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Mulberry is a convention for dealing with 2.5 and 3 suited hands. It has been discussed a number of times on Bridgewinners. Search Bridgewinners or Google it and you can read to your hearts content. Like a number of relay structures it employs 4C as a puppet and 4D as a stop signal. Higher bids are RKC up the line. There are several variations floating out there.
2 hours ago
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I have too many values to pass. I expect this to be our hand. Our side has positive equity it needs to protect. So I double but that would be in a partnership that understands after opponents freely bid and raise, double is not penalties. In context, I would say this hand is the perfect prototype. Partner is free to convert but should he have an offensive oriented hand he can bid. I expect my gains will exceed the ocassional -590.
2 hours ago
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1D-1H-2C-3C natural and invitational, nothing special.
1D-1H-2C-2S-2N-3C-? 3H 3=1=4=5 max, 3S 3=1=5=4 max, 3N 6=4 max; Mulberry continuations.

My turn. What is “SEF”?
5 hours ago
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We aren't all going to agree about this. But you and your partner need to be on the same page. I am going to start with four “rules” that are probably minority views. One, opener can have 4 D's and 5 C's for 1D-1H-2C. Two, 1D-1H-2H promises four trump. Three, opener doesn't rebid 1N with a singleton. Four, with a weak hand that is 6 D's and 4 C's, rebid 2D after 1D-1M.

If those are already your agreements, great. If you can accept them, then read on. If you are having convulsions as you wretch on the floor, the rest of this post is not for you.

Sure, there are deals where it works out best to rebid 1N with a singleton, raise on three, etc. But if you buy into “pattern bidding”, your bidding after 1D-1H-2C-2S becomes both easier and more accurate. Otherwise, this is a very difficult sequence with a lot of three level guessing.

Here is the gist of it. 1D-1H-2C-2S, then
2N 3=1=5-4 or good 6=4 minors. 3C can be a relay as you choose.
3C 5=5 in the minors but not 0=3=5=5.
3D 2=2=5-4, not within 1N opening range, no S honor else 1N rebid.
3H 1=3=4=5.
3S 1=3=5=4.
3N 0=3=5=5.

On the given hand we would bid
1D-1H
2C-2S
2N-3Cr
3D (min)-3Hr
3N (3=1=5=4).
WTP?
6 hours ago
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If partner passes 2C, I bet we didn't miss game. Relevant to the discussion is how the partnership plays 1m-2M.
22 hours ago
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I see two issues. Does West's failure to Smith mean he doesn't have a top honor (but may still want a spade continuation) or does it say, “play a different suit”? What spade should West play at trick 5? And my answers are, “West doesn't have a top honor” and “West should return the 6 (original fourth best).” As between the two, it is clearer to me that West should play the 6 (so I blamed West more than East.) East will often be able to tell the difference between T6 and T976(x). T followed by 9 should be limited to an original T9 and T9x. (Those who play Rusinow from four or more can laugh at this problem.)
22 hours ago
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To the contrary, does he not try for game with a shapely 14 count? If you raise to 2S with this hand, it is for tactical reasons but partner may think you have Qxx, Ax, Axxx, xxxx (also a 2S bid playing light initial action.)
Dec. 14
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Actually, among the U26 crowd 2D weak is losing out to either both majors or multi. But both of them can be pretty scary!
Dec. 12
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When partner opens 2D and responder has a good hand, the initial goal is 3N. 2N “asking whatever” is best used to find min or max. If 3C shows a max, then I see no reason to play 3D nonforcing nor do I know how opener can know whether he should make another bid.
Dec. 12
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Just a flier but ask Aitai Lo.
Dec. 11
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Sucks to be you. Play in a better club game.
Dec. 10
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A compound squeeze? He showed his fragment? A true Deschapelles coup? He was playing CRASH. He booted a trick. It was just a splinter.
Dec. 10
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Congrats to Rose and her team.

As for a gender bias, I admit that I do not hold Women's championships in as high a regard as I do Open's based, perhaps unfairly, on what I think is the comparative quality of the field. But if someone performs well in the open events, their gender matters not. Rose has proven herself on the toughest stage of them all, an accomplishment worthy of respect and recognition.
Dec. 10
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In my understanding of a picture bid, it denies a control in the fourth suit. Perhaps xx, AKxx, KQJxx, xx. Otherwise you have used up too much space and partner will never know what to do.
Dec. 10
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Congrats. I knew Roger when…
Dec. 9
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40+ years ago and before she was appointed to the bench, she interviewed law students at Chicago on behalf of her law firm. With a bit of trepidation, I asked her if she would join our lunch hour bridge game in the student lounge. We were all pretty much beginners but she played and gave us pointers. I don't recall that any of us were given a job offer. It remains one of my better memories of law school.
Dec. 7
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I think the issue of fearing a super-accept is a red herring provided that partner will have 4 trump. With 9 trump you are likely destined for the three level anyway. There was a time when opening 1N kept the opponents out. No longer. Good luck if you pass 1N only to hear it go (2X)-P-(3X)
Dec. 7
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Peter, you win. It really sucked to be that guy.
Dec. 7
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Partner has three queens. Which hand do you want to declare?
Dec. 6
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Peg Kaplan dubbed him “Rock Star.” Deserved. The most amazing part is that he has been playing for only two years. I had always thought that bridge, unlike chess, didn't have young prodigies because it required experience. Finn is proving me wrong.
Dec. 6
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