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Okay, in the UK voidwood is not taken for granted as in the US.
12 hours ago
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With that hand, there is a straight forward ask of five spades being voidwood. Partner will show one key card outside of spades and you are off to the grand.
July 3
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If partner is short in spades his five club bid must show at least six clubs otherwise he would have had at least a second suit of four cards. If that is the case, why didn't he bid 4NT to say he had two places to play the hand?
July 2
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Richard, isn't it obvious your partner who is Garozzo is looking for something in spades? And it isn't obvious you don't have spade help?
July 2
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Why would you even want to invite game? Exchange a small diamond for a small heart or club and one would compete to four diamonds. The small diamond is an extra trick. Further, give partner ace queen of hearts or clubs and three small diamonds and I would want to be in five diamonds even though partner would not accept a game. At the very least, I would expect the heart or club ace to be onside given opener's opening bid. I would think bidding five diamonds is clear.
July 2
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Maybe he has something more like:

S Axx H AKQJx D KQxx C A

With your example, it is easy for opener to bid 4NT RKCB over four clubs and follow up with 5NT.
June 29
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So if you bid four clubs not intending to want to move forward that's just too bad. Onwards and downwards.
June 29
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I would rather gamble slightly for a borderline six heart contract rather than settle with a precise small minus. Also, for all I know, the opponents might bid on to six spades which is an improvement for our side.
June 28
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Richard, just because you can come up every lunar eclipse with a hand you would not want to be in game that doesn't mean there are not more hands you would want to be in game given game pays a bonus. For example, give partner:

S x H AQxx D AKJx C AKxx or
S x H AJ9x D AKxx C AKxx
S x H AQJx D AKQx C KJxx

Considering, LHO's one spade opening I would want to be in five clubs.
June 28
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Actually, you have quite a lot. You have a fifth club and a working queen and ten of clubs. Any finesse if needed is most likely to be on against the opening bidder. The opponents have suggested they have around 18 hcp between them. Your partner has said he has around a 20 count. If you think about it this is one of the best hands you can have.
June 28
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Given two diamonds is forcing to game one might think keeping the bidding low gives partner a chance to describe what kind of game forcing hand does he have. Leaping to three spades is just creating an opportunity to preempt the partnership out of slam.
June 28
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I didn't bid four clubs in the previous round so bidding five clubs now is obviously more of a gamble.
June 27
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Bidding five hearts only makes it easier for the opponents to find out where they should be by making it easy for LHO to bid five spades.
June 27
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Bidding five clubs comes to mind.
June 27
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Sure opener can't have something like:

S KJx H xx D Ax C AKxxxx

and six clubs is out of the question.
June 27
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If LHO is planning to bid 3NT bidding three spades to indicate a spade lead would be helpful. Further, partner might be able to raise to four spades with good spade support where four spades is a cheap sacrifice to a making 3NT. So bidding three spades is not exactly a nolo bid.
June 27
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Your partner is on a slam hunt. You have S KJ in partner's primary suit. Surely, bidding three spades again does emphasize you have great spade support in the context of the bidding.
June 27
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Bidding two clubs is less encouraging than bidding two hearts.
June 26
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Certainly, a certain degree of initiative on responder's part should not be discouraging.
June 26
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With as little as S xx H Kxx D xxxx C xxxx four hearts as a play. Isn't only bidding two hearts a little feeble?
June 26
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