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Undiscussed I would assume this is rkc for the last bid suit–diamonds. If I discussed it, I would suggest playing that 4C is rkc gerber for diamonds and 4N is rkc blackwood for hearts.
Oct. 21
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I voted for double even though if this situation is undiscussed I would have to do something else–probably 2. If discussed, I would argue that double should show a hand that wants to compete at the three level if partner has a legitimate hand. In this case partner has denied an opening bid, but depending on your weak two style might have close to opening bid playing strength.

Jumping to the 3-level is too rich for me when partner might easily be sticking in a lead director.
Oct. 20
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Never in my life have I heard someone alert a reverse and explain that he could have less than 3. “Manufactured” reverses are an (ugly) part of standard methods. If anything, my partners and I should alert reverses and when asked explain–he is promising a real suit!
Oct. 20
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I think a more interesting question is (1m)-4m.
Oct. 19
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With that hand you can bid 3 then 4.
Oct. 19
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I would never bid 2 without 4+ and partner can pass it if his initial response was sub-minimal and he has 3+ hearts. His raise imo guarantees 4+ as well, so hearts is our fit. 3 is either a slam try or an attempt to maneuver into 3N by partner. I don't know which because either hand-type is plausible and we seem to have run out of room. I don't think 3 guarantees a spade control.
Oct. 19
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Recounted by Phil Martin in an article on his website among other sources. John was playing at that time with Chuck Lamprey. He kept finding reasons not to open 1N with relatively balanced hands and Chuck noticed that every time he did that, they got a bad result. He begged him to stop. John, whose primary goal at the table was to make his partner happy, started opening all hands with 15-17 1N, regardless of shape. There would be auctions like 1N-(4M)-p-(p)-4N! He found it worked pretty well.
Oct. 18
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This reminds me of a John Lowenthal story.
Oct. 18
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1N has better preemptive value than 1.
Oct. 17
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Odd that you don't actually mention what your hand was.
Oct. 14
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Have you ever overcalled 1N with 5 in opener's suit?
Oct. 14
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Double is takeout but pd can pass with 4 diamonds. I cannot have 5 hearts as I would have transferred, so pf must pull 2 with a doubleton. It's possible to play 2 from here.
Oct. 12
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One of my fondest bridge memories was a regional swiss I played in with John Solodar, Harold, and Paul Kinney. All are now gone :((. We had the event won after 7 matches.

When I first met him, I found him difficult. He seemed to have an uncanny knack for getting under your skin. Ultimately I came to love being around him. He was a great player, kind of a throwback–his bidding style was very reminiscent of Roth.

Funny that Karen saw him as a ladies' man. In my experience he was just the opposite.
Oct. 8
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Remind me David, who sponsored that team? Oh, that's right, no one! (Unless now you're going to tell me Harry was paying you guys?) Can you imagine encountering such a team at a local tournament nowadays? This is how bridge has changed.
Oct. 7
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Deals like this usually belong in 1N if there is no game especially at mps. Neither opponent was sufficiently motivated to bid hearts despite the colors, so I'm less concerned about a heart lead.
Oct. 6
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Harold and David were the top pair in the NY area in the 70s and 80s. After he moved to Vegas, he was no longer as active in bridge–I guess he switched to poker. But I did see him at most of the nationals I went to. He was always very friendly and seemed to be in good health. Very sorry to hear the news.
Oct. 6
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Imo, 3 was an unlucky expert bid. My partner Al Stauber used to refer to holdings like xxx as Heitzmanian stoppers.
Sept. 25
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The colors make this a special situation. I'd bid with all of these hands. Reverse the colors and I'd pass a couple of them, especially at matchpoints. The main downside of bidding is that you catch partner with some values in a competitive auction and he commits an indiscretion at the 3-level. The upsides of bidding are too numerous to count.
Sept. 25
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Imo, 2N is natural and GF in this situation. Therefore, 3 is a slam try.
Sept. 23
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Oh. I assumed I was playing with bots, in which case 6 seems clear. With a human partner, it's a different problem.
Sept. 18
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