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Even if I had agreed that 2 promises 4, I would have bid it instead of 2. All “rules” have exceptions.

If I somehow found myself in this situation I'd pass. I think all things considered that 2N rates to be a better contract than 3, and on top of that partner might bid over 3, which rates to get us too high.
Dec. 11
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I once held a similar hand in the team trials. I opened 2, partner used a convention similar to ogust, then “signed off” in 3. Of course I raised to game. This was imps, but I'd also do it at matchpoints. If your partner is the type who likes to psych ogust, this maneuver will backfire.

In the team trials, one of my opponents called the director after the auction. The other opponent opined that there had been no break in tempo. Solly walked around the table, looking at everyone's hand, then said “carry on” and walked away.
Dec. 11
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As a matter of theory, one should never overcall 1N with a 5-card major.

There is a flawed theory that overcalling 1N is safer than overcalling 2M because if they double you in 1N, you can run to your major. The flaw is that it is SO much easier to double 1N (and subsequent runouts) for penalties than it is to double 2M for penalties.

A related reason is that deals where they open the bidding and you have a strong notrump are often competitive deals where both sides can make something and neither side has a game. The par contract on such deals tend to be a suit contract rather than notrump. Therefore it behooves you to start showing your suits asap.

A third point is that one reason people open 1N with a 5-card major is to hope to catch partner with 9-10 hcp. Such a hand will usually pass or correct after, e.g., 1M-1N-2m, and you may miss a game. This scenario is far less likely when one of them has opened the bidding and you have 15-18 hcp.
Dec. 3
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Simulations tell you what the double dummy result is, not the likely result at the table. When responder has a hand like this, the result in 1N is very dependent on things like the choice of lead, subsequent defense, etc. I.e., suppose they have a blind guess between major suit leads? If they lead a spade it will knock out your entry to the club suit; if they lead a heart into partner's AQ, you will have clear sailing. I.e., 1N will outperform 3 often at the table, which is generally an easier contract to defend accurately.
Nov. 29
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Imo, 1N>3 (if the latter is invitational).
Nov. 29
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I think -500 or -800 are more likely than a double partscore swing. If I wanted to bid 3 I would have done it a round earlier (I might have at mps). The Q of clubs is a hint not to bid.
Nov. 28
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I might be tempted to bid at matchpoints but red at imps, there is significant downside to bidding and relatively little upside.
Nov. 28
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Well done Phil! Basically 70% for 24 boards 3 days in a row. Wow. I don't know what's more impressive, the magnitude of your average or the consistency of your results. Do you have any special techniques to share with us?
Nov. 27
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Hmmm…

I answered 1 honestly before reading David's “answer”.

My reasoning is fairly simple–if I am going to miss a 44 major fit, I'd rather it be hearts than spades. I bid my stronger major after a one of a minor opening when 44, and planning to pass 1N, when the discrepancy in honor holdings is significant.
Nov. 22
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Unfortunately I think the prevalence of pro bridge and the desire to make things simpler for the client have made this treatment (invitational jump shifts) popular.

Anyway, I'll take a chance and force to game if them's my choices.
Nov. 21
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Depends on who my partner is. If it's GIB or a human functional equivalent, 1 because if I open 1 GIB will raise or use drury with 3-card support. With an enlightened partner, who will respond 1N with 3-card support unless he has side shortness, 1. Pass? Would not occur to me.
Nov. 19
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I play it as forcing and possibly as few as 4 cards. I think this is very important. I also play that new suits at the 2-level are forcing–e.g., (1)-1-(p)-2–but I don't think this is as important.

The reason it is important to play 1-level suit advances as forcing is that whenever possible we should strive to have a “normal” constructive auction after a 1-level overcall. I.e., we should try not o allow an opening “fart” in front of our stronger hand to derail our bidding, especially in these days of lighter and lighter openings.

So, for example, (1)-1-(p)-1-2-x is a support double. (1)-1-(p)-1N is semi-forcing.

For the record, I wouldn't overcall 1 with 1 on Akxxx and out. I might not respond 1 to a 1 overcall on 4 small either.

I think the consensus here in the northeast is to play it as 5+ and non-forcing. I would guess that at least 95% of partnerships have no idea what they play it as.
Nov. 19
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I'm not crazy about the takeout double but to me its not a big deal. I wouldn't pass with your partner's hand. With your hand I would double 1N in case partner has a real hand and then pass 3 in case he doesn't. The double doesn't set up a forcing situation when you are a passed hand.
Nov. 16
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Kenny was someone I always loved and loved to play against–not because I rated to do well but for the entertainment value. His banishment from our site was a tragedy because his politically incorrect comments had the ring of truth and always spiced up the discussion. I believe he was one of the greatest players of our generation–a fact that would have been more widely acknowledged if his personality had been more mainstream.
Nov. 13
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2 conveys more info about my hand than 2 and is more likely to turn partner on if we have a game. I might choose 2 at mps.
Nov. 11
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I don't cue-bid shortness controls in partner's suit, I already implied the club A, I am too good to pass. 5 seems obvious.
Nov. 8
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The lady was on lead against 7N holding an A!

She didn't lead her ace!

When declarer led through her ace to the king in dummy she ducked!

Net result: -2. Her bidding wasn't so great but her defense was.
Nov. 8
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If they stop right here I'm happy. Wouldn't surprise me if they bid more especially if the response was light with short spades.
Nov. 6
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I'm not sure I understand your system but you seem to have a call (3) that describes your hand extremely well. I think it would be crazy not to use it.
Nov. 6
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To me this is an obvious 1 call the first time, even though it now appears I did the right thing (and should now pass). The odds are really high that partner is broke and the deal is a misfit. Let's see how high they get on their own steam.
Nov. 6
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