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Thanks to Mats and to the messenger, Peder.
March 27
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As I currently play it, the cheaper reverse does not promise one single card in the suit, can be e.g. 3307 (even when not strong enough to force to game).
March 16
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I don't think opener needs 16 to bid 2. In fact I think a good 14 is more than enough. Why, is it a catastrophe if partner wanted to sign off in diamonds and now has to bid 3? He knew I might have a balanced hand with 4 diamonds, now I have 5 in an unbalanced hand. And if he wanted to sign off with an 8-count including 5 hearts this may be just what he wanted to know to bid game now.
And for the space problem: what do you need the space for when opener has described his hand entirely?
March 5
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Bill and Marty, responder has a 4 bid available for that miracle hand.
March 5
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X shows a penalty pass over 1.
March 4
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As 2 was not forcing, slam is out of the question. Therefore, forcing heart bids are not needed. Responder, with 5 hearts, either passes, bids 3 as an invitation or bids game. With 4 hearts he signs off in 3 or makes some natural invitational bid.
March 4
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I will have less than 5 diamonds only when I'm going to raise M and want to show where my strength lies.
Feb. 26
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4 just showed a strain in which there might be a profitable save against 4. 5 showed there might.
IMO, if anyone is in a forcing situation here it is the + side but teven that is debatable.
Feb. 25
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South. All bids by North were perfect.
Feb. 21
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Michael: I could not refer to any partnership experience because that was a first time partnership, we hadn't discussed much and the situation was quite complex (I don't remember exact details but it was about a redouble made in the second round of bidding).
Feb. 20
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Thank you for all these interesting comments.

At the table I did not alert and upon enquiry I told my screenmate we had no agreement. Then I acted assuming that 2NT was for the minors. The opponent called the director and told him I was lying. The director told him that my handling of the situation was in accordance with the rules.

My procedure was based on two previous experiences:
(1) I had been penalized in the past when I told my opponents what I thought a bid meant and when it turned out that I was wrong they claimed misinformation.
(2) At a recent tournament I tried to explain the assumed meaning of a bid by my partner and the opponents stopped me and told me to tell them only what our agreements were.
Feb. 20
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I know this player for a long time and I simply could not imagine he intended it as natural. I did not know for sure but if I had to bet I would have bet 2NT was for the minors.
Feb. 18
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I must add this was played with screens.
Feb. 18
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There was no partnership experience. It was a relatively new partnership and similar situation has never come up.
Feb. 18
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The bid is not at all low frequency. The 2NT opening is already frequent enough.
Feb. 13
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This has been discussed to some detail here at BW, you can do a site search for it.
The most simple approach I use revolves around the majors:
- with one 4+ major, you bid the other major
- with both majors you bid 3 or 3 or 3NT/4 (with 55+)
- without 4+ majors you bid 2, a puppet to 2NT.
Feb. 13
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As an aside, those who play Bergen raises might shift the meanings of their 3, 3 and 3 responses so that the latter two are spade raises while 3 shows hearts (an idea I found in the Lauria-Versace system card). That way you can have 2 ranges of heart bids in 1 bid, or you can have more flexibility with the follow-ups over the 3 heart bid.
Feb. 11
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I find it absurd that without a lot of high cards I don't have a natural heart response to 1.
For a heart splinter you may use 3NT, an otherwise pretty useless bid.
And yes, I'd bid 4 with your example hand at any vulnerability. If not for other reasons then in order to avoid the problem the original poster posed.
Feb. 11
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I don't see the problem. Is pass a logical alternative to bidding game in one of the majors? Definitely not.
Between 4 and 4 there is an easy choice. Why not offer an alternative to 4? Will partner really leave it in with shortness and a good spade suit of his own? Never. He remembers I did not bid 4 in response of 1 so he'll never play me for a good suit.
Feb. 11
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Partner knows this as well.
Feb. 1
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