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Especially if you don't know what's a courtesy raise.
13 hours ago
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Offer between 4S or 4Hx. I prefer a style where doubling 4red/5red is always about the majors. Here we are a passed hand so strong 33(16) or (34)(15) are the most likely hand.

Even by unpassed hand I dont X to play one level higher in clubs.
Doubling 4D with + or 4H with both minors is ok but i didnt promise a tolerance in the minors when I X 4red.
13 hours ago
Benoit Lessard edited this comment 13 hours ago
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I like that pass and X is strong Nt while pass and cheapest suit is takeout.

So in op example X 1H = strong NT and a delayed 1S a takeout of . You lose the ability of a delayed overcall but get some 1Hx from time to time.
16 hours ago
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If your tempted to bypass a signoff in an auction like this its a
sign of a previous misbid.

Jxxx
Kxx
xxx
Qxx

6 is much better than 3Nt.
Feb. 22
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1NT was alerted as both minors, 3Nt was bid quickly +2.

Dummy

AQxx
Jx
Q9xxx (or close to it)
8x (he ran the 8 :( )

Director didnt tought passing 3D was LA. South is normally a strong and ethical player. 3D was not alerted and didnt promise leb forward going value but its possible that south knew that north wouldnt bid 3D with 0-3 pts and long . It was a club swiss but the director is sometimes a tournament director.
Feb. 20
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the problem is that if he pass south could pull and will often do. If you want to stay in 1NT you need to XX.
Feb. 20
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in balancing seat XX is sos, in direct its to play and pass show doubt.

Some play XX = doubt in direct but it make no sense imo.

Note that in op its a direct XX of a “spade” double.
Feb. 20
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 20
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Agree.

Also west 4 tend to show more shape. For me its a very obvious double, it keep 3NT and 3Dx in play and AJ is good enough if advancer jump to 4.
Feb. 17
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Its somewhat symmetrical but i believe that 2 to show 5 is slightly better. When you have 5 you are less likely to have a 4M meaning that you will rebid 2NT more often ex (32)53, 3352 2362.

If you bypass 2 when you don't have 5 you are more likely to rebid the more economical 2M rebid.

With 3352/(32)53 with lousy it may make sense to rebid 2Nt. So 2NT is quite precise at 3343 or 5 bad and pts in the majors or possibly 3244 with poor .
Feb. 16
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 16
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AFAIK one of the reason of low from 2 and high from three vs the opposite is that it make it easier to read if partner unblock from Hx.
Feb. 16
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Agree, frrom a bidding space principle you want to bid 2 with 50% of the hands.

So 2 any hand with 5 or any hand without 5 both work nicely (some exception is obv ok).

I also like 2D is any min and rest is some extras.
Feb. 16
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My DD sim.

14-15 count 5332/6322/5422 both 3NT/4H make 55/56%, so based on this its close but not quite enough for a limit raise imo.

If you switch a low for a low club 3NT is now 57% instead of 55% but 4 stat the same.

If you missing the Q and you can finesse either way the 4th trumps is obviously not important.

But the fact that for 4H it stay at 55% probably mean that the 4th trump is overrated in a 4333 shape anyway, or that maybe a 4th is worth more that we think at DD, or maybe that having 4 trumps reduce the odd of opener having a 6322 shapes.
Feb. 15
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I would make a limit only at imps VUL.

We open sound.
Feb. 14
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slam with this hand isnt poor but i think opener could be worse than this and still force to slam.
Feb. 14
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3 keycards suggest that we are too good for 5 but I think that 4 is also risky. There is a fair number of hands where it will hard to stop in 5 and 6 will be poor.

AKxxxx
K
Axxx
xx
Feb. 14
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I would need to see how north alert on other boards before i would make a ruling.
Feb. 13
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So you think south hand is sure to get a plus in 2 ?
Feb. 13
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There is nothing wrong with 2S. However east need to bid 3D forcing at one point. Either 3 on the first round, or if you play a style where you don't bypass 4 in a major than X followed by 3 should be forcing (at least if opener bid ).

Also 5Nt pick-a-slam is one of the best convention for imps play.

There is probably twice as many imps to win because you reach the best strain vs using 5NT to reach the best level.
Feb. 12
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Not as crazy as you think. A void in partner suit is of course a minus for slam but having a void in partner suit and significant extras is way more likely than a void in a side suit.
Feb. 12
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Yes the 5422 hand with no controls in the side suits is annoying but its a rare hand.

Crappy minimum are quite frequent. Being able to remove the crappy minimum, allow a better split between the serious and non serious cuebids. 3 Categories instead of 2 give more precision and for me, it clearly worth more than the rare 5422 with concentration and no side controls.
Feb. 12
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Feb. 12
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