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Bidding is war
April 19
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I've heard it said… “I play Precision, I don't need a rebid” :-j
March 29
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Likewise, Ian, I ask them either to tell me something worth knowing or just to get on with it, if they feel confident in what should happen next.

Marshall - that's pretty much what I said. Thanks for clarifying my post if it wasn't clear.
March 23
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A world-class player is someone who can count to 13 four times in five minutes.
March 23
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I can't believe we're arguing about this. Amongst other things, partner's bid asks for a stopper, so, partner has asked for a stopper…
March 23
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When I first took up my partner's highly artificial strong club system, there were several times that I alerted and, when asked, simply said, “No idea”.
March 22
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Yes, asks for a stopper or something worth knowing about.
March 20
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It's okay, everyone, it's just a hesitation.
March 20
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Is this in a 5cm environment or does 1 only promise four? I'm assuming five.

In my view, partner has asked for a stopper in spades after you've told him that you have the other suits and tolerance for hearts. Your 3 bid is simply saying that you have nothing extra to say. Of course, you've already shown some “values”, so whether 3 is forcing depends on whether partner's 2 shows a strong hand, which I think it should be.

Edit:
Let's just say that I'm not going to get stroppy if partner decides to pass.
March 20
Anthony Taglione edited this comment March 20
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Nor, from Michael's comments, do I believe that purposely watching people for a reaction is part of his repertoire at the table; he's merely being alert for it. I think we're all in the middle of a misunderstanding here.
March 20
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A top or a bottom. Let the cards decide.
March 20
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Opponents are ill-advised to ask for a full review of the auction so far while it is still live, since both you and your partner are involved in that process, as you each disclose the meaning of the other's bids. Of course, this is going to lead to UI but that's partner's problem not yours. Your priority in that situation is to avoid giving MI regarding your partner's bids. Keeping quiet would be giving MI to your opponents if partner's explanation of your bids leads them to false conclusions regarding his bids. Your partner has already given MI regarding your bids.

The actual auction, still sitting on the table, is AI to all players, so it's a foggy area as to partner “waking up”, due to your explanation of his 2 bid, but at least then he can correct the incorrect explanation given for your 2 bid.
March 20
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Don't we all have our senses on full alert during a hand? It's expected and called “table feel”.
March 19
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It begins with… “What do you mean by ‘weak’?”. I think South fulfilled his obligations.
March 18
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I recently had something similar to Kit's situation. I'd just led over to the king, planning to finesse on the way back. I led small from dummy and, as RHO played small, I noticed a very slight change in the breathing of LHO, I went up Ace and dropped the queen.
March 18
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“Bet it wasn't in div 1 or 2….”
Close but no coconut; it was Div 2. North had opened 1NT with a 4225 shape and 13 points in the black suits. Responder had the red suits covered and they were cold for 9 tricks but found another somewhere. I remember playing the hand in 3S, making, and wondering whether we could have reached 3NT.

I've left partner in once after a mini and once with 7 points after a weak NT. I knew that all of my points, what there were of them, were working and sitting over the doubler, so I left partner to play it. Each of the two times ended in +1. I can't claim decent oppo, though they were always making DD.
March 17
Anthony Taglione edited this comment March 17
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only twice so far, both making. :-j

In theSunday League this year, a pair made 1NTxx+3 for 1960.
March 17
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I play:

XX shows a 5+card suit somewhere and ask for 2 poc
a suit bid shows lowest of multiple 4-cards suits - opener passes with 3+ cards or bids next suit up, poc
pass forces XX from opener which can be left in or 2 from responder says 4333 - pick a suit partner

If fourth seat redoubles, we lose the option of playing in 1NTxx or of showing the 4333 in responder's hand. With 4333, responder would bid 2 and pass whatever opener does and worst case is a less than ideal 3-3 fit.
March 17
Anthony Taglione edited this comment March 17
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I knew a husband and wife partnership who would always hesitate if they didn't have the missing honour and would play in tempo if they did. Of course, I never told them that I had them cold every time once I realised.
March 16
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Answers to questions…
Yes, East was justified in doubling.
Yes, NS get an adjustment in the form of a PP for wasting the director's time, after some lousy bidding got them a bottom. I might reverse this if they are open to discussion on the matter.
March 16
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