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I'm sure that a black Queen is right …
2 hours ago
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“pass is clearly forcing.”

With all due respect, I don't agree and don't expect that many would. Why should pass be forcing?
2 hours ago
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Probably
2 hours ago
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He's suggested five possible bids, some of which wouldn't be very high on my list.
4 hours ago
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So far as I am concerned, a limit raise to the three level invites partner to bid game with a bit more than minimum. I cannot see how you can determine appropriate values for this action in a vacuum which is what you are postulating.
4 hours ago
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It is necessary: how is overcaller supposed to judge whether or not to bid game?
7 hours ago
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Until quite recently, the name Whitelaw survived as well: the Whitelaw Cup for women's teams at one time attracted a large and strong entry.
8 hours ago
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At one time, it was also known as a two-way cue-bid: it could either be a general purpose strong hand or a sound raise to the appropriate level; the term “unassuming cue-bid” derived from the fact that it should not be assumed that the bid showed more than a raise.
8 hours ago
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Good idea!

I've been a member for two years and am aware that there must be a lot of interesting articles that I haven't yet come across.
9 hours ago
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Of course there is a logical reason. If partner can be (say) a trick weaker than for an overcall than an overcall, the raise needs correspondingly great values.
9 hours ago
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I hope that partner's 8-8½ tricks isn't - KQJxxxxxx xx xx or similar.
9 hours ago
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The danger with bidding 3 is that we play in hearts with N trumps when we could be playing in spades with N + 1.
9 hours ago
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I only bid 5 because most people on this site seem to employ EKCB. The GSF (6 response shows one top honour) would be just as effective.
9 hours ago
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The saying “no double, no trouble” seems apposite here. In any case, partner could have five hearts and six clubs.
9 hours ago
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Is the description of the 2 bid accurate? It's exactly the same as was said about a 2 opening two problems ago.
9 hours ago
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The odds in favour of passing are increased by the fact that the opening is 5+ cards rather than 6.
9 hours ago
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I have a totally different approach, partly as a result of my being heavily influenced by Blue Club many years ago.

I rarely use ace-asking conventions. When a minor is agreed, 4NT is normally a discouraging, non-forcing action; 5 of the agreed minor is forward going but also non-forcing.
9 hours ago
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Are you telling me that the defence invariably allowed a 2 contract by West (which can only be reached via a particularly revolting overcall at adverse vulnerability) to make at least 8 tricks?
14 hours ago
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I'm not experiencing this problem - bad luck, Franck!
23 hours ago
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Question: if N/S play that 3 is non-forcing, which would be quite a common treatment if, for example, 2NT showed clubs and spades, is it alertable in the ACBL?

I ask because at least one of passers assumes that he will get another go.
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