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Ronald - if you don't think there is such thing as a mild slam try, ignore my arguments. Personally, I do believe that there is such a thing, and I also believe that my opinion is the majority one in US expert bridge, at least.
Feb. 18, 2019
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As Richard implied, I think you have lost the thread here, David. Partner had two options, forcing past the 4 level, and signing off at 4; there was no last train available. 4 does not deny a diamond control the way I play, merely because I don't want to force to the 5 level every time I do have a diamond control and a mild slam try.
Feb. 15, 2019
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yeah, I lost thread there.
Feb. 15, 2019
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Not quite. In the ending where you have run the trump and come down to K – AK9 J85, W does best to pitch to Ax – T73 K9. At that point E is basically forced to come down to 2=0=2=3 shape or 3=0=1=3 shape to give you problems. In the former, you knock out the spade ace first before the Q of clubs, and if the latter you play a diamond up to extract a diamond from E, and play on clubs (carefully unblocking). The endgame is a nice combination of picking whether you want to be strip-squeezed or stepping-stone squeezed as W.
Feb. 15, 2019
Chris Gibson edited this comment Feb. 15, 2019
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Exactly.
Feb. 14, 2019
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I don't hate 1. In fact, my instinct was to open 1, but I've been playing a lot of big club, so I recalibrated. That being said, if partner opened a spade, I'd support it. All of my points are in my long suits, I have good texture in my spade suit, and I have a convenient rebid over anything partner is likely to do (not necessarily the case if hearts and clubs are reversed). Heck, I just talked myself into 1.
Feb. 14, 2019
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Interesting, but an easy solution if given to deductive reasoning. Honestly, I like his chances regardless of whether he is in the N or S, I think the chances of finding the killing defense in the scenario where it matters to be small - though perhaps so is finding the winning line - a very minor chance.
Feb. 13, 2019
Chris Gibson edited this comment Feb. 13, 2019
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I have a meta-rule that covers this - we don't introduce new suits at the 4 level in uncontested auctions, making 4 a slam-oriented hand with hearts agreed by inference (since all other suits can be agreed/suggested at a forcing level).
I am 100% confident that it would be read this way in some partnerships where this has been discussed extensively, but I would not pull it out without discussion. Without discussion I just bid 5 as a general slam try to good for 4. I am confident that trump quality ask would not be a possible interpretation.

Edited: To note, there are exceptions to the meta-rule, including immediate jumps to game in a new suit over a limited opener, but this would clearly not be an exception.
Feb. 13, 2019
Chris Gibson edited this comment Feb. 14, 2019
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I want to lead shortness so that I can try and avoid some of the endplays coming my way. Nothing else appears to be particularly solid anyway.
Feb. 12, 2019
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Partner may bid this way with any hand with slam interest, not just those with a spade void. How would you bid x AKx AQJTxx Jxx, for example, in this auction?

My hand is decent on 2nd round controls, but with no 1st round controls and 4 wasted points in spades, I'm out.
Feb. 7, 2019
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Do we play some form of serious/non-serious 3N?
Feb. 7, 2019
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I see a lot of people implying that the standard meaning of X there is take-out with both other suits. I'd treat it similar to a negative double, implying only hearts and the values to compete (and by inference a 2nd place to play). I could be convinced that another treatment is better.
Feb. 7, 2019
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All of what you are describing appear to be the type of thing I would categorize as post-auction announcements (all the not-alertable things that are still potentially useful/not familiar things for opponents to know). I realize that is imperfect because it only applies when you are declaring.

The other easier thing is to teach beginners to look at and be able to interpret the convention card, and to ask questions when they aren't sure.

Stop handing them fish - teach them to fish!
Feb. 7, 2019
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Without the double, I like it as a two-suiter with longer clubs than diamonds (6-4 ish), and I think the same reasoning might apply, but I can be convinced other things are better.
Feb. 7, 2019
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I think that there are several possible solutions depending on what your system allows. I've played that a 2 bid shows this approximate hand with either minor (some artificiality to unwind which minor), and I like that best, but I am also willing to rebid 2 with the plan of correcting 2 to 2, showing this exact shape and strength if I get those three bids. And, occasionally, partner doesn't overcall spades and I get to make a take-out double describing my hand very nicely.
Feb. 7, 2019
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Anything is a blind guess, but I may be able to recover from the ace of spades if wrong, and there are some common scenarios (J/Tx opposite J/Txxx) where cashing a high spade from my hand first is necessary to take 4 quick tricks. Heart is my 2nd choice, but I feel like that takes so much more from partner to be right.
Feb. 6, 2019
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I'd still bid 3 as a come-on rather than 3. 3 can be made with xxxxx xxx xx xxx, or even worse fits - it takes a moose to move off of it, so I need to show something, but with 2/3 of my values in spades, I don't want to absolutely force to game.
Feb. 6, 2019
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If playing with a partner who aggressively puts hands in 1N when they have a singleton major suit honor, I suppose I will have to mastermind. But I don't play with those partners very long.
Feb. 6, 2019
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We are very happy with our hybrid relay methodology - we offer multiple GF relay bids (usually one below our actual suit) at first opportunity which either defines a balanced hand, a 4441, or a 5+ card suit of known length (we pack the first two a bit into the same bid, as the 4441 is low frequency). If opener bids the next step, he's interested in playing in our primary suit, otherwise he can bid naturally his own suit.

Accepting the relay gets you strength and shape at low enough levels to actually do things with, and by focusing on suit positives right away, we are less vulnerable to preemption. Also, our memory burden is very small.
Jan. 29, 2019
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In a high level auction like this, I don't feel like a slight pause is unexpected, it could be considering a save or considering doubling, or just taking some stock of the situation, and I don't think it suggests one or another.
Jan. 25, 2019
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