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I think this discussion is somewhat upside-down.

The question is not, “What conventions can we supply the responder that will prevent huddles”, the question must be, “What can be done about this 3 bidder who thinks it's ok to move on over sign-offs, based on partner's pause?”

No convention is going fix her bad habits. We all know the (invariably weak) players who resolve the junk-or-penalties hand type after, say, 1 2 ? with a quick pass or a slight dither.

It looks as though the 3 bidder is in this class. She needs a lesson in ethics, not conventions.
Sept. 11, 2013
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Smith is not popular in Australia, so:
No BIT = count. BIT = suit-preference.

If one runs into any “issues” with directors or committees, simply say “I was thinking about the whole hand”, and everything is fine.
Sept. 11, 2013
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Next time, pls ensure that the hand diagram is laid out correctly. Having to turn my 27" monitor upside down was quite a chore.
Sept. 10, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 11, 2013
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True, partner's K is a weird card. Maybe he thinks it's “obvious” that declarer has AJ bare and is trying to show Q. Dunno.
Sept. 10, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 10, 2013
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Yes, low on opening lead is essential. Most times you will not have a heart honor; count is far more valuable.

And Mr Woolsey is right; partner should return the 10 from KQ10xxx.
Sept. 10, 2013
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Are not both hands defeated by winning the spade and playing a club, along with another club when in with the A?
Sept. 10, 2013
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I agree that we are unlikely to be doubled on this particular auction. That is why I was careful to clearly separate the mentions of this particular hand and the odds of bidding vul games.

Just about all comments here approve of a 3 game try after a 2m overcall, and that is surely the right move.

Certainly in Australia, some pairs take bidding games to an absurd extreme. In the final of a recent National, both tables reached 3NT with a rubbish 11hcp opposite 8. Down 4, flat board.
Sept. 7, 2013
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As a general point, the usual odds provided for bidding a vulnerable game are fallacious.

They ignore:
- Going down more than one
- Being doubled

If you are playing against one of the many “bid any game at all” advocates, take your doubling cube along.

As far as the hand goes, AQxx Axx xxx xxx gives us sound play after a 2m overcall. So bidding 3 and respecting partner's decision is sensible.
Sept. 6, 2013
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They appear to be having a problem.

You can help by just leaving them to it. For sure and certain they are working on a fix right now.
Sept. 6, 2013
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Let them nitpick all they like! It's still a great hand.
Sept. 2, 2013
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Agree with Jeff… S is allowed to hope for a lucky roll of the dice. When both partners do that, the result is usually bad.
Sept. 1, 2013
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If the call is undefined, what is wrong with saying “undefined”?
Aug. 30, 2013
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A slow run through Kelsey's Killing Defence at Bridge and another 3 months later, and you will be correctly defending hands like your second example with ease.
Aug. 29, 2013
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Quite a few people have their doubts about Total Tricks.

http://www.newbridgelaw.com/
Aug. 29, 2013
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And most importantly, if we bid 4 and miss a slam, it's partner's fault… :)
Aug. 29, 2013
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True, the auction is unlikely to proceed with certainty. But if partner fails to bid 4 over 4, driving to slam as overcaller has some merit.
Aug. 29, 2013
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Yes, the votes for 5 are strange for that reason.

I like Culbertson's Rule, described in Ruben's The Secrets of Winning Bridge (from memory):
“It is correct to try for slam when a perfect minimum opposite will make it laydown”.

Given that we know about the short spades and long clubs, we need to make a genuine slam-try.
Aug. 28, 2013
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–, xxx, Kxxx, Axxxxx
makes slam excellent.

Therefore, we are too good for 5. Bid 4 on the way.
Aug. 28, 2013
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If you like Pina Coladas
And being caught in the rain…
Aug. 28, 2013
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At pairs, in need of a top, I might pass, hoping for 300 against a partscore. In all other cases, take out the takeout double.
Aug. 25, 2013
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