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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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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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