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So A10x QJ10 KQ10x Kxx is not possible?
an hour ago
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You raise to 2 and it gets passed out. Partner has a normal hand (AKQxx Qx Axx xxx) and makes 260 …

This is a normal 2 response in my view.
an hour ago
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With several partners, I have had the agreement that a positive response to 2 was F4NT. Is this common at all in the USA?
an hour ago
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Sadly, I am very familiar with Grattanese.
an hour ago
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I would not dream of playing a method which means that I am unable to make what I regard as the obvious natural bid.
3 hours ago
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Well done, Rui! I tested the problem for Barry and didn't have a clue about the first three (though Barry didn't include the number of letters in the name in No 3).
9 hours ago
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4NT natural seems to sum up my hand well.
9 hours ago
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OK, Carl. In your world:

What does a 1NT opening show?

Your LHO opens 1 and partner doubles - is this for take-out?

Given that you have decided to lead from a suit of Q10852, which card do you lead?

Your partner leads an Ace to trick 1 and you like the suit: how do you get him to continue it?

The answers to all of the above are examples of partnership agreements and/or conventions.
10 hours ago
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I confess that I never thought of that possibility.

However, after losing two clubs, you can now lose out to more adverse spade positions than if you had played the J or 10 on the first round.
10 hours ago
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Much as I disapprove of the presentation, the meaning seems clear.
22 hours ago
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I open 1 whatever the club doubleton.
23 hours ago
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Thanks, Andy. It was the word “provided” that caused me to doubt it.
April 22
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Thanks, Robin. Any views on the remainder of what I posted above:

“In your opinion, does this extend to the following: East opens 1♠ out of turn when South is the dealer; South requires that the 1♠ bid be cancelled and himself opens 1♠; the N-S agreement is that this is hearts and a minor.

If you think that this is authorised, please let me know where players are told that in this particular circumstance one is allowed to open 1♠ on a weak hand without a spade suit.”
April 22
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Is that right? Does it not depend upon who “the opposing pair” are?
April 22
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Rubber was almost invariably played for stakes, often not insignificant stakes. How is this likely to appeal to the young?
April 22
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Point taken about style but I don't think that it's too strong given that there are no tens or nines.
April 22
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Thank you all.
April 22
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Indeed; any advance on 4?
April 22
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Not sure that answers help you much, Elke!

One 4 bidder showing shortage and one showing controls.

One 4 bidder showing a suit and one 4 bidder who plays the same method but prefers not to show a suit that he hasn't got.
April 22
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The first one that I thought of is a regular contributor to this site.
April 22
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