All comments by Harald Berre Skjæran
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It should be, Phil.
July 24, 2013
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1NT would be natural for me. That's standard here.

I know that 2x is natural for most Americans, but the bridge world comprise more than America. Over here standard is: 1NT=natural, 2x shows the unbid suits and 2y=natural.
July 24, 2013
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In standard methods, both 2 and 3 are NF. Logic dictates that also 4 is NF. Of course there are hands where 5 is cold and 6 is a good bet. I doubt the bidding will end in 4 then, even if it's NF.
July 24, 2013
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2 wouldn't be natural to me, rather show the reds over 1. 2 would be natural.
July 24, 2013
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With AQT it's obvious for partner to return the Q earlier. I won't base my defence on partner having made a clear blunder.
July 22, 2013
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And you lost me when you bid over 1….
July 22, 2013
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That makes a splinter last round even more clear.

After splintering last round I'd have an easy pass over 3NT. Now I've painted myself into a corner….
July 19, 2013
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How many clubs did 2 show?
July 19, 2013
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That's a clear understatement!
July 19, 2013
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3 over 2 would show three small for me. (4243 with no high honor in the rounded suits.)

3 is natural and slammish for me. It shows 4 spades.

4 over 1 shows a void where I play.

I'm not sure the hand is strong enough to bid anything than 4 directly over 1.
July 16, 2013
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This is a style question.

Playing with a conservative partner, this is an easy raise to game. Playing with myself, a single raise is sufficient.
July 15, 2013
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Do we play inverted minors? Could partner be 3343? Does 2 promise another bid?
July 11, 2013
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Kxxxxx x AKQx Ax/Kxxxxx x AKx AK both make 7. Partner might have bid different with both hands, but they're possiblle.
July 11, 2013
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19-21 for me.
July 11, 2013
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Partner might cue a club void orK with a serious slam try. He'll bid 3NT if non-serious.
July 9, 2013
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Still a simple raise to 2 IMO.
July 9, 2013
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And you allow partner to distinguish between a non- serious (3NT) and serious slam try, which is helpful.
July 8, 2013
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My partners always respond with 6 hcp.

What do you think partner will bid over 2 with say xx JTxx Qxx Kxxx? Take always the K from that hand, and I would still want to be in game.

As long as I can't show my heart suit and be able to rebid my spades and make a strong invite (which I could, playing my prefered transfers here), forcing to game is my only reasonable choise. And then I strongly prefer 2NT over 3, which should show 5-5.
July 8, 2013
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2NT, conventional GF. (Or, preferably 2, transfer.)

2NT GF is expert standard where I play.
July 7, 2013
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Two years ago at the Norwegian Mixed Pairs Championships (swizz movement) a good friend and fellow TD was called by a pair who should play at table 86 in the next round. They were unable to find their table, having found (in sequence) tables 85-98-87!
July 7, 2013
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