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My understanding is that you are meant to give count to opening honour leads against 5-level contracts. I think this works really well!
Then you will switch at trick 2, and have to switch to the SA.
April 19
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Fair enough - and good to see :)
April 18
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With a BROKEN 6 card suit, definitely looks more like a play hand to me.
April 18
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I think passing on poor 5 card suits (except with total junk) is a sensible action. It certainly pays off long-term.

It's got a bit of a corollary. If you have a decent hand opposite a 1NT opening bid, and a shocking 5 card Majors, I think it's better to use Stayman. You probably only want to play in the Major with a 5-4 fit, not a 5-3 - because your values are elsewhere.
Any comments?
April 18
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Would you buy into the auction if not a passed hand?

I'd be happy to double (4M and longer minor) since I've passed, but would be wary if unpassed and vulnerable.
April 18
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I'm surprised everyone thinks North has a 4H bid opposite the 3H preemptive raise. I think the 2-5-4-2 hand shape is poor. I know I missed a game once passing on such a hand, but I'm ahead not bidding game on these hand shapes.

On the auction where Lauren came in with 3S, then North's DK looks better placed, but there are still a lot of losers to deal with.

I would tend to pass 3H with the North hand.
I'm not sure what I would do over West's 3S bid though!
April 18
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I think a 2D rebid by West is enough. Once partner is a 5-4 the SKQ are not necessarily great cards if East has a spade shortage.
April 18
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Why is your 1H overcall dodgy? Just cos she's a passed hand? I think it's a normal action, and got its reward.

The fact that the opponent can overcall 1D does, perhaps, make 1NT more attractive as an opening bid.

I would open 1NT with so many of my values in my short suits…
as per Lauren's question/comment about last week's hand (2-2-4-5 and 18 HCP).
April 18
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This is a good point. We all have a defence organised against 2NT showing the minors. 2NT showing the Majors is less common - but clearly the defence just switches around - being minor based.
April 18
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I'll attribute the ‘idea’ to David Appleton, but ‘he’ advised me to pass 1NT with a dreadful 5 card suit and about 5-6 HCP in outside suits. After all, if partner has a rotten doubleton in your major, you'll be better in 1NT, especially if the major breaks poorly.
It usually works very well.
Every now and then partner has a big fit for your suit, but then you have 5 tricks in that suit too.
April 17
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May be better on the second spade just to win the Queen and draw the last trump?
April 17
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Pity we crossed at the airport!
April 17
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It wasn't a massive underbid. Opener should rebid with good 16-18 HCP. (I think 2C can easily be 18 HCP too.) So there's a degree of safety.
However, it IS important to remember what the rebids mean.
April 14
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Sorry, the actual EW were playing Standard, so 2C was 10+.
However, the hand fits 2 over 1 anyway.
April 13
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Such wise advice.
And such a good last paragraph too! Thanks Andy (you've been busy, having just finished the Yeh).
April 13
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2C was non-forcing. A jump to 3C would be game forcing. I didn't think this 18 count very good (though KnR says it's worth 19.20, so I got that wrong!) The ‘good’ part of the 1NT response was that partner would have a minor fit! I liked that, but not enough to game force.

1NT was the ideal initial response. I thought the 2D bid was a bit of an underbid - the values are very soft, but 4 card support is pretty encouraging. (I think Lori was trying not to overbid with me because I have been trying to stop the overbids. From that perspective I had some sympathy for her :) )
April 13
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Yes, thanks Ben. That's exactly what I was asking.
However, I was also interested in WHAT people view as the default - and why.
April 13
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That's all good, Andy.
I also use 2S as a GF when I have a fit for partner's rebid minor, on the basis that they have denied 4 spades. So, although 2S ostensibly shows 4S, you may use it to right-side 3NT or check for slam with a good minor fit.
Definitely rebidding 2S confirms the 5-6 shape though.
April 12
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Additionally, we are practising for Teams, not Pairs - so the safety of the contract is paramount rather than the higher scoring contract.
April 12
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I chose to show my game interest by bidding out my hand shape, being somewhat concerned about 3NT with the stiff HQ opposite no more than 3 hearts.

I shall leave it to others to tell me whether 5D or 3NT is superior. Lori was happy to bid 3NT with the HKxx, probably imagining that my heart value was elsewhere in the hand. Then 3NT looks pretty solid, whereas 5D may be more dubious in terms of black suits.

If anyone wants to discuss auctions to 3NT or 5D, please share.
April 12
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