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I agree that nothing changes after bidding 4H; 5cl can't be a slam invite. I actually blame West until 4H/5CL and East for 6. Possibly E was a cheap BBO robot that always finds me :)

However, let's review the bidding from East's point of view.
1.Only EW vulnerable.
2.West responded 1H and jumped to 4H after hearing support double.
3.Then West bids 5cl

You are sitting as East;
4.You have Ace of clubs, therefore 5clubs can't be lead directing, then what's the point of bidding it in 5 level? Must be a good long second suit then, possibly longer than H?

5.North bid 1sp, But south bid 2 and 4. Sounds like both have 55 spades. Means West is void in spade.

6.I have A of clubs, KQ of H. In order West to freely bid 4H and 5CL by himself vulnerable against non-vulnerable, he should have at least something like this.
Void
AJxxxx
xx
KQxxx

10 points vulnerable bidding to 5 level?. More likely he has Ace of diamonds too or he has 0607 hand? Why not re-evaluate the hand and bid 6H? you may even push them to 6sp non vul. Who knows

July 9, 2015
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Vulnerable against non, I wouldn't bid 4h with not much values (missing AKQ of H + no Ace + singleton in partner's opening suit ) and a 53 fit that will be shortened by spade ruffs.

Also I would double 4spade and lead a diamond.
July 9, 2015
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All i wanted to know if there was a unified approach to this situation. What happened before 4NT was not in scope.
July 3, 2015
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I was watching one of the word champions at BBO the other day. His partner opened 1SP, he bid 2CL, the bidding went;
1sp-p-2cl-p
2sp-p-3sp-p
3nt-p-4d-x
xx-5d-6sp all pass for plus 1

in the other table the bidding went
1sp-p-4nt-p
5sp-p-7sp. bid and made
July 3, 2015
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We wont splinter with 3 card support
June 18, 2015
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As some you imagined if partner has 3343 hand, he/she wont be passing to a double, and he/she won't have any problem with bidding; 1)3H with 0-5 points - so you wont be too high, 2) 3NT with good diamonds min 2 stoppers, 3) but most importantly he/she will bid 4D for you to bid the major you like and keep the strong hand hidden from the opponents.

So even with a flat hand partner has better options if you double.

Actually what if partner has 2254 hand? again with double you won't lose anything.

And what if partner has 4414 wouldn't be better if you become the declarer to play 4 of M ? but since you bid 4D he/she can't bid 4D to let you make the decision
June 17, 2015
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There are at least four ways to analyse this before making a decision;
1) There are hands that we will have diamonds and opponents will have the Majors(or a major). Doubling doesnt mean that you will miss finding a major fit, partner can still bid 4M or 4D, or 3M with a weaker hand or even 4cl with neither option. By bidding 4D you will lose your chance to double 3D and/or bidding 3nt.

2) When one opens 3 you wont expect that the rest of the hands will be distributed evenly. So even your partner has 3-4 card in one major, possibly your RHO will have the rest. So things won't split favorably, and you need to get to dummy many times to fines.

3) You can't get to dummy with club or diamond. So you will keep playing from your hand after ruffing Diamonds. It means you will lose 2 spades, d, and couple hearts. But if partner has good big hand to cover your loses, like K or Ace of H, K of Spade you can definitely make 4. And if so when you double, you can be sure partner will bid 4M, not 3 or pass.

4) MP vulnerable, partner passed. Why convert an avg (or a high) to a bottom by not doubling and bidding 4? Would you open 4 of a Major knowing that partner was from a passed hand? If the bidding goes Pass(partner), 3D (RHO), would you bid 4D?
June 10, 2015
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I would pass to the limited 1sp opening
May 31, 2015
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Clearly A. It is a partnership game, you have to trust your partner. IMO in the long run you will lose respect and confidence
May 31, 2015
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4club splinter?
March 28, 2015
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See there are better alternatives!

I used to play 5NT not promising all the keycards as well, but nobody played here in the US. As you guys said this was a good strategy to play 6NT for more matchpoints. The another reason to play it was to play 6(nt or suit) from the right side to protect unprotected Ks or AQ if we find the right K from the partner. Take Yuan's example
1 - 2NT
3 - 4NT
5 - 5NT
6 - 6 - asking for K of D
6NT yes I have it
Feb. 19, 2015
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Of course he can. I already committed to play 6NT if he doesn't have the specific king i wanted. If partner can't bid anything above 6cl - while holding another king - what's the point of asking kings then?
Feb. 18, 2015
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Since we play Leaping Michaels for min+maj, we treat this as a long minor - almost like Gambling NT. Therefore when partner bids 4NT we assume that the suit is known to partner, otherwise he/she could have bid 4 or 5 clubs to play or correct. I think this can be another discussion for sure.
Feb. 17, 2015
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Leo, I could have bid 7Nt directly, then I wouldn't post this :).
I just wanted to create a discussion to see what everybody thinks about one way or another. By the way my real holding was Ax, Axxx, AKJx, xxx
Feb. 17, 2015
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I play Lavinthal against NT; you usually don't discard something you like especially against low level NT contract. That's why in my opinion it's better then any other discards (against NT).

Against suit contracts if you want to use this(and to answer your question) you can discard mid cards such as -678- to show you like it. Mid cards can also mean that you don't have any preference for a lower or a higher suit.
March 19, 2014
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I would have bid exclusion 4H instead of XX. I also don't take partner's 3SP as splinter, he could have bid it in the first place instead of bidding 2H, with his 3SP bid I think he is asking you to bid 3NT if you have spades
March 17, 2014
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Hello Eric, hope you are doing well.

Some of my partners think that I tend to bid and play NT while there might be other sensible choices available. Say partner opens 3H, RHO passes and I bid and play 3NT with this holding; Kx, AJxxx(yes 5 of them),Axxx, Kx.

What would you suggest to “them” :)?

Cheers,
Tansu
Feb. 26, 2014
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Two things; 1)how do you ask Gerber? 2)If 1Nt-2c,2d-2n, 3cl-3d is “ NO, SHOWS LONG DIAMONDS WITH ANY SHORTNESS ”, what's the difference between this and 1nt-2cl, 2d-3d? Both are forcing to game with diamonds and a major. And more importantly if you want to show a minor shortness as you suggested you bid 4cl, and now you passed 3NT.
Feb. 25, 2014
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So how is AKQJ9 and AQTx not “without a lot of high cards”? I actually wanted to upgrade my hand due to Jx of H and Tx of D. And you can't bid 3NT over 2D to limit your hand to 12-15 points.

I wanted to solicit opinions to make me and whomever following this discussion to prepare for the next occasion, i just don't understand why and how you place the worst hand to your partner who opens in the first seat.
Feb. 19, 2014
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I don't have the knowledge to see if/where my partner's hand looks like x, AK7xx, AJ8xx, xx. That's why I am polling. I think you're trying to somewhat prove that I was wrong NOT to bid 3NT and rather explore 6D, 6H, 6SP, 6NT (all were makeable)
Feb. 19, 2014
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