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3-level splinters can be a minimum, 4-level ones require extras.
Jan. 16, 2018
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Even if you don't use illegal information directly, it relieves you of a lot of strain and you'll be able to avoid mistakes by using that spare energy. That effect is invisible and cannot be proven.
Jan. 13, 2018
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Too bad you wouldn't play strong NT putting all weak balanced hands in 1.
Jan. 11, 2018
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Thanks. Good to hear you have no problems other than memory strain.
Jan. 10, 2018
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You mean 1-1M-1NT, where opener's 1NT is the multi-meaning bid? That's the sequence I am interested in.
Jan. 9, 2018
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It all depends on what 5 over 5 means for them. I feel there was some misunderstanding between them but Mikael might clarify this.
Jan. 9, 2018
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Only, North would not want to bid 5 after signing off in the previous round.
Jan. 9, 2018
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I think it is impossible to avoid slam on this hand. Even if North opens 1, he is certainly driving to slam as soon as he learns that South has short clubs. A possible start could be: 1-2NT-3 (minimum)-3whatever (showing club shortness). He has 13 working points after showing a minimum.
After 1NT and the 4 splinter the situation is similar. North has lost only 2 of his points, so he has a clear acceptance of the slam invitation.

If there would be a method to show long hearts by South it could direct North's focus on hearts but I doubt there is one. Maybe South should have started with a transfer to hearts…
Jan. 9, 2018
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If you want to allow partner to jump to 3M as an invitation, you must have at least 2 high honour in hearts.
Jan. 8, 2018
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I do mind your reply above, Timo. Just because 2m is GF there is no reason why 3NT shall not be similar to 1m-1M-3NT.
Jan. 8, 2018
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Now after one and a half year I wonder if anyone here has tried to play opener's 1NT as the Gazzilli bid.
My biggest concern regarding this is that NT might be wrong-sided too often.

So if you have experience either for or against, please share.
Jan. 8, 2018
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See my edited text. 1-2-2 shows hearts.
Jan. 7, 2018
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I'd use the sequence that shows a major 2-suiter and is forcing. Hard to tell which it is without system details.

Without special agreements I'd bid 3 then blast 6.
Jan. 5, 2018
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From the opponents' bidding partner knows I have a (near) yarborough and I will probably lead a club because that rates to be the opponents's shortest suit.
So I don't think the double is needed to show the A. Diamonds are out (we are probably not losing the A whatever I lead) so the choice is between the majors.
I lead a spade not because it is dummy's first bid suit but because I can see there are at most 4 tricks there for declarer while in hearts there may be 5.
Jan. 5, 2018
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My view is that after 4th hand bids 1NT the likelihood of having extra strength for penalties is low. It is a bit more likely that you'll have a support double hand type. And what I think is most likely is that opener has the 4th suit especially if it is an unbid major.
I can't prove these ideas based on statistics, though. It's just my feeling.

Therefore, I'd play the double of 1NT to show 4 cards in OM and maybe 5+ cards in the opened minor as well.
Jan. 5, 2018
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Partner may have used that 5 or 10 seconds to determine what type of hand I may hold for my double and whether to double 2 facing that type of hand is the correct bid. Assessing the situation may even take more than 10 seconds for a slow mind like mine.
Still, on average he'll expect less distribution and more defence than I actually have, so pulling the double is indicated.
Jan. 4, 2018
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I can't see how this could be a cheater's agreement. If you pass, you're caught.
Jan. 4, 2018
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If you want to avoid these misunderstandings and keep memory load at a minimum, I suggest a simple rule:

All 5-level competitive bids create a forcing situation.

Yes, it can lead to a bad board occassionally but I believe it is worth the price.
You also avoid committees.

EDIT: I can't make the last sentence to be ‘unbold’.

EDIT2: Oh, I have entered b/ instead of /b.

EDIT3: Rephrased to avoid ambiguity.
Jan. 4, 2018
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Jan. 5, 2018
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Having played Precision for years, I cannot imagine raising to 3 with this hand.
Jan. 4, 2018
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I am obliged to bid 2, that was the reason I bid 2, wasn't that?
Jan. 3, 2018
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