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If it weren't so clearly stated that 3 spades is not forcing I would bid 3 spades in the proverbial “heart beat” but if partner can pass that bid my number one choice is gone. Now, only 6 Diamonds is a lock if you wish to give up on the spades or a grand. 5 spades at least keeps those options somewhat open. It has to be forcing to 6 Diamonds. Maybe 6 diamonds by partner followed by seven diamonds is a stretch but 6 spades by partner makes match point sense if he holds as little as honor doubleton.
Sept. 23, 2014
Dick Wilson edited this comment Sept. 23, 2014
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With most of my partners 3 spades is forcing but that doesn't answer Mike problem, Neither does Crosswood. Lacking these tools I propose a bid that I feel should be forcing to slam. With honor doubleton or better I would expect partner to bid the major suit slam. Otherwise, bid 6 diamonds.
Sept. 23, 2014
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5 Spades must be forcing to 6 Diamonds. If partner has honor doubleton of spades bid the major suit slam. 30 point deck and a great 10 card fit. “Pick a slam, partner. We have diamonds how about spades?”
Sept. 22, 2014
Dick Wilson edited this comment Sept. 23, 2014
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Playing Swiss Teams in the Naples FL Regional in a very strong field the following auction took place this afternoon. 2D(weak):Double:Pass:2S:Pass:Pass:3D. This is your second case. The responder had exactly the hand Ibexpected to see - KJX XXXX AX AXXX
Sept. 20, 2014
Dick Wilson edited this comment Sept. 20, 2014
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You are too funny!!
Sept. 20, 2014
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My partner's PASS is getting early support from people I respect including him. Josh and Mike you've helped me to see the error of my ways. We suffered -2,200 because I tried to be cute in showing massive support for hearts. 3 Spades was intended to show support with slam interest. The redouble was intended to show 1st round control of the suit in which South must have length. How can he risk a lead direction double with a weak partner? He must have a real diamond suit. I didn't want partner to pass a 4 heart bid so I reasoned that I could show control with a bid he couldn't pass. Hmmm, guess he could!

I am now embarrassed to share my hand but I will:
AQ43 KT9743 VOID AQ5 I am sure I don't have to tell you how much i regret not having opened 1 Heart.
Sept. 20, 2014
Dick Wilson edited this comment Sept. 20, 2014
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I have been “guilty” of the 2nd auction. The first almost always describes a hand that clearly wishes to obstruct with 3 pieces in support. In the 2nd I would have no more than two pieces and would be likely to hold more High Card Points but no biddable suit of my own.
Sept. 19, 2014
Dick Wilson edited this comment Sept. 20, 2014
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Please read my comment above. The weak two was bid that way in order to show a near-opening two suiter. The 5 heart rebid was a mistake. The intent was always to show the 2nd suit. The opportunity was there although at the 5 level. As Eric points out 5 Clubs would have been better than 5 hearts if any bid is taken at all. Mike misstated the auction. 6 Hearts was not bid over 6 Diamonds. The actual call was PASS.
Sept. 10, 2014
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I voted double only because I was east's partner and know what happened. :) Incidentally, Mike's recall of the auction is incorrect with respect to one call. West did not bid 6 Hearts over 6 Diamonds. I passed after 6 diamonds in order to let my partner decide the best course of action. East did not double 6 Spades so I chose to bid 7 hearts as West. My opening bid is probably the source of the problem. I chose to bid 2 hearts rather than 1 heart or pass holding 9 QJ7532 5 AQ872. This is probably an underbid. I had planned to bid my clubs aggressively as the auction progressed but as you can see it got very high very quickly.

My opening bid is the subject of a poll I have created. Feel free to vote and comment.
Sept. 10, 2014
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ELC clearly the answer if on your card. Great response, John.
June 28, 2014
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I would always open the longer suit. The hand meets the so-called Rule of 22 and has great playing strength if the fit is found.
A couple of days ago I posted a very similar hand on a Facebook Group which supports bridge in Rochester, NY. We had a lively discussion there around this very issue. I will attempt to provide a link to that discussion here.

http://on.fb.me/L9T1Bb
Jan. 16, 2014
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Double if playing ELC
Feb. 13, 2013
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Here's another vote for O'Rourke -Diamond
March 23, 2012
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Dian, down the road a piece from you here in Rochester the great preponderance of those who play key card are playing 1430. Most of the Fight A pairs are playing upside down attitude while very few few play upside down count.
Larry, I am interested in why Puppet Stayman over 1NT but not 2NT. Most here play puppet over 2 but not 1. With most of my partners I am playing a version of puppet that conceals the presence or lack of a 4 card major in both hands on most sequences over both 1 & 2 NT.
March 12, 2012
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Thanks for this, Larry. I started playing duplicate about 9 years age. It seemed that I just couldn't stop loading up on gadgets. After earning Gold Life Master Status I recognize that my time would have been infinitely better spent had I focused on card play. I have one question on LC Standard. What is your recommendation for a new suit by advancer after an overcall by partner? Nothing is checked in that line on the LC Standard Template. I usually play “NF Constructive”.
March 11, 2012
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Thought that this might be the time to break Mel's rule. Christina makes the best argument against breaking the “rule of 9”. Barry's result happens to prove the point in this case. The prospect of having to pass 3 clubs is ugly but partner has to have considered that possibility when she doubled.
Feb. 17, 2012
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