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I'd prefer to just become dummy and keep the strong hand hidden. Forbidding the lead of a diamond might be more of an advantage, but we still don't know what partner raised on. Let the opponents guess and lead around to partner's strength.
3 hours ago
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More or less whether or not a sacrifice is in order. 4S is preemptive, but usually tends to make. This hand has decent support and control of spades for playing in 5H. It's very rare partner will have a call over 4S, so the question is now the likelihood of down 2 or better.
Jan. 18
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I hate the jump to 3H without a 5th one, and with a longer and stronger diamond suit. Likewise, if east is planning on treating his hand as strong he probably needs to correct partner's bid to clubs at this point. Partner has shown extras, your showing a big hand– if partner has a spade stop you likely have 6NT so why do you care if you pass 3NT? It seems east wants west to just shut up and bid 3NT with a stopper, but now west doesn't have proper information on what the initial double showed. Now west has to assume the delayed correct to clubs is a fit-showing cuebid, and can't pass.
Jan. 17
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Responsive-ish, showing some values by a passed hand.
Jan. 13
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I was trying to elicit more of a response about general reasoning in these kind of situations where you're deciding to weigh having the strong hand's suit be trump, versus the unknown weaker hand's suit. And I wanted the possibility of Either available in case people felt it was a relevant option (which apparently no one has :-0).
Jan. 10
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The problem has it in the sample place as all Bridgewinners Diagrams– all are non-vulnerable.
Jan. 10
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Yes
Jan. 9
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Opening 11+ point balanced hands is not a bad idea in itself. Choosing to place them in 1D in your system? That depends. In a normal SA or 2/1 system, I'm a bit skeptical given how much trouble these light shapeless opens get you in trouble while trying survive in the competitive jungle. I personally like something akin to Marshal Mile's unbalanced diamond bid, which can be used to seperate out balanced and unbalanced hands, so partner at least has a bit more information on how to compete given the increased chance you may not be a “full” opener.
Jan. 9
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The hand unfortunately wasn't orginally bid with that system :-), but if it were and we were E/W it would probably go 2D-p-2S!(nf)-x-p-3H-all pass. Even we aren't that reckless to raise diamonds in that manner!
Jan. 6
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Whoops the problem has an extra Ace I think! I think the ace of diamonds shouldn't be there but let me check on that
Jan. 4
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2H implied but does not promise 6– i.e. if partner is balanced 3523 he is forced to bid 2H without stoppers. This is why I usually play a relay like Schuler Shift with my regular partners, but this was with a BBO robot that lacks such methods.
Jan. 3
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I prefer weak jump overcalls too myself but this is what the BBO GIB robots play (this hand is from a BBO Robot Tournament).
Dec. 3, 2016
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I am positive the double was not alertable.

Actually spending some time looking it up, I found that support x and xx are basically the only doubles that are alertable by the standards set by the ACBL (unless you play an “unusual” penalty double at a low level or some sort of strange lead directing double that asks for a suit lead other than the one that came prior to the double).
Dec. 3, 2016
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Dec. 3, 2016
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I'm pretty sure my double is not alertable– we weren't playing any non-standard forms of doubles (well besides support lol). To be clear, the general agreement me and my partner had were that low level doubles are for takeout. We had no fancy agreements, and obviously a passed hand can't possibly make a penalty double (especially when partner has only made an overcall). Both opponents had plenty of time to ask what our double meant and neither chose to do so, until after hand had been played, which was their responsibility.
Dec. 3, 2016
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We weren't play Snapdragon (I love when it actually comes up though when I do play it with my other partner– which is never). My partner at that point in the bidding didn't want to show hearts, given he was told the xx was value showing, because it that point we were clearly going just going to be giving them more information for reaching their game, or being doubled for trying to steal their contract. If the xx was alerted properly, in fact with his singleton spade I think he might have tried to compete in hearts (which happens to make 4). If we were playing Snapdragon, I'd really be forced to bid 1NT here IMO (actually which I find might make another interesting poll!).
Dec. 2, 2016
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I probably could have made this more clear in the article– the correction on the potential meaning of xx came after my partner had passed. My partner did note this after the hand.

After I bid 2D, both east and south quickly passed in tempo.
Dec. 1, 2016
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I'm going to laugh softly to myself when partner raises me to 4 on a solid 19 point hand (still probably wouldn't stop me from bidding 3H in the first place).
Dec. 1, 2016
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Indeed. Actually just for completion, I'm going to add 7NT as an abstain for “I would have GF 2D”.
Nov. 30, 2016
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Yes fixed!
Nov. 17, 2016
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South clearly doubled on the prospects of having 3 defensive tricks knowing the chances his partner had a setting trick was high given his partner's overcall. North, who's hand is clearly has zero defensive tricks if partner has spade support, had a tough price to pay for the light overcall of 2S, which seems to have been made just for the purpose of disrupting the opponents auction (I'm not saying 2S is the best call, but it's a plausible call). I don't think it's unreasonable for North to pull with a strictly offensive oriented hand (or course with the idea that the worst case 4S going down doubled was better than the worst case 4D doubled making)– knowing partner was a passed hand (or at least no more than minimum opening values) give North reasonable cause for pulling the double. As for the BIT, it seems normal for any situation in which both partners are passed hands to hesitate, however there does seem to be a reasonable argument for some sort of UI. However the actions taken by NS do seem like very reasonable bridge.
Nov. 17, 2016
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