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5 is a bid I used to make now and then, so I can sympathize with West. I guess his intention was to deprive NS of space for exploring slam, a goal which could hardly have been achieved by a pedestrian 4.
July 18, 2014
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If it cannot be proven that Lebanon failed to show up for political reasons (in which case they should be disqualified) the normal procedure seems to me a 0 for Lebanon and the best possible score for Israel (as David suggests).
It is not the EBL's task to compensate for a team's disadvantage caused by internal political reasons, however sad it is if Lebanon are ordered by their government not to show up against Israel.
Moreover, if it seems a regularity that Lebanon somehow always fails to show up against Israel, EBL should draw the consequences and not allow them to participate at all.
June 25, 2014
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25th June is Statehood Day in Croatia. Maybe the organizers decided that to have a free day on that day is not the best choice as all shops are closed. Just a guess.
June 24, 2014
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I saw it on their CC for Lille. To quote:
“Pass/X inversion applies 1-4+, or other high level F situation after 1 opening.”
Well, perhaps it does not mean it is a forcing pass situation.
June 5, 2014
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Thanks all for your valuable comments.

At the moment we play this situation as forcing, with X for takeout-ish.
BTW, I believe most top American pairs (Meckwell for sure) play this as a forcing situation.
June 4, 2014
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With most partners I play 3 as serious. I used to play it as showing control after which partner's 3NT was serious. It was never my choice because I still don't know which one is superior.
June 2, 2014
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That's another reason why 2NT is superior to 2. Responder can go into the tank for as long time as he wishes.
May 31, 2014
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Just do not play them.
May 29, 2014
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I have been using this super-accepting method for several years now with my partners. The only difference is that we always super-accept with 2NT.
In fact, you can use 2NT to super-accept with a minimal but good-looking hand. 3 over that could be used as a game invitation. You don't lose the long suit slam try by that, because you can restransfer, then bid your side suit (true, at the 4 level, but I don't think that extra level is needed here). If you have a short suit, you can jump in it over 2NT.
May 29, 2014
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That the play was difficult enough with this decent dummy clearly shows that 2NT was not an underbid.
Also, 2NT was by far the best choice. Describes strength and orientation in one, and even with a 5-3 spade fit 3NT may turn out superior. 2 is hateful, why create a nebulous situation when you ‘know’ where to go. 2 carries the danger of a raise on 2 cards, or a minor rebid which endplays us into 3NT and partner might think our heart guard is suspect.
What I did not like is the abrupt end of the story. I am missing the reasoning that made you make the winning decision. Yes, if 3 was from a 32 doubleton, E might have bid 2 but only might. Kxx, QJxxxx, Ax, K10 is not a tempting 2 bid.
May 27, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment May 27, 2014
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At Greco's table Pepsi overcalled 1, and over Hampson's 1 Seamon bid 2. The high club lead together with the spade void pinpointed Pepsi's distribution as exactly 0562, so Greco practically played the hand double dummy.
In my opinion it makes little sense to ‘disturb’ a strong club with low level overcalls on weak hands. If you have no chance to declare the hand, make preempts or keep quiet.
May 15, 2014
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I agree with you. Unfortunately I chose the agressive 3 at the table. Partner bid 3 and I was cornered into bidding 4. This went down 3 (our last makeable contract was 3).
May 8, 2014
ATB
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Please note that not only J but also AK was needed to make game, without the latter S would have 2 heart losers.
I would have bid 4 as South just because game seems close and how could partner tell what values I need.
I would also have bid 4 as North. For me 3 would have meant that partner was asking if my club bid would provide a parking place for his club losers. He is not looking for the K, for example. Nor for the J, so I would have bid 4 without that card as well (and gone down, of course).
So in my view both partners were at fault, roughly equally. I award some self-execution points to South, though.
May 6, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment May 6, 2014
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Very good question. You hold a hand with only 4 losers but it is the hand to which partner may contribute some further losers. Even a good card and some stopper won't make game so let's see if partner can make another noise.
May 5, 2014
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I find nothing wrong with South's bidding. With 2 losing spades he has nowhere to go even if understanding his partner's bidding as a slam try. How to reach 7 is a difficult question because N has not yet announced support so his 4NT would look like plain Blackwood to me. Maybe N should have bid 4 over 3, thereby showing support, then S might cooperate sensibly with his controls, even ask for aces himself.
Now that N failed to express his hand adequately, there is maybe a last resort for him by jumping to 5 which might still show something similar to what he has.
May 5, 2014
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BTW, I have never read about 3-level new suits in competition. What if the opponents have s and I have one minor suit below GF strength? Or they have s and I have s? Is it advisable to play 1-(2)-3 as forcing? Or is it better to play it as nonforcing? If it is forcing, is a raise to 4 passable?
Traditionally I play these 3-level bids as forcing but I don't know why.
May 5, 2014
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I play that only new suits and cuebids are forcing after a competitive 1/2. After 2 my 2, 2NT and even 3 bid would be nonforcing (you could argue with that last one).
The raise has not changed that approach. In my view only 4 and 4 would be forcing here, which leaves opener no choice other than 4.
May 5, 2014
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You say you had played with this RHO and abandoned him because of his light take-out doubles. Then this habit of him was perhaps a well-known fact and all partners would have ‘fielded’.
April 30, 2014
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I was screenmate with 1NT'ers partner. He looked very suspicious. Maybe that should have convinced me to run. He tabled 12 HCP's with 4153 distribution. Partner had a 4144 5-count, his singleton heart was…not the queen.
April 23, 2014
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