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If playing 2NT as competitive in a minor or hearts, then opener can do the following (over 2NT);
3 - POC (not 3)
3 - a maximum with 3
3 - a minimum with 3

One could switch 3 and 3, but it seems to me that perhaps where game is more likely that a) it would be better to have the bidder on lead, and b) any honours with the 1NT'er are not under immediate threat anyway, whereas responder's say Kx might be.
Feb. 22
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Thomas,
After 1 (P) ? Kxxx xxx Axxx xx the normal response would be 1.
When it goes 1 (1) dbl, all it says is that you were going to bid 1, but you have only 4.
No suggestion of extra values, and nothing to do with the 4th suit.
Jan. 25
Jeff Sapire edited this comment Jan. 25
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It says at the top: Teams, both vul.
Jan. 24
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I'm not a 4 bidder, but in retrospect I should have maybe made the J the J instead.
Jan. 22
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RR: I agree with you. Many voted for 4, and it's fine to read about their reasons for doing so.
All I was trying to do was keep the answers simple, in that I was wanting to see, from among those who didn't choose 4, whether the long or short suit try was preferred.
Jan. 22
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No you didn't.
Jan. 22
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You are entitled to your opinion as to what you think the best ‘judgement’ action is.
You were asked to abstain if you didn't choose either 2NT or 3 - a most simple request!
Jan. 22
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If you don't want to make a game try, you were asked to abstain.
Jan. 21
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Phillip, there's a note at the top; the 1 bid shows .
Jan. 19
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No option for just showing but an inability to have bid them earlier?
Jan. 8
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Leonard; in the Bridge World of 1956 (Feb), Felix Vondracek wrote an article The Weaker Suit for Trumps, and added a general principle ‘whenever the battle has to be fought to the finish in two suits, the weaker suit should be trumps.’

In the Bridge World of 1982 (Bits and Pieces, page 28) the editors (I presume) take a much closer look at the subject, and in a fascinating analysis show that it is definitely not the case. The article ends with this: ‘All that is true in general is that sometimes the weaker suit is better; sometimes it isn’t. And woe to anyone who thinks he can find a simple way to determine which cases are which.'
Jan. 7
Jeff Sapire edited this comment Jan. 7
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No, I need to add another another option, sorry. But I've changed option 3 to fit your answer.
Jan. 6
Jeff Sapire edited this comment Jan. 6
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Richard, then you should have voted for 2.
Jan. 6
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Michael, I wonder if the 4 ‘likes’ you have thus far are for the content of your post or for your statement that you have decided for now to stop (or perhaps for both)? :)
Dec. 18, 2017
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Michael, I've been following every post and poll of Avon's (relating to this subject) since day one.

Like everyone else, I want strong evidence before finding anyone guilty. But I've seen more than enough already to conclude that serious irregularities were taking place.

It seems that nothing less than something like the quote from the Bridge World impresses you: … hand-after-hand it was almost uncanny, the way (the opening leader) picked out the killing (or if that wasn’t possible, the least costly) lead.

You are to me, and clearly to many others, the naysayer-in-chief of these posts.
Dec. 18, 2017
Jeff Sapire edited this comment Dec. 18, 2017
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Well, for that matter, if it goes say
1 (P) 1 (1) opener might also have a hand that is serious about doubling for penalty, but how many people still play it as penalty these days? Virtually no-one; the support dbl has found favour with most serious players. So what's the difference here?
Dec. 14, 2017
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Fair enough, Buddy, and thanks for mentioning. I guess I didn't mention support doubles, because opener only has one. But if one is playing them, I don' see why a t/o x and a bid by your lho should preclude you from making one.
Dec. 14, 2017
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I can't see any reason why support dbls shouldn't still be on.
Dec. 13, 2017
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Count me in too. Whether or not the 2nd hand is qualitatively better than the 1st is irrelevant. Imho, anyone who fails to raise to 2 on the 1st hand, playing any methods, and going back in time say 50 or so years, needs their head read.
Dec. 13, 2017
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Same here. I thought that ‘showing the 2 thru’ 5 of spades' hands were very suspicious. But this one has lots of options that would be acceptable.
Dec. 8, 2017
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