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Thanks. Good stuff.
8 hours ago
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So, you'll be at the 3-level. Same place you would have been if you'd had to bid 3m to give limit raise. You win when pard doesn't have spades and break even when they do?
9 hours ago
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Per the OP, we already play it over X, and I think it makes sense to extend that to an artificial 1NT, but I have some ambivalence about Drury 2 over a strong, natural 1NT. The chances of game just went down and the chances that partner has a 4-bagger just went up. I also might want to bid a natural 2.

Just thinking out loud, but mightn't X be a better way to Drury after 1M is overcalled with a natural 1NT? That allows opener to pass with the right hand, to bid a suit at the 2-level when light with a second suit, or to bid 2M?
12 hours ago
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I'm still not getting it. Opener not light, but 4=5 majors, after P (P) 1 (2m), how do we find 4-4 spades if X is used to show heart support?
15 hours ago
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Thinking more about this, I'm wondering about whether 1 (2) might be particularly amenable to a 2-way X: either reds (emphasis on hearts, of course) or 3 card limit. After 2 red by opener, responder can convert to 2 to indicate the 3 card limit. Even if the opps raise clubs, this seems like it probably can't go too wrong.
15 hours ago
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We also use Ekren-style 2, and I was thinking this might help, but I was left with the following questions:

1) When we're vul, we don't open 4-4 majors with 2, so this solution would only work when non-vul. Do you open with 2 4-4 vul?

2) What if opener *isn't* light and has 4=5 majors? How do we find 4-4 spades?
15 hours ago
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Paragraph 2?
May 30
Bill Segraves edited this comment May 30
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Bridge World Standard is stopper-asking. With two-suiters, Leaping Michaels.
May 29
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Sure, but see my questions above. If you can propose a real-life auction that will get us there after 3, I'm all ears.
May 29
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I should have been more explicit, but Paul read my intent.
May 29
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Thank you to all who responded. The facing hand had xxx, xxxx, j, AKTxxx and the good slam rolled. When I presented the other hand, only one respondent considered it even borderline for Drury and some considered 4 an overbid. In this poll, no one is choosing the options that indicate they would have bid 4, so it seems clear that the BBO field is missing this one and the ATB answer is no blame. Better slams have been missed.

I am content with the answer to my real question, though, which is how we *would* get there in light of the double: 4 by opener and then it's on responder to go on with a hand that's still good and to sign off with the diamond K.
May 29
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I take it from your response that your answer is yes, you pay off if things break. Fair enough. We're not going to get to every making slam, for sure, and will even miss some good slams.

In making that calculation, I think you may have assumed that the probabilities of the major suit breaks are independent, and of course the jack dropping single gives us a bit more (if pard has heart T, the heart jack single also). But that's not really the point. If you give opener one of the jacks, or if you're willing to allow responder one of the jacks, then I think we have the same basic problem I'm trying to understand: how opener communicates further interest in slam opposite a single but desire to stop if responder's diamond control was the king.
May 28
Bill Segraves edited this comment May 28
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“complimentary singletons can be very powerful”

On this hand, I think we know enough to be thinking in specifics rather than generalities, but yes, that's why there's significant potential here.
May 28
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And if pard has xxx, xxxx, x, AKxxx you both go quietly and pay off if things break?
May 28
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I appreciate the intention to help. It just happens that the specific thing I'm wondering about on this family of hands (whatever the raise and whether one thinks slam is worth seeking after it) is whether pard had singleton or the diamond king, and whether anyone has methods to untangle that. I presume you will agree that he would have redoubled with the ace.
May 28
Bill Segraves edited this comment May 28
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Just to be clear, are you suggesting that 4 essentially asks whether pard's diamond control evaporated?
May 28
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“For example: KTx-KQJx-xxx-xxx would for me be clear-cut 3rd seat 1 opener, particularly if NV.”

We would, too, but as a practical matter, we are not worried at all about making a 3 mixed raise with goodish shape and finding pard with that hand. If pard has something like your 5 hcp hand above, the opps have managed to stay silent with 25 hcp. With opps silent, *pard* is the overwhelming favorite to hold at least some decent stuff (and thus not a 4-bagger opening). I either want pard to know about four card support for constructive reasons or I want to keep the opps out.

And if RHO had bid, would you also have given a single raise? When RHO bids, there's actually more risk that pard has the 4-bagger opening, but I'd think the mixed raise routine, if you have it in your toolbag (as we do if RHO doubles or bids a suit that leaves us 3M-1 as a jump - as an aside, we can't have a 4=5 majors fit bid of 3 as a passed hand, since we open that 2, so not worried about losing that option.)
May 28
Bill Segraves edited this comment May 28
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I didn't include it in the OP, but the direct double raise would have been mixed.
May 27
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moved to below.
May 27
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I agree with the direction of your comment, but pard won't have that hand, else a mixed raise.
May 27
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