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My own view is that a direct 3S is a stopper ask( whether partner agrees is a different matter!). So the other bids show spades - in ascending order of strength (pass)2S ,2S,(pass)3S, 4S. I don’t think it’s that narrow a window.
Still waiting for someone to make the ‘winning’ bid!
May 10
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Either hearts or t/o ,rho’s bid to clarify- if they psyche hearts by passing with spades then One of you is getting a top.
May 10
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I didn’t have this hand but I would prefer 3C to 2C.
May 10
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Always disappointing to see a ‘non problem’, especially when I’m the one to set it! - I really thought this was awkward,perhaps I was over influenced by the table result.
May 9
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For many the ‘simple’ 4D here would be 5+, having started with 3C to find a major suit fit first. You will have a more efficient way to distinguish between 44’s and 45(6) and therefore this problem will merely be one of evaluation.
May 9
ATB
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Not a last go then - my apologies to everyone as I have ‘misread’(that’s the most charitable way to put it) the problem . I could have done with someone pointing out the impossibility of overcalling 1H earlier in the thread! . Basically I agree with Richard,sorry again for wasting people’s time.
May 8
ATB
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Last go - this has nothing to do with the defence on this hand or hindsight. In my partnerships 2H here does not hint at support nor is it lead directing. It is a raise to 2S with 5 hearts to help partner with the rest of the hand - it is as precise as this in this auction because it ‘cant’ be anything else. In the comment further up Richard suggests much better Hearts for a FNJ, my partners can’t have the hands quoted since for better or worse they’d have already overcalled 1H.
May 8
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The hand was Kx KJxx KJxx xxx.
May 8
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I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed here, I’ve found the voting and discussion very interesting.
FWIW partner had KJxx of diamonds, 6NT needed 4 Diamond tricks, 6D only required a 3/2 split or Singleton Q
May 8
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Frances - you play a sophisticated system over 2NT that enables you to do this, but I (and I suspect many others) for various reasons don’t . We just have to do the best we can with sub optimal (but easier to remember) methods.
May 8
ATB
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As far as I’m concerned a hand that couldn’t overcall 1H must have spade support to bid 2H here.
May 8
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Freyja - so you’re saying most people on this site have Aspergers’s!
May 8
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Michael - well, if committing to slam I think Jack Spear’s suggestion above is better.
May 8
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Craig - but not a 6 card suit at the 7 level!!.
I didn't think the agreement you described was common but it will work fine as long as declarer with a 6-2 D fit doesn't need to ruff anything to improve chances.
May 7
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I’m astonished at the support for 5D, surely this shows 5?
May 6
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In the days when I might have considered 5NT tick as a triumph I’d have regarded it as an attempt to pass the buck and land on a pinhead - nowadays with ‘pick a slam’ being all the rage in many situations then I’d expect (hope) that partner would be on the same wavelength.
May 6
ATB
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Richard - maybe this needs a poll,is it the vulnerability or suit quality that puts you off 2H or to put it another way what would your prototype 2H bid be?
May 6
ATB
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I’d assumed this was a ‘which was the worst bid ‘ problem - my vote is Norths bid of 2S rathe4 than 2H.
May 6
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The intermediates are very poor - if accepting is 5NT not an option so partner can bid a 4 card minor.
May 6
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Chris - don’t know if you have seen this post https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-6bl03rtczv/
I’d be interested in whether your agreement applies in this situation - and if not why not, more established fit for the opponents?, higher potential strength for partner ?
May 3
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