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Having spade length may not necessarily be bad - the suit must be pretty bad else partner would be bidding them, so partner's cards rate to be where we need them (for offensive purposes anyway).

What worries me is that partner has a worthless doubleton diamond and not enough covers to make looking for game worth the risk - here, your contention is spot on - if partner has wasted spade cards, even 4 might be too high.
14 hours ago
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Sorely tempted to try 3, but this is an adequate dummy for spades so I Pass. If we miss something (probably 4) it's my fault.
14 hours ago
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I don't like answering these types of questions without knowing partner's style of preempting. If partner is ‘old school’ I'd just blast 4 or at least inquire. If partner has thirteen cards - ‘some of which are hearts’ - I'd Pass because I think 2 is the point of no return.
14 hours ago
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I teach a lot, and usually after one session I pull out my ‘Lesson #1B’ sheet - ‘High card from the short hand first’. It's fun to watch the faces when the light dawns :)

Usually I'm teaching players whose only experience with cards is using them as coasters, and sometimes I have to remember things that are second nature to me are totally foreign to a novice. It's a common error - during a recent ‘LBIAD’ session, one of my helpers was telling declarer how he should have made an overtrick on a double squeeze. I had to take him aside and tell him to tone it down.
14 hours ago
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A game bonus is a game bonus. Vulnerability is not a factor for me.
14 hours ago
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Mr. Katz is from my old stomping grounds and, when I was a youngster, gave me some really good pointers. I'm glad he made it.

And of course congratulations to others. All three have been playing world-class bridge for decades.
Feb. 20
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A game bonus is a game bonus. Vulnerability - to me - doesn't factor in.
Feb. 20
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I agree, but this could be down one quickly.
Feb. 20
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If I don't have a way to show competitive values with both minors, I'm out.
Feb. 20
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If I took the view this wasn't a raise earlier, I'm certainly not offering a second bite at the apple to anybody who might have sandbagged earlier.
Feb. 20
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1 then --. Majors are where matchpoints are won, so get the suit out there before crap happens. I know 1 is an underbid, but -- should be an adequate description. Besides, I'm of the opinion that when I bid -then- after a Double the diamonds are longer.
Feb. 20
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I don't pay entry fees to Pass hands like this.
Feb. 20
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I concur with other comments regarding 4NT, but since auctions often aren't ‘pristine’ (I know mine often are not :) I'll answer.

I might as well confirm all the keys with 5NT and see what partner does. I expect a signoff, but maybe partner's spades are solid.

My guess about this auction is that partner's 4 gummed up the works.
Feb. 20
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Pass and hope partner didn't open eight broken hearts.
Feb. 20
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If 2 wasn't ‘clubs’, the K is too speculative for me.
Feb. 20
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Since we are using a Pensieve, I'll follow my Slytherin background and bid 4 ‘carpe diem’-style
Feb. 20
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4 just might be enough to muddy the waters while keeping the car on the road (sorry for mixing metaphors).
Feb. 20
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Not my cup of hemlock.
Feb. 20
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I still need pretty good trumps opposite, so I cuebid 5. Do we have an agreement that 5 could be shortness (a treatment I loathe but I'm in a minority so I play along)? Or is 5 just 'good club support?
Feb. 20
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I would prefer 2 (ideally, an intermediate 3 if you play all ‘death seat’ jumps this way) but I don't ‘hate’ 1NT.
Feb. 20
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