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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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Garbage Stayman or Invitational
John, Transfers followed by a second suit (e.g. 1N-2D-2H-3C) is fine with game forcing strength. But what about 5=5 hands with only invitational strength (e.g. about Kxxxx-Kxxxx)? These hands can make a lot of tricks when opener fits both suits well, but otherwise want to stop in ...
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: K52 A9864 J9 AJ4
I'm not a "light opener", so I'm not sure if this hand is enough for 3NT in your style (as it surely would be in mine). If not, then 2NT invitational.
Garbage Stayman or Invitational
And, yes, with 5 hearts plus a 5 card minor with "light invite" strength, one bids: 1N-2-2-2 (forcing 2NT)-2N-3m
Garbage Stayman or Invitational
with invitational or better 4=5 majors hands: 1N-2-2-2 showing 5+ hearts & 4(+) spades (hearts longer than spades) with invitational or better strength. Opener replies: 2N: minimum (reject invite) with only 2 hearts 3N: maximum (accept invite) with 2 hearts 3H: minimum with 3 hearts 4H (or ...
Garbage Stayman or Invitational
I play this (1N-2-2-2) as a relay to 2. Opener must bid 2 regardless of his shape or strength. Responder may then: * pass 2 with a weak 5=4 * bid 2NT with 5=4 game invitational * bid 3NT with 5=4 game force * bid ...
Lebensohl or not?
Lebensohl does not apply when the doubler is a passed hand. It is not important whether or not the double is in balancing seat or not. So: (a) (2H)-P-(P)-DBL-(P)-2N/3m Lebensohl does apply here even though double is in balancing seat because doubler is not ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: AJ98 K6 Q42 A953
My partner held the given hand and raised to 3 (not invitational). I find that bid hard to justify as it can never find a game (as 2NT might do), nor is 3 necessarily safe. Further, the spade holding makes it unlikely that opponents can/will outbid us ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: AJ98 K6 Q42 A953
I don't think given hand is a super maximum. Just a normal near maximum (could have the HJ as well). That doesn't mean I'm advocating 2NT--just agreeing that it is possible for partner to have a good enough hand for game to be reasonable. It is also ...
setting trump or cue bid
I play both 3 and 4 as natural (promising 3+, not uncommonly 4) after 1-2-3. The difference is that the jump to 4 is a "picture bid" promising strong hearts and spades (now very often four) with no minor suit control, whereas 3 ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: AJ98 K6 Q42 A953
I'm not sure why you think 2nd hand weak 2 "should be relatively sound." I'd say it should be "relatively normal", meaning good suit intermediates, no voids, no side 5 card suit (or 4 card major). But I see no reason why it should be near maximum rather ...
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