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No, I do not consider pass a logical alternative with 18-19 balanced, 4342 shape. I've only forced the bidding to 2, and we might easily find our real fit. I would consider pass beyond conservative.
58 minutes ago
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Art, For the Q-bid, you might hold 18-19 balanced with no stopper and only 3 card support for hearts. A true rock crusher is possible too.
an hour ago
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Martin, I would do it with the 4333 hand too. That's because forcing and setting hearts gets very hard when you start with 1. It takes some pretty good agreements to handle all the rebid issues.
5 hours ago
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Perhaps in your part of the world, you are the expert. It's all relative.
6 hours ago
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Yes, but 1 X P 1 P 2 would not be game forcing.


The jump combined with the Q-bid for me is game forcing. I would also think something like 2 would be game forcing.

1 X P 2 P 2. I have doubled and bid spades, partner has jumped… now we just have to find right game.
7 hours ago
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Similarly, a 2 Flannery opening would now be natural (a 2 Flannery is artificial still). It still requires an alert since it is conventional. So if I open 2 with long weak hearts with an unsuspecting partner maybe with 37xx super weak (P P 2), since 2 is defined as natural under the new charts, it's an allowable psych. Am I reading it right?
7 hours ago
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Danny, I believe the latest charts define a bid as natural if it shows that suit, even though it shows distribution in a 2nd suit.

So 1N 2 “Don't” showing hearts and spades would be a natural bid in the new charts, making one of my infamous psychs legal again.

1N X 2 X (1N weak, 2 don't showing both majors)
P P 2 P
P X all pass

I had a 7-2-2-2 hand with the Jack of spades. Opps were frustrated and could not let it go, eventually successfully lobbying for the rule change.

It appears to me the latest charts undo that rule change because of the definition of natural. So now I get to spend the next 20 years looking for the hand again.
7 hours ago
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“alert” “Yes?” “artificial game force, might or might not have that suit.”

I want to make this psych a couple of times so I can get my partner alerting and keep the opponents from knowing what I hold when I bid naturally. Now I start to gain on hands where I am not psyching, making the anti-percentage psych a long term winner.

I've always been troubled by this sort of alert. I don't know what the rule should be. The rule is to alert partnership agreements, and history creates those agreements.
Nov. 13
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I have heard this justification for recording psyches many times, and if I felt that somehow the partner was in on the joke, I'd want it recorded to.

In your experience, have you seen instances of an unusual psych being recorded, and it making a difference later? I have not yet seen it.
Nov. 13
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How about, I can count 12 tricks in NT, and if you have the SQ, we have 13?

Kind of funny. You see no alternative to passing 6 and think it should be recorded. I see 6 as having bridge meaning other than to play, yet think recording it is not needed.
Nov. 13
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great point. 6 fold cards on table.
Nov. 13
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AKxx x Axxx Qxxx you would still bid 2 Martin? Not sure I'd go that far, but I get your point.
Nov. 12
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So you Q 5. Might partner hope you had the King? A void would be a major disappointment. I commented above that partner would Q the Ace. I am always slow to Q a void in partner's suit. If you would Q a void here, how does partner know which it is?
Nov. 12
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What else?

Playing pro on a team partnered with Meckstroth, we had a complex auction and he jumped to 7. Correctly interpreted as interested in 7N to protect against missing JTxx of our major suit fit.

“No, we are not playing sick-Walsh” was his response as our grand in Spades made. But I did take 2-4 minutes to decide on 7 vs 7N. Might have been a very nervous few minutes for Jeff. Turns out I had enough stray stuff and 7N would have been safer. No surprise.

So there is a problem with the 6 call being fielded. Does not mean I suspect a hidden agreement, but “what else can it mean..” for pairs that don't psych, 6 is not an offer to play. The pass of 6 should be fairly revealing though.
Nov. 12
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Cornelia, if partner is the 4540 you worry about, then:

1 2 2 2 3. I don't see any issue finding spades, and we now know about the hand pattern.
Nov. 12
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transfers over 1 or 1m X. 1N notes 2nd place.
Nov. 12
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I see you have posted the actual hand. I don't mind missing that slam.
Nov. 12
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not for me. Shape is a bigger priority than points for me.
Nov. 12
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I really doubt their partner had any idea what was going on.

However, the Jump to 6 should be more of a wake up call that something funny is going on more than any prealert that they might bid strangely.

Seriously, you think maybe this pair has a secret understanding?

Abstain as we need another card.
Nov. 12
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Frequency is why I switched to LIPS with 2 size or club. As for your slam comment:

Playing 4 suit transfers with preacc..

1N 2 3 3N - Shows a slam try. So I can reevaluate my Kxx for slam purposes even if I have a hand that does not accept 3N as a game try.
Nov. 12
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