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“guaranteed 8 card fit”

Is the fit guaranteed because South would never raise here on three, or is the fit guaranteed because North holding only four spades would use spiral instead of a HSGT?
an hour ago
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Community and quality aren't orthogonal – if I'm playing in a practiced partnership, that is, with someone I know and have a relationship with, the quality of my game will be higher. And likewise for my opponents.
March 27
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Michael Bodell has played inverted psycho suction over a penalty X of partner's weak 1NT opener. This isn't quite what you asked about, but it gives me the chance to say “inverted psycho suction”, which is almost as great a pleasure to type as it is to say aloud.
https://www.bridgebase.com/forums/topic/30307-1nt-runout/page__view__findpost__p__346345
March 22
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The ACBL should not just recommend closures; it should cancel the sanction of games.
March 17
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Insofar as this is a demand shock, yes.
March 15
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Thanks!
Feb. 29
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Timo: “This is like having an infected leg that was tried to be rescued by antibiotics and surgeries and many other ways which did not respond well and patient will die unless it is amputated and the patient is saying that ”I do not want my leg to be amputated, I love my leg“.”

Here, the patient is just being irrational and not looking out even for themselves. With bridge, players who are doing well in the current environment may oppose reforms that benefit the game as a whole because they, perhaps rationally, believe that it will hurt them individually.
(how do you do bold and italics in BW comments?)
Feb. 29
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If partner has enough for a heart game facing our hand, they have enough for a 2 response.
Feb. 21
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Typical 1N is 4M+5m, offensively oriented. Typical X is 4-4, with defensive values, near-opening strength. Basically what Larry, Louis, Mike N., Neal, and Ken said.
Feb. 16
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One of my partners likes control responses to a 2 opener, and we use these responses to keycard asks:

1st step = lesser number of keycards
2nd step = greater number of keycards, nothing extra
3rd step = greater number and extra stuff outside of trumps
4th step = greater number with extra stuff in trumps

Our first-round responses to 2 are:
2 = 4+ HCP with 0 or 1 controls, or a king
2 = <4 HCP, no king
2 = 2 controls
2N = 3 kings
3 = A and K
etc.

I suppose when responder has shown a bust hand with no kings, there's no need to differentiate between a greater and lesser number of keycards, so 1st vs 2nd step could be for the trump Q.
Feb. 14
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With the weak hand, the last contract that makes may be 2 of something other than spades, so giving partner a chance to show four of a minor or a sixth heart and stop there may keep you from going negative. With the invitational hand, you know that even if you find a minor fit or a 6-2 heart fit you'll want to show that you have six spades.
Feb. 5
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More important than what system you play is being on the same page as your partner and having a good style regarding what kinds of hands overcall and which don't. Do you use Mel's rules of 8 and 2? Are you going to have 5332 for a natural overcall – very rarely, only red on white, etc.? Is a penalty double any “top of their range or higher”, or are there other criteria?

A partner and I came up with something we think is really cool, but she's the only one who knows it around where I play. It led to a result that couldn't be achieved by one or more of the more common system around where I play like Woolsey/Multi-Landy or Cappelletti (“modified” or otherwise) exactly zero times.
Feb. 2
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Swap the diamonds and the clubs and I'd consider 1 rather than 1.
Dec. 19, 2019
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"Our 1NT opening bid is 12-15 and may include a 5-card major, so 1M - 1NT - [2]m guarantees a 4 card suit."

What do you do with 45(13)? Or do you play Flannery and a very short 1? Or 2 Flannery?
Dec. 19, 2019
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Some people also play in between up-the-line and Walsh: responder bids diamonds first with longer diamonds and an invitational hand, i.e., strong enough for New Minor Forcing or Two-Way New Minor Forcing or XYZ.
Nov. 26, 2019
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My newest partnership has a very simple card in general, but we still have a split system for direct vs. balancing against either strong or weak NT. Direct seat is just Landy with penalty X, but in balancing seat X is a sound opening hand with an entry and a good suit; a good DONT double that partner is invited to convert to penalty.
Nov. 23, 2019
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Pass. I have a good lead; their –100 is better than our +90; I don't have a five-card suit to establish on offense.
Nov. 23, 2019
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I think Benoit is talking about responder's 3 after 2N-3; 3.
Feb. 3, 2019
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A popular add-on when playing sandwich NT.
Jan. 22, 2019
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Maybe we belong in hearts or spades.
Jan. 9, 2019
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