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The 1 opening decreases the likelihood of partner bidding 1NT to keep the bidding open over 1.
July 2
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The cat knows…
July 1
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I prefer to assume “Meta-agreements” regarding cuebidding, in a first-time expert partnership, and expect partner to do the same, if our side is to expect any reasonable chance for success. 4 is a cuebid (Our side is in the slam-zone.), kicking in the cuebidding agreement of controls up-the-line. {Spade control is not addressed in Meta-agreements, hence this post.}
June 28
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Reminds me of an old chestnut, “We don't make the same mistake twice!”…“We make it more than twice!”
June 28
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@Richard,

The suggested treatment of 1M rebid F1R is accurate only in comparison to 1M rebid NF, where the second suit often remains unknown, or the 4card major is never mentioned. Playing the given sequence with 1M F1R, on responder's second turn, the total hcp is revealed to the opener, plus the degree of major suit fit–much better chance to get it right, while discovering most 8card major fits.
June 27
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My understanding of Meck Heavy is that 1 is only forcing one round here, but when followed by a jump becomes GF. Opener has a prepared rebid over 1 (= natural 0-7) or 1N (= 0-4). The prepared rebid includes a longer minor. 2/2 over 1 = 5-7 without/with 3card .

Playing 1M forcing over 1 allows these accurate continuations.
June 27
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6 showing an unspecified void with an odd number of keycards enables 6 to ask for the trump queen. Downside is when knowing the specific void is better, upside is when knowing possession of the trump queen is better.
June 27
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Agree that passing on this hand may lose the partscore battle. Third chair nonvul 1 opening by the opps, followed by a vulnerable overcall by partner, makes it sensible to show a pulse with this hand, instead of selling out to 2-of-a minor.
June 25
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Flying mammals aside, better defensive prospects vs diamonds (one of the suits my initial double implied) would be expected for a possible double of 4, so 4.
June 25
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Yes, you had to guess well to reach the makeable heart game. (But you couldn't play the hand any better.) The Multi-2D showed well here, quickly reaching the 3-level–I believe it can be quite effective, especially in combination with Muiderberg weak 2H/2S openings.
June 25
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Shirley enlightened me regarding the best response here…“Jack, you are only supposed to show working voids in response to RKC. Both of your voids are likely opposite aces & kings. 5 provides partner with the most useful information possible for her decision, no Q!.” (And I previously thought she was just another pretty face.) :)
June 25
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Perhaps the auction will go this way and perhaps pigs will fly.
June 24
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Agree “Just too hard” {for the limited language of one specific bidding method applied to different hand types}.

Liked “relay system…sacrificing judgement for discovering pattern” {insufficient relay room for this hand type sequence}

Liked “a rule that support must come by the second round” {to utilize non-serious 3NT}
June 20
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After initially utilizing numerical designations to delineate points of discussion, switching to alphabetic designations for sub-issues, for clarity please utilize double-alpha designations for sub-sub-issues…just in case anyone still might be reading.

Looking forward to the sim.
June 16
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Another good hand, nice piece. I only know one other player who likes to play “Pass is always weakest”–Don Stack, but I have given up on him…
June 16
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I like double here to say, “If they are making 4, I think 5 might well be better for our side.” But at this vulnerability, my hand would have to be extraordinary to bid again…with the ace of hearts for possible defense (nothing else or we likely wouldn't preempt) accompanied by many others–perhaps AJTXXXXXXX XXX, where responding 1 would only seem right in a bidding contest, especially considering our option of doubling later should the opps bid 4.
June 14
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Sounds like partner has opened another piece of cheese.
June 6
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I like the 1 opening, but without an artificial 2 response, there is a problem over 2 for those 2/1 players favoring the default 2 rebid on 5card suits.

That problem is not relevant here, and 5 seems straightforward opposite partner's likely 5-7 hand.
June 4
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Taking any further action with this hand isn't on my radar.
June 4
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2, surprised not more votes for this.
June 2
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