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After the ruff, you might be tempted by: heart ruff, A, heart ruff, trump exit.
Nov. 18
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This cue-bid is qualitatively different from your other examples: it commits us to the three-level after we've both shown values but not found an eight-card fit.

I'd regard it as equivalent to

1 1 pass 2
pass 3

which I think is also game-forcing.
Nov. 18
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Wouldn't declarer discard a heart on the third club? Then if he gets trumps right he's one off.
Nov. 17
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South can't risk the Grosvenor. From his perspective your trumps might be AKJ9xxxxx.
Nov. 16
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I think “huge” is an overbid. East might double 4 with a holding like KJ10xx.
Nov. 16
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If you play that 3 includes 3-card invitations, what does advancer do in reply, and what sequences are non-forcing?
Nov. 15
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Yes it's forcing. It shows a strong one-suiter with a self-supporting suit, sets hearts as trumps, and invites cue-bidding.
Nov. 15
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Would 2NT be forcing, for example with AQJx Kxx Kxxx Kx? Or non-forcing with the hand hand-type and a bit less?
Nov. 15
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Perhaps the majority thought it was obvious? It shows the values for game without four hearts, not suitable for 2, 3 or 3NT.
Nov. 15
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I think that's game-forcing too, but I'd accept that there's some room for doubt. Unlike in the original auction.
Nov. 15
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Yes (to what Art said). You have to play low in case clubs are 8-0
Nov. 13
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OK, so lose Keycard. After


4-4
4NT( cue)

responder has a clear slam-drive.
Nov. 11
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I think what Paul describes is the normal modern British usage. “The Committee has decided” but “the Committee have gathered”.

In this case I think Meckwell sleep on the couch as individuals.
Nov. 11
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A bridge auction is a conversation. If you interrupt your wife when she's in the middle of trying to tell you something important, then make an unsuccessful decision as a result, you probably deserve some physical discomfort.

After 4, if you'd continued the conversation with 4 (presumably promising at least one spade top-card), your partner would probably have signed off in 4. Then you would have continued with 4, showing the other spade honour, and she would have driven to slam with confidence.
Nov. 10
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It's OK to reach slam (or grand slam) where the only problem is avoiding a trump loser with nine trumps missing the queen.

But slam would also have been good if responder had QJxxx J10xx Ax Ax. And it would have been awful if she'd had Jxxxx KQJx xx AQ. So maybe the problem lies earlier in the auction.
Nov. 10
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“After all, if you make a bum claim in a blacked-out state of mind you don't believe, and neither do I, that you can use extraneous information to un-black-out. Why is this situation any different?”

It's different because something extraordinary happened, and the something extraordinary is AI.
Nov. 9
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Sorry, I misread your auction. As opener, if RHO is about to bid 1NT I would far to prefer to know that partner had a balanced hand and some high cards than not know anything. And as you say, if fourth hand wants to offer to try to make seven tricks in 1NT he can do so just as easily by doubling a natural 1NT as by bidding 1NT over 1.
Nov. 9
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I think the best use is as inviting responder to cue-bid a high-card control, without making any specific statement about opener's controls.

The first concern is whether we have the wherewithal to make twelve tricks. If responder has a side king, it might nicely fill in opener's AQ10x, or be rather less useful opposite Axx.
Nov. 9
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“J have seen J D R Collings and played with Joe Amsbury when this very auction happened. It was not on the radar to pull it.”

But I am not playing opposite either of them. I do play bridge with some people who might be considered eccentric by modern standards, and I'm quite confident that none of them would produce this auction other than through a systemic misunderstanding. That is information that I possessed before the auction started, and it is therefore authorised.
Nov. 9
Andy Bowles edited this comment Nov. 9
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Showing a balanced hand with responding values is useful because
- If opener has an unbalanced hand, knowing whether there are any values opposite will help him judge whether to compete.
- If opener has a balanced 18-19, he no longer has a problem after 1x-dbl-pass-2y.

Playing redouble as a transfer to spades is better than 1 natural, because it rightsides spades.

Redoubling on a balanced 11-count is generally ineffective: we almost never get a penalty, quite often advancer's action gets in our way, and it can be awkward to determine our combined values.
Nov. 9
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