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I've been waiting many years for 1M-4M on 13-15 with 3-4 card support to miss a good slam. I've yet to encounter it.

4 as ace-asking is not uncommon where I live, but then I live in Houston, where Johnny Gerber lived. Even three decades after his death, his influence is still felt. I remember one game where our opponents went through a 4 ace-asking sequence, and before his opening lead my partner asked “Were there any artificial bids?” and was told “No”. Our opponents seemed quite nonplussed at the idea that 4 asking for aces was artificial.

The ne plus ultra happened to me once (a story I've told here before) at an NABC in Dallas. In a side Swiss, my partner opened 1, and holding a 14-count with a good 5-card diamond suit naturally I replied 2. My LHO bid 4 (on a ratty six-card suit, vulnerable, but I digress) and my RHO bid 4. I doubled this and was a bit surprised when that was passed out.

2000 points later, my LHO asked his partner why the 4 bid. The reply: “4 is always ace-asking.”
Nov. 10
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Basically, everything Lawrence says about partner's hand applies equally well to responder's: you are exactly as likely to find a stack to your left as you are to find partner with fitting cards.
Nov. 4
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I'd have doubled at my first turn, though I admit it's close, and I'd be happier with it if my diamond honor were the queen of any other suit.
Oct. 31
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Here's a general principle I've been trying to take to heart: when you're on a guess, go with the option that has the bigger upside when it's right.
Oct. 22
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I have a 4-loser hand opposite a 1-bid. If we're off two key cards, that's just too bad.
Oct. 21
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Your daughter is 16? Ugh. I remember her when she was five.
Oct. 16
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You were born in the convention center where many tournaments were held? No wonder you went on to become a pro player.
Oct. 7
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At any rate, my main point is that we needed at least one more poll option.
Oct. 2
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I play UDCA and Smith Echo.

I play Smith Echo the way Smith originally suggested: opening leader plays high-low to say that she doesn't want her suit returned (that's upside-down, right?) and third hand plays high-low to say that she has something good in the suit: an honor or extra length. (That's right-side-up, right? I'm honestly not sure.)
Oct. 1
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The OP specifies that this was a BBO game, where you alert your own bids and have no knowledge of whether partner has made any alerts or not. So UI considerations do not arise.
Sept. 30
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I voted for 18-19, but I'd do it with a good 17, and with a good 19 I'd just blast 3N.

Incidentally, Kaplan Inversion is now legal in most ACBL competitions, and gets you a few of your 1NT contracts back after 1H-1S; 1N-P.
Sept. 30
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The “K-S Updated” notes are available not just pretty cheap, but free online at the Bridge World web site: https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/readingroom/kaplansheinwoldupdated.html
Sept. 30
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I'm a little confused by this statement on page 6:

You can assume that East holds the ♣3, since if West has that card it won't matter what you do in clubs.

…haven't we just seen the 3? We know that East held that card.
Sept. 29
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I followed the link, and found that in fact he is on it.
Sept. 12
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I play a weak NT (12-14, although Joe Quinn thinks my partner and I should announce 11+-14), and one thing I've invented is to use X for 15+ balanced with or without a stop. That frees up 2NT to show a hand that wanted to rebid 3m (16-18 with a good 6-card suit) and then 3m can be a hand with a good 6-card suit but not the World's Fair in high cards…sort of a 2.5m rebid.

After the X, partner can cue bid to ask for a stop, or if the intervention gets raise, double asks for a stop.
Sept. 7
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On page 4:
“You will make if the king of spades is onside doubleton or tripleton. If not, you will need the ace of clubs onside.”

East opened a 2-bid, and is known to hold the KQ of diamonds. If the king of spades is in that hand also, how can the ace of clubs possibly be right? It seems like if the spade finesse is wrong you're just dead.
Sept. 1
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Yes. See below.
Aug. 16
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If we pass 99% of 11-counts and open 1% including that one, does saying “11+” disclose or obfuscate? (99.78% / .22%, according to Craig Biddle just above me.)

I didn't keep the hand records from Saturday, but on that same day (maybe even the same session) I passed something like Kxx xx KJTxx Axx because it didn't have the requisite 3 QT. So, again: does “11+-14” instead of “12-14” improve disclosure or harm it?
Aug. 16
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I think you are reading the regulation much too narrowly. My interpretation, which I think is the common-sense one, is: “Disallowed if the only known suit in which length is shown is not the suit bid.” So for your first example, the fact that there is length shown in an unknown suit does nothing to rescue your bid.
Aug. 14
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Probably all the people who have voted won't see this, but: how on earth can you pass? West passed her partner's 3 bid. She didn't think she could make a game. Now when partner is showing more strength, you think West's first judgment was wrong? I mean, I wouldn't go on to 5 either, but I think double is clear-cut.

Partner's hand was – AK63 AT63 AQJ82. Deep Finesse says that South can make 5, but even at double-dummy the play isn't obvious. 4 goes down 2, however.
Aug. 12
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