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I would lead the major in which I have no high honour. If no help there, I'd lead the shorter one.
April 24
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4NT if that is what asks for key-cards. In fact I could bid 7 immediately because partner seems not to have a spade stop and then where are his points?
April 23
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4. Partner's suits do not come in fast.
April 23
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4. Plan: correct to 4 over 4.

Pass is my alternative but I'm a coward.
April 19
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The only time I can understand West's bidding is when he understood his partner's 2 as a nondescript strong bid.
April 19
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I would bid 4 even if I was told that 3NT is the right contract.
April 19
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In fact NV vs. VUL you still go only -1700 if you take no tricks in 1NT doubled. That means you still win 11 IMPs if they have a grand. And if you go down 6 for -1400 and they have a small slam you have still gained 1 IMP.

Which suggests the idea that maybe doubled undertricks should not depend only upon your vulnerability but also upon the opponent's one.
April 19
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I would not like to see things like Meckstroth's 7 save against 7 (not that I am sure it would have made if he didn't).
April 19
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But you did.
April 19
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In view of the club fit (West doubled clubs, a suit not promised by East) East's double may be criticized to some extent although I fail to find a good alternative because 4 would suggests clubsa as his second suit. Maybe 4NT would do.
However, West's pass lacked thought. He knows of a 10-card fit and if his partner is short in clubs that's also good news for him. 4 seems indicated.

One can only wonder what ‘fairly good’ means.
April 19
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If you open 1NT on every 5(332) then GF, if not then F1 (you have to bid something with a stopperless balanced hand).
So an ‘Other’ would have been useful.
April 4
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I used to play:

1-2
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2: 5+, UNBAL. Now 2NT/3m is INV, 2M is ART/GF.
2: BAL. Now 2NT/3 is NF, 2 is pup2NT with various GF hands, 3/M is SPL/GF with long clubs.
2: 4441, unlimited. Now 2NT/3 is NF, 3 is GF with clubs, 3M is trumps.
2NT: quasinatural, 6+, GF
3: NAT, NF
3: solid suit, GF
3M: SPL
3NT: 18-19 if included in 1 but this hand may also bid 2 and go on later.

Please note that with 4 we bid 2, not 2.
April 2
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Thanks for the votes. I would not have thought it would be so lopsided, I expected a couple of 3NT's. Maybe I should have had West raise to 3.

Partner had xx,AJ10xxx,Jx,10xx. I guess he would have bid 3 over 3, then who knows.

The above situation is hypothetical, though. South actually chose to double and of course North jumped to 3NT. Unfortunately, clubs did not behave.
March 27
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Actually we do play 2 to show 4 and 3 to show 5 although I am not convinced it is the right way to play. There seems to be a gap with which I'd find 3 as excessive. The hand in question is exactly such a hand.
So I bid 3 but with a fear in my heart.
March 23
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He was always ready to explain me subtleties of the Meckwell system while commentating on vugraph.
A really nice guy indeed.
March 23
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Thanks, I know what XYZ is.

Our case started with 1 (not 1). And in traditional methods, 1-1-1-2 is a correction, wanting to play 2.

I can't see particular need for 2 being a prelude to game invitation. 2NT, 3, 3 and 3 seems to me adequate armory to express various invitational hands.

The 2NT puppet to 3 may be fine, although sometimes you'd prefer to contract for only 8 tricks.

In my view XYZ is only justified after 1m-1M-1NT. Or maybe after 1-1-1NT as well if playing Walsh.
March 22
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OK, let's go further. The actual hand is worth 8 points.
How much is KQxxx,xx,Axx,Kxx? Let's say 7. Now KQxxx,xx,Axx,Qxx? Is that 6? And KQxxx,xx,Axx,Jxx is 5?
Continuing downwards we get that a 1-point hand is about 6 HCP… and the hand which is not worth a non-serious 3NT is about 5 HCP.

I begin to think that my 7 point value is actually too high.

EDIT: I was assuming 1 rating point to be roughly equivalent to 1 HCP. That was wrong, we can use a finer gauge. Still, it seems to me that if the given hand is worth 9 then a value of 1 will be assigned to a hand below opening strength. Unless we use an unpractically fine gauge, e.g. about 1/4 HCP.
March 22
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I gave it only 7. To achieve a 9 I'd have an extra spade or the Q.
March 22
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Is it not part of Journalist leads?
March 22
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Why is this an XYZ situation? How do I play 2?
March 22
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