal, and obviously alertable.

I never said we pass all 10+ point hands, although one partner insists on this which I do not like.
July 6, 2012
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ABCDE. Feel the strongest about “A”.
July 6, 2012
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So partner has KJxxxx Kxxx and pushed them up a level. WD.
July 6, 2012
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Nor would you have to guess the level.

I like to interpret forum-speak. When someone uses the words ‘clearly and percentage’, it generally indicates doubt. :)
July 3, 2012
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So 2 wins when we have game, or diamonds plays better than clubs. Pass works better when we make exactly 2. Doesn't seem close to me.

Interesting to see the the two poll choices running neck and neck.
July 3, 2012
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35 to 45 has always been the conventional wisdom. I think this was largely based on stamina and the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. However, on bridgebase forums, we had a recent discussion of stamina:

http://www.bridgebase.com/forums/topic/54091-stamina-problem/page__p__647493__hl__s

If you accept that stamina is not a factor, as many of the posts in the bridgebase thread imply, then it seems that age would seem to become less of a factor. If a player with advancing age ceases personal improvement then performance will wain which is something that's not associated with age.

At least I'm hopeful this is the case as 50 approaches :)
June 30, 2012
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1. Dave's hand bids 4, not 5.

2. To Yehudit - generally a:

3x - 3N
4x - 4N

sequence is to play. I don't know why this time it would be different. -
June 30, 2012
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RHO is jokering and we know that. Partner's 5 confirms this - after 3N hinted at it.

Looking at my hand, it appears RHO has some spades, because psyches are made with a run-out suit. Even though partner has a string of clubs, he still bid 3-only-NT after he heard our heart positive. He could have passed 4, and he could have rebid 4N (regressive) with solid clubs. I think a reasonable reconstruction is AK x KQx AQJTxxx. So I pass.

To Philip Martin: Would 4 by opener over 3 also be natural?
June 28, 2012
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This is important. I've seen an auction 2 - x - 3 to be a ‘lead director’, but that lead director can be a stiff or void as well, so its important to be able to expose the psyche.

After 2 - x - xx, which is commonly, “I'm running, bid the next strain”, new suits should be strictly competitive, but a delayed double is penalty.

By the way, I consider McCabe fairly standard, but perhaps others don't call it McCabe anymore.
June 27, 2012
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I like 3 too. I think you create problems if you open hands like this 1 in 2/1 .
June 26, 2012
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Hi Bob - had a good time in Seattle with you and Bruce T.

Agree that you should double 3. What else can it possibly mean besides long clubs? I'm not saying you can avoid the iceberg after that, but when I read the original problem, I thought, “3136 or 4126 seem unlikely since partner didn't x 3”. There are lots of useful patterns for partner - 3235, 4216, (minimum) 3145, etc.. Furthermore, they may take the push to 4 w/r.

This is a very offensive hand in spite of the fact we haven't uncovered a fit yet. Passing seems like a deep position, but I think you make some reasonable arguments why it should at least be considered.

June 22, 2012
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“Useful minimum” is my definition, so I wouldn't make the call on some blecch 12 count. Hands that would normally jump to 3 after pass should jump to 4 and bigger hands like four level splinters can cuebid.

Unless RHO has some unusual preempt, partner has some values, since LHO passed over 1.
June 18, 2012
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5 ?!
June 16, 2012
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He'll be a rich doctor soon and can afford to make bad bets.
June 14, 2012
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