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Hi Ian,

Thanks for the details. I don't say I agree with rebidding 2 on 3 but if you are fine with that so am I.
March 8
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I don't know what you mean by how forcing. If pass is an option then 1NT is non-forcing.
Obviously, playing 2/1 puts its upper boundary at 11 HCP's.
March 5
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There is so much variety in the texture of such a hand that I could not provide examples. I'd be grateful if you could specify the conditions upon which you would base your choice, although I feel you would consider 1NT with the appropriate doubletons.
March 5
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I hope this opens the eyes of all relevant bodies.
March 5
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I'm relieved. I never consume alcohol in the playing area or the toilet. There is a nice pub just across the street where we play our bridge…
March 1
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I hope beer won't be banned.
Feb. 28
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-X/XX: cards
-cue-bid (1 in your example): what X would have meant over a natural 1
-others: what they would have meant over a natural 1

That is what we play over all transfers against which we do do not have a specific defence.
Feb. 22
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Feb. 22
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Frances: I do think that what you wrote was sensible. I guess I should have begun with confirming that.
But my partner said he would play the double to show they have the weak version.
Feb. 18
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'pretend they have opened at the minimum level in the anchor suit as a pre-empt'

I think that is just what players of these conventions want to achieve: we don't disturb their strong openings.
Feb. 18
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Normally, partner is going to lead one of the unbid suits. If you double when you'd like the lead of one of the unbid suits, you definitely decrease your chances because you bring 2 other suits into the picture. I'd go as far as claiming that you make him impossible to find the desired lead.
Feb. 18
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This was a tournament played on tablets and the convention card was submitted in an electronic way. It could be invoked by the click of a button. Unfortunately, by the time you can see that button you have already seen your hand.
Feb. 18
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True. But how can I avoid this situation? It was not me who used the convention and there was no pre-alert (which is not used here anyway).
Feb. 18
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I can't be prepared for everything that might come up, even less with a casual partner. The 2 bid was just an example, it could have been 2 meaning long clubs or anything.
Feb. 18
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What if I don't like their recommended defence?
Feb. 18
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Craig, I am not convinced that doubling 4 is safe. E.g. you may talk them out of bidding the slam if they have no control in the suit (good pairs have a way to deal with the situation).
Feb. 18
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I exclude hearts, their 8-card fit. Spades and diamonds would be natural leads so the only suit you weren't going to lead is clubs.
Feb. 18
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Lead dummy's first bid suit unless the bidding suggests something else. But the blame is yours if you don't guess right.
Feb. 18
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OK, then 3 can't be spades in Frances' partnerships.
Feb. 16
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I exclude answer 1. Whatever Stayman you play 3 is never spades.
Feb. 16
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A slightly different alternative (after 1m-1M-2M):
- 2NT and 3m: invitational with 4 cards in M. 3m may be bid even with 3-card support because you never (?) raise on 3M without 5+m.
- 3M and 3 in the suit below M: random game tries with 5+M (with 3M being more distributional but you can assign your own meanings to the bids)
- by elimination this gives that the relay is the lowest unbid suit, 2 with hearts, 3* with spades. Now the relay is forcing to game because you woud have chosen between 2NT and 3m with an invitational hand.

*Why 3, you ask? Because over 1 we play transfer responses and never raise on 3…
Feb. 13
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