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If a call shows 55 in the minors (as 3C here does), and someone thinks before making this call, he normally does not, as some wrote, have 55 and a minimum hand.

There are other sequences that are similar, lets say

(1Sp) pass (pass) 2D
(pass) 2NT (pass) 3C

that are trickier.
Here the 2D + 3C bidder can perhaps not comfortably describe both his strength and distribution in one call. There might be doubt if 3C is signoff or forcing. Make a poll on that one and you will have some discussion. (I know, because I did)

The sequence in the OP is nothing like that.
1D + 2C + 3C is strictly 55 and a minimum hand.
1D + 2C + slow 3C is different.
March 20, 2019
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True. I think it was 2800 for 6down.
March 17, 2019
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Going down in a redoubled contract is no dance.
I remember a Bermuda Bowl when Chagas told his team mates to NOT redouble. Then he redoubled himself and the contract went down. Brazil did not pass the round robin to the semifinal…

In 2011 we played a tough match vs US in the BB.
We led after the first quarter, but then the match and tide turned.
One of the contracts we played was 5C XX going down….

The largest number ever in BB I think was swedish too.
Sweden had won the europeans by a HUGE amount.
Second was UK who struggled all the way, and I think it was the last board that decided who would be second (and earn a place to BB).
The last board I think was 3C (3H) P (Pass); ?
Tony F who had opened with 3C now doubled and 3H went down 500 (if I remember well).
Now Sweden played UK in the BB, a match that we were strong favourites to win, until…
Yes, 3NT XX, did not quite make. Down 2000-something and I once read someone state -:“After that board the swedes were a beaten team”
That last XX was not for business, but for SOS, misunderstood. Still, going down redoubled, you need a strong mind to shake it off.
Many of the best do have that mind, true. But it is still a lot easier to say, than to do.

EDIT: There is ofc also this match from BB 2015. In the semifinal vs US the match was very very close all the way.
How much this board from the second to last set affected the players minds I do not know. I can just guess.

http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/Chennai.15/microSite/Asp/BoardAcrossKO.asp?qboard=009.05.SF.1134&qphase=SF
March 17, 2019
Jan Lagerman edited this comment March 17, 2019
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What does opener do with 2353 and poor clubs? Why should we play 2D with 7 of them and 8 hearts? Even if we have 8 diamonds and only 7 hearts, the major might score better (140).
March 13, 2019
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MC: I must admit I was guessing when I said Poland had an easy ride. If, as you say, they must rebid 2D after 1C-1D it might not be as easy.

Responder was xx Ax QT9xxx JTx

http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/chennai.15/Microsite/Asp/BoardAcrossKO.asp?qboard=029.06.SF.1134&qphase=SF
March 8, 2019
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In Chennai 2C missed slam. Sweden (big club) Poland (polish club) had an easy ride to 6D. How England bid slam I do not know. USA2 opened 2C and ended up in 3NT that could go down with a club kead. Hamman opened 1D in the seniors, got 3D from partner and Blackwooded to 6D.
Ofc one deal is no proof of anything, but it is still intresting what people do in this situation.
March 7, 2019
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Yes, if we had a nice rebid after 2C-2D this hand would be no problem.
Perhaps I should have made a request that IF you open 2C, you should add if you plan to rebid 2NT or 2M after 2D.
March 5, 2019
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I don't want to instruct anything. I want to know if people think 1D (or 2NT) is reasonable instead of 2C.

The hand is from BB 2015 semifinals.
March 5, 2019
Jan Lagerman edited this comment March 5, 2019
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How about opening 1D instead if you see further problems after 2C?
Or 2NT if that is within your hp range?
March 5, 2019
Jan Lagerman edited this comment March 5, 2019
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And if passed? :)
Feb. 17, 2019
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What about 2NT? :)
Feb. 3, 2019
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Vulnerability matters.
Jan. 28, 2019
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“There were some that tried to argue the statistics/probability with him.”

Did they do well? :)

Congrats Greg!!!
Jan. 21, 2019
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One dark evening at the pub two robots talk about todays game.

-: Ok, this human leads the King and I discourage with the 3.
-: Then the human still continues with the ace, so I give him the ten to be sure he does not continue.
-: Oh no, a third diamond… I'll teach him!!! NINE!!!
Jan. 18, 2019
2NT
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10%
20%
30%
40%

Is that not possible?
Jan. 18, 2019
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Hehe. I always thought it was my countrymen who invented it.
But I do know, it was named ‘Kock Werner Redouble’. Might have seen it in a book written by a Brit. Will try to find it later.
Thx for telling, Richard.
Jan. 14, 2019
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I believe it was the swedish pair Kock - Werner who invented the SOS redouble many many years ago. It was colled ‘Kock Werner redouble’ before SOS became a part of the name of the convention.

Any MP player above inexperienced should know that 3HX making is a very good score on a deal like this. Where I live only beginners play a RDBL here for business. ‘Everybody’ else, including me, plays this RDBL as SOS.

Therefor I do think no hesitation could ever change my mind about the meaning of the XX.
To me, passing the XX with a making contract would be more strange than pulling now.
Jan. 13, 2019
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So what is a bid called if it asks if opener really has what he promised with his opening bid?

P 1H (11-15)
2C 2H (I have less than 11)

EDIT: I once saw

P 1S
2C 2S (I have a LOT less than a normal opener. 2D or 2H, I forgot which, would show 9-11)
Dec. 31, 2018
Jan Lagerman edited this comment Dec. 31, 2018
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In the semi final of Rosenblum Cup 1994 Gawrys Lasocki was defending 6H by the swedes Tommy Gullberg and Mårten Gustawsson.

AK9x
KQJx
Q8xxx
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xx
Txxxx
AK
AJxx

This looks like a good slam, but trumps were 3-1 and diamonds 5-1 so the slam was due to go down, until Lasocki on the first trump lead played a small trump and also at the same time fumbled the trump ace on the table.
That ace would now be a penalty card and if declarer would unblock the AK of diamonds he would be forced to ruff with the ace of trumps and declarer would have 12 tricks.
Alas, the declarer waved the penalty card and after Lasocki could hold on to his ace, the slam was defeated.
-13 imps instead of + 13 imps as the slam was not bid at the other table.
The difference in the match was 21 imps…
Dec. 31, 2018
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Sure, if your next bid confirms primary support and a stiff club, that will be nice.
Dec. 30, 2018
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