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Sorry. At the table I had considered pass. But once the poll has started I don't think I should change it now.
My LHO was Kxxx, Qx, Qxxxxx, x. Would he have rebid 2D after my pass or double? Would you?
Aug. 30
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I predict the field is in 4H. Our auction would be
2N(19-20)-3D-3H-3N-4H. While I do believe simulations to the effect that a 5332 opposite 4333 best plays in 3N, the 2N-3R-R+1-3N auctions need to be corrected with 3 trump because, starting at the 3 level, 3R…3N can be 5M-anything=bup=kiss.
Aug. 29
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Yehudit, nice post. Phil, fricking awesome.
Aug. 29
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Stay tuned. Tomorrow I will reveal all.
Aug. 29
ATB
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I don't understand the reason to open 1N with a 5M4m22 hand. The hand is pretty easy to bid and much better described by opening 1M and rebidding 2m. The problem hand is the 4S-5H-2-2 hand not strong enough to reverse. This one we do allow for and include a bid in our “five card major ask” response to 1N. (We use 2N for the ask but even if you use 3C, you have available the bid of 3N for the 4=5=2=2. When opener shows that 4522, we use “matched pairs” (4C for hearts, 4D for spades) to make a slam try (next step last train.) Billy Miller once called 1NT “the new Flannery.”
Aug. 29
ATB
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With our agressive opening bid style, 2H is not an underbid. That means opener has to take another call. Nothing is too attractive but 4th suit at the three level is a “punt” -“Partner, I have nothing I prefer to bid.” That probably leads to 3N when 4H might be better. Neither is great, but hot at imps I would want to be there.

(I reject the idea of opening 1N. 5M4m22 just never works for me unless the doubletons are stacked, e.g., AQ, Jxxxx, Kxxx, AQ.)
Aug. 29
David Caprera edited this comment Aug. 29
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Improvising is what got me relegated to the couch in the first place.
Aug. 28
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I can't help but ask how declarer knew it was a doubleton?
Aug. 28
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Where is my choice, “East should open 1D”? (Steve Robinson need not respond.)
Aug. 28
David Caprera edited this comment Aug. 28
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We disagree with your treatment of 3D. Shocking perhaps, we play it as natural. No, people don't psyche as much as they used to, nor does one often see the psyche of 1D, but when you have a big hand with seven solid spades and your white v red LHO overcalls your 1C bid with 1S, you will wish you could expose the psyche.
Aug. 28
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I absolutely agree with you that if 2N showed H+C and presumably was a game invite, it would be chicken shit to bid anything less than 4H at imps, matchpoints or BAM and regardless of the colors.
Aug. 28
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We think that 2D Michaels is more valuable but I have no empirical evidence to support that statement other than I believe it is what is played by some of my friends who I respect for their experience in these matters.
Aug. 28
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The question is whether the “runner” hand promises a diamond stopper if you double and then show the single suit. It may be difficult to distinguish between those with a stopper and those without. For example,
1C-(1D)-P-(1N)
DBL-(P)-2S-(P)
3H.
3H is not forcing by our agreements but it shows definite game interest opposite 0-5 (think a 22 count if you will.)

If 2N showed the runner, it would promise a diamond check.
Aug. 28
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I wouldn't call it a fetish but as I have said before, sleeping on the couch is like camping out with a refrigerator and a flush toilet.
Aug. 28
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I can't imagine bidding 3C with this hand in any form of game against any quality of opponents (even if you took all their doubling cards out of their bidding box.) Was this a junior U16 event?
Aug. 28
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It is my intention to post a “banished to the couch part 2” in a couple of days to see what people would bid with my hand under the same constraints. I didn't want to bias this poll by showing the other hand until most people have had a chance to weigh in.
Aug. 28
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The problem with bidding 3D is that if partner thinks 2N was 21-23 balanced, then this is a transfer to hearts. Similarly, anyone bidding 3S should realize that it would show clubs.
Aug. 28
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Double of 1N is takeout of diamonds. As much as you would like to defend 1Nx, you are only going to get to do so when partner has a diamond trap. He is going to play you for 17-18 with diamond shortness (your mostly likely hand to be doubling on this auction.)
Aug. 28
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Double would have been takeout of diamonds or a big hand.
Aug. 28
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That may be a useful treatment, but the couch isn't big enough for both of us.
Aug. 28
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