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And the rest of us play it as a spade splinter.
Feb. 2
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On BB Forums a number of years ago, I think Andy Bowles suggested rebidding the major with all non-fitting good hands and that 4m was a slam try (forget if it could have included our own major).

3N is too valuable to give up as artificial but using 3 as a puppet seems like a great idea.
Feb. 2
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Why didn't I bid 3 or 3 the last round? Ive allowed RHO to learn LHO has the goods to bid at the three level and is well poised to double or bid 4 neither of which would have occurred.

Jim knows all of this of course, and this is a director question since someone tanked over 3.

We don't allow people to walk their hands and judge higher competition based on table feel.
Feb. 2
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Seems like partner is marked with at least 10 red cards.
Feb. 1
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I'll play Michael Rosenberg for a moment and predict the OP was North.
Feb. 1
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Hard to get too excited about this one. If either pard had the T we wouldn't be having the discussion.

I enjoy the discussions about applying LTC here. Quite entertaining.
Jan. 31
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On a likely diamond lead it looks almost cold to me on normal breaks.
Jan. 31
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A few months late to this.

If I had 6, I would happily rebid 2 so this is a clear 3 rebid. As a matter of fact if I had a hand like xx xx Kxx AQJxxx I might not even open it.

Opening 3 is not my style.

I'd want to know my LHO but when they bid 2 they are announcing that they aren't too concerned with getting nailed.

I'll bid 3 leaning toward an abstain.
Jan. 31
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Why would we assume partner is balanced?
Jan. 31
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There is a fair chance they will land in one of our four card suits too.

Pass for me.
Jan. 31
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4 looks pretty good by my count too.
Jan. 31
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Jump shift auctions where someone needs to create a force by taking up space by jumping into a fragment and someone having to punt with another potentially fake bid isnt a sound structure yet there are many 2/1 pairs that bid this way.

Things werent a disaster until 4 so North gets a little more of the charge. 4 is poorly reasoned panic bid - 4 is safe since Opener hasnt shown anything in spades yet. If responder is some sort of 4-7, responder will correct and 4 might be fine on a 5-2 anyway.

(edited out poor usage)
Jan. 30
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And when you do get pushed, you have some extra intel for the play.
Jan. 29
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…..along with stellar trump. AKQx AKx x Jxxxx would barely be a 4 call.

Im bidding 5 just to be safe in case of AKJxx Qx void Jxxxxx.
Jan. 28
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Since my migration, I have noticed that the floor for a 2 opening is somewhat lighter than the west coast. Our rule was 9 tricks in a major and 10 in a minor. A corollary is that we would rarely pass a 1m opening too.

For instance, I would not open AKx A Qxx AKJxxx with 2. I'd want the Q /K instead of the J/Q. If you add these cards, our hand is closer to a slam drive instead of an invite.

No matter where I'm from, I cannot imagine passing with this.
Jan. 28
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High heart bids just donate numbers. LHO shrugs and doubles and soon collects 800 or 1100 with this flat dummy opposite pards w/r preempt.
Jan. 27
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Interesting question. I have no qualms about doubling with 44MM and shorter clubs.

I love doubling a standard 1D with 3325, but maybe I should be more wary?
Jan. 27
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Is there a form I can file to recognize a great comeback at the table?
Jan. 27
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Hi Yu:

Seems to me that:

1. Your opponents made a reasonable gamble looking for an alternative contract.

2. The strategy worked. This time. WD.

3. You engaged them about what would have happened if said strategy backfired and opener bid 3 or 3N. Maybe they have the tools to find a spot in a minor. Maybe they just accept giving up an extra 50 in 3N. None of this is relevant to the table result.

You were out of line by asking. Period.

4. Your opponent makes a snarky comment about bidding a non-forcing 4. One of your poll options is asking if this is funny.

I think its hilarious (and appropriate) but no one should file a player memo about anyone after this exchange, including your opponent.
Jan. 27
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