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Pass. Classic penalty double situation. We are going to collect 500-800. Lead: Q.

That said, I might have bid 1 at my first turn but I don't want to spoil the party.
April 27, 2019
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Thanks for the votes.

I held this hand and I chose the majority vote of 4. The successful bid, however, would have been the double. Partner held: xx, K109x, AKQ, AKJx.
You can see the whole hand here (I was pair no7): http://bridzs.hu/result/5154/5326/19imp1b08-6.htm
April 25, 2019
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Optional: either you leave it in or I leave you out.
April 20, 2019
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If they did not bid 5 and parner bid 5, would I have passed? If yes, I bid 5 now, if not, I bid 6. The situation hasn't changed.
I'm bidding 6 anyway. If partner has A, fine. If not, they may lead the wrong ace.
April 14, 2019
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I chose the first answer but I don't think I'll need 4 spades to penalize them, in fact I think 3 cards would be typical in this situation.
April 8, 2019
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I might have bid 5 as North at my 1st turn but I would have certainly not passed 5 with the exceptional South hand. After all, North thought he'd make 5 facing wasted heart values.
March 25, 2019
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We play 1 to show 4+ diamonds, and a raise to 2 is a normal raise, maybe on 3 cards. Our 1NT rebid may be slightly unbalanced with 5 clubs and our 2 rebid shows only 5.
With stronger hands we either reverse in a major or bid 2NT which shows a one-suiter.
All this in a system in which the 2 opening is 18-19 BAL.
March 12, 2019
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I don't see 1 as an error over a reopening double. Back to 100%.
March 9, 2019
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Partner also heard 3. He won't bid them with less than 5. And we have lots of points so why should we be afraid playing a 8-card heart fit? If the opp doubles (holding 5), I'd redouble.
March 9, 2019
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He will get his wish, only on defence.
March 9, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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I hope this opens the eyes of all relevant bodies.
March 5, 2019
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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, 2019
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I hope beer won't be banned.
Feb. 28, 2019
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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, 2019
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Feb. 22, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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