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Out of curiosity… how do you show a hand with 1 card disparity such as 5=6?

I think your are confusing this with a hand that would have opened 1, where the “2 card disparity” makes more sense
June 21
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I think this depends mostly on the level of the novice partner.
If its a true novice, who makes many random bids and make up bids that fits the hand s/he currently hold, then the Pro has no way of knowing how many spades they have and does not need to alert.

If otoh its not a true “Novice” but an advancing player who could be relied upon, and you believe that they indeed had the agreement that the 3 bid was showing shortness, as opposed to a strong fragment (and by inference worry about the other major), then the Pro should have alerted it.
June 20
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These questions cannot be answered without knowing the framework of your bidding system.
In some partnerships we play 1m - 2M shows both Majors with equal or longer spades with 2 = Less then Inv & 2 = Inv.
In other partnerships we play Soloway style Strong Jump Shifts.
in other partnerships we play 1m - 2M as Natural and Weak.
Yet in other partnerships we play 1m - 2M as a Fit Showing Jump Shift
There are other sequences that may also effect the answers to your Q1 and Q2, like whether your partnership allows for a 1NT rebid with a singleton Spade for example.
The answer to your Q1 & Q2 differs greatly for different frameworks.
Obviously the leading responses at this point (Natural and Non Forcing) makes absolutely no sense if you play 1m - 2M would have shown that type of hand…
June 13
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See JH comment above…
June 12
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No Ed, After getting the answers to my poll, I’m also going to ask each of the players I poll how the auction went at their table.
June 11
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I’m pretty sure that the director ruled that s/he accepts the East-West “agreement” that 2NT was the only way to force over 2.

OP simply misstated that fact.
June 9
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I was going to vote “Natural and Non Forcing” but then I couldn’t come up with a hand that would make that bid.
If the hand is good enough to correct hearts to spades then its too good to be Non Forcing.
June 6
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As the director you should have approached the players involved and found out what caused the shouting and hopefully help defuse the situation.
You should definitely educate the shouter that such behavior is intolerable and that there are (hopefully) procedures to handle such serious allegations.
You should also educate the subject of the shouting if you determine that they did anything inappropriate.
Some of this “educating” could take place away from the playing area and/or after the game ends.
June 4
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Like many above I believe the best announcement is simply “11+ to 14”.

It is important however that when the auction is over, if your side is declaring, you elaborate about any inferences you have from the auction before they choose an opening lead.
May 31
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That looks very suspicious.
May 30
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Congratulations Andrew, Migry, Chris, Debbie and Michael!
And also to Garry, Sheila, Adam, Zack and my colleagues Giorgia and Yoko for a fantastic performance throughout.
May 30
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Totally agree.
I don’t mind playing in a 5-3 heart fit but rather stay away from same fit in spades.
May 25
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I think the 3rd option (3 transfer to Spades followed by 4) covers this plan
May 25
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Forcing Pass is not limited to the game level.
If our side is committed to a level and the opponents bid below that level then Forcing Pass apply.
Example: 1 (Pass) 3* (3)… where 3 show a 4 card Limit Raise.
Pass by Opener is Forcing.
May 23
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I think this approach is highly exploitable by informed opponents when it is not your hand.
May 23
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John asked a very simple question which have a very simple and straightforward answer.

Yes, it is completely legal for a player to not accept the transfer.
May 23
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Next to last one hopefully…
May 10
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Would you Pass AKxxxx xxx Qxx x?
May 9
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A Bye? Absolutely not!
Qualifying via making it to the Semi Finals of the Soloway? IMHO absolutely yes!
May 5
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Well if you Pass there is a good chance the opponents will scramble for you.
If you ReDouble for SOS you can scramble all you want but at the end you will get doubled and go for a number.
May 1
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