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Paul Hightower
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Good club player, can't afford travel or tournaments. Long time contributor at

United States of America

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Martin Maasik's bidding problem: AKQJ93 K54 A4 T4
Seven solid tricks limits the downside of bidding; we will often escape undoubled. Partner will usually have some values. I'd guess both 4 and 4 will be down most of the time, but both will make often enough to be concerned about a double game swing. I ...
2!c With an Unbalanced Hand
Well, Stu, that hand has more quick tricks than losers! I would probably open 6, but if I had a clear way to find out about the A I would certainly use it.
Opponents overcall our strong 2!c opening - bidding theory question
I like Andy's last suggestion: Double is balanced, weak. Opener should be able to choose intelligently whether to pass or bid. Pass is either balanced game-going, or unbalanced weak, where a penalty pass by opener would be less attractive.
2!c With an Unbalanced Hand
Peg, I agree I would open your 8104 example, and that on a really bad day they could make a slam and we can't. But I don't expect that to happen. I certainly agree two-suiters can be opened 2, but I'm more cautious about those. Having ...
2!c With an Unbalanced Hand
Here's a poll related to this thread:
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: AJ43 KJT9 753 KJ
My answer was based partly on the vague "invitational plus" description. So many players think they need to push with 10 hcp opposite our likely 12-14. For me, 2 would promise 11+, and then 3NT would be more attractive.
Paul Hightower's bidding problem: AK975 6 AK8 AKT3
Inspired by this thread:
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: T AQ842 62 A9852
I'm sure she had reasons, but why wouldn't Sabine sit for 3 doubled?
2!c With an Unbalanced Hand
Your example has 4 Quick tricks, that's plenty of defense. AKQJxxxxxx x x x, on the other hand, is not a 2 opening. Back to your example, 2 openings typically have values in three suits, but a hand with 10 playing tricks and all the controls needed ...
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: AKT53 J62 AKJ 54
Partner has room to show heart help over 3.

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