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I think this hand was posted to get a feel how bad it is to play 2 natural, not how to play it better.

At any rate, I didn't direct my comment to “almost all respondents”.
59 minutes ago
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Maybe there should be more 2 bidders here (xyz).
After partner puppets 2, just don't pass, invite.

Is this better than 2 saying you have a stronger hand than this?

Or play 2 way NM. Partner doesn't puppet 2, but makes a useful descriptive bid.
3 hours ago
Gregory Nowak edited this comment 3 hours ago
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0Kelvin. Still a big minus in Celcius and bigger in Fahrenheit (-459). Almost the same as the plus number to burn paper.
Fahrenheit 451.
Oct. 21
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The same drugs as a whole lot of other people.

And Snapdragon is not just a flower.

One bid that does this much at once is like 6500 rounds in a minute.
Oct. 21
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I've been watching this for many years.
Leading a spade (6 card suit, bad hand), works for me easily <50%.

Partner has a stiff so many times,
gets squeezed, endplayed.
Oct. 20
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It's magic.

Nobody can beat the plain language to describe double.
Tolerance for hearts or spades. But not necessarily a raise.
Not necessarily penalty.
Implying the 4th suit.
An incredible urge to do something other than pass.

It's so good it needs a name.

Puff the Magic Dragon. Snap's kid.

Just make sure partner has PMDD on their card too.
Oct. 20
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I might be nervous the next time this comes up. If there is one.

The opps have managed to subterfuge a few of their spade cards.

Partner says that'd be me. I got them.

Was partner's double takein?
Joining with the opps to takein his partner.
Oct. 20
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I don't give count.
I have 3 signals.
The 6 is continue hearts or no opinion.
The 2 is suit preference for clubs.
The 9 is suit preference for spades.
Oct. 20
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I thought about other hands I could have that my partner would like me. Could my free bid encourage partner?
What if partner bids on what he/she thinks I have?

Ugly downsides lose imps too.
Oct. 20
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This hand looks more like everybody is safe for ~8 tricks instead of my imagination vs reality making me do something.
Oct. 20
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My 2 aces gave me hope of beating this.
I get the impression that I'm not the only one that didn't know having to have the heart king was universal.
Oct. 19
Gregory Nowak edited this comment Oct. 19
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In casual partnerships I would have to bid 3 and hope for good inferences.

In other partnerships, the agreement forcing to 3 would not be unconditional. It would be superseded by qbid promises another bid. I can't imagine this auction ending in 3.
And missing out on some things would spoil my enjoyment of the game.

This hand is not unexpected. It's come up before and been discussed.

I prefer not to let my opps out of responsibility for their bidding. Can you imagine lho's relief when he/she doesn't have to figure out to pass 3 or bid 3 and get ready for the doubling.
Partner has some options that he/she wouldn't have had if I had bid 3. They can double 3 or qbid 3.
If lho bids 3, partner can double or pass. Partner's other bids will have a meaning of what his qbid was about.
Oct. 19
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At first 2 was some unknown force. Did East's 3 bid change it to just a raise to 3?
Oct. 18
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I prefer that my pass of 3 doesn't mean that I had one of those awful 2 bids that everybody else makes. If I have the partner I prefer, he/she knows this.

Partner also knows that once they qbid 2, I'm counting on them not to pass. Maybe they have something informative to say.
Oct. 18
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There is a good reason there is no single bid to describe this hand. So I plan on making more than 1 bid. I'll be getting information too. Lho will probably bid their hcp first. There aren't that many left.
Oct. 16
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Maybe stayman breaks even if partner doesn't have 4 hearts.
Or it gains when the jump to 3N talks the leader out of a spade.
Oct. 16
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I think the opponents have had a better than average auction against a 2 opener. Which you might not see again soon.

Most of the time you're not in this position.

Did partner's pass of 3 mean anything?
I prefer that it shows something positive.
His double would be literally negative.

Now you're starting at the 5 level looking for strain and level.

I don't have much optimism whether whatever you do is t/o or penalty at this high a level.

It might be a good idea to have whatever you do show or deny 1st round control in diamonds.

The 3 level is blatantly obvious.

If you do the same thing at the 5 level, maybe you'll get the best result possible.
Oct. 16
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The rules start out under a presumed context.

So maybe it's not so good to state them carte blanche.

Maybe the changing contexts have an effect.

Extenuations.
Exceptions.
Dealing with special needs.
At the 3 level 23 balanced is not the same as the 5 level.
How they got there.
1 opponent did it or 1 raised the other.
What info do we have? Is there a way to make use of it?
Oct. 16
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Maybe some constructions, it's not your spade stoppers. It's your diamond stopper(s).
Oct. 16
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Dave's opponent at the table was a lady who made a comment.

I guess some people don't read everything.

Especially the 5 more voters that bid 3.

It's now at 39. I only need 11 more.

Lynn, if your number isn't 50, what is it?

It seems so stubborn to be -620 when you could be -170.

Even if you don't to acknowledge the phenom of void opposite xxxx.
Oct. 16
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