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Paul Hightower
Paul Hightower
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June 28, 2016
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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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I selected the second option, but that does not mean I would use Stayman more often than not. I would generally pass.
Nicholas France's bidding problem: AJT4 94 A62 KQT5
I bid 5NT anyway. I'm just saying that it is even better if it allows us to get to clubs, something your methods appear (needlessly) to prevent.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: A72 QJ72 --- Q98532
South has ten empty spaces. North has nine. Partner has eight. Odds are worse than usual that partner has four hearts. Our most likely fit is in clubs, but the only way to potentially bid clubs naturally is to pass at this point.
Sebastian Kristensen's bidding problem: 54 J962 AK842 62
As a passed hand we can double, then pull to 2. But in my experience opener has a strong hand far more often than partner has a club stack. My standard is to reopen with 9 hcp, but I'm surprised the majority passes here.
David Libchaber's bidding problem: KQJ7 Q73 JT9 AK7
3NT looks like a stretch even if partner has 9 hcp. I'll give up on game and just try to contest the partscore -- empty spaces make it better than 50% partner has four spades, so double looks better than 1NT.
David Libchaber's bidding problem: K54 K964 AK2 973
I think it pays to double with this sort of hand, but advancer should be reluctant to jump in a four card suit.
Nicholas France's bidding problem: AJT4 94 A62 KQT5
Opener can bid a minor over 5NT. No reason to limit the rebids to just 6NT or 7NT, 7 could be right.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: 2 AJT954 KT986 3
No way I open 1 on 8 hcp except possibly two Aces heading two long suits (6-6 or 7-5.)
Finn Kolesnik's bidding problem: xx A9xx AQJT9 xx
1NT should be at most 12 hcp, and that isn't a game force opposite 11 with shape. But 3NT is reasonable with an improved hand such as this. I like the idea that partner should take it as a raise to 4, passing only if he'd be ...
Dave Waterman's bidding problem: AT54 AK AK4 QJ84
Natural, but as pointless as partner's hand. Maybe opener has 8 (as we've seen some open) and responder 4 (do they play constructive raises here?) but realistically 8 tricks at notrump seems unlikely.

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