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The auction suggests that we don't have a fit and there is no reason to think we can make 2NT. I think defending 2 undoubled should be an option.
Nov. 19, 2018
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Why does the double promise four spades?

The agreement was that it is take-out of clubs. So presumably spades could be a 3-card suit. So I pass.
Nov. 18, 2018
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What does take-out mean? Short clubs? Or both majors?
Nov. 18, 2018
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What does the double show? If it shows club I obviously raise.
Nov. 18, 2018
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I am not sure. My guess would be that people first played 4/5 majors either way, found out that it led to too many suboptimal 4-3 or even 4-2 fits, and then figured out that the K2 openings work better.
Rosalind plays this so she may give a better answer.
Nov. 15, 2018
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In the Netherlands, the new trend is to play 2 as 5,3+. I have never tried this but it might be fun. You could play 2NT as 5,5m then.

What you can also do is, if you would otherwise play 2 as Precision or Flanery, to open 2 as Precision or Flanery.

I usually play 2 multi as weak only, or with GF diamonds as the only strong option (or maybe also a rare 25+ balanced). If partner passes your 2 opening, they should have long diamonds, which is unlikely if you have the GF with diamonds yourself. Of course, some weak-only multi players like to pass 2 with all kind of random hands also. You lose that option, then, unless you can smell that one of the opps has a monster hand.

If you play weak-only multi, you can agree to pass the 2 opening with very weak hands with long hearts also. Subsequent 2 (after they double 2) is then to play, while rdbl shows 5,5.
Nov. 14, 2018
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Maybe. However, for almost everyone there is no ambiguity wrt gender. So this is a non-problem.

My dad had a colleague with two different birth certificates. Since it was not known whether his original birth certificate was issued using the Gregorian or the Julian calendar, it was no known exactly how old he was. Should we abandon age discrimination because of such cases? Maybe we should abandon age discrimination for other reasons. But not for that reason.
Nov. 13, 2018
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Thanks, Mike, for saying this.
Nov. 12, 2018
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Don't be silly. Meckwell don't self-define as women. See Mike Pa's comment. Nobody in their right mind will self-define as a gender other than the one other people perceive them as, unless they have no choice.
Nov. 12, 2018
Helene Thygesen edited this comment Nov. 12, 2018
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This is of course a related issue, but not quite the same. Should a non-binary/male or non-binary/female pair be allowed in mixed?
Nov. 8, 2018
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When partner didn't cue despite having shown slam interest I would think they have excellent trumps and little else. It isn't quite consistent with us having trump king, but maybe they have something like x-aqjxxxxx-xx-xx.
Nov. 4, 2018
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If we had a natural 4 available last round (not a splinter?), then yes, I agree that 4 now shows something like this. Could be just 6 hearts, though.
Aug. 1, 2018
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I agree in principle but I don't experience this as much of a problem in practice. Sometimes partner didn't ask because he already knows. Sometimes he asks out of curiosity. Even if it is so that asking strongly suggests a hand type that would act differently over different possible hands, that information is often too vague to be useful. Partner might double a strong artificial 2 with KJTx and out or he might make overcall 2 with QJxxx and at the point that I am on lead I will probably have forgotten anyway. I suppose I should try to lead a diamond if partner failed to ask about the meaning of a 2 opening that turned out to be Multi, but usually I don't have much reason to think that his failure to ask suggests that he doesn't care if it is strong and artificial. More likely he just knew.

The solution is to read opps' CC at your earliest convenience so that you rarely need to ask during the auction.
July 20, 2017
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Forcing to game (or maybe forcing to 4 or some such) should be considered also.
March 2, 2017
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I can live with the shape restrictions for the t/o double. Obviously I have at least 4-4 in the red suits but on the other hand, almost all hand with a 5-card suit would either have bid initially or be too weak to double now.
Jan. 16, 2017
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I strongly believe the 40,000-trick is sound. Samples do not have to be independent as long as the statistical analysis takes the dependency into account. The trick does not reduce the SE bij a factor sqrt(100) (Han acknowledges this), but the correct SE can still be obtained and will almost certainly be a lot smaller than without the trick.
Jan. 11, 2017
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Ah right, sorry. Now I see that you play a version where the 3 response just denies a 5-card major.
Jan. 11, 2017
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A somewhat popular convention in the Netherlands is Heeman which uses 2 for invite+ with 5+ in a major, and transfers for weak hands with a long major as well as for invite+ with four cards in one or both majors. It is supported by the Jack software. http://www.jackbridge.com/pdf/eheeman.pdf
Jan. 11, 2017
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If we blast consistently, the Stayman auction becomes even more informative, although I suppose that is not so helpful to opps. OTOH the blast auction becomes less informative so when we have a classical blast (no 4-card major), sometimes opps will lead a minor because our blast did not deny a 4-card major.

I don't understand why Puppet Stayman is worse than regular Stayman. If opener has both majors and responder has spades, Puppet will not tell opps about opener's hearts. Other than that I see no difference. What am I missing?
Jan. 11, 2017
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Was that based on all pairs, or only on those who play strong nt?
Dec. 6, 2016
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