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If you lose a spade trick AND a club trick you may not succeed in slam.
6 hours ago
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You can construct hands where it is wrong to play in hearts holding the nine-card suit. But I don't believe that anyone would actually do so.

That said, even if you can determine that partner “probably” has no hearts, I can't imagine not bidding 6 hearts if you find out that partner has one of the missing aces. And if you know that partner has both of the missing aces, you have to be “pretty certain” that partner has no hearts for the grand to be anti-percentage. And by the time that you make that determination, the auction may be too complex for you to clearly set hearts as trump and ask for aces.
Oct. 20
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 20
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Semi-forcing means that you treat 1NT as a forcing NT except that opener will pass on a balanced dead minimum opening.
Oct. 19
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On the 1-9-2-1 hand, many partnerships (including my own) have the agreement that a direct 4NT bid is Ace asking. Odds are that AKJTxxxxx will run for no losers, so the only thing you have to know for slam is whether partner has the two black aces.

So, my auction would have gone 1 - 4NT - 5 - 6.
Oct. 19
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@Martin: In the first auction, I want to get my second suit in right away. There is no need to jump unless I want to establish a game force. A cue bid should imply a fit for partner's suit.

In the second auction, by jumping I am telling partner that (1) We have a (presumed) fit in the suit I am bidding; and (2) I have more than a minimum. A cue bid would show a stronger hand and not promise a fit. The two auctions are dissimilar.
Oct. 18
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Starting with a cue bid will hinder your side if there is any further bidding by the opponents.
Oct. 18
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Kyle, it must be wonderful to live in your world where the outstanding 5 trumps always split 3-2 and the nine-card fit missing the Q always plays for 5 winners.

Suffice to say that “more-or-less cold” is an overbid.

Funny, when I re-read my post, it struck me as reminiscent of a great song of some 51 years ago:

They're coming to take me away Ha Ha
They're coming to take me away Ho Ho He He Ha Ha
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time, and I'll be happy to see those nice young men with their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away Ha Ha
Oct. 18
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 18
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Jordan:

You are correct - we should probably assign another meaning to this bid when the Z bid is 1NT. It shows a balanced strong NT over any 1x-1y-1z even when the Z bid is 1 or 1. There is no need for it when the Z bid is 1NT, as responder can just bid 3NT over 1NT.

However, in my other partnership, the 1NT rebid shows 14-17 when we are not vul (10-13 1NT openings nonvul) so the delayed 3NT can be invitational opposite a maximum 1NT rebid.

EDIT: When the 2NT-3NT sequence is used after opener's 1NT rebid, it shows a quantitative invite to 6NT. When the 2NT-3NT sequence is used after opener's 1M rebid, it shows a balanced strong NT.
Oct. 16
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 17
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Don: Why would you jump 2 levels to bid KC in diamonds? Establish a game force first. The double jump is exclusion for the last bid suit by my agreements.

Craig: No doubt that it may be a problem on some hands. But the South hand (IMO) is just too strong to open with a one bid (although I see that others are taking that route). On this hand, fortunately, there is no problem with the control response.
Oct. 16
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Unless I am mistaken, the NABCs are run by the ACBL, and Bermuda is part of the ACBL. The NABCs are not, strictly speaking, a Zonal championship.
Oct. 16
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US, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, correct?

The question is whether Bermuda is a country. Whether it is or is not its own country, it is not part of the other three, so there is a fourth country involved.
Oct. 16
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It is easy with South as dealer playing with my current partner, as we play control showing responses to 2 openings.

So:

2 - 3 (5+ controls - slam force)
3 - 4
5 - 6*
7

*At this point, South knows that 7 is likely to be cold (barring an opening ruff), as North must have the K, AK, K and club length. The only question would be whether to bid 7NT instead of 7. That may not be possible to solve.

With North as dealer, this may be more difficult.

1 - 1
2 - 4 (by agreement - exclusion RKCB - even in opener's suit)
4 - 4NT (Kings?)
5 - 7

The 2 rebid is far from clear, but it makes South's job easy with the agreement that 4 is exclusion RKCB. Of course, the A would have worked as well as the K, so another sequence might accomplish the same result. The key is to get clubs to be the agreed suit at a level that allows control asks.
Oct. 16
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I like your line better. Unless I am mistaken, it only fails if spades are 5-1. Both lines require RHO to hold at least 2 hearts.
Oct. 16
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 16
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@John: True, but it wouldn't be Treadwell.
Oct. 15
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Buddy: See my comment above about “Ethnic” Fishbein.
Oct. 13
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You made a simple overcall of 2 with 8 tricks in hand?
Oct. 13
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That depends on whether “stupid” is an adjective or a noun.
Oct. 13
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I think that the comma in “Minors, stupid” makes your reading somewhat strained.

Sort of like the saying on a popular T-Shirt:

Let's eat Grandma!

Let's eat, Grandma!

Commas save lives.
Oct. 13
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What hand would overcall 2 and then, opposite a silent partner, bid 3NT to play?

(By the way, I find the choice of “penalty” to be fascinating. It sounds like an old Dave Treadwell joke: “We play (Ethnic) Fishbein - Double is for takeout, and the next higher bid is for penalties.” You can insert the Ethnic group of your choice for the word “Ethnic”. Of course, I would never be so crass as to make an Ethnic joke….)
Oct. 13
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 13
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“Presuming the director was right just because the director was there would mean your article was not needed.”

I would not go that far. It is still an unusual situation worthy of some discussion.
Oct. 12
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