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Double. How can this go wrong? Whatever partner does is fine with me, even 4 which I am going to correct to 4.
Dec. 20, 2017
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Only after 1m-1M and only up to 2M. If the 2M overcall is natural then switch to take-out.
Dec. 20, 2017
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I doubled on the assumption that my redouble would have shown some support for the lead. We may very well have a club fit or we can play in our 4-3 spade fit. Partner must have a good hand with good distribution for his vulnerable overcall so I'm not afraid of playing at the 3-level.
Dec. 19, 2017
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To retain consistency digestable even intermediate players, you can play 2 to show 6, all other minimum hands bidding 2NT (playing strong NT with 5M) or raising.
Dec. 19, 2017
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After 1-2m-2-2-3 you are in the same situation, only this time it is opener who raised spades.
In fact now you know that opener has no extras so you have a natural 3NT at your disposal (but of course you can use 3NT to refine your range even more precisely).
Dec. 18, 2017
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2 catch-all, 2 extras and 2NT 6-card s seems consistent enough.
Dec. 18, 2017
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Play that the negative double shows exactly 2 spades. That way the only time you will be hard pressed for a bid is when you have at least 10 cards in the minors or an invitational minor one-suiter.
Dec. 18, 2017
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Everyone here plays it as showing no extras but I never understood why. Being able to show weakness/strength is always an advantage, IMO.
I also think that if 1M-2-3 shows extras then 1-2m-2 should also show extras for consistency.
Dec. 18, 2017
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There is an other bid to show a lot of hearts and not a lot of strength: a direct 4 over 1.
Dec. 15, 2017
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I miss the option ‘all West’.
Dec. 15, 2017
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I always pass with such hands. Very often 3 will go down when 1NT would have been easy.
Dec. 15, 2017
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I don't like bidding 2 with 4, doing what I would do with 6. Besides, if opener requires 4 cards to raise, I might as well bid 2, he will introduce his hearts.
Of course I also don't like bidding 2 on 6 HCP's…
Dec. 12, 2017
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My English is not good enough for nuances. However, by the sound of it, 3 feels like a good suit while 2NT looks like he does not have good diamonds.
Dec. 12, 2017
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In response to Mike:

My “solution” for avoiding 5-1 spade and 7-card minor suit fits is to bid 2 even with a weak hand and awkward distribution (typically 1453). Now you find your heart fits and if you have to play 3 on a 4-3 fit they won't be able to penalize you because you can hold as much as 24 HCP's for your 1-1NT-2-2-2-3 sign-off.
Unfortunately this means you get overboard sometimes but the likelihood of finding your fit increases.
Let me add that this has never come up for me.
Dec. 12, 2017
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Dec. 12, 2017
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IMO, 3 directly shows a suit worth showing, while a belated 3 is a least-of-evils bid. Therefore, 3 was OK. 3NT is self-evident.
However, I would have bid on with the West hand anyway. He has 4 losers and it is not at all unlikely to find East with 3 cover cards.
The biggest problem I see here is how to convince East that his Q is a cover card. Also, he will have to be directed away from bidding 6NT.
Dec. 12, 2017
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If 3 shows 2353, nothing more, what does 2NT show? It also denies 3, also denies 4 and also denies 4, which means it shows 2353 just as 3 does.
As there must be some difference between 2NT and 3 it must be suit quality.
Dec. 12, 2017
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This is clear. 2NT shows 2 places to play. You'd double with 3 places.
Nov. 30, 2017
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Strong NT without a stopper is a take-out double.
Nov. 30, 2017
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Lacking 's he would double now.
Nov. 30, 2017
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Then why poll again? And why do you write about 30 lines to prove why one option is preferable to another?

Anyway, in the next poll please include 2NT as an option. After all if you manage to persuade LHO not to lead his Ax or Kx you may be in quite a good position to take a lot of tricks in NT.
Nov. 30, 2017
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