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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
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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
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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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Jack,though this has been done to death on bridgewinners someone who's been a member as long as you must be aware of 2 things..
1)Nearly everyone knows the best methods.
2)Sadly they're all different.
April 30
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David - I’d really appreciate why you think that . To me the knowledge that you have re the difference in the 2 scenarios as to the opponents combined strength and fit is sufficiently low that 2NT (whatever you think it is) should have the same meaning in each situation.
April 29
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Interesting to compare the results so far (heavy support for 2NT)with the voting in this problem
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-7taicadvwn/
I notice that 2 of those that bid 2NT in the other problem(4D,5C) bid 2NT in this one - I’d be interested in whether they have simply changed their mind re the best treatment or if they view this as a different situation(and why?)
April 28
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Although I’ve given the actual auction it seemed to me that the optimal meaning of the double may vary with the combination of suits eg a 3D opener overcalled with 3H/S is a different kettle of fish.
Also ,could a case be made that partners double is an either/or situation and RHO’s bid ‘reveals’ what it is?
April 25
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Think you’ve got this the wrong way round!
April 24
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I was converted to split several years ago and nothing I’ve seen since has persuaded me to change back.
April 22
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Is this an UI problem?
April 18
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Surely for the purposes of a ruling statements such as ‘I was always bidding game’ have to be ignored?
April 16
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Wife, correct.
Husband, wrong.
Now, what's the question?
April 15
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First of all some partners will try stayman with 44 in the majors and less than game interest.
Secondly ,even if partner will always have 9 cards for garbage stayman then if their only option is 2H then you have to guess your 42 fit - for which I have an unerring ability.
April 13
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On another thread a few years ago I recounted how in my student days I was playing a hand in hearts after a transfer auction. Halfway through I was in dummy and had the rest of the tricks once I’d drawn the outstanding low trump.However I thought it was higher than any of mine so called for a low trump.Once rho had won this my partner in some alarm at what else I might perpetrate claimed the rest stating ‘dummy’s high’!
April 12
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Kostas - and a current world champion couldn’t go off in 7NT with a rational line…
April 6
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‘being able to narrowly define range and pattern in a single bid is the weightier consideration’ - couldn’t agree more,but what’s that got to do with the modern style of 1NT opener?
April 6
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Paul ,it was - suffice to say the auction was not replicated, but I did want to check how popular a double was.
April 5
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This seems like a non problem - doubling(as I did) was what partner wanted to hear,he took 5 tricks and I took none!
April 5
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