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if your partnership bids 3nt with 17 points with 6+ solid tricks, i assume you have to bid 2nt(invitational) with 13-15 points.
When there is a misfit with lots of points, i see an opportunity to play a NT from the right side, not a discouragement
Feb. 19, 2014
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There is nothing wrong with asking partner if you are prepared for the answer. Sometimes, you make a decision because you expect an answer that will make the next bid even more complicated. To pro-act to these kind of situations, some new conventions were developed - for example minorwood/kickback key cards are usually used in minor slams because you don't want to bid 4NT and hear 5H - or 5D in case of club slam.

Anyways, in this situation if I bid 3SP to keep the bidding open, I hope she will bid 3NT. But I expect that she will bid 4H or 4D, so now I am worse than I was a bid ago. Now my 5NT really means grand slam forcing, if I bid 4cl or 4sp she will take it as a control. Of course I can just pass to 4h or raise 4D to 5D but I assume we all can do that. The point was at the table when it's your turn, in that 30 seconds what are the things you consider. That's why i was polling how others would approach to this situation.
Feb. 18, 2014
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The facts are; 1)Partner has a first seat opener with 11-17 points. 2) Her 3d doesn't mean she is week, because I bid 3cl game forcing, she is just showing distribution. 3) At this point there is no reason for me to make a decision that she has a weak or strong hand. Some are more comfortable bidding close games/slams because they have more “tools” in their “declarer play toolbox”, some need more information to feel comfortable.

4) I would bid 6NT this hand in pairs, if this is the first hand of the tournament.

5) If this is toward the end and if we were leading I would bid 3SP hope to hear 3NT from partner (means he has Kx in clubs), and bid 4cl Gerber. But instead of 3NT, if he bids 4d or 4H, i am not sure if will pass.

Anyways, I just wanted to see how people approach to this, I was surprised to see so far 66% people bid 3NT - to play. Let's think other way around; say you're the dealer and opened this hand 1sp, partner bids 2H(2/1 GF), do you stop short of any 6 or worst case any 5? I assume not. So why do you stop when she opens it? what makes you think that her 2/1 bid is weak?
Feb. 18, 2014
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How about 5NT as pick a slam?
Feb. 18, 2014
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2 sp was passable - and possibly weak- but you bid 3nt. Partner can't bid 4sp unless she has 7 of them.

The difference between directly bidding 3NT vs X then bid 3NT is obvious; partner can pass to 2H x, if you can afford it yes double it.
Jan. 30, 2014
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With a 5-3 Major fit and balanced hand(s), I prefer playing 1NT instead of 2M. Especially if you reduce your NT range to 14-16, opener only passes with 11-12 and some balanced 13. With 5422 and 13 points partner should bid.
Jan. 20, 2014
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As a responder I bid 3NT after my partner opens in 1st or 2nd seat. It's up to my partner to pass or correct, since I only see my 13 cards at that point
Jan. 7, 2014
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1. I would have bid 3NT as responder not 1SP
2. After 1sp, since 3sp is not forcing, I would have started with 3H as splinter. Just need a black Ace to make four - especially partner skipped 1H response, assuming not much wasted points.
3. East could have started with non-serious 3NT
4. I agree with 4CL bidding as first or second round. 4D bid MUST be first round control, because the lead will be coming from her right.
Jan. 7, 2014
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I am not talking about if 2+2 is 4. We're stating our opinions/approaches/methods/styles here, not sure what you mean by “simply not true”.

If the responder takes the 1 NT bid from simply playing 1NT to two level above to a 3cl or 3d, I don't consider it as a “weak hand”. It's a “distributional/boss hand”

What do you lead against a 3 minor, when the NT hand is in dummy? Aggressive right? So it's challenging. When you lead something say K from AK/KQ or from a high sequence, partner usually gives you attitude to continue or not- since there are 2+ cards in dummy. But it might be very critical to switch if the declarer has a singleton.
Jan. 7, 2014
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If responder is weak with a long minor, it's an advantage - not a disadvantage. NT Opener's shape and point range is already known, let's not disclose the responder's hand.
Jan. 7, 2014
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Just 3NT. Bidding 4C implies a H support
Dec. 25, 2013
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I guess I should have titled this discussion “when is an unsupported K a cue-bid?” . It was the point I wanted to make
Dec. 24, 2013
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I wouldn't bid slam based on just my LHO didn't double it. Also RHO could have QJ.. and LHO Axx.
Dec. 24, 2013
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If we play transfers I must bid 2SP or 2NT whatever the transfer to clubs with the first hand. If I chose to bid 3nt instead, then we shouldn't play the transfers, it's nothing to do with being aggressive or passive, it's part of the system.
The 4th hand, i would bid 1NT with A,Axx,Axxx,AJTxx. It limits my point range(15-17) and shows a stopper. Or some can bid 2NT to show minors and bid 3sp over partner's response to show a big hand.
Nov. 21, 2013
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partner can have 0 points, so double is for penalty
Nov. 21, 2013
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I didn't say anything wrong with the star system, i was just asking different question. Hope you feel better
June 30, 2013
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That's exactly what I was looking for, thank you
June 27, 2013
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BBO Star players and/or their country don't make me watch them. I was asking for good players to kibitz
June 27, 2013
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Pass is good, there is no need to bid anything to block (or fool) partner. I can come back later, and if I can't it won't be the last time.
May 30, 2013
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Play AQ of clubs - west didn't lead club.
1) if clubs 3-2. Play ace of diamonds and diamond ruff. Cash King of clubs, cash one spade while you are there to see if Q or J drops. Come hand by ruffing King of H with the last trump. Play K of D. If queen didn't drop, hope for QJ doubleton spades
2) if West has Jxxx clubs. Play AK of diamonds, if Q doesn't drop. Play a spade, pitch a spade on K of H, ruff with 10. Finesse club, and play the spades. hoping they are 3-2

May 30, 2013
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