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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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I did play that. However, if that hand type can be excluded (e.g. because of strong BAL 2 opening or 1 including strong BAL hands) I'd play it as Goldman suggested in Aces Scientific: a game forcing 3163 hand (so that you don't have to jump to 3 in your 3-card clubs).
Jan. 14
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We bid as follows:
3 then 4: 55 majors, no slam interest
3, then over 3 4: 55 majors, slam interest
3, then over 3 4: 46, slam interest
3, then over 3 4: 46, no slam interest
Jan. 10
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I'd bid 3 GF.
Jan. 8
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“In a field of 130 pairs -1100 was worth 20% of the matchpoints.”

Nice result in the circumstances.
Dec. 31, 2019
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Partner, with (43)15 would have probably made a TO double. Maybe even with 3325. If he had 4225 then RHO opted for a penalty double with 5 or 6 cards in hearts. Only when partner has 2425 would it be advisable to run but he might have overcalled 1 with that shape.
My bet is that partner has 6+ clubs and 1- diamonds. I am not running.
Dec. 30, 2019
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It seems to me that the opps misjudged the bidding, misjudged the play and probably still lost only about 5 IMP's, not 10.
Dec. 30, 2019
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However much I agree with what you say, Debbie, to expect my opponents (and myself) to remember to give back my CC seems an utopia to me. And to have several CC's by me just in case I lose them… once I took 3 of them with me but had only one remaining the next week. And I can tell you I am quite tidy with my things.
The only solution (and a very good one at that) seems to me what we currently do in our pairs championship. We play on tablets and everyone has to submit their CC in advance. This CC can then be viewed by the opponents at any time by tapping on a button.
Dec. 13, 2019
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I thought the real problem would be a weak balanced hand. That's why I think forcing NT and Gazzilli cannot be played together.
Dec. 7, 2019
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Very interesting ideas here. Thanks all for sharing them.
Dec. 5, 2019
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Thanks everybody for your opinions and suggestions. Much appreciated.
Dec. 1, 2019
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Hungarian first division.
Nov. 30, 2019
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Michael: He swears under his nose. What I would probably do is transfer to spades, pass and hope.
As far as I know the Italians also do not have a solution to that. But you must know that better than me.
Nov. 29, 2019
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