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Craig, if I had

xx
KJx
AJTx
AKTx

I wouldnt really consider passing, so X with overcaller hand with the well placed K cannot be called a stretch. For me the hand look right on target for values, this is until I see my K ruffed at t2 in 4.
Nov. 21, 2018
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I would use 4Nt as quant since fit is not agreed and partner didnt promise a good suit. Maybe a hand that would do a quant now could have bid 3Nt earlier.
Nov. 21, 2018
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I think west should try 6H directly or 3S followed by 5H or 6H. 3S allow you to learn something useful if partner got a stop, if partner doent have a stop but got 4m, if responder bid 4H he is likely to have 5H (unless 3433 i guess) and if he repeat 4 4Nt will be rkc.
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Here are some artificial options for experienced partnership.

A very good improvement over standard for minor vs majors case is
"bypassing 3NT directly how a M fit, if you have a minor fit temporize and go to the 4 level.

1NT–2H
2S–3D
??

3H concentration (worry about for 3nt) or cuebid and fit
3S concentration (worry about for 3Nt) or fit
3Nt pts in the wrong suit or very soft hand
4Y = fit.

This mean that for the first hand in op hand 4m directly is a cue and agree and with minors hand you need to start with 3
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you can also use stuff like the response over 3NT (showing 5H in romex)

2NT—3
3Nt—?? (3NT=5)


4 = or both minors
4 = to play 4 or
4 = quant slam try.
4+ = agree
Nov. 21, 2018
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If you play pass as NF and X as penalty…
If the takeout doubler got extras 4135/4234 he doesnt have a good bid, If he double 2 for pen you may defend 2 in a 8 card fit while passing with extra may lead to defending undoubled while 3Nt/4S is making.

KJxx
x
AQx
KQxxx


If you X as a DSIP and pass as NF….
this mean that you dont have a pure penalty double.


If you play pass as forcing and X as DSIP
this mean you cannot play 2 undoubled

if you play X as penalty and pass as DSIP(but forcing) than
this mean you cannot play 2 undoubled.
Nov. 18, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 18, 2018
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After

(1Nt)–P—(P)—X
(P)—-P—(2m)—??

its important to play FP up to a certain level to help you find your fit and being able to X them more often, the benefit of FP methods is higher than the cost of not being able to defend 2m undoubled.

However in OP auction you probably dont need a way to show a “DSIP double” that much since there is only 2 suits left and the initial “takeout double” show a more precise shape than a pure penalty double wich can be many strong hand.
Nov. 18, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 18, 2018
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If you don't want to play 2D as NF than you should play switch not nfb.

1S–(2)–??

2= 5+ allowing you to stop in 2H
2= 5+ f1
Nov. 16, 2018
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I like nfb but keep the reg neg double and use xfer at the 3 level.

1S–(2C)–??

X can be a regular neg double ex 5H+2S and 8pts.
2red 6 card suit or a near solid 5card suit NF, opener can raise with xx and is not worried with a singleton.
3= at inv+ vgood suit
3 at inv+ vgood suit
X and 2 NF (opener will not pass with a singleton)
X and 3level GF but not good suit.

We lose bidding space when we are slammish but we are in a better competitive position.

There is a big difference in NFB after a 1C polish opening where opener is bal or got extras compared to other opening.

1D(prec)—(2C)—??

here if you bid 2M with a medium 5 card suit than its important to be lucky, yes opener rate to be bal a fair amount of times but why risk playing in a 5-1 fit for little to no reasons ?

Instead you can just bid like in standard, you X and correct to 2M to show a flexible hand denying a good suit.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Imo its the type of problem where VUL & form of scoring matter a lot.


In imps all roads lead to game 4♣ in imps just deserve 100% of the blame. So first im going to assume its MP.

In MP NV south can be more aggressive with the X and north should be more chicken, 4m even going down can be a great MP contract. When you go down being in a suit look better than being in NT. So in MP I could see players stopping in 4C if south decide to X. I play much more imps than MP so ill probably just bid 5 but i dont think 4 is that bad. However in MP NV ill probably be tempted to overcall 3Nt rather than X. 3NT is probably very close to 50% so even if its less than 50% you are still a winner because sometimes 3S will make. If we are all vul at MP I think im going to X rather than 3nt , its not that I think 3Nt will be that bad but its because I think I can win a fair amount of MP when advancer is weak and both 3NT/4Y go down.

