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I would double with the same hand but 2=4=5=2.
20 hours ago
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Sounds like you have a smart 7-year old. Maybe you will be allowed to go away on a weekend when she is ready to partner you at a tournament :-).
Feb. 19
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Do you plan to use your accounting expertise directly as President, or will you stay out of that level of detail.
Feb. 19
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It is certainly good to have a way to show both red suits with greater length on either. Is there some general principle by which double/correct shows while 2NT/correct shows ?
Feb. 18
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Peter, this is exactly why the director should be polling peers of the player faced with the UI decision.
Feb. 18
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See https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/dhs-chief-marks-first-section-trump-s-border-wall-it-n924941 for a discussion of the difference.

And keep in mind that the censors are already having a hard time with a president named Trump. Maybe Gary Hart will come back to run against him?
Feb. 18
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Would South have bid 3 in that case?
Feb. 17
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What about when partner has AKxx Qx Qxx Ax and you get to play 6 instead of 3NT. Or if she has AKQx Qx Qxx xx or Axxxx QJx QTx xx?
Feb. 15
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1-2 will almost always get us to the right strain. It will occasionally get us too high, but only if partner is within a narrow range of strength, and even then our concentrations may make up for being a jack or two shy.
Feb. 15
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Despite the agreement, I think that hand should bid 4. It is very unlikely that responder has a singleton and conveying the general message of the hand below game is more important than worrying about which suit has which type of control.
Feb. 15
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I would suggest that a response of 4x should show 4-2-1-6 shape, since that doesn't come through on the relays. There may also be hands where partner wasn't thinking of slam until hearing this. I would expect that the more distributional you are, the less useful that information is to the defense.
Feb. 15
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Alexander: there is a reason that 3 asks for the spade stop and 3 asks for a club stop. When asking for a club stop, you presumably have a spade stop. If you bid 3 with a hand like K93 AKxx KJxx xx, you really don't want your LHO to make a lead-directing double because the spade lead will come through you. OTOH, if you have xx AKxx KJxx K93, they can still double, but the lead will be coming up to partner's stopper.
Feb. 15
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If South is 1=2=5=5, neither slam makes if they guess the right opening lead. Against 6, will South lead a stiff spade when holding the AJxxx?
Feb. 13
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Congrats on the win! The final result was a bit of a shock given the number of unsuccessful plays in the article. If you do this again, you might consider giving a running score at occasional points.
Feb. 13
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Suppose that you will take 6 tricks in notrump 50% of the time, 7 tricks 40%, and 8 tricks 10%.
If partner bids 1NT, the break-even point to make it worth bidding 2 is if you make two of a red suit 47% of the time. But if partner doubles the opponent in 1NT, you only need to make it 14% of the time to break even. That's because even when you go down, you may gain IMPs for -50 vs -180.
Feb. 12
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Given that I might make game opposite a balanced yarborough, I am not eager to have the bidding die too easily.
Feb. 12
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Hamish, after 3 in the original proposal, there are three possible holdings with which opener might want to play 3NT: just a stopper, just a stopper, or both. One of those would need to go beyond 3NT.
Feb. 12
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After 1 1 2 2 3, 3 asks for unstopped suits. If opener has only clubs stopped and responder has only spades stopped, then opener will be bidding 4 when 3NT was playable. A potential improvement–though violating the goal of simplicity–is for 3 to ask only for a club stopper (3=yes, so responder declares, and 3NT=no) and 3 to ask for a spade stopper (3NT=yes, of course).
Feb. 12
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How would West know what the previous West had done? Maybe he assumed that West would also have bid 2 and was trying to preserve the board. I hate to see nefarious motives implied without sufficient evidence.
Feb. 12
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You can also play over 1NT that 2M is natural and 2m is a two-under transfer, so that the stronger player is always declarer.
Feb. 11
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