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still questionable… first - partner might simply bid more spades (3 or 4 depending on how good his hand is) instead of 4. If partner has 3 spades and you bid 4 over 4, he still doesn't know if you have 4 or 5 of them. If partner was interested in playing in spades he quite possibly would have simply bid them over 2.
an hour ago
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One has to figure out why partner chose 4 here (space consuming!) rather than other calls such as double, 3, 4, etc. - to me he MUST have a strong (4+ card) diamond fit, else he would have chosen some other action to describe a hand that doesn't have such a prime fit. Question then becomes whether you are worth a 5 bid (vs. 5), and should 5 be a club control, or just length, or just “an honor” (the Q, here). Me I'm pulling in a notch since partner did not open 2 and my heart holding of small doubleton is not ideal (stiff or 3 would be better).
4 hours ago
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but partner will not assume 3 spades when you bid 2 here, you can certainly have a hand with 4, or even 5 spades that was too weak to act directly over the 1 overcall. When I have a 5 card suit I'll bid that instead of a 3 card spade suit. Phil did not state whether this was matchpoints or IMPs but in this case I'd do the same 3 bid at either form of scoring, bidding what I really have instead of what I may or may not have.
5 hours ago
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question is would that hand for partner open 1 or strong 2? Might depend on how light one's 2 openers can be. Also the opponents bidding this way with 11 hearts between them seems unlikely, especially at favorable vulnerability.
7 hours ago
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I played against Beth many times here in the Washington DC area, she was always someone I knew would would be a formidable opponent. My condolences to Bill and Julie and others. Gone much too early… very sad.
Oct. 3
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most play 2 (and often other 2-level bids) as various raises of partner's major so much of the time 2 not available as a natural bid over the double.
Sept. 23
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I was at the other table - what actually occurred is that Leo's hand only opened 3, it then went P-P-4, which was doubled (by the long clubs hand), thus only -500 at our table= to win the 7 IMPS. Nobody ran to diamonds.
Sept. 14
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this is a good (more direct?) link for teams/results:

http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/wuhan.19/microSite/Participants.asp
Sept. 12
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for the most part I agree (especially since it's matchpoints so have to try for higher scoring partial), though the one downside of 2 is that partner might bid again and get you too high. I'd be more likely to pass 2 at imps since if partner can't do more than 2, game is unlikely.
Aug. 27
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obviously it depends on their lead style… LHO should lead the card that requests that partner unblock… or give count, or give attitude to help him decide what to lead next.
Aug. 21
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thinking of the late great Paul Harvey when I read that, Ray
Aug. 20
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Thank you everyone for your votes, thoughts/opinions/analysis. For the record, I was South. My partner and I had not (sufficiently) discussed what North's 3NT rebid promised/denied, but I felt strongly that partner would not bid 3NT with a void or singleton, so I felt the odds were sufficiently in my favor that the opponents would not run 5 club tricks at me and that “9 tricks are easier than 10”. For the most part, even though many here felt North (around 50%) or South (around 20%) were at fault, I was mostly in the 30% “nobody did anything terrible” camp and that we were largely unlucky that North's unstopped suit matched South's unstopped suit (AND that North didn't have 3 small clubs instead of 2), AND the clubs were 5-2, AND the 5 were with opening leader, AND LHO had refrained from overcalling 2 on AKQ9x, AND that clubs didn't block (as someone above said, if South had Txxx of clubs we wouldn't have had this poll/discussion).
Aug. 20
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even w/o such an agreement, with 6 spades and 4 clubs, one can judge whether to treat as a spade one-suiter or show clubs, depending on such factors as suit qualities, form of scoring, etc. With AKJTxx/Ax/A/Qxxx, I'd ignore that club “suit”, for example.
Aug. 20
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I like to play what Craig describes and don't feel it's flawed/wonky at all. The multi-way 3 serves many highly useful purposes - including differentiating between having 5 hearts (1-1NT-3) and 4 hearts (1-1NT-3-3-3) so that responder knows what to do with exactly 3 hearts. And being able to show a spade one-suiter without having to do a “fake jump shift” is also good. Plus you can show clubs either less distributional or more distributional as Craig mentions. All in all, more upsides than downsides to this method. Responder can occasionally elect to not ask with 3 if he has specific hands (such as long hearts or with 3-card limit raise or weak raise).
Aug. 20
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also, at the table, North's 3NT bid might have followed a slight BIT, would like any thoughts about how that might or might not influence South's decision.
Aug. 19
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a question for all, especially those blaming South - if this hand isn't appropriate for passing 3NT, what would your requirements be for a hand to be okay to pass 3NT in this auction? (assuming 3NT should show a solid (?) 6-7 card spade suit with no shortness and a couple of side cards)
Aug. 19
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If North can have a small singleton for his 3NT bid, then yes, South certainly has a pull. But if not, since South has 4 pieces in his weakness, then beating 3NT requires a club lead and 5-2 clubs and they run (with N matching S in weakness… question is also whether North can/should bid 3NT with a small doubleton). Certainly if South had 3 or fewer in his “no stop” suit, he should pull.
Aug. 19
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good point Danny. LHO is a GLM; he evidently felt it was worth the risk to conceal his suit hoping that the opps would get to 3NT off the whole club suit, rather than bid and get in a lead director against a potential spade contract. His luck was in when N/S did indeed reach 3NT and the clubs did not block.
Aug. 19
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and even if LHO has 5 clubs, there are (slight) block chances (RHO having H9 doubleton, for example… that's why I included the club spots in the layout)
Aug. 19
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yes article title is “Regional Swiss Teams”…
Aug. 19
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