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I disagree about being in 6NT or being in grand. There is so much inherent luck in bridge that there is no need whatsoever to pay equity to create variance when you have a good amount of boards left to play.

IMO you should swing only in large event when its hero or zero (only the few top place matters) or when you are in a desperate situation and few boards to play.

It can be argued that being -3 against Meckwell with a fair amount of boards to play is a desesperate situation but you should still wait to be down by a good amount & few boards to play to be willing to pay to create variance.

As a rule you should only “swing” when you feel you don't have enough boards left to catch up with normal bridge. Being -3 vs Meckwell you probably prefer to have very few boards to play rather than a good amount so its clearly not the moment to swing.
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Hand 4 is interesting to bid.

Im assuming that 2NT promise a 11-14 or 18-19 bal.

Treating the south hand as a 18-19 balanced look normal, however I guess that many bid over 3NT will still show 18-19 balanced, with 5 or 6 good diamonds opener can rebid 4D, with xxx or possibly Jx or better in clubs he can possibly bid 4C. IMO 4NT should probalably show only xx in clubs and that need help to run. If north know that the minors are misfitted I think he should pass.
4 hours ago
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We dont really have a fair amount of extras and its a misfit i would simply bid 3NT no matter whats the meaning of 4C.
May 27
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I think 3C and 3H should show sound values and be serious invite for game

2NT should be preemptive in clubs and 3D preemptive in H, (you may want to keep 2S natural)

In cases like these you have to notice that because you have a singleton partner is unlikely to be short in so hes likely to have a balanced hand with extras.
May 27
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I would interpret 4NT as keycards for H since other meaning make no sense. The only hand where you dont really need to know if partner got H or not is when you have 7+ hearts.


I think its obvious that 6NT is using UI.
May 26
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If its legal you can bid 1H with 4+ (may have ) and 1S with 4+ denies 4.

The reason for a system like this is that when you only have one major it doenst really matter if you bid 1H or 1S, but if responder got both majors its better to start with 1H showing spades, you will still be able to return to 2H later (to show S+H) in short when responder got both majors you want more bidding space (1H) not less (1S)

1- no need to bid 1NT with 5S+4H (beurk)
2- you rightside Major contract when its a 4-4 fit.
3- opener got a way to show 11-14 vs 15-17 and still stop in 2M (edited only for )
4- opener can show 6D+3S after 1D-1H() and stop in 2D
5- opener can rebid 1NT with a singleton without any danger of responder repeating a 5 card suit
6- 1D-1H-1S become more frequent (and useful) since 1S is now somewhat artificial and forcing.

From time to time we played 2H in a 4-3 fit instead of 2S in a 4-4 but it never cost a game.

Doesnt handle 4D+5C in 1D too well.

It wasnt that complicated compared to a full relay system and its still much better than standard system.
May 26
Benoit Lessard edited this comment May 26
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If south is able to double than they are also able to misdefend.

Honestly i would probably give a score that will amount to ave+ to EW, Ave- to NS and a PP to NS.

3NT making is unfair to the other EW.
May 25
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1-A card is played when its near or touching the table.

I only break this rule when its clear that its a dropped card pulled 2 cards at the same time but the wrong one fall on the table .

2- A change of call need to be in the same breath/without pause for tought

I will allow a correction if there is outside disturbance like someone spilling a coffee or dropping a bidding box near the table.

3- only if the squeeze is automatic or obvious.
May 25
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IMO its just wrong to assume that if north is strong enough to raise 3S to 4S it also mean that he wont pass 3H.

Quite often south got a borderline hand but choose to pass and north got a shitty S suit and cant make a further move, also possible that south BIT by making a slow pass and north got to pass since he think passing will be LA.

im not saying +140 is going to be a likely score but simply that its a possible score. The desire to protect your possible +140 is probably worth only 3-5% so if you think game will make 53% and go down 47% maybe you can still double if you believel the extra information that you give to declarer isnt that important.

I personnaly think game is going down very close to 50% of the times because our preempt are not total crap. But obviously on hands like these table feeling and whats the lower limit of your preempts is everything.
May 25
Benoit Lessard edited this comment May 25
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43(51),42(52) look like a fairly frequent hand type compared to a penalty of 2H.

hands like 43(42) with borderline INV values, you X if partner bid 2S you raise to 3S if he pick the minors you just dont invite.

So for me its look clear that responsive is slightly better.
May 24
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If all west needed to do signal is to say that he want a continuation he would simply play a high spot in a red suit (dislike)

Its hard to find a hand where west is forced to discard a but east need to continue to put them down so its logical that its a SP here.
May 23
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IMO 2NT only show the shape of our hand, it doesnt show stoppers in the black suits.
May 22
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assuming your willing to bid 3D as a slam try (i strongly believe 3D should be looking for the best game)
May 22
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look like a perfect hand for a splinter
May 22
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2NT already showed a 3244, so i think that 3S should suggest slow stuff and worry about clubs or 3H show a prime hand or club stuff and worry about .

with 3253 its normal to bid 3D over 2D unless you rebid 1NT with 6D.
May 22
Benoit Lessard edited this comment May 22
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This is nothing compared to playing behind screen and put EW your pair with a better table feel (even worse in imps pairs).

Like in poker getting a hitch or a tell from a player acting in front of you is more valuable than from a player acting behind you.
May 21
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If the overcall is for a save than its unlikely the opposing side will want to play 2Cx, if its for a lead than its for a suit contract since you will be on lead against NT contract.

Sure its possible to ovecall mostly for lead directing purpose but I still think that on average this spot is usually sound overcall and there is little need to seek penalties compared to other situations where the opps will be willing to take more risks when they overcall.
May 21
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2C is this spot is what I call a low value overcall. It consume no bidding space, it doesnt raise NS contract (1nt was forcing so they where going to stop in 2C or higher anyway) and it doesnt have a strong we can make game on our side component. Compare this to (1S)—2H where the upside of 2H can be surprisingly good.

Usually low value overcall are sound overcall because of the low reward and the need to go higher to cause real damages anyway, in short 2C is really showing a strong desire to be raise to 3C otherwise its mostly pointless. These overcalls will often be advantageous to the NS, allow you to play 2C where you need to make 6 tricks, help you when your declaring.

So instead of wanting to punish these bid you should focus on help you deal with the situation when 2C is going to be raised.
May 21
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Unless 1H deny 4S(you always X with both majors), i see no reasons not to bid 3S.
May 19
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5-6-9 =
6-5-9 =
9-6-5 or 6-9-4 =
May 19
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