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With game-going values (and the ability to reverse as responder), it's longer suit first; so 2 followed by 2 (or 3 over 2NT).
Sept. 11
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Thanks. I think the ‘sound/courtesy’ option is by far the best treatment.
Sept. 6
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Ok Michael, so if 1-1; 2-2 is fsf
then what does 1-1; 2-3 mean?
Sept. 6
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So Michael, you say 1-2 should be natural, NF.
Over 1, what does one do with;-
a) KQJxxx x xxx xxx
b) KQJxxx x Axx xxx
Sept. 4
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But Ian, who plays 16-18 in the Protective seat?
Aug. 15
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Thanks all for the input so far.

There is a further issue that needs to be addressed though, after 1NT-2; 2.
If 2NT by advancer is now ‘to play’ (which I think it must be), what does he do with 4 and game interest - bid 2 to show 4 as a game try?

I was wondering; can a Protective 1NT'er have 2 four card majors? I think yes - (1); 2 passes; ?
Jxxx Jxxx AKJ xx (probably worth a poll at some stage).
Aug. 15
Jeff Sapire edited this comment Aug. 16
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1 of a suit, 2 passes, 1NT.
Aug. 15
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Thanks Craig.
Aug. 15
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I didn't know about it, so thanks for mentioning it.
June 23
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Great auction, Jay.
At the other table it was a tad shorter Pass-1; 2 (Drury)-4
Science marches on!
June 14
Jeff Sapire edited this comment June 15
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This is Lebensohl for me. So it is ‘bad’ in that sense, but not part of Good/Bad. It shows a hand with values from 0 to around a bad 8. A direct 3 level bid would be around 9-11.
June 9
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Thanks for the quick response.
I can't believe I missed the
June 1
Jeff Sapire edited this comment June 1
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Excuse the ignorance, Michael. But what is (code) and (/code)? And my keyboard doesn't even have those brackets you use.
June 1
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This post has been edited to add a 3rd possibility I omitted. When I doubled 1NT initially, weren't the typical 2 hand types either;-
1) Take out of spades: x AQxx KJxx K10xx
or
2) A strong balanced-type hand: Axx KJxx Kxx AJx
3) A single suited hand too strong to simply overcall.

With hand type 1), but with more values, I'd dbl again for take out. So to me 2NT is natural, somewhere around 18-20 with a likely dbl stopper.
June 1
Jeff Sapire edited this comment June 1
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I remember reading somewhere that Meckwell have something on their CC about ‘frequent upgrades, no downgrades’.
May 19
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I guess I can't really comment, Michal. I don't think it's quite a 4 bid, but a lot do.
April 2
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Steve and Jay, thanks for the responses. I've added an extra option, so you may want to change your vote. I should have had it in initially.
March 17
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Good point. I've amended it to ‘both minors’.
March 13
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I recall reading (I think it was an old Bridge World), where Alvin Roth was playing with someone who hesitated noticeably on defence with xxx when declarer led the Jack from KJ10 towards dummy's Axx. The Jack held the trick (Roth had the Queen). When his partner later asked him why he hadn't won it, Roth replied ‘you took so long to play I thought you had it!’
March 12
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Thanks to all those who have given their opinion.
March 1
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