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Drury lets you pretend that you can cope with opening on 8-21 HCP in third seat. You can't. When they bid, what is drury? When they bid higher than your drury bid(s), what is drury? Do folks pass when you open light in third seat where you live? How nice for you. Otherwise, if you not only semi-psyche in third seat but do it on 4-card suits, then your partner is officially declared out of the auction when they bid say 2 over your 3rd seat 1 “opening” bid. When third seat opening bids show opening bids with the usual length promised in the other seats, your partner is empowered to bid in competition without engaging in a WAG (wild-a**ed guess). If feeling the urge to engage in “action” in 3rd seat, try “Three-suit-immediate-non-drury” – undisciplined weak two's in 3rd seat.

All the modifiers make most of the answers impossible to choose. Just add one that says “NO f-ing Drury!” I'm just sayin' . . . .
Aug. 29
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Doesn't “or a big hand” eliminate the possibility of the flat hand with HCP?
Doesn't double then bid your own running suit eliminate the possibility of the runners hand?
Aug. 28
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Should have said that in the post instead of all the analogous but irrelevant options. I'd say that you are treating the 1N bid as if it never happened. It DID happen and pard should leave in the double with any hand with 4-5 HCP that doesn't have a suit to bid (or with the trap pass that can't be more than a 1% proposition). The runners hand can't lose by doubling for take-out then bidding the suit (instead of contracting for a possible 120) but at least give pard a CHANCE to pass 1NX. The points hand should also double then bid 2N. A take-out double with 2-5-1-5 will leave you up the proverbial creek w/o a paddle if pard bids 2.
Aug. 28
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Hmm. Hard to imagine a natural NT hand that didn't double their vulnerable 1N before bidding NT over their inevitable runout. That makes zero sense to me. I picked the unusual NT option, as it seems at least plausible. If partner forced the 3 level opposite a 0-5 range hand that didn't have to have a fit, 3 seems inadequate to me, so 4 it is and if pard has some other imaginative notion, he should be glad I didn't bid 7N and redouble!
Aug. 28
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No one did anything hopeless, but I would have overcalled 2 over 1 with the south hand and I would have doubled 2 with the north hand. Neither action comes with a guarantee, but pass with a good opening bid and 5 hearts and passing twice with shortness in their suit and a light opening bid are both riskier (IMO).
Aug. 27
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Bid it if you like it does one thing for you – it gives you a way to create a “choice of minors” with a weak hand. Transfer to diamonds and if pard doesn't like diamonds, he bids 3 and you can pass and hope the he doesn't hate both minors.
Aug. 26
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We play that 5N is either pick-a-slam or GSF. There is a theoretically simple way to decide which is which: if the kibitzers know what trumps are it is GSF and otherwise it is pick-a-slam. That said, it could easily be a partnership matter here whether the kibitzers know what trumps are! If the 3 had to be at least 3 cards and 4 had to be at least 5, then the kibitzers know what trumps are. In one partnership, we just started playing that the 3 bid is either a single-suited GF hand in hearts or else it is 4+ clubs. 3 asks which and 3 shows the single suiter and all else is natural and shows 4+ clubs. So, to fix clubs, we'd have to have the auction 1-1N, 3-3, 3/3N-4 and NOW clubs are trumps!

As a practical matter, if 1N was not forcing (and the OP didn't say it was), then we have a non-two-club opener facing a non-game-forcing responder, so GSF may be a pipe dream. Clubs are the red-headed step child of suits – folks make up forcing club bids often w/o having all that much length in the suit. Without elaborate methods to determine how real the clubs are for the 3 bid, I think 5N is saying, "I want to bid 6 but I do have 3 clubs, so if you have a string of clubs and a void in hearts, feel free to pick 6.

