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FWIW, my partner and I play after 1-(3):
4=Good heart raise
4=Clubs
4=To play
4=Diamonds
4NT= RKCB

It has some gains and losses, but I haven't had that come up yet to know whether it's good or not.
Nov. 7
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Hindsight always seems to make things easier! The 5 bid may have helped East bid 6, but I don't think it means North shouldn't bid it as this deal might just be a decision at the 5-level.
Nov. 7
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I'd feel slightly uneasy doubling. I guess if anyone is going to double, it would be with East's hand as it has the potential defensive tricks (West can only see one trick). The thing with East's hand is that you might be thinking 5S is probably down one only, and best case down two so not doubling ‘feels’ fine.

It'll probably have to depend on who my opponents were, and I'd need to be there for the table feel. When the deal is shapely and opps are favourable, sometimes they may have enough juice to make a “free redouble” - free in the sense that they think they'd be going down one at most, so -200 is not a disaster.
Nov. 7
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With dummy this strong, I'd certainly have little interest in this hand as well!

But I guess I was wondering whether you guys play any form of Smith Echo or Suit Preference vs. NT? Imagine a weaker dummy, and now it seems you need more important information rather than the count in spades.
Nov. 7
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It can matter because North needs to investigate a potential grand slam via some sort of RKC so you don't start jumping and hopping to guess.

But also, the jumpshift doesn't always guarantee the HCP. Could South have
xx
AKQT9x
AJTxx
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and didn't want to rebid 2 as this may get passed out. But opposite this hand, you now you want to get to 6 which can be difficult after 1-1; 3-3 and South has to choose between 4 vs. 4.

I know that's just one hand, but you certainly have to try to search for a grand without jumping and guessing.
Nov. 7
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I'm not sure about the “has no play” part, or maybe I've missed something. Actually perfect defence would make that statement true!

At the point where declarer led the J, it looks like it's better to lead a low spade to the 9. North has to win and plays the 9 to declarer's Q. Now a spade towards the Q and it makes 9 tricks.

However, South can thwart that plan by playing ‘second hand highish’ with the 10! It goes queen and king, and now when declarer next plays a low spade towards the 9, South can now win A and exit a spade and declarer is stuck in their hand.
If declarer tries the J instead of a low one, South can duck, and this sets up an additional spade trick for the defence for one down.

Probably better to play a spade to the 9 at trick 5 though. This can open up to many different types of endings.
Nov. 7
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This hand seems difficult to bid in a natural system. After 1-1, does South rebid 2 or 3? Probably 3, but over this, North should bid what? South's 3 may be bid with 3631 planning to 3 later, so maybe North should bid 3? Or better 3 as it's a strong five-card suit. North can't jump to 6NT as that's premature, what about 4NT? South may pass with 18 points, and it also prevents South from further describing their shape and takes away RKCB.
Say North bids 3. South will then rebid 4 to show 5-5, and North now bids 4 to agree diamonds? Or could it be natural offer to play as North might have 62 and had rebid 3 first? This is hurting my head…

Nice work getting to 6NT by North. I'd be curious to see other people's auctions.
Nov. 7
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Think West should've played the J to signal that West has something in diamonds. On most layouts it won't really matter as partner should defend correctly, but at least it's good to tell partner some information and that sometimes you can collect more undertricks (like here).
Nov. 7
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Isn't West's hand worth a bit more than a 2 raise? Granted that partner is likely to be 4135 and we may have four losers in the red suits, but then 3 may play just fine. Just that if on THIS East hand it makes 10 tricks, just imagine how well 4 will play if East was stronger.
Nov. 7
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Definitely a boring hand. But North's 5 followed by 3, what type of signal was this?
Nov. 7
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It might be a boring hand, but there's certainly some things partnerships can discuss. E.g. At trick 2, difference between continuing with Q vs. J? Can South have led from KQx (i.e. fatal for North to overtake A at trick 2)?
Nov. 7
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In my partnership, over 4 overcall we play 4NT as minors but can potentially be a competitive 5 bid (so direct 5 bid over 4 is a slam try).

And yes, I think North must bid 4 over 3. Partner knows we're under pressure and that we're favourable. It's true that our 4 bid will be pretty wide ranging, but it feels to me that it's certainly better for partner to know about our heart support than not if East bids 4 in both scenarios.
Nov. 7
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Nice score Stephen. Your partner did well to bid 7, though it doesn't seem right I think. South's inability to double 6 doesn't always say you have no defence, it might just mean that you may have potential tricks, but also 5 was bid under pressure so South doesn't know much about North's hand. It seems like East guessed to bid slam, and you hope that they guess wrong. The 6 bid turned out to be right because (a) West has a heart void, and (b) West has a singleton club.
It just seems like bidding 7 allows the 6 bidder to bid it pretty freely as they don't know if they can make, but they can entice the opponents to take the (potentially phantom) dive in 7.
But nevertheless, can never argue with success!
Nov. 7
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I like 4. When opps are favourable, I try to take up as much space as possible so they don't have room to investigate a sacrifice!
Nov. 7
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Perhaps North's hand is better suited for 2NT enquiry? I think what Kate's trying to say is that because the jump to 3 eats up a lot of space, it should deliver pretty much a max one-loser spade suit. If North had 15+HCP with a suit say KQ-to 6 or AJ-to six, then if you have to jump to 3, you will be guessing a lot.

So with this current hand, AK9xxx still seems like a suit that you don't want to ‘set as trumps’ with 3. Imagine if South had an ordinary hand of x AKJxxx xx QJxx, how does she know when to bid 4 or to raise to 4? 4 there is a much better contract than 4.

I think that's the benefit of 2 being F1, so that there's still lots of space to sort out the shapes, and you will always find the right 6-2 major suit fit.

But to be honest, I play 2/1 and haven't played Standard in a very long time, so I don't have experience in these situations. 1-2-2 = NF is very foreign to me, I guess it can work if the British play it as Kate mentioned!
Nov. 4
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Bidding 4 seems OK I think? I have no idea, feels like a guess. South might be endplayed into bidding 3NT with 5H4m22 or 35(41) with Ax(x) and you might need to lose the lead once at some point which might be safer in 4. But South could also have 2533 with Ax and you and duck to cut East off, or some hands with 6H's where 3NT is easy with 9 tricks.

My original instinct was to pull to 4 as well, but I can see merits in passing 3NT too. Maybe 3NT is slightly better? Conclusion: I have no idea what's right!
Nov. 4
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Definitely West. Often these type of hands will make as it might take the correct opening lead, or defence, or both, for it to go down.

I was only asking about the system as I hadn't seen 2-way checkback played in this sequence given that 1NT shows clubs.
Nov. 2
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I think it's mandatory given that it's NV vs V regardless of whether partner's a passed hand or not. You very rare get into trouble, and if partner bids 2 or 3 it can really disrupt the auction.
Nov. 2
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Would 3 over 3 be “4th suit” type asking for a stopper?
Sorry, I don't know your system so am just curious!

Are other bids over 2NT showing diamonds plus some shape, or?
Oct. 31
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Curious about the auction, could E/W have gotten West to declare the hand as East has two small spades. I guess it's survivable since West can't have 2344 given they've denied four diamonds, and opposite 3334 is survivable, though can West have 2335?
Oct. 31
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