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I can imagine a layout where 3NT makes so I'm going to play it that way. (Hint: hearts).
an hour ago
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Not even Captain Numpty and his pet squirrel are going to play in 1NT if you double.

Doubling lets them find a fit so you may not get to play in 4.
Bidding 4 immediately gives up on an unlikely slam, but is your best shot at a plus score.
5 hours ago
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Why mess about, just bid 4 immediately over 1NT.
11 hours ago
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I don't open 11-13 hands with a spade shortage (unless I have 5 hearts or 6 diamonds).
Oct. 13
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Define minimum.
Oct. 13
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AK76
AK72
KQ987

p-1-p-p-p

Happy?
Oct. 11
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Perhaps we need a new announcement ‘natural’…
Oct. 9
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If my partner had Qx they would have put their cigar vape device to the right…
Oct. 7
Ian Grant edited this comment Oct. 7
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I think 2NT should be forcing on this auction, if only to stop you bidding it with hands like this!
Oct. 6
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Louis: your analysis is 100% correct but incomplete.

Left to their own devices your partner will not lead dummy's suit, so option 6 actually has an implied “except for dummy's suit” attached to it.
Oct. 5
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Yes, and no!
Partner would not lead dummy's suit unless your double asks them to; so this might affect your ability to double.
Oct. 5
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If you have a 1=4=4=4 hand and partner replies 1 then you are pretty much compelled to bid 2. I wouldn't want to have a minimum opener in this situation.
Oct. 4
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You guys need to get out more!
Oct. 3
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Not alertable in EBU land; just put it on your CC.
Oct. 3
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Gobsmacked: I was expecting 2 to be close to 100%; shows what I know…
Oct. 3
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That sounds like a good idea. :-)
Oct. 3
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Lead whatever….translates to lead your suit if you have an honour sequence, something else if you don't.

I'm not hamstringing my option to make a penalty double in this situation by assigning a specific message to it.
Oct. 3
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We were playing against Brian Callaghan and Patrick Jourdain when Patrick opened 1 with a 1=4=4=4 12 count, and ended up in 3NT down 2. I don't think I have ever witnessed such an impressive tirade at the Bridge table as befell poor Patrick that day.
Oct. 2
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I once played against Dopey and Sleepy online, so we had 3 ‘dwarves’ at the table (and a Wolfie).
Oct. 2
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I think the problem is trying to cover too much.
We play 1 as natural or balanced 9-11 (1st/2nd seats only) with a 12-14 1NT.
1 is a catch-all bid, 11+ hcp, may be as few as one.

However Mike Bell's aptly named TriBal system uses a 14-16 NT with 11-13 opened 1 and 17-19 opened 1.
Oct. 2
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