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I dont doubt that, but we dont rebid 2m with a 5 card suit and an unspectacular hand. So, we just need to consider our next action based on that. So, responder knows opener is quite likely to have stiff and that he didnt convert 3X.
Nov. 29, 2016
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Richard, with this shape 1NT is the normal opening since over a 1 response opener is pretty much endplayed. Most likely shapes for opener here are 4441 or 3451 or even 3460 since we need to consider what opener would've rebid over 1M since a 1NT rebid would promise a stNT.
Nov. 29, 2016
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Partner could've bid 4 on the previous round if thats all he wanted to play; I can't construct a hand where he was angling for a possible 3NT bid from here. When I bid 4, no stopper as well as a stiff became real possibilities. If my cue bid here requires me to hold a honour in addition to my extras, I think that's aiming for a very small target.
Nov. 23, 2016
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In my “experience” (more feel here than hard data), its been about even money whether 1NTX would've been better than whatever contract we reached because someone ran. Or maybe I should say, I have no idea what I'm talking about…because I dont remember a situation standing out where I wished I'd not ran. But that may be because, apart from a couple of times, I havent really analysed the hands from all angles.
Nov. 21, 2016
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Turns out partner did have solid s (ouch) and RHO's double looks to be the striped tailed variety where he thought opener was likely to raise to 7 so he decided to take preemptive measures. Nothing succeeds like success:)
Nov. 21, 2016
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I put my partner on void, A, stiff and s that he thinks are solid but RHO doesnt agree. So I bid 7. If I had a double void, including one in my partner's suit, I'd already have taken a bit of a plunge when I bid 6 because of the possible losers and I also gave up on 7 when I bid 6. With a hand like that I'm not sure if I'll make encouraging pass. I guess knowing partner's proclivities here should help some.
Nov. 21, 2016
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It doesnt matter IMO what various bids “should” mean here. The given methods allow me to make a 3 bid here with this hand, so the only question for me is if the hand is worth it. Absolutely, for me.

Actually,fwiw I think after the 2 bid by opener it has become slightly more likely that partner may not have too much wasted in s and therefore is slightly less dangerous to venture 3…but then if they didnt bid 2, we wouldnt need to go to 3. Paradoxical? perhaps, but such is life sometimes:)
Nov. 20, 2016
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Since I passed the last time and I do want to get some award for being brave I bid a reckless 5:) I guess this feels a little sadistic since I'm punishing myself for not doubling a round earlier.
Nov. 20, 2016
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I think bidding 3 with 4 cards always is not universal so opener does not have to have only 3 here.

I also think that 3X should be penalty oriented rather than take out. I can also accept it as a maximal type game try or convertible values, but take out doesnt resonate too well with me.
Nov. 20, 2016
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I dont know whats best whats not or who can run how many tricks. I see a X under my nose and I make it.
Nov. 20, 2016
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I think you think ok.
But then this comes from a BL instead of BW:)
Nov. 20, 2016
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I agree. In practice though, I will have at least some information based on our partnership style…such as, will he bid a feature automatically (in which case there's a reasonable chance that he'll hold decent trumps) I would love to have asked, somehow, about trump quality on this hand. Any way I look at it, I needed to have a plan when I bid 2NT and it seems now I'm headed to 3NT.
Nov. 20, 2016
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5. In my partnership we do not try to ‘improve’ the contract by bidding our suit in such auctions, so new suits here are cues. Any 5 level bid tries to explore grand in a way that each partner has an equal chance to screw up. I expect partner to bid 5 here with a 1st round control and allow me the privilege of making the last mistake. With this hand I'd be more worried about missing 8 rather than going down in 6.
Nov. 20, 2016
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If I were walking the dog, it has paid off, so I must bid 4 now. If I did it for any other reason, I just realized I made a mistake so I rectify it by bidding 4. Yes, I'll worry about them bidding over 4 later and no, I don't think it very likely that two people needed to take their dogs out on the same hand.
Nov. 20, 2016
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Thats the nature of walking the dog Bob, a LA problem is the least of them imo. If I do decide to walk the dog then I know the risks I'm taking so adding this small one is not going to deter me from doing it.
Nov. 20, 2016
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I would:)
Nov. 20, 2016
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I would not have overcalled, but having done that, I won't pass. What's best here, is anyone's guess…and yes, pass could easily be the winner, no I still wont pass:)
Nov. 20, 2016
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This hand just “looks” too good to not bid and my choice is 1NT. My suit is just not good enough and if I overcall 1NT now, I believe it'll be easier to get into s when partner has enough to bid on but if we overcall , it may not be so easy to get to, and stay in NT, if thats right.

I think the main issue is whether to in or not at our first turn. Whatever I choose I could get butchered, so as long as I choose to bid something, I feel 1NT has a better chance of landing us in the right contract if partner bids on.
Nov. 19, 2016
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Given the methods I'd start with 2 and bid 3 over whatever partner bids and if partner insists on a major settle in 6NT. I can't bear to transfer to s with such a bare 5 card suit. Unless partner gets enthusiastic about s I want to play this hand in NT or possibly a black suit contract if the auction allows us to find it.
Nov. 19, 2016
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In my partnership we play that 2 promises 3+ cards. Opener's new suit is shortness (including responder's first bid suit), 2NT nat (some cheating allowed) repeating the 2nd suit is something like 5422 and 3NT in all these auctions is a viable option from either side. Only if opener bids 3 directly over 2 is 3NT not available as a playable spot. We use it as serious.
Nov. 19, 2016
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