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That's what I'd recommend too but I think the restriction of at least 44 in the majors for the 3 response is unnecessary.
Jan. 31, 2018
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Opener is never going to bid on with that hand. Bidding 4 is resulting.
Jan. 30, 2018
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If step 1 were the obligatory bid with all minimum hands this poll could be restricted to the number of trumps required for the raise.
Jan. 30, 2018
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More than a minimum is simply unavoidable logic. Without extras the opening bid or the rebid might have been 4M.
Jan. 26, 2018
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Accepting that 1-2-2-4 might be useful a a picture bid, I don't see why we need more than one other way to show a 3-card (sometimes 4-card) spade raise.
If responder bids 2, opener bids something descriptive, whether 2 shows 2 or 3 card support. Now responder bids 3 and we have arrived at a point where we know opener's shape, we know that spades are trumps and now we can start exploring slam via control bids or (non-)serious 3NT.
On the other hand, we might need a splinter raise of diamonds, and what is the most likely shortness in responder's hand after having bid 2 suits already?
Jan. 25, 2018
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West has already advertised invitational values and we have a full opening. How can't we redouble now knowing we have the balance of power?
Jan. 23, 2018
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Both (2) and (4) seem to apply here to me. Still, I would not bid but redouble to show the nature of my hand and willingness to penalize them.

BTW, North seems to have taken insurance by asking about the hesitation. His plan was probably to call the director in case EW now bids and makes game.
Jan. 23, 2018
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You might look at it this way:
If 1-2-2-3 is a natural raise, what do you bid having support and spade shortness? If you bid 3 you are not going to have the opportunity to show your shortness.
You may agree that a jump to 4 shows short spades but then you have bypassed 3NT which might easily be your best contract.
Jan. 23, 2018
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You are not. If 3 shows 3-card support I think it is a good idea for 2 to show only 2, as you described.
Besides, showing only 2 does not exclude that it may be 3.
Jan. 22, 2018
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It is most logical to play this bid as a splinter. 4-card spade raises usually go through a direct 2NT. 3-card spade raises can go via 2, 2NT, the 4th suit or a splinter in a side suit (BTW, I think 4 here is also a splinter in support of spades).
Jan. 22, 2018
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 22, 2018
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Nonforcing. Bid 4 if you want to reach game.
Jan. 22, 2018
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The first example hand comes closest although I would not remove 1NT with that one.
Jan. 21, 2018
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With 8 sure tricks and the opponents content with 1 I would not be afraid of bidding 3.
Jan. 18, 2018
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3 is not obligatory with solid diamonds. You can bid 3 as well.
Jan. 18, 2018
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I don't debate the merits of the bid. I was asked what it means and came to my answer by way of elimination.
Jan. 17, 2018
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Only, having a couple of spades himself, that scenario can be excluded or at least extremely unlikely.
Jan. 17, 2018
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18-19 balanced, no spade stopper, no 4. Responder places contract.

With the solid diamond hand I'd jump to 3. With a big 2-suiter I'd jump in my second suit.
Jan. 17, 2018
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If I only knew an effective rule of thumb!

With an (5332) hand I usually bid on having a side doubleton and pass if I have a doubleton club.
Jan. 16, 2018
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I'd have bid 6 at my previous turn.
Jan. 16, 2018
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West has 3622 distribution. Could not double 2 lest it be left in.
Jan. 16, 2018
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