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South's bidding was fine. North should have bid 2 over 2. IMO, that was the only mistake they made.
I can also see an element of bad luck. S might have downgraded K but North is sure to downgrade Q if he has it…
July 21, 2018
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It is recommendable to use opener's 3NT rebid to show both majors. In that context, all of opener's bids over 4 can show how much he likes his hand in view of his partner's bidding.
If 3 does not deny spades you are in a much worse situation. 4 and 4 must both show spades, 4NT dislikes everything, while 5/5 shows diamond support.
July 20, 2018
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But ‘NS hadn’t discussed the details of how to continue after this and similar transfer sequences.'
July 14, 2018
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South never knew North was short in diamonds.
July 13, 2018
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Unfortunately 1NT-2-2 is different from 1NT-2-2. North does not know about the heart fit yet.
July 13, 2018
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Was 4 last train? Then S had a clear sign-off, and I think he should already have bid 3NT instead of 4.
July 13, 2018
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All they did was reasonable.
July 10, 2018
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Playing the king is not at all necessary even if East has Qxx or Jxx in hearts and finds the spade shift. Why can't he have 5 spades, when we can duck twice?
Note that West led from a 4-card heart suit and if spades are 4-4 then he might have chosen a spade lead instead of a heart away from AHxx.
Of course after 2 spades they may switch back to hearts but then you'll know to play the king because West would persist with spades not holding the A while his partner has an entry.
July 8, 2018
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Let me put my opinion in another way: if I have support for my partner's suit I'd never bid 3 times without supporting him and offer to play his suit with my 4th (!) call (5th this time but 1 does not count). That ought to be obvious without having any agreements.
July 8, 2018
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Well, 1NT certainly did not deny spades. 2 may not have denied spades. But an undefined 3 surely did deny spades.
July 7, 2018
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Opener did not raise 1. Nor did he bid 2 over 2. Nor did he bid 3 over 3. And 4 is natural? Give me a break.
July 7, 2018
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IMO the only time you ought to superaccept is when your hand improved so much that you regret not having opened 1x (planning to rebid 2NT).
Otherwise, in my and in my opponents' practice superaccepting resulted either in going down in 3 or partner having a hand with which he would have invited anyway.
Superaccepting helps only when partner has a hand with which he almost has a slam invitation. And for such hands any superaccepting method is fine, the one described in the original post having the merit of not revealing opener's hand entirely.
July 7, 2018
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BTW, I don't think the idea of ranked answer polls makes sense. Why are we interested in second choice? And a simple poll does the same, the most popular answer is probably first choice.

As an extremum, consider a ranking poll with these options:
A. I take the finesse (concrete situation immaterial)
B. I do not take the finesse.

These are mutually exclusive, so those selecting (A) in a normal poll would rank it as 1st in a ranked poll. Percents would be the same.
July 6, 2018
Gábor Szőts edited this comment July 6, 2018
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And to me as well. Moreover, after selecting 1 for the 3rd line and 2 for the second one, I could not select 3 for my 3rd choice.
July 6, 2018
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If I understand correctly, East doubles if North has a weak hand with diamonds and South has a strong hand with diamond support but he does not double if the opponents' strength is reversed.
July 4, 2018
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How strong is the opening leader?
June 28, 2018
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A rebid of spades is not a rescue action, it is constructive. However, we play it as 5+ spades with GF values so with a weak hand we only have an immediate 2 response available and with an invitational hand we have to jump rebid spades.
June 25, 2018
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South's hand with an inadequate heart stopper and no source of tricks is a warning against notrump, and he suppressed his long suit.
North should have realized that South bid NT only when a gun was held against his head so he should have lookedet for an alternative contract.
That is, about equal blame.
June 25, 2018
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I also have a totally different approach. When a minor is agreed, cue-bidding is off and so is last train.
June 24, 2018
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1-loser main suit, outside stoppers, shortness in partner's suit.
June 23, 2018
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