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the question should be what do you do after you make a Drury and opener return to 2 (weaker than than 2). Also opener in in 4th seat.
Aug. 10, 2018
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As long as players don't understand that KO format are created to introduce luck and upsets we will keep having these pointless discussion.

In most games KO format is for amateur tournament. Its the format with the least fairness. Fairness is defined as higher odds that the best team win.
Aug. 10, 2018
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It doesnt mean that you absolutely need to play pen X, if you play a system where you X a fair amount of time you should be ok.

Ex if you X with 5M+os you double with
54??,45??,55??
5?4?,5?5?,5??4,5??5 and 4 more pattern for .

If you X with 4M+5m/4M+6m its 8 pattern instead of 11.

You prefer to X with a big bal or with a long minor than with a long M where 4M might be better but doubling fairly often has served us well.
Aug. 8, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 8, 2018
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Compare a bid of 2m with 4M+5m/4M+6m vs 5M+5m/5M+4m.
Aug. 7, 2018
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Mike you should inverse the X and the 2m.

2m= 5m+4M
X= 5M+4os (can be both majors)

1-Bid with 5M are less susceptible to preemption.
2-Its easier to raise immediatly a 5 card suit than a 4 card suit.

3-If advancer make a pass or correct double its safer.

(1NT)–X–(2M)–X
here its safer to X (P/C) knowing partner can pass with 5 trumps. If you X and overcaller got 4 in their suit it can be annoying.

4-Advancer can bid 2H as P/C and if overcaller got both majors you play in his best suit.

Advancer response after the X

2C=P/C This bid tend to show a singleton in a major or 3244/2344
2D=singleton in a major only 2 or less, at least 5. (15)52/(14)62
2H=P/C overcaller bids longer major w/both
Aug. 7, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 7, 2018
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If you want to play in Nt you need to show your singleton at a lower level.

1NT-2D-2H-??

2S= INV hand or slammish no shortness
2NT=
3 =
3/3/3 = exactly singleton
4m= void
4= void not forcing
4+ = void we immediatly reply keycards instead of asking.

Hands with both majors dont start with a xfer.
Aug. 5, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 5, 2018
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If partner was ready to play 4S he would start with a X. He can easily have a singleton with that auction.

Possible 6m is cold but I still pass.
Aug. 5, 2018
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I think this 1…2 go against the principle that Kit often comment something like …anticipating a smooth auction is more important than a one pts deviation.

He has given some very good examples where he prefer to open 1 of a suit even if hes strong enough for 1C and hes given example where he prefer to overbid by one pts if the bid show his exact shape.

If I knew that i would have to rebid 2 after I open 1D I would always pass this hand even if our agreement is that pass deny 11 pts.
Aug. 5, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 5, 2018
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The void is a strong incentive to bid 5S, but the poor trumps and minimum hand strongly suggest defending. I think its a borderline problem but i slightly prefer to defend with south hand.
Aug. 5, 2018
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With so many players playing it NF I guess there is a good case for using 4 as +M while 4 is +M.

I already play
(3m)—??
4D = M+M
4 = other minor + unknown M
the idea is that you need more space on the m+M hands since the major is unknown.
Aug. 4, 2018
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Good point about AQ and 2363.

East will not be 1444 for his X of 4 imo.
Aug. 4, 2018
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what was east X ?
Aug. 4, 2018
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T0 I blame east if his X was penalty and I blame west for passing a dsip double)

T7
west know east got an unbalanced hand with exactly 3H, at least 4 & 2 so east is either 2362 or 13(54) so I dont see how returning can win over a switch.

AQ and 2363 is indeed a possible hand so some blame should go to Q.
Aug. 4, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 4, 2018
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3M to ask for a stopper or for both minors is important.
Aug. 4, 2018
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MP or imps matter a lot for those situations.

Overcaller is a big favorite to have 3 losers or worse trather than 2 losers or better so in MP passing with a no trick hand is the % bid.
Aug. 4, 2018
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My rules in FP auction is that if my hand is flexible I pass and bid, if my hand is unilateral I bid directly.

in my partnership responder will always show 4 before bidding 2 unless the are solid but here im assuming the more mainstream style where responder could have 4 for his 2 bid

Direct
3S= 5/6
3NT=to play
4C = good fit in slammish or at least stronger than 5C direct
4D = great not willing to play 3Nt
4H = splinter
4S = great
4Nt= Quant

pass and
3S= want to play 3Nt but no stop
3Nt= stop but with 4
4C = fit but ready to play 4 (5+3 or 4+4)
4D = 5/6 +4
4H = COG in 3 other suits/4162/4252
4S = 5S+
4Nt = COG in minor
Aug. 3, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 3, 2018
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I agree that south hand is good enough to compete and I would never sell out to 2S, by weak I meant competitive rather than game seeking.

Our hand is quite defensive and if you make a support X and partner got 4 I would be happy to defend. So making a fake support X look like a decent reserve parachute.
Aug. 2, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 2, 2018
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I dont understand those who think south did anything wrong.
Hes showned 11-15 and hes got a great 13 count. When there is pts on my left I much prefer to have AKQ and K of trumps than 14 pts with AQ or KJ in side suit or stranded kings knowing finesse are very likely offside. 2443 is a decent shape to compete. Opps are quite likely to have an 8 card fit.

Passing 2S would never cross my mind with south hand at any form of scoring.
Aug. 2, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 2, 2018
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Also im thinking that with a weak 3 bid with poor trumps south could make a fake support double instead. South hand should be happy to play 2X if north can pass and if not no matter what happen afterward you can go return to . Quite unlikely you want to compete high in on this auction so showign 3 instead of 4 is unlikely to be costly.
Aug. 2, 2018
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I think north should pass but I don't think its that clearcut. 1Dx could also be a terrible score. I play a strong club but my 1D promise 4 so I pay my taxes when I open a weak 1NT vul you have to pay yours when you open 1.
Aug. 2, 2018
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