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I like this structure over Precision 1 and believe it to be best. Problems arise when you get dealt a classic weak jump overcall of 2. Memory test time!
Feb. 27, 2019
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“Should partner not cater to my hand being 6 or 7 great diamonds and 4 good hearts with a 5♠ response that's missing 2 aces?”

No, you are describing a hand that should have bid 4 instead of 4.
Feb. 27, 2019
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The north hand would be relatively easy if playing ASTRO cues (2 over 1 shows exactly 4 spades, 5+ clubs and opening bid values). When combined with Equal Level Conversion (of clubs to diamonds), it means you don't often miss your 4-4 major suit fits when they open 1M. This cue used to be popular. It has been great in practice over the years. But the world gave it up for Guessing Michaels (5 of OM and 5 of an unknown minor that becomes unknowable after Responder raises Opener to 3M or 4M).
Feb. 26, 2019
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Will partner frequently raise 1 with a 3-card suit? If so, then how will you be sure you have found a better strain? The 5-3 heart fit may (sometimes) not play better than a 4-4 spade fit, but it will usually play better than a 4-3 spade fit and about the same as a 5-3 spade fit. If you might have hearts for your weaker 1 bids, then how is partner to know whether 2 may be too high or game might be there in hearts in the auction: 1-1, 2m-2? My partners are 100% certain that I don't have 3 hearts in that auction. At the very least, I think it is a mistake to bid 1 over 1 with a hand worth a simple raise in hearts. “If you can make a simple raise, you must make a simple raise” is a principle that has held up well over the years.
Feb. 26, 2019
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If we have a double fit, who else has one? The opponents do. If we bid spades, who makes it easier for the opponents to make a two-suit double, bid 1N or 2N as shapelier, weaker take-outs? We do! The spade bidders seem to think about is whether spades will play better than hearts. Buying the contract in either of our major suit fits will normally be a LOT better than defending cubs or diamonds. Don't poke the bear; just figure our how high to play in hearts.
Feb. 25, 2019
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If we play attitude leads, I lead the 4 and if fourth best, the 7. Is there a reason to lead anything else? Wait –what? This was a BIDDING problem? Never mind.
Feb. 25, 2019
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1N then 3H.
Feb. 25, 2019
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I had to change my vote when I realized you were asking about how a “new partner” should take 3M bids. In my preferred methods, 3 here is GF and shows a GOOD spade suit and heart support. I treat it the same as a 2/1 followed by a bid of 3. Frivolous 3N or cue bids or both would ensue. 3 sort of has to be invitational unless 2 at the go would have been weak and 2 now is invitational or 2 at the go would have been invitational.
Feb. 25, 2019
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Yehudit: And you are less than half my age – I've been playing bridge “since Hector was a pup.” Thing is, you'd think I'd get better, but as judgment improves, memory fades – heavy sigh.
Feb. 25, 2019
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Mike: That's way too many restrictions on preempts! In first seat nonvul, a 5+ card suit, less than your partnership's opening bid values and an strong aversion to touching green cards should be enough! In third seat, those restrictions can shade a little bit to include bad opening bids.
Feb. 25, 2019
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As it should be!
Feb. 24, 2019
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I was suffering from a rectal-cranial inversion – II missed the 2D. I thought that was the explanation of a pass, but I guess it is the explanation of a pass from long ago but 2 now.
Feb. 24, 2019
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Interesting hand. I had to decide at the go whether to treat this hand as a flat 12-14 or as a limited distributional hand with 4+ diamonds. I bid “distributional” 1 (intending to rebid 1N over 1M by partner to show diamonds and either clubs or hearts if he bid 1 and to show diamonds and clubs if he bid 1 and in either case less than reverse values). Didn't go that way! Partner bid 3 over 3 and then I was sort of stuck for a bid. 4 would show diamonds and clubs but now pard would fear I had a stiff spade in my “distributional hand” (1 cannot be flat, as 15-19 flat would have opened 1 and 12-14 flat would have opened 1N). So, I went for the “practical” stab at our most likely game – 4. Pard thinks upon reflection that he should have passed 4, given that I hadn't bid 4, but after finding out we were off an ace, he did manage to quit in 5 for that reason. Whew! I IMPed +450 against the 34 results and we lost an average of 2.41 IMPs, but 6 would have been a disaster. Only 8 pairs bid 6m and 1 bid 6 down one.
Feb. 24, 2019
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Richard: I think the next sentence after your quoted sentence was: “Not an opening bid in my reckoning.”
Feb. 24, 2019
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I take it you weren't on lead? Pity. That is one of the upsides of passing – when the opponents have no idea that there is a threat of losing the first five tricks in 3N.
Feb. 24, 2019
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I wanted to answer 5/6 yes, 1/6 no. :) Playing Meckwell Lite or a version of 2/1 where we open flat 11 counts unless they are a quackery, opening 1 is automatic – and I would sort of have “extras.” In my K-S partnership, I'd have to open this 1N if I chose to open (because if I opened 1 and raised pard's hearts to 2, he'd alert and tell them I have 15-17 in support of hearts). Unfavorable at matchpoints is not a time to go playing in traffic with a 12-15 1N, but the state of my usual matchpoint game is bad enough that I probably would open 1N at least half the time. So, half the time in 1/3 of my partnerships I'd pass, but would open the rest of the time – hence 5/6 yes, 1/6 no. TMI? sorry. :)
Feb. 24, 2019
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You can use pass and redouble for all escapes (regardless of meaning of double, so no memory strain). Redouble commands 2 with some 5+ suit and <invite values. Pass with other escape hands (opener then bids a 5 card suit if he has one, passes if 4-3-3-3 or redoubles with 2 or 3 4-card suits. That makes system on available for all constructive auctions. Or, you can use Jacoby transfers as the way to get into a 5+ major with any strength and use the redouble only to run out to a 5+ minor (making opener declarer on all but diamonds). In either case, Stayman or minor transfers should have invite+ values.
Feb. 22, 2019
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Congrats, James & Maria.

So, what would/could they do if every pair refused to play against cheaters? You aren't the problem – all the sheep who played against them w/o objection are the problem.
Feb. 21, 2019
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Minors, equal length (5-5 or 6-6).
With minors, unequal length (6-5 or 7-6,) bid 4.
4m is 5+ hearts and 5+ of m (non-leaping Michaels).
If you aren't playing non-leaping Michaels, then 4N could also be hearts and diamonds and very strong or even hearts and clubs and super strong.
Feb. 20, 2019
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I prefer 5 at each of my 3 turns to bid (open 5, rebid 5 instead of 2 and over 3N). Nothing shows a great 8 card suit like bidding 5 of it w/o any notion of support from partner. We could be going down in 3N while cold for slam in diamonds. Passing 3N is betting the ranch that pard not only has the A but also another diamond.
Feb. 20, 2019
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