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He says in the OP that when 2 is majors, 3 is a game try in hearts.
Jan. 18
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I agree with Jeff. (and Kit below)
Jan. 18
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I thought like Mike at the table. I could have held Axxx Qxx Jxx KJx. Or Axxx Qxxx Kx Axx.
Jan. 18
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Yes. We play all 2M responses to 1M as peculiar hands that are otherwise hard to describe in our doubleton club and unbalanced diamond system.
Jan. 18
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Sectionals are supposed to use the Open chart for pairs unless the upper masterpoint limit is 3000 or less, and in KO's unless the highest seeded team in the bracket averages 1000 or less. And in a bracketed KO, the top bracket and any bracket where all teams average 3000+ the Open+ chart is supposed to be used.

Club Games
The Open Chart is recommended for most open club games. Particularly advanced clubs may prefer to use the Open+ Chart, while clubs that mainly cater to newer players may prefer the
Basic+ Chart. The Basic and Basic+ Charts are recommended for masterpoint restricted games at clubs.
Jan. 18
2NT
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From another Pavlicek table http://www.rpbridge.net/8j21.htm :

21 opposite 4: 8.42 average tricks, 3NT makes 46.89%
20 - 4: 7.93, 29.95
21 - 3: 7.82, 26.46
20 - 3: 7.32, 14.16
21 - 2: 7.27, 12.91
20 - 2: 6.87, 6.05
21 - 1: 6.69, 5.71
20 - 1: 6.22, 2.76
21 - 0: 6.28, 3.45 *
20 - 0: no data

^ - This is likely due to a small sample size.

From another Pavlicek table http://www.rpbridge.net/8h21.htm :

When you have 20 HCP, partner will have:

0 - 1.57%
1 - 3.06%
2 - 4.66%
3 - 7.35%
4 - 9.76%

For 21 HCP:

0 - 1.85%
1 - 3.55%
2 - 5.31%
3 - 8.20%
4 - 10.57%

The increases for the 21 HCP vs. 20 is apparently due to the crushing of the probability of responder holding a stronger hand.

In any case, these two tables appear to show that, if the opponents will always pass with a flat 4 count double is a heavy loser in practice, while if they will always bid with a flat 4 then double is probably a smallish winner. But the gain is rarely going to be a bonanza.

Sign me up for passing the deal out.
Jan. 18
2NT
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Same here, Nikos. I was addicted to this passout seat double for some time, but eventually someone got me with a fake pass. So I just take my A+ or small IMP pickup for defending well and move on.
Jan. 18
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No. You would be better advised to make the bid with the 4-point range either the minimum 1NT rebid (as we do), or 1-1, 1NT. In both these cases, at least you will often know whether the opponents have a suit to lead.
Jan. 17
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Yes, we play 14-16 and found that occasionally we were passing smoothly while the 15-17 crowd is getting to a cold game. So we have a policy to invite as though partner were 15-17. But that means we stop in 2NT a lot, and half the time the field is in 1NT. You are going to have this problem even more frequently than we do.
Jan. 17
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This uber-weak raise has been a part of forcing notrumps since Kaplan and Sheinwold wrote articles about it in the late 1950's. And probably before, as espoused by Al Roth. Of course, 3 points could have been enough for game opposite a Roth opening bid, so maybe that's a bad example.
Jan. 17
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Go to http://www.rpbridge.net/7z76.htm#7 and all will be revealed.
Jan. 17
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5 is clear for me, since in my partnership's style, partner can't have anything resembling a hand that has a play for 4 opposite this after passing in first seat. I could go for my life in 5X but that's another story. I could also make it opposite Kx xxx Kxxxx Qxx. So I'll make a guess that gives them a guess in return.
Jan. 17
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I just directed a 10 table club game today and had 4 director calls. 2 wrong scores entered. One insufficient bid. One revoke. Of course club game players aren't usually sophisticated enough (or competitive enough) to call about huddles, etc.
Jan. 16
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Can we please start playing on tablets so all these issues just go away? No more UI, no more squabbles about tempo - computer says you took 27.438 seconds to make your bid. No more bids out of turn, no more insufficient bids.

Failures to (self-)alert are documented, too.
Jan. 16
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An improvement on David's line is to play a middle spade from hand at trick 3 if E plays the J or 10, losing to J10 tight but winning against Jx/10x.

If W plays the J or 10 on the first spade, or if they play both their spots, then continue as David suggests.
Jan. 16
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Opps' leads and carding?
Form of scoring?
Jan. 16
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E has the wrong minor, and the KQ likely behind the ace. Why should he risk the 3-level on 9xxxx at unfavorable vulnerability. The LAW doesn't guarantee that a 9 card fit isn't off 3 sure trump tricks (or 4 on Halloween).
Jan. 15
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Many good points in Gavin's article.
Jan. 15
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I don't know about him, but I would expect my partner to have something like void Jxxxxx xx Kxxxx for this auction. This is too weak for a 1st seat vul weak 2 and rates to be easy to describe if you pass initially.
Jan. 15
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Bidding often in direct seat is good. They are not in a great position to penalize you. And even a little nudge can usually prevent opener from revealing vital pattern information.

It's probably right to play 2 natural but that is one of the few overcalls that they CAN punish effectively. e.g. (1)-2-(X) for takeout and any time opener has real diamonds he has you. They are less likely to be able to punish a 2 overcall since most pairs can have 6 but not 6 for their 1 opening, and a 2 overcall REALLY gets in their way.

Using X as all balanced opening hands and 1NT as Raptor has merit - it increases your chances of catching them for a number when responder is busted. And you are going to have the Raptor hand type often, especially when they have a fit in the other major.

You're going to suffer when you have a diamond fit. There's not much you can do about that, especially when it's 4th seat with the long diamonds.
Jan. 15
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