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Both approaches have drawbacks. Responding 2 might culminate in a poor 3N opposite a minimum 5=3=1=4.

I have found that limiting one's hand in this type of situation is better than making the unlimited call. Maybe with a larger sample of deals, my experience would shift to favor the more aggressive response. Perhaps extensive analysis would show the latter to be superior. I don't know.

But I don't resonate at all with characterizing one view or the other as ridiculous.
Dec. 10, 2019
David Levin edited this comment Dec. 10, 2019
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Hamish: With 3=4 in the majors, I think I would retain the economical 2 rebid (by Responder) and try to clarify the heart situation on subsequent rounds. For example, over Opener's 3m on the third round, Responder might bid 4 with four pieces and no slam interest or 3 to ostensibly show a good doubleton or tripleton. The latter might be followed up with 4, to say, “I really have four hearts.”
Dec. 10, 2019
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It is unfortunate that “general bridge knowledge,” a legitimate concept, is sometimes invoked to conceal partnership understanding.
Dec. 10, 2019
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Hamish,
Although having Responder's 3 show four pieces works well here, I wonder whether having that call show say, (H)Hx might not be more useful in the long run.
Dec. 9, 2019
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I agree with that philosophy, but it seems to me that a 4 splinter combined with South's failure to support spades does get most of the hand across.
Dec. 9, 2019
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I would bid 4 (over 2), assuming that this was a splinter for hearts. Partner would infer that I have at least 10 red cards. I agree that this doesn't fully convey the strength, and I'd be fine responding 2 instead if my partner preferred.
Dec. 9, 2019
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If no one had opened prior to South's turn, then opening 1 with that hand would be clear for me (and I imagine for many others). But the auction so far has degraded our hand somewhat. Partner bid a suit where we have only a low doubleton, and there has been no intervention in clubs (suggesting that Partner has several). So, I'd rather start with a forcing 1N to limit the hand and later bid aggressively if (say) a heart fit is found.
Dec. 9, 2019
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I just looked it up. The first letters of the nine words stand for the capitalized words in Tangent is Opposite over Adjacent, Sine is Opposite over Hypotenuse, Cosine is Adjacent over Hypotenuse.
Dec. 8, 2019
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The following wouldn't be percentage, but if Declarer strongly suspected that West has both spade honors, this might be catered to by playing Dummy's 10 (which presumably would be covered and won by Declarer's K), drawing three trumps ending in hand (North), and taking a club finesse. This would allow a spade exit by West to be won in the closed hand on the second or third round.
Dec. 8, 2019
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That seems to require leaving one enemy trump outstanding (assuming a 3-2 heart split) until after the third spade is cashed. Was that your intent?
Dec. 8, 2019
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What is it a mnemonic for?
Dec. 8, 2019
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Dec. 8, 2019
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What's the form of scoring?
Dec. 8, 2019
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When Kit Woolsey dines out, does he ask to see the radar?
Dec. 8, 2019
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It seems right to me that BBO not be a vehicle for censorship.
Dec. 8, 2019
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Agreed, but “intergalactic” is hard to pun on.
Dec. 8, 2019
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Jeff, I think you're right. I was vacillating on how many clubs to cash and happened to be at “two” when the music stopped.
Dec. 8, 2019
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“As to leading a D to the K, well, is that play much better than 50%?”

QJ-fifth (or -sixth) and at most two side queens seemed to me inadequate for a simple overcall at unfavorable.

Still, maybe it's better (after taking the A at Trick 1 and unblocking the A) to cash up to two high clubs before leading toward the K. If you get good news in clubs, then you'll know it's safe to establish the defenders' fifth or longer heart if that suit fails to break.
Dec. 7, 2019
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I see that it's IMPs, thanks.
Dec. 7, 2019
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If East continues with a spade at Trick 2, are you ducking that also?
Dec. 7, 2019
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