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I don't like bidding 2 with 4, doing what I would do with 6. Besides, if opener requires 4 cards to raise, I might as well bid 2, he will introduce his hearts.
Of course I also don't like bidding 2 on 6 HCP's…
17 hours ago
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My English is not good enough for nuances. However, by the sound of it, 3 feels like a good suit while 2NT looks like he does not have good diamonds.
23 hours ago
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In response to Mike:

My “solution” for avoiding 5-1 spade and 7-card minor suit fits is to bid 2 even with a weak hand and awkward distribution (typically 1453). Now you find your heart fits and if you have to play 3 on a 4-3 fit they won't be able to penalize you because you can hold as much as 24 HCP's for your 1-1NT-2-2-2-3 sign-off.
Unfortunately this means you get overboard sometimes but the likelihood of finding your fit increases.
Let me add that this has never come up for me.
Dec. 12
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Dec. 12
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IMO, 3 directly shows a suit worth showing, while a belated 3 is a least-of-evils bid. Therefore, 3 was OK. 3NT is self-evident.
However, I would have bid on with the West hand anyway. He has 4 losers and it is not at all unlikely to find East with 3 cover cards.
The biggest problem I see here is how to convince East that his Q is a cover card. Also, he will have to be directed away from bidding 6NT.
Dec. 12
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If 3 shows 2353, nothing more, what does 2NT show? It also denies 3, also denies 4 and also denies 4, which means it shows 2353 just as 3 does.
As there must be some difference between 2NT and 3 it must be suit quality.
Dec. 12
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This is clear. 2NT shows 2 places to play. You'd double with 3 places.
Nov. 30
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Strong NT without a stopper is a take-out double.
Nov. 30
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Lacking 's he would double now.
Nov. 30
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Then why poll again? And why do you write about 30 lines to prove why one option is preferable to another?

Anyway, in the next poll please include 2NT as an option. After all if you manage to persuade LHO not to lead his Ax or Kx you may be in quite a good position to take a lot of tricks in NT.
Nov. 30
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I voted other because I think it is take-out but can be made on 0 HCP.
Nov. 28
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How could West know South had a 7-card suit?
If South has only 6 then the revoke lets an unmakeable slam make because of the trick given to declarer.
Therefore I think that West's discard was not deliberate.

However, East should have called the director.
Nov. 27
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This sequence is an Achilles heel of standard bidding and we play an artificial follow-up to conquer difficulties.
Our rebid structure:
2: 5+, unbalanced, unlimited (now 2NT, 3 and 3 are nonforcing, other bids are artificial game forces)
2: 12-14 (sometimes 18-19), balanced (now again 2NT, 3 and 3 are nonforcing, 2 is a puppet to 2NT and is forcing to game)
2: 4441 distribution
2NT: 18-19 balanced, no weak suit
3: NAT, extras but no shortness
3: this is our trump suit
3M: splinter

This is perhaps unnecessary if you put all balanced hands into 1.
Nov. 27
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 27
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I find it interesting that the result of the poll here is exactly the same as it was at the table where 9 pairs out of 12 (75 %) played in 5, see http://www.bridzs.hu/result/1725/802/17csb1ab1.htm.
Nov. 24
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And how right you are! Partner had: xx,xxx,Kx,AKQxxx.

Clubs were 1-1 so 4 was going down while 5 (which was what I bid at the table) went down 2 doubled.
Nov. 24
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I agree, only I'd play double and pass inverted.

Anyway, without pass being forcing the double should show a hand which will provide useful values for declaring. In other words, at least invitational values not counting the club suit.
Nov. 23
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At least 5-5 in hearts and a minor suit.
Nov. 22
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For me 1 would show 3 cards so that is out. 3 seems a slight overbid while 2 a slight underbid. So at MP's maybe 2 is indicated but I bid 3 anyway.

Bidding 2 then 2 over 2 is GF in my book. The more so as either partner (by bidding 2NT or 3) or the opps (by bidding 3) could force me to bid 3 later and that bid cannot be nonforcing.
Nov. 22
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 22
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For this pair the double of 2 would have simply shown hearts.
Nov. 22
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This is clearcut. Assume East does not have AQ. West knows his partner has nothing in spades and only the queen of diamonds. East must have at least 9-10 more points and if all of those are in s West must have AQ of clubs and he would never lead the suit. And if East does not have everything in hearts West would have a sure set by leading a heart from whatever holding but the ace. And if West has the A then East must have the A.
All in all: jack of clubs. We can't make the hand, let's cut the losses.
Nov. 20
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 20
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You could have solved the misunderstanding easily by inserting a pass for East before the question mark.
You could have edited your post any time from the moment the first idiot came towards you on the highway.
Nov. 20
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