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All comments by Gábor Szőts
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This is difficult to answer without knowing your overcall requirements. For example, as I play it, overcalls show opening values so this is a weak hand without encouraging features.
June 3, 2018
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I think splinter is only in the opponent's suit. Other jumps are fit jumps.
May 30, 2018
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With the hand in question, the bidding as I think it should go:
1-1NT
2-2NT
3NT

This is probably going down but then what?

I don't think there remains too much science after responder's weak continuations. Opener places the contract based on the information he has. So over 2NT in the above sequence everything is to play, maybe the only exception being 3.
May 30, 2018
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1-1NT-2-2 should show 5 hearts. With four, and less than 2 spades, you have 2NT to show a 3-suiter (or both minors).
If you almost have 8 HCP's you might even upgrade to a 2 bid as the least of evils (you'll play 3NT on 24 HCP's is that terrible?).
You should not bother too much, however. This is the dark side of Gazzilli, you have to swallow it.
May 30, 2018
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3 for the lead, showing spade support at the same time. Who knows we may even be cold for 4 if partner has a black 2-suiter.
May 29, 2018
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I guess 3 by South is missing and actually it was North who bid 4.
In which case all blame goes to North for not bidding 4 or take over completely.
May 29, 2018
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Thank you for the comments.
May 28, 2018
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Declarer is 4234, a black suit lead is out. No point in leading the A either, why release a doubleton honour in declarer's hand and lose the tempo. Nothing to make make refrain from the normal lead.
IMO, everyone leading the A is doing it because the hand was presented as a problem. Take it back, fellows, lead the 2 as you would at the table.
May 27, 2018
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(1) means it is forcing because it is forcing. Is it against the rules for it to be nonforcing?
May 27, 2018
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Ken, by agreement East was expected to double.
May 26, 2018
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This is the only way to show your diamonds with a limited hand. Also, you are not likely to hold a game-forcing hand after this bidding.
May 26, 2018
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2-suited bids require a hand containing at most 6 losers.
May 26, 2018
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Please ignore this, I forgot to include options.
May 26, 2018
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I did not know whether to vote for option 1 or 3. Are they not the same?
May 23, 2018
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Even if South plays low on the second club he's going to lose 4 tricks since East will have 2 ruffs.
So, although there was UI and maybe misinformation, the normal result is 9 tricks in spades. No score adjustment is necessary.
May 23, 2018
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I gave West all the blame while believing that East's 3 was nonforcing. But I also think that East will need significant help from West to make game probable, mostly because his spades are not running and his diamond trick(s) are slow.
By not bidding 3 West blew it.
May 23, 2018
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I wonder what West wanted to show. From East's point of view West could have been quite weak. West endplayed himself into 3NT (not even having a genuine heart stopper), I don't think there was a recovery after 2NT.
It must be admitted that to bid the West hand is not easy at all, he has so many things to show. However, he should have started with a positive bid, by elimination 3.
May 23, 2018
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For us 2 is forcing to game with at least 5 spades. 2NT is natural, invitational (with possibly 5 spades).
We have a hole for the invitational hands with 6 not quite good spades.
May 23, 2018
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I think 3 is not forcing but I would double with this hand anyway.
May 22, 2018
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You could play that 3 shows diamonds, while 3 could be a substitution cue-bid.
This is a 10 second old idea of mine.
May 17, 2018
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