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This was my way of asking the reason.

You know, now they have to prove themselves in 180 boards when it could have been only 15. Fair odds…
June 12, 2015
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To resign with only 60 down when there are still 15 boards to play is strange.
With this fighting spirit you are not going to be USA2.
June 12, 2015
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Of the possible 4th suit auctions these are in which opener can have 4 cards in the 4th suit: 1-1-1-1, 1-1-2-2 and 1-1-2-2. Their common feature is that the bidding is still at a very low level. I believe these are the situations in which playing the XX for business really makes sense: you can easily have a good suit behind the doubler, also you are not going to lose bidding room if your hand happens to be inappropriate for a XX.
June 11, 2015
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You probably mean that after cashing the A the defender might think he has to switch to spades to avoid the suit being discarded on s if declarer has something like AJxx,AKx,K,AKxxx. But then on a continuation declarer has at most 10 tricks.
Remember that the other room defenders cannot go wrong because declarer has announced he had 4 spades.
June 11, 2015
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Andrew, there was no making game for their teammates.
June 11, 2015
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The result at the other table was entirely systemic. Their undisturbed auction was 1-1-1-1NT-2NT-3-pass, where 1 was strong, 1 was weak, 1 was F1, 1NT was 0-5 with fewer than 4 spades, 2NT was a strong canapé (I don't know if it already showed clubs), 3 was to play.
I can see no improvement over that. In fact they did well by avoiding 5 which is, as far as I can see, down.
Is there any game on for them? I don't think so.
June 9, 2015
Gábor Szőts edited this comment June 9, 2015
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And I am waiting for Geoff to tell us what he was thinking.
June 8, 2015
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Yes, 3 could have turned out successful, and in my view it actually created a misunderstanding between the opponents.
However, there was one factor I am not sure Hampson considered and what actually happened: partner might hang you. Greco simply could not believe they had 3 tricks against 6 and what if they did not even have 2? He chose the safe way on general principles.
June 8, 2015
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I like Oren's treatment although that is not what I play with my recent partner. We play:
pass = 1/2 stopper, now RDB tells partner to bid NT
RDB = no stopper
NT = full stopper
own suits: NAT, singleton in the 4th suit
raising the 4th suit: void there

This is very similar to Harald's scheme.

There is another variant I used to play:
pass = at most half stopper (RDB asks for clarification)
RDB = nonpositional stopper
NT = positional stopper
suit bids as above
June 8, 2015
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What is your bid with a stopper but no fit?
June 7, 2015
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Thanks for the explanation, Kit.

Let me add that “If opener is bidding correctly, he will pass a 2♠ correction 100% of the time.” was a big surprise to me.
June 1, 2015
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Can't we expect partner to correct to 2 if we have a spade game?
Can we expect him to move on over 2 if we have a heart game?
June 1, 2015
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Is it entirely impossible for opener to have a not very strong 6-card spade suit when rebidding 2? 6-4? Or even 6331, making it possible to find hearts?
I myself have bid my minor on a couple of occassions with such hands.
Passing 2 is percentage only if those distributions can be excluded.
May 30, 2015
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With KQxxx North would have jumped to 3 immediately. Remember, he did pass over 2. I can accept his 3 now with extra length (2 could have been 4) and K.
S should have known there was no game. Blame is somewhere between 0-25% N, 75-100% S.

EDIT: Somehow vulnerability should be there with the diagram. I missed that NS wer VUL. Still, the game bid by South is awful, even though the 3 bid was very risky.
May 29, 2015
Gábor Szőts edited this comment May 29, 2015
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What a wonderful, fascinating pick and analysis! Thank you, Steve.
May 29, 2015
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I for one treat it as natural, consequently no difference in agreements.
I know many experts play 2 overcall as natural and use 2 as a substitute for Michaels. Thereby they lose the natural 2 overcall and I wonder how they distinguish between forcing and nonforcing continuations after a 2 overcall where they do not have a cue-bid available.
All in all I don't think it worth the trouble. At least not for an amateur like me.
May 17, 2015
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Kit, you write: “On the 5-4-4 hands, I will generally bid 4NT (which I play as takeout, 2 or 3 suits, with one of the suits always hearts).”
Do you also use similar methods if the enemy bid is 4? Bidding 4NT, thereby bypassing the spade suit seems a bit risky to me.
May 17, 2015
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Which means you bid… what?
May 1, 2015
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I actually played something like this with a partner for a short time, only 3 was the short spade hand and 3 the short s. Anyway, it never came up.
May 1, 2015
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Maybe I'm dreaming but if partner has xxx, Axx, Axxxx, Qx he barely has a raise to 4 and we are a strong favourite to make 6.
May 1, 2015
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