Now back to imps its a tough call between X and 3Nt, I think all vul I double and bid 3Nt under other conditions. But im not convinced at all.
Nov. 16, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 16, 2018
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I play 1D-2S as natural weak but not total trash so if opener decide to pass 2S we are in the right spot. Its quite common to respond with any ace and I also like to reverse aggressively when 3451/3361 so stopping in 2S is surprisingly profitable.

If opener got 3361 and responder 4?4? and 2S go down while 3D make than it show that your aggressive enough that quite often 2S will be a much better contract than 2Nt/3S.
Nov. 15, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 15, 2018
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I like to play cheapest bid as the slow down (2 is not even forcing), anything else is GF.

But even with 2Nt not GF since 3D show a fit you can use 4H for the 56 hands (unless kickback) in any case 3H is a punt and 3S show 3. Even if responder deny 5 we need to be able to find 4S in the 4-3 fit.
Nov. 15, 2018
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Thanks for the follow up on the hand.
Nov. 10, 2018
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I have raised with a doubleton but only with a premium hand. ex 2155/2254 with AK?? and Qx of trumps or some 10 count (I like 2Nt to be 11-12). 2335 9 count is not quite good enough for me and having 3 is annoying since 4H may be better than 4S.
Nov. 9, 2018
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In theory the algorythm for mathematical fairness say something like RR the first day. If a team got X imps behind team number one its eliminated. On day 2 you may have 2,3 or 4 teams still alive.

If you have thousands of teams its still
RR—eliminate the worst teams—RR eliminated the worse team—RR etc.. with carry over.

This assume no state of match and not a selected field.
Nov. 6, 2018
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I strongly believe than when our side bid three “real” suits rightsiding 3NT is very important. I also think the stopper situation is probably more important or at least as important than the 5th club.

In my favorite methods 2NT promise only half a stop or better (sing K/Q or Qx is good enough but not Jxx/Txxx) and 3D show lenght but can have the ace. This way we rightside as much as we can of the Axx vs Qx. In the last 6 month i remember 2 instances where I won 2 good swing with making 3Nt sing K vs Qxx and Qx vs Axx. There is others cases where we rightside but the other table made it.

Before playing that style however i recommend simply 2NT= stopper, bypassing 2Nt = no stop or highly distributionnal (no desire to play 3nt anyway)
Nov. 4, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 4, 2018
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If 2 is a weak 2 treat this as another weak 2, jumping = strong hand good suit, double and bid = flexible hand.

If 2 is an opening hand treat it as an opening hand. Jumping = preemptive, X and bid = powerhouse.
Nov. 2, 2018
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My view is that when you bid 3NT on your 2nd chance its not because its more likely to make than on the 1st chance its because you think their contract is likely to make.

EX

1—(2D)—3—(P) (2 both M)
P—–(3H)—P—–(P)
3Nt

If I think 3H is making I can bid 3NT with a lower % of making.

Obviously if partner BIT im stuck.
Nov. 1, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Nov. 1, 2018
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Its hard to blame west for not wanting to go to the 5 level with 0 controls.
Nov. 1, 2018
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Without a control responder would start with 3S ask for a stop.
Its undiscussed if 3S-3NT-5H ask opener to bid 6 with a control and pass without a control but its sure that a direct jump to 5H promise a control.
Nov. 1, 2018
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4Nt on round 2 would be quantitative since no fit is agreed. I don't think there is an easy way to do RKC for in this auction. Responder could try 3 hoping opener give a preference and than RKC but there is no sure way.
Oct. 31, 2018
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After 1C-1D-1H the odds of having a 4-4 fit is lower than the odds of responder having an INV hand.

so instead of using 1Sor1Nt to show/deny 4 its better to show/deny pts for being able to INV.
1= at least INV values range check, opener will rebid 1Nt/2m with 12-13 and will GF with 14+
1Nt/2/2/2 = 5-9
2+ GF

You lose the cheap art GF bid but 1S as a range check is often useful on GF hands.
Oct. 26, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Oct. 26, 2018
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