Decent responses to GSF are only simple when clubs are trumps – you either have two top clubs or you do not.
Aug. 25
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If you open 1 on all out-of-1N-range flat hands that don't have a 5-card major, then this hand is yet another advertisement for the 1N rebid that I wrote up under the name “Magic Bullet 1N.”
Aug. 24
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Wow, what others expect for a call varies wildly even regionally within the ACBL. When you then mix in all the bidding methods and expectations worldwide, might as well alert every call partner makes. Not to worry, ACBLers. If the world championship pair events are as they were in the Philly IMP Pairs a few years back, no one other than ACBL members will even have a convention card on the table and pretty much nothing will be alerted. But, since every event will likely have screens, you can always ask w/o worrying about giving partner UI.
Aug. 24
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This combination was on the cover of a Reese book – Reese said to play the better player for the ace, because a weak player would have already played the ace by the time you play a second time from dummy. But, I assume the OP is talking about what you do against pairs where both players are very good.
Aug. 22
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Reverse Flannery responses would take care of this issue. With weak 5-5, responder would respond 2; with invite 5-5, responder would respond 2; when he responds 1 and then bids 2 over 2 here, it is GF.

correction of confusing typo
Aug. 19
Randy Thompson edited this comment Aug. 20
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Include the widest range possible and you are “safe.” We tried to be specific, in announcing “12-14, could be 15 if 4-3-3-3.” Our attempt to be forthcoming caused opponents untold grief! One would hear it and say, “aha! our strong NT defense applies because it might be 15.” The other would hear it and say, “aha! it is a weak no trump because it would almost never be 15!” We felt guilty getting good results from their confusion and now just say “12-15” in the announcement and on the card mark it “12+ to 15-”. Before a KO or Swiss match, we give the full explanation because then they have a few seconds to verify which defense applies if there might be confusion.

I would give no relief if an 11 HCP hand such as the one in the posting were opened with a card that said 12-14, because it is normal to upgrade or downgrade a point based on whether the points are quacks or aces and supported kings. That is “just bridge.” The range numbers are what partner expects, not what opener always has.
Aug. 16
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In my most long-standing partnership, one of us nearly always splinters with a stiff A/K; the other seldom does. Neither is 100%. And, after decades of trying it both ways, I cannot tell you which way is more effective.

My advice is to do whatever your partner prefers on this issue and save your stubbornness for other points of disagreement. More important issue on splinters where you should dig in your heels and insist is that they should be limited in power to a hand that can accept a signoff by partner. Why tell him how to evaluate his hand and then overrule him? It'll just **** him off.
Aug. 16
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Don't think that matters. What he will have is either the minors or clubs and over 2, he has two cheap ways to show the minors (double and 2N), one with power and the other shape and he can overcall at the three level.
Aug. 13
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3N over 3 is one way to bid the minors and it may work if LHO has 10 of them that are divided 5-5. Over 2 he can double to show both minors and values, bid 2N to show both minors and shape or bid 3m with a 6-card minor (likely clubs). We don't know at the point of the 3 bid whether we have a game and we haven't shown anything in hearts so there is less likelihood of a minor suit fit than there is over 2.
Aug. 13
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If facing 3 hearts, we will be defending 5 or 6 if we start with 2; we might buy it in 3 or 4 if we start with 3.
Aug. 13
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If we have a 6-3 heart fit, we may have to bid to the 6 level to buy it. The opponents will have 17+ minor suit cards. 2 makes it trivial for them to find their double fit; 3 does not.
Aug. 13
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There are two other players at the table (who have no impact in a bidding contest but matter in a real setting). If we don't have a heart fit, there is no advantage to bidding 2, as it mistates the location of our values; if we do have a heart fit, then the opponents have a double fit in the minors. Bidding 2 makes life easy on them; bidding 3 makes life hard. Over 2 they can double or bid 2N to get into the auction easily and descriptively. Over 3, they would have to bid 4N in order to show both those minors or overcall 4m in the dark. That is a LOT more of a commitment on their part prior to knowing whether we have a game. If they do buy it in 5mx, the last thing we want from partner is a heart lead. So, that is why someone would NOT start with 2. In a two-person bidding contest, 2 stands out; in a real-table scenario, I much prefer 3.
Aug. 13
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Brad: You took the words right out of my mouth about the reason for bidding 1. I'm pretty sure we are wrong, but old dogs often don't bother to learn new tricks.
Aug. 9
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Being “smarter than the field” isn't always a plus. Even if you think 6 is right, you can be sure that almost no one but you in a club game will think that, so you will be competing with many tables where the contract is 5 doubled. The club game field tries to get doubled as low as possible, maybe even bidding only 4, always intending to keep bidding to 5 “if they bid a game.” In a team event, you can rely on your teammates to do what is right and at IMPs, the odds may well favor the 6 choice. If they bid on and go down or if they double when they have a slam it can be double-figure IMP wins, while down one more than the other table isn't a “zero;” it's minus 5 imps.
Aug. 9
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