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Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
South has 17 HCP and a five card suit. That's probably not extras if the 1NT opening is 14-16 but might be otherwise. Anyway it is a judgment call that South is entitled to make without the director automatically assuming he misunderstood the auction. If North intended 4NT as ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Take a poll. In my opinion, treating 4NT as Blackwood is not a logical alternative, whether North continues with 5NT or not. I would not seriously consider any other call than pass with the South hand.
Taking Advantage of UI?
The 5 bid is more attractive if partner has thinks you have minors, than if partner thinks you have two places to play. Therefore it is suggested by the unauthorised information. Pass is clearly a logical alternative. I have no idea what influenced West to bid 5 but ...
Dodge a Bullet
Kit, how do you think the 2 bid ought to be described?
Restricted choice?
I would play for the drop. If East has a stiff club, he has a five card major and/or West has led a three card diamond suit instead of a four card heart suit and might equally well have led this three card club suit. Without knowing anything further ...
Is this 2!c bid forcing?
Completely agree. A redouble that just shows strength and says nothing about shape is asking for trouble. I thought this treatment was only popular with bad club players in the US.
Dodge a Bullet
I don't have a problem with this but you definitely have to tell opponents. Especially if you play the way Kit described where "partner will never go to the 3-level regardless". That implies partner doesn't necessarily expect the 2 bidder to actually have clubs.
Migrating to 1NT semi forcing
I agree it's a terrible name. But "Invitational strength or less without primary support and unable to bid a new suit at the one level" is a bit of a mouthful. It would be great if someone could come up with something accurate and concise. Maybe an acronym such ...
Migrating to 1NT semi forcing
If you have a balanced invite with three trumps, 1NT is fine and will make more often than 3M opposite a minimum. If you have an unbalanced invite with three trumps it is better to do something else - either free up a dedicated bid for it somehow or include it ...
What's this X? (I believe I know the answer, but conflicting claims have been made).
Refusing to sell out at two level with shortage in their suit is the clear percentage action. You can construct hands where it doesn't work but the ones where something good happens are much more frequent. Opposite Robert's example it is more likely I will catch partner with ...

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