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The question is perfectly reasonable. We do not know the motivation for the post - so you should not presume that the Flight A player wanted a top. Maybe the opps asked if 2 was allowed?
I think these discussions on Bridgewinners are valuable for all - there are so many people who claim that one cannot bid after partners hesitation.
June 8, 2015
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Hallo Michael,
what do you bid with -,KQJx, KQJx, AKJxx.
I would have thought that would be a standard 2 bid
June 3, 2015
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Solid suit without a stopper.
Something like xx,Ax,xx,AKQxxxx

With the hand with a void, I would start with 2
May 30, 2015
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I may as well show the wrong length as I have all the points
May 29, 2015
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IF we want to change things, then we as normal bridge players would have to pay to watch the best. As that is not going to happen, we have the sponsors. I for one are happy about that even though I will never receive any money from them.
May 18, 2015
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With that hand I would always balance with a double - which may or may not lead to a better result …
May 15, 2015
David Cole edited this comment May 18, 2015
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You do not quite make 5 - West has 1 and 2 tricks, and does not have to let himself get endplayed
April 29, 2015
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3 should be gameforcing - over 3 South might bid 4 - then North will not stop short of the six level
April 19, 2015
David Cole edited this comment April 22, 2015
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We do not know whether we can beat 5 - that is why we need to find out partners minor
April 17, 2015
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Note that 5 makes if the Q is with East
April 13, 2015
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I may as well mislead, as partner is not going to be winning many tricks …
April 6, 2015
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Question - which bids are natural here?
April 2, 2015
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If you know one defender has 3 trumps and the other one 0 trumps - then the vacant places are 10 to 13. However if both the players throw low cards, this does not necessarily show anything about their relative lengths as they had to throw something.
In these positions, the law does not really help and you should think about what hands could they have for the way they discarded.

Obviously your last example is not likely - LHO would never tell you the position if he had 10 safe discards.
March 31, 2015
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Without Knowledge is system unbiddable. I want to invite in Spades
March 16, 2015
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David, is it not sensible to play that 4NT over 3 is quantatitive and blackwood is only over the sequence 4?
Feb. 23, 2015
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I am not sure responder should pass 4 - but he certainly should not bid Blackwood which forces to slam. A simple cue bid of 5 and leave it up to partner.
Feb. 22, 2015
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Hallo Kit,
as it uses up a round of bidding unnecessarily, it must show something specific that could not otherwise be shown. Maybe fit and void.
However I have not discussed this auction with my partner, so in practice at the table I would also not make the bid
Feb. 14, 2015
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I have discussed this, and we have a system sheet for it.
4 is weak or strong in some suit, 4 directly is non-forcing slam invitational.
Feb. 13, 2015
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A linked point is the auction 1m - 1 - 1. It shows a 4 card suit. It may promise 4 cards in the minor, or an unbalanced hand as 1NT has not been rebid, or it may be bid with 3334. IMHO an alert is clearly silly - opponents have to ask whether the bid is alerted or not if they want to know what distributions are possible. The same applies to the 1NT rebid. It could deny 4. It could deny 4 except in a 4333 shape.
If I am on lead I ask what the auction means even if the bids are not alerted and expect the opponents to give me all information.
If you want to reduce ethical problems, always play behind screens where partner does not know what question is ask. Otherwise accept that not the game is not perfect.

And for David Burn - 35 years ago you wrote the best written and most amusing articles in the University Bridge newsletter - and you have not lost your skills!
Jan. 21, 2015
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I do not know what the right bid is.
Are the 3 bidders not worried about all pass with game cold?
Jan. 12, 2015
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