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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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who knows - but I meant good
Jan. 10, 2015
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Please add double as an option - I would play it here as action. I know 3 was making, and I have gut defence
Jan. 10, 2015
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Over a 4 bid, 4 would be last train and not a cue bid. So it would normally promise the control that you have denied. So if you bid 4 you should be planning to bid 5 on the next round.
I like Bob's idea of cue bidding 4 at matchpoints ..
Jan. 7, 2015
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Non-Forcing. The better hands all start with Double.
So I only bid 3 here
Nov. 19, 2014
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5 did not show control - it was last train.
Nov. 16, 2014
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I need to go for the maximum, as 4S would have made. So a low spade looks good.
Nov. 11, 2014
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I play 4 is a fit jump here - then I can leave it to partner.
Nov. 10, 2014
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Double will often lead to 180 or more.
I bid 2 - but this could also leave me with a guess later !
Nov. 10, 2014
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Do not like the lead - opps have a 5-2 heart fit, so partner has 2, and we will probably give away a trick in the suit.
No real views about which of the other suits is best …
Nov. 2, 2014
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In Europe most junior teams have all the expenses covered - including the training camps and other activities.
I enjoyed this supports as a junior 35 years ago, as did Michael Rosenberg when he was a junior in Scotland.
In Germany all these things are free for all juniors who take part - it seems incredible that the US where there is so much more money in bridge supports the young players less …
Oct. 31, 2014
David Cole edited this comment Oct. 31, 2014
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Yvan, if you think something is “crap” please explain why.
Otherwise, your comment is just abuse.
Oct. 28, 2014
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This is a comment I very much disagree with. I always make a bidding plan - the aim is anyway not to describe one's hand, but to reach the right contract!
Oct. 22, 2014
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