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I make it a point to know the name of every woman who's ever squeezed me.

Especially if it's a strip squeeze.
May 21
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At the bottom of page 5, partner plays 10 rather than 10.
May 20
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Whether I want to play a 5-3 fit on the first hand depends on what opener has in .

Give him AKJ KQ96 J7 AK52 and I definitely want to play in !
May 19
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Presumably you would also say that if they weren't offended then he wasn't offensive.

But what if one was offended and the other wasn't?
May 17
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Offense is not something which is given; it is something which is taken.
May 17
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I agree with Steve.

I think you need to raise on both strong and weak hands in this position, so that opponents have to guess what to do.
May 16
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I'll take away some room and indicate to partner a good lead.

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It would be nice to know exactly what sort of GF hands are and aren't included in the 2 bid
May 15
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True - but since the suggestion of many good players is to “always ask”, it mightn't take too much extra time - and would save time at the end of the auction as well.
May 13
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I don't see the benefit of alerts early in the auction, where this issue of asking or not asking thus giving UI to partner often arises.

I would much rather have the meaning of every call in, say, the first two rounds announced, so that people find out the meaning of the auction without having to tip their hand at all.

One extra benefit is it might encourage pairs to learn their agreements.
May 12
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If pass implies a minimum balanced hand (i.e. 15-16 in a weak NT context), what do you do with say
x Kxx AQJxx Qxxx after 1 1 (2)?

I think playing weak NT you need to give up the support double, and play that double shows 15-16 balanced, so that you can pass on minimum unbalanced hands without a convenient rebid.
May 9
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Your poll is like trying to choose between a headache, a stomach ache and a toothache - choosing one of them doesn't mean you don't have a strong opinion about the others, as well.
May 9
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One benefit of opening 2 is precisely this sort of hand.

I imagine most pairs will manage to bid the NS hands to 6 if there was no interference, but some will miss it after the 2 opening.

Note that if you give West the huge hand, it's pretty easy to bid the EW hands to 6 whether or not East opens. i.e. even though it is 50/50 as to which other player has the big hand, you are more likely to get in the way of the opps than your partner.

That's not to say there's no downside to opening 2 - I wouldn't want partner to lead fromKx for instance!

The most important thing, of course, is to have some agreed standards with your partner (which ought to depend on position and vulnerability) and stick to them.
May 9
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4NT was the worst bid.

If, as North, I thought partner was, say, 5-6 in the blacks, I wouldn't choose to play this in NT.

But I'd be interested to know what discussion (if any) they'd had about negative doubles.
May 9
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You chose to upgrade your hand to a GF via your Lebensohl followed by 3NT plan - but partner doesn't know this!

As far as he knows, you have a bad hand which wants to escape to 3m. And yet he has chosen to bypass 3 to show a strong hand.

You would have bid the same way on the first 2 rounds without KQ and A! You need to tell him you don't have a weak hand, and fortunately you have a 4 bid available which partner, hopefully, can't misinterpret.

4 by you, just says “I have a weak hand, but it's not that bad, and I've got some support, and with the extras you have shown, we have a shot at game.” Something like xxx Ax xxxxx Kxx.
May 9
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My reply is garbage too. But now there doesn't seem to be any way to make the contract.
May 8
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East needs to withhold the 9 at trick 1. Then he can cover dummy's , which spares West from the red suit squeeze.
May 8
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Coincidentally, I re-read this book just this weekend.

I get the impression that Reese would have hated the name “nosittej squeeze” - he didn't even seem to like the term “avoidance play”.
May 7
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This is agreement dependent.

I currently play that 3 by opener is minimum with a genuine suit; 2NT is minimum balanced; anything else is GF.

With that agreement I would probably bid 3 here.
May 3
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In that case the correct thing to do is bid the hand according to the agreement, and change the agreement afterwards.

In fact, I think this is the correct course of action with respect to every potential “deviation” you want to make - always bid according to your agreements; after a potential exception arises, discuss whether you should change your agreements for the future; remember to amend your explanations to the opponents where necessary.

This seems fair to everyone and is demonstrably “above board”. Whereas people deviating whenever they feel like it always leaves open the possibility that they really have an undisclosed partnership understanding.
May 2
ATB
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Personally, I think 4 shows slam interest in this sequence. He's not passed, he's not jumped to 5, he's not bid 3NT, and he's not bid a stopper looking for 3NT, so I find it hard to imagine what else it should be.

As such, North ought to cue-bid his Ace here.
April 28
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