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I like and wrote various versions of 2C=18/19 or strong.
Responder assumes balanced in competition (similar to interference over 1N).

Version 1 basic is to play 2C - 2D as forcing 2N (or strong showing). Natural higher responses, natural NF at 2 level (2N NF weak minors…), forcing at 3.

Better is to play transfers.

The problem really lies when you are 18/19 opposite balanced crap and you're at the 2 level. Otherwise, your other competitive bidding is better. You also get to keep 2D for your favourite gadget.
Oct. 15
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A few bits and pieces:
If playing attitude, then with xx in dummy, attitude on A would be for K respectively.
Typically, from AKxxx or longer the K might solve the over ruff mystery.

Against NT, you can't get it right all the time, but on ace lead (with no stop in dummy), positive attitude asks for continuation. At least you cash out with AKxx versus Qxxxx, or even AKxx opposite xxxxx (with say Jx in dummy)
Oct. 2
Yuan Shen edited this comment Oct. 2
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Anyone play 2N art here?
Can bid 3N to play.
Oct. 2
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You can play
1m 1S
2m 2H (agreed as forcing by OP)
2N 3H non forcing

1m 1H
2m 2S (reverse, clearly forcing)
2N ?

- 3H NF (natural 4-6)
- 3S F (reverse but not promising more than 5-5 shape).
Opener will obviously pick a major with 3 cards, 3NT with at most 2-2. Responder can bid 4M with 6/5 either way.
Aug. 21
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Various options:
If you're happy opening 1C or 1NT, that's fine mostly. Play in some 5-1 fits sometimes.

If you play 1D 1M ; 1N as Gazzilli, then 1D 1M ; 2C is non forcing and natural (4-4+). I think you'd want to play 1D 2M as limited majors. This means at least a 7 card fit.
I've not really had a big issue with this hand type playing Gazzilli (where would you be in trouble?)
Aug. 7
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If partner has s power double, it might be important to get to 6N from my side, so respect to those blasting 4N.
July 17
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Did a spade not work out?
July 16
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6S is hardly laydown and will be passed.
6D gets us to 7 when partner has the DA, which a) helps with trump control and b) provides a sure entry if we are going to close our eyes and take a spade finesse.
July 13
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I reckon there will be another bid somewhere (but could easily be wrong, might even miss an 11 card heat fit), so looking to try 5H next.
July 13
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But I think we have a fair idea what South has
July 13
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I'm not sure we can beat 3C X so thankfully that's not (at least yet) the problem
July 13
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Hmm Michael, my guess is that majority response will be 2, with commentary as 1/3 (indistinguishable given bridge players' strong opinions?).
July 13
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I'm not sure the context of the bidding (now I read 3D is competitive), but partner might have bid 2NT with crap?
July 13
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I've made the argument before, that logically, different people will have different hand evaluation metrics. If you set the limit at X (well let's say where X is in the neighborhood of where regulations are now), there's always some* example hand that crosses that. The only consistent regulation is:

You can open any hand.

*In the ACBL setting, many
July 13
Yuan Shen edited this comment July 13
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Curiously, responding to a double of 4S is like responding to a penalty double of 1NT.

Responder sits with balanced hands (even junk) or strong hands, but pulls with weak/medium hands with shape (obviously, more shape at the 5 level).
June 4
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Jordan's suggestion isn't terrible, since a stop and a running minor might well give 10 tricks.

Even without a stop you might hope lefty makes a bad lead.
June 4
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Richard, I think the idea is that a grand ought to be in clubs, where we have possible extra tricks by ruffing.
June 4
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It's possible to try an artificial 2D. I'm not sure why it's not so common, because you don't lose very much. When opener has a real reverse, responder can still game force in either minor or have Lebensohl available to get out at the 3 level.

1C 1H
2D 2H asks (any bypass* is GF, esp 3C)
?

2S = real reverse (think of it as a S-D switch), followed by Lebensohl etc.
2N = death hand, strong 3C raise of major
3C = strong single suit C.

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The main loss is when responder wants to rebid hearts (the problem isn't there when responder has spades). You might consider 2S as an artificial 4th suit (over the artificial third suit…) as GF with hearts. Alternatively, responder could just wait for more details, planning to offer 3H later.

This also allows you to play
1C 1M
3C as not-so-heavy.
June 4
Yuan Shen edited this comment June 4
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KJxxxx xx AJxx x makes for quite a good sac.

I suppose you could make the argument to walk the dog into a making 4 (doubled?).
June 3
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Echoing this, it avoids me when players pick up their cards assuming the auction is over. I usually have to wait patiently (blatantly) for ops to realise the auction isn't over.
May 31
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