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2. And it's not a lie, I promise only 2 in ‘my’ standard.

BTW, I have seen pairs playing 2 as a relay, not promising spades at all.
Feb. 4, 2018
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Feb. 4, 2018
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Well done. Now you only have to find a solution to the problem of finding your best suit. Clearly, you don't do that by bidding it.
Feb. 1, 2018
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There is only one logical answer: natural.

If you have a 6-card suit, you repeat it.
If you have support for one of opener's suits, you raise.
If you have stopper in the 4th suit, you bid 2NT.
If you have neither of the above, you temporize with 2 on your doubleton (assuming that 4 cards in the 4th suit constitutes a stopper, you must have at least 2 spades).
What remains is a 2-suiter and fortunately we also have a bid not used yet: the bid of the 4th suit!

Q.E.D.
Feb. 1, 2018
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If you really want something simple, bid 2 with all hands, and over the forced 2NT rebid continue as you would have continued over your 2NT opening.

A refinement to that is to bid 2 instead of 2 if you don't want to be declarer in spades (that is, when you have spades). Opener is once again obliged to bid 2NT, etc.

A further refinement lends itself, of course. When you are 44+ in the majors you bid 3

As you can see, an entirely logical response system practically builds itself step by step. In the end you arrive at something like Erik's system.
Feb. 1, 2018
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Feb. 1, 2018
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Erik, you do not have to have both majors in your Stayman if you use the following rebids by opener:
3, 3: as you play them now
3: both majors! Now you can sign off in either major via 4/4 transfers, and you can try for slam in either major via 3NT/4.
3NT: 4, no 4. This way you have positioned NT in case responder has hearts.

The advantage of all this is twofold:
1. You can bid Stayman without revealing your major for the opening leader.
2. You have more bidding room after 2-2M because you don't have to think of balanced hands not worth a slam try.
Jan. 31, 2018
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IMO, to include 5-card majors in 2 is unnecessary and harmful as well.
Unnecessary because you can bid 5M(332) hands easily via Gazzilli.
Harmful because you will need extra bidding sequences to find the major, thereby losing bidding space for other things.
Jan. 31, 2018
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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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