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Both 5 and 5!
S make just 5
Feb. 3, 2017
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East 100% How is west to know east has that good of a hand (this assumes 2S was intended as weak).
Jan. 30, 2017
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John, by definition 2S shows ONLY a 5 card suit. (we bid 2N with 6+). It also denies a biddable 2nd suit. Thus there is an inference that partner is minimum (no 3N showing 5332 and 15-17 or possibly 18+) either 5332 ish or a minimum with clubs (we don't support a minor immediately with a minimum). When partner supports clubs over my 2N, I know he is unbalanced (no 3N) and minimum (no direct 3C).

1N was possible, but with the spade queen, I felt the hand was too good.

Once I chose to make a game force, passing 2 was impossible. Also had I chosen a fnt what do i do over the 2 rebid (could be 3 cards)? Do I bid 3, 2N or 3N?
March 24, 2016
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Paul, your stand that 3 “told him all” neglects one thing, strength! Yes we are in a forcing auction, but I can force with 12ish and with 20. How can partner know how high to go? In addition. partner has denied 4 diamonds so doesn't my bidding 3D show some kind of extras? Also don't I want to be in 3N if opener has Ax of hearts instead of some high minor contract (not slam, and we are playing matchpoints).

I think my sequence “says it all” real clubs (no 3N), outside stops, (2N) concern about hearts (3D). True, I would use the same sequence if my club hand had improved and I was looking for slam, but this would be sorted out next round.

Playing that 2 shows only 5 spades there was an inference that partner was minimum (no 3N with 15-17 5332) and no initial club raise. When partner rebid 3C he confirmed an unbalanced minimum with club support (I assumed 54 black). My original plan to bid 3N now had to change to find some heart help. Except for the 3N?, I thought I had covered all bases.

I don't think I would have had any of these inferences had I (in my opinion) rebid 3D originally
March 24, 2016
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oops!

I just noticed that I made a mistake on opener's hand. It should have been:

AJ10xx
x
98xx
AQx

I know that this is a MINIMUM, but my bidding would have bid the same regardless.

I tried for split diamond honors but no good

March 24, 2016
Frank Lipniski edited this comment March 24, 2016
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Doesn't 3 (when partner all but denied 4) tend to show a more distributional hand with no interest in 3N (something like 64 in the minors with no heart card) and looking for a high minor contract? Playing matchpoints, shouldn't we try for 3N if possible? I was on my way to 3N until pard bid 3. I now was unsure of 3N and so showed diamond cards (and I thought) asked about heart cards. If we rearrange opener's hand:

A10xxx Kx xxx AQx 3N is the place to play.

Also in the hand change you submitted, opener would always bid 2 not 2
March 23, 2016
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Went down 3. Both honors were on my left and he led An honor then shifted. Righty eventually got in and led a heart and away went troubles down the drain!
March 23, 2016
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With such weak diamonds, I would have suppressed them to rebid 2S and limit my spade length and imply a minimum. I like Ron, play that an immediate minor raise shows extras, so the 2 followed by 3 shows the minimum club raise. Personally I liked the auction until the 3N bid!
March 23, 2016
Frank Lipniski edited this comment March 23, 2016
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It was a first time partnership and my partner did bid 4. Not sure of his style, I passed and only later thought of 5. I asked my regular partner and he said he would have bid 2. Though my opening bid would have been 1H, in defense of the 2 bid, we play controls and so nothing really bad can happen since opener is in control.
March 4, 2016
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Does not help in USA
Dec. 13, 2015
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my club is great. They let me try out new methods. We use the proper alerts and give possible defense, etc. One particular problem with tournaments is that I have been playing (the once legal)Kaplan Inversion for over 40 years but it isn't allowed any more?!?
Dec. 13, 2015
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Tom,
If you are forced to play 1C as 15+, then you are forced to play 2C to show the weaker club hands. So you can no longer play “standard” and have to play Precision. This places a greater strain on 1C. Before it was clubs or 15-19 no trump, now it is any 15+ with any suit and any shape. and as you know the weakest point in precision is the wide ranging 1C
Dec. 13, 2015
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“the aforementioned novice duplicate”………….Huh?
Dec. 13, 2015
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This is a problem. That's why I rarely play in tournaments. There should be a way to test out new methods………..legally
Dec. 13, 2015
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sorry, didn't notice the typo. I don't think they let me correct it, Oh well
Dec. 13, 2015
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In my scheme, 1S asks opener to show his hand type (1N or 2C). By using 1S to basically show either a majorless balanced hand or clubs (weak or strong) gives me the transfer effect to show 2 strength ranges. Including the transfer jumps, I have 5 ways to show either minor. For clubs 1S shows 6-9 or 12-15; 2S shows <6 or 15+; 3C is intermediate 10-12. In diamonds, 2C = 6-9 or 12-15;2N = preemptive or slamming and 3D is invitational.

As far as the 1N response, it is made by a weak distributional 55+ major or minor two suiter that doesn't want to play in notrump or a strong balanced hand (15+).

Your example hand would bid 1S (balanced). Now if opener is balanced he will declare the no trump.
Dec. 13, 2015
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Phillippe, I bid as you do except my point count limits are different. 1S/1H = 6-15 and 1N/1H = 6+. I use weak jump shifts but I assume you play 2S/1H = 12+ and 5+ spades otherwise how do you show the stronger spade hands?
Dec. 12, 2015
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Though I am certainly no memory expert I find the following technique useful:

Start with your “hand number”. This is your distribution followed by your hcp. So with s xxx H kjx D xx C xxxxx your number would be 33-25-4 or 3 spades, 3 hearts,2 diamonds,5 clubs and 4 hcp. I even turn my cards over and “bid blind” as an exercise to help remember.

Once you know what you started with, don't count anything until someone shows out! Then start to figure out declarer's shape. From the bidding you should have an idea of what he has (a one or two suiter for example), so once someone shows out start to narrow down the distribution. Every time someone shows out, stop for a second or two to figure out what's left.

As far as distributional patterns are concerned, you can check with the Encyclopedia of Bridge for the exact probabilities, but in general missing odd cards break evenly and even cards break oddly (6 cards break 4-2 usually, not 3-3)

The only other thing that is important is the missing honors situation. If you have a key suit, keep track of the faces or whatever cards you need to know about like a count down (4 higher then 3 higher etc.).

Hope some of this is helpful
Dec. 7, 2015
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Is there a way for north to look for a heart control on the way to 5D? Might it not be possible to use 4H as a two way bid showing a control or asking for one/ With a control, responder does not bid one of the suits (in case opener has a solid spade suit)and makes the cheapest cue bid with a control, bidding 4N with a heart control but no other control to show. If this agreement were in place the auction could have gone:

1S - (3H) - 4D
4H - 5C (heart control and club ace)
5H (Could be used as key card)? - 5S (0/3)
5N (queen ?) - 6D (no Q)

As for a double Vs 4D isn't that more flexible. Since at this level it is a game force, why would opener jump in spades? If South had doubled the auction might continue:

1S - (3H) - X
4D - 4N
5H - 6D
Oct. 24, 2015
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A simple rule we use is that if a new suit is forcing then a jump in a new suit is a splinter (but in this case I wouldn't splinter with the K……too hard for partner to evaluate his hand)
Oct. 23, 2015
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