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2NT (natural 19–21 in pass-out), strong feelings this is too much to pass.
June 6
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When 4 was bid with a jump, such as here, it is supposed to set the suit and 4 is Kickback. When hearts were bid without a jump, such as (4)-4 or (3)-3, then 4 is natural.
June 5
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Was the board still to be played or had it already been played? In the latter case, easts action is still illegal but not really harmful.
June 4
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The Dutch world class internationals Sjoert Brink & Bas Drijver use their 2 opening bid as either the usual very strong options or a weak two in clubs (!). They must have been even more tired of passing yet another weak two bid in clubs. Personally I am not won for the method.
June 4
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Showing a ‘maximum’ over 2 may look smart, but it is not – for the reasons set out by Richard Fleet above: chances are partner has a mild slam try in diamonds and no hearts.
May 30
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So did I and sure why: because the answer to the first option is ‘no’ and the condition in the second option is not fulfilled, which just leaves the third option.
May 29
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In most methods, including reasonably sophisticated ones, there is a bid to show one long suit, forcing or not, but not a weakish 5-5.
May 24
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I would have opened 1 for the very reason of having no satisfactory rebid after 1- 1.
May 21
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I bid 3 Puppet Stayman (Dutch: Niemeijer) and over 3NT I bid 4 Weissberger, showing 5-5 majors. No option given appears to cover this, hence abstained.
May 18
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4NT: two places to play, diamonds or hearts.
May 16
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Double. Taking the chance that partner bids 3NT. Correct anything else to 5.
May 15
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2 Gazzilli, including any 17+, then after 2 (8+) bid 2, showing three (!) or four hearts; 3 would show five hearts.
May 14
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In this situation, ‘penalty’ means ‘cards’, i.e., probably more high-card strength than opener. The call suggests defending, but partner is not ‘expected’ to pass.

I play penalty doubles in this sense against weak notrump openings only, where ‘weak’ means: could nominally contain 13 high-card points or less. And not by a passed hand.
May 13
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I might gamble a pass at matchpoints, but would not risk a disaster at imps.
May 11
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I'd be more than prepared to apologize for tabling this hand in 1. (And I routinely respond with 5 HCP or an ace.)
May 11
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Depends largely on the exact meaning and style of 2: constructive, weakish, wide-range? And how often do we have four versus three spades?
May 11
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I can live with 3 and I'm now bidding 5. No ‘Other’, hence Abstain.
May 11
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Same for me. But then, why would one suddenly want to break for hearts over 3.
May 10
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I play that an advance cue-bid – if on at all – is always for the last bid suit, so in this case spades. With a superaccept in hearts opener may have bid 4 last time.
May 9
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