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RK: I would say your last two posts are contradictory, or do you think you are the only pair in the world with a decent runout from 1NTx?
9 hours ago
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Perversely I am less likely to double if I have a good lead against NT, if I double it's because I don't particularly want to defend 1NT.
10 hours ago
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I don't play American (std or otherwise); playing weak NT you pretty much have to rebid 2S no matter how grotty the suit is.
10 hours ago
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Neither! (Or both)

If I haven't got a rebid why did I bother opening?
How often are the opps going to let us play in 1 of partner's suit when I have obviously got support for it?
16 hours ago
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1-2-?
16 hours ago
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Good partners are aware that we don't always have the perfect hand for our bid.
Nov. 21
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Stops (or the lack off) aren't a problem for opening 1NT, they are only a problem playing in NT contracts.
You learn to worry less about stops when you play a weak NT…
Nov. 21
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“On a GF 2/1 you should be always able to describe your hand.”
Assuming you (like and) play 2/1 as GF; which I don't.
Nov. 21
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The other tricky shape is 5=2=2=4.
Nov. 21
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These are the hands you dread playing a weak NT, if the spades are evenly distributed around the table then we are going for a bundle IF south is cute enough to pass.

Please, please double with these hands!
Nov. 20
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..or your partner?
Nov. 20
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They get discouraged.
Nov. 20
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If 4NT was a good contract then partner would have bid 3 and not 4. I have no slam ambitions so 5 from me.
Nov. 20
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Even though on a (really) bad day we might just make 7 tricks?
Nov. 20
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On the other hand we might end up defending a spade contract on a hand that would otherwise have been passed out.
Nov. 20
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I don't understand ‘negative’ in this context; is it a take out double or just showing values? What is it negating?
Nov. 20
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Just making sure it isn't before we tell our students to do it..
Nov. 20
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This is a 3 opening in my system which shows a good suit and an outside entry (weaker club pre-empts are opened 2NT).
Not playing this system I don't see the urgent need to bid; if we can make game partner will be opening the bidding.
Nov. 20
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A second double for me would still be takeout; not too unhappy if partner passes. Second choice 5.
Nov. 20
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Not in mine.
Nov. 19
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