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As said above, it's called the Vinje trump signal. Named after it's inventor, Helge Vinje.

Vinje wrote two books on signaling? The first in 1957 called “the Norwegian count signal” where what is universally known as standard count was first described.

The trump signal was described in a later book called “Precision defence at bridge” released in the mid seventies if I recall correctly.
In that book he also described new ideal on honor leads. I never used the trump signal. But ilder a period of 7 years from the mid eightiies I used the honor leads and signslling methods incorporated with them. And that works great. Unfortunatrly Vinje's ideas never became popular - his honor leads are much better than what i in use by most players.
April 18, 2013
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment April 18, 2013
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Don't need much more to bid 4NT(nat).
April 18, 2013
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What methods do we play?
Hard to do anything intelligent without knowing.
If 3 is slammish with no shortness (as I used to play 20+ years ago), that's a possible bid, but if it's a splinter bid, I can't bid that, etc.
April 15, 2013
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I'm bidding 2 now. When (if allowed) i bid 3 next, I've shown my hand. XX now and 4 (over i.e. 3) would show a stronger hand. Skipping the redouble doesn't absolutely deny 3-card support, although it strongly suggest you don't have it.
April 13, 2013
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I can't double now, that shows a much stronger hand, when balanced. And I won't rebid 2 with such a “weak” hand and only a 5-card suit. If partner can't scrape up a bid in the balancing posision, we're fine defending.
April 13, 2013
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I'd have bid last round.
April 13, 2013
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Agree with Bob about LM in this sequence. I would, however, not bid 4 with this hand, since it really overstates the strength of the hand.
April 13, 2013
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So both had the 9?
April 10, 2013
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Then it seems like we have spades double stopped, but lack a heart stopper. Game is a real long shot then, unless partner have extra shape and/or strength. I just bid 3 now, need another diamond to bid them. 2NT should be natural here, promising a heart stopper, and I'm too light to cue 3 with such a balanced hand.
April 9, 2013
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1 showing 0-7 is what lacks accuracy, whereas 3! showing 8-10 is doing the hand justice. I abstain.
April 9, 2013
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I suppose there's a typo, and that the explanation given should read 2= stopper etc.
April 9, 2013
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Nothing wrong here IMO. West MIGHT raise to 3, but passing is far from being a mistake.
April 9, 2013
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Agree. I won't let the opponents bidding interfere here. It's our own bidding which determine if we're forced or not. Jumping to game without showing strength never set up a force IMO.
April 9, 2013
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I play 2NT as natural. Alternatives are double and 3. 3 is least flawed.
April 9, 2013
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Not at all in a force IMO. Still, looks like LHO is saving, unless he's walking the dog. Anyway, I'm passing. Expect them to go down, though.
April 8, 2013
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Agree. Or with luck, buy it in a grand after they saved at the 6-level.
April 8, 2013
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Partner bid 5 to bring me in on our decision over 5. I can't have a much better offensive hand than this (a couple more clubs would be better), and thus I bid 6 now. Maybe 6 on the way is even better if partner has 0616 and we make a grand.
April 8, 2013
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A treatment I've used with several partners is:
Accepting the transfer shows 3-card support and a holding in RHO's suit that you'd like the opening lead coming up to. xx shows also show 3-card support, but a holding in RHO's suit which suggest it's better to have partner declaring.

This treatment quite often is worth a trick if they lead RHO's suit, or tempo if they don't.

Pass shows a doubleton in partners suit. And super accepts the same as you play without the double.
April 8, 2013
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Disagree with those above. I'd open 1. Never liked 1 with 44m.
April 8, 2013
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3 as NF makes no sense to me. I know there are hands where you'd like it to be NF for sure. But it's far more useful to play it as forcing, to allow you to search both for strain and level. I've always played this and similar sequences as forcing (1m-1M-3m-3M/1-1-2-3/1-1-3-3).
April 8, 2013
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