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Very interesting, thanks everyone for your answers.
Aug. 14, 2015
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I am not so sure about 4 being forcing here. What do you do with the same shape but a king less?
Aug. 13, 2015
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There was a player here who even kept a cardboard on the table displaying ‘no alert please’.
I don't know how others treated that, I could not resist the reflex and inadvertently alerted anyway although I tried to comply.
Aug. 11, 2015
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Your questions were ample. However, it seems to me your bidding agreements are not optimal. It would have never occurred to me to pass 2, whatever the meaning of 1NT. To play 2 nonforcing is ineffective. Do you really have to jump to 3 if you want to force?
Aug. 7, 2015
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I don't know if playing a forcing pass over 5m is good or bad. However, to have only one bid (namely double) for all hands does not feel right.
Hard to have experience when the bid comes up once in a year.
Aug. 7, 2015
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They are entitled to know it, of course.
Aug. 6, 2015
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Yes, Michael, that is my suggestion.
Aug. 6, 2015
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In my opinion all 5-level situations where at least one of us has not bid yet ought to be forcing. It is hateful to have to double with any hand.
Aug. 6, 2015
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I failed on all three. On (1) and (2) I led a spade, on (3) a heart. On (3) I felt sure to be right.
July 31, 2015
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Michael:
Not sure what you mean by subsequent scrambling bids. If e.g. the bidding (after XX) continues pass-(pass)-2-(2), there are no weak scrambling bids for me. If I bid now, it is strong.
If it goes pass-(pass)-2-(X) then of course my 2 is scrambling and 2 is your farthest place.
We may be talking about the same thing here.
July 30, 2015
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In my view it does not make sense to play the pass for penalties. Why? Redoubler has either a strength bid in which case you are not beating them even with a trump stack, or, if he is joking, spade support in which case you won't have a trump stack.
I'd use pass as a prelude to bidding constructively, while direct bids would be non-constructive. I have never discussed this with any partner but I believe this treatment can be considered standard in the circles I play in.
July 30, 2015
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OK, we are over 100 votes, so here is how it happened. Responder, one of the opponents, passed 2. His partner had xxx, AJx, AKQJx, xx.
Whether this is a game worth bidding at pairs can be subject to debate. Anyway, spades were 4-1 so 3 was the limit of the hand but most of the field was in game.
I did not expect 7% of the voters would pass.
July 28, 2015
Gábor Szőts edited this comment July 28, 2015
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6-7 points, TO. Risky, I would say.
July 28, 2015
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As I mentioned above, if inviting requires a different sequence for you, you can assume you have started that way. E.g. you can Stayman then bid 2 followed by 3 over your partner's 2NT.
July 28, 2015
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When creating this, I chose the general poll option, not the article.
July 28, 2015
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I think I made it clear that you may choose any alternative way if you want to invite (or force to game, for that matter). I can't know everyone's methods, the main thing is which way you want to go: GF, GI, sign-off.
July 28, 2015
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I'm going to tell you after a significant amount of replies have arrived.
July 28, 2015
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Neither 3 nor 4 are forcing. I don't expect a particularly strong hand from partner, he may have stretched a bit (in practice, even more than a bit, e.g. AKJx, xx, xx, KQJxx would not shock me).
It would be nice if 4 here would show slam interest and asked for a control but I'm afraid that would be wishful thinking. If I bid 5, he will pass with the same high cards but 4216 distribution. So I guess I will take a gamble and go with Frances by bidding 6.
One more thought: I wonder what 4NT means here. Can it be my actual hand?
July 24, 2015
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The point is that in another thread people advocat 1430 because they would like to ask for the trump queen as frequently as possible, while no one is disheartened to play exclusion where there is zero chance to do that.
The fact that you used it as frequently as you did makes me think those were the only times you deemed it useful and not very risky. Your comment confirms my belief that these types of jumps are better used for some other goal, although I don't know what that might be.
July 22, 2015
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This is why I stated that there was no chance for asking for the queen (under 5T).
But the question was, in other words, whether sacrificing the queen ask is not a too big price to pay.
July 22, 2015
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