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responders calls are basically standard (10+ HCPs, 5+ hearts over 1). 2NT is natural, usually a balanced minimum which is 13-16 HCPs. The 16 would have to be fairly bad (think like a bad doubleton heart and a KQJ stiff or something in another suit, lack of aces, etc).
Feb. 10
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Good point! Just added it to the poll options.
Feb. 9
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Seems like a mechanical error to me. The director should be called immediately, and should find out what east meant by 3S. My guess is 3S should just be corrected to pass, and the auction go on. In the strange case where East actually meant to bid spades, naturally it should be corrected to a sufficient bid (I don't really see a reason for N/S to let E get in at a level cheaper, unless you really think 10 4th is a stopper in 3NT), and now probably doubled, unless partner says otherwise.
Feb. 4
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 4
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2 spades seems like a perfect call given west is a past hand. And East should raise. Honestly, who is to blame for missing a 22 point game, when neither partner has opening strength?
Jan. 30
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I doubt many people, but it was a choice made before the current bid. Just covering all scenarios.
Jan. 22
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I'm curious what approach people find as best. Hopefully, people will vote according to what they think that is!
Jan. 21
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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.
Jan. 19
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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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