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Given that the 1S rebid promised “shape” (i.e. either 5+ clubs or 4144), then responder will give preference to 2C on the weaker hands with three-card club support. Therefore, the chances of a 3-level club preference are reduced significantly.

The 16-18 hand can be handled a few ways, depending on your inclination - 2NT/3NT/3D - whereas the weaker hand can only be shown via a 2D rebid.
12 hours ago
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Alan, did the 1S rebid promise 5+ clubs or 4144?
21 hours ago
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That hand seems like a routine raise to 2NT.

2D should be a weakish 4045.
21 hours ago
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It's hard enough for well-resourced government bureaucracies to effectively administer a means tested system and that's why a number of such programs aren't means tested, i.e the cost of administering the system outweighs the additional receipts.

I shudder to think how ACBL volunteers would deal with the situation, particularly when entries are accepted until the event starts.
April 16
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I'd rebid 2S if I opened 2C and partner responded a waiting 2D. That would make reaching slam fairly easy after partner's 3D continuation (natural, some vales).
April 13
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There should be a separate “Big Ideas” section in BW for significant articles such as this one.
April 13
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2H was very timid.

Given north's initial silence, the raise to 3NT is based on power rather than a long suit. Given this, it's very unlikely that we can make a game.

There's a good chance, however, that 3NT may be a couple off and a double is a worthwhile gamble.
April 12
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I've re-created the hand from memory and the spots are approximate. Declarer was 8221.
April 12
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“X. If it is left in…”

!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 11
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Maybe my Executive Order analogy was a poor one.

However, if bridge administrators make significant decisions without first consulting and getting the support of their members, implementation could be problematic.

In this instance, the additional time to properly consult members seems well worth it, given the major shift being suggested.
April 9
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There are some countries that have perverted democracy by bypassing Parliament, or its equivalent, in setting policies that affect the entire nation.

I fear we're heading into Eugene's censorship territory. However, as a legislator and regulator, I'm aware of the pitfalls of instituting policies without first getting support from constituents - however well intentioned.
April 9
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You mean like the Executive Order approach that seems to be in vogue in some countries?
April 9
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The point is that they weren't asked. If they were, they would own the outcome - whatever it was.
April 9
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I liked the 1D opening and 1NT response.

The rest of the auction, including east's original pass, could be kindly compared with the curate's egg.
April 9
Khokan Bagchi edited this comment April 9
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How about AKxx x Axx AKxxx with opener?
April 8
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“We'd need to omit the cases where East holds both pointed aces, because then East would have opened.”

That seems to make the two lines roughly equal, right (65 - 71% for the heart play vs around 67% for the spade play)?
April 8
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The deal arose in Australia's National Open Teams (circa 1998), which comprised of more than 100 teams.

The full deal was as depicted by Kieran, i.e., declarer held KQxxxxx xx Kx x.

A number of defenders allowed the CK to hold, with declarer ruffing the club continuation. Declarer then succeeded or failed, depending on whether they played trumps (hoping for the SA or DA to be onside) or hearts.

A number of defenders overtook the CK lead and returned a diamond to DK and DA. West then usually tried to cash CA, in the belief that four minor tricks would be required to beat the hand and they may as well try and cash the club.

I think the percentage defence is to overtake and cash the SA before leading a diamond. It certainly made the defence much easier at our table, as west was fairly certain that continuing diamonds was best. The example presented by John Adams is so low-frequency that it's not worth catering for, IMO. The real issue with cashing the SA is that it will solve a guess for declarer if they hold DKJ.
April 7
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MUD - second highest, followed by highest.
April 7
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I would have RKCBd over 2S, which is clearly for hearts. I'd punt a grand opposite one key card and the HQ.

There doesn't seem to be a way to ask for key cards in the actual auction.
April 6
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2D covers a lot more bases than 2H:

We get to show some extras if we get the chance to compete in hearts later.

We can invite game over partner's 2H preference - give partner e.g. Axxxx Kx Qxx xxx.

We might reach a good diamond game, or even slam - give partner e.g. Axxx x Jxxxxx Ax.
April 6
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