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They should have the “Sound” box checked under preempts, as well as all boxes for all weak bids they also make with the same bid. 3/4 level preempts of this method aren't alerted. If mix both sound bids and weak bids into their 4-bids, by agreement, they better explain it when asked. This is why you should always ask about agreements.
March 7, 2017
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The 2 bid by style, tends to keep west out of the auction, unless she has a long suit or values. 2 is very likely going all pass if responder doesn't make a call (which is optimistically, a 6-0 fit on average). If both opener and west are maximums, 2 predicts to be a disaster. If they aren't, there's a fighting chance 2 (since is NF as you are a passed hand) or 3 is more makable. It's a strange style of preempts that not all are familiar with. I was curious if what the typical defense most people might try against it, but it seems based on my previous poll that most people were of the party “let's just pass and not get into any more trouble”, as is typical of these kind of auctions when they occur with standard preempts. This sort of makes this poll moot.

I was curious if anyone played NF runouts in a situation like this.
March 7, 2017
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Thanks for the thoughtful response Bryan. I really appreciate the great job you've done running the competition last year, as well at the two qualifiers this year. The data you've provided from the last two surveys is very useful. We'll definitely talk to Dan and Stephanie directly about this issue at some point– despite our circumstances we recognize any big change is likely moot this year. While we're going to keep fighting to work something out now, we'd like to work together with them to make it a non-issue next year.
March 6, 2017
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North's initial double is a little light but understandable when partner passed. South should certainly bid 1NT over 1. However, passing 1 double as penalty is just insane. So North wins the blame on this one.
March 3, 2017
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment March 3, 2017
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Yes 1NT is 10-12 HCPs. 1 is used for all 13+ balanced hands, similar to Polish Club.
March 1, 2017
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0-5 HCPs, typically 5+ clubs.
March 1, 2017
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I'm glad pass is the top call. This hand is from a bidding issue with the GIB robot on BBO. I've since reported the issue. The robot still took the bid by my hand (south's) as still showing the other suits, even after multiple doubles by the opponents. Needless to say it went badly. 5x makes beautifully while the auction:

2-x-4-p-p-5-x-6-x-6-x-7-X-all pass

Does not end well (-7) :-).
Feb. 28, 2017
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 28, 2017
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Weak
Feb. 28, 2017
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Unless you play garbage stayman, partner will recognize the pass as having more-or-less exactly what south has. Defending 3 seems like the right move (though with the 1NT opening, North gives up his ability to double, unless south finds it, since it's marginal. Alas the woes of double-dummy analysis :-) ).
Feb. 27, 2017
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I think 1NT's creative but not completely wrong. I personally would open 1, and rebid 3. 2 is normal at MPs, 2NT is dreadful without a spade stop and nothing but a minimum. Following that, the double is just insane. South's hand is pretty nicely described with 2– these other actions just imply extras and spade strength that is non-existent.

3NT would be fine with the 10+, multiple spade controls South should be showing with the double.
Feb. 27, 2017
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 27, 2017
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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, 2017
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Good point! Just added it to the poll options.
Feb. 9, 2017
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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, 2017
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Feb. 4, 2017
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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, 2017
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I doubt many people, but it was a choice made before the current bid. Just covering all scenarios.
Jan. 22, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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Responsive-ish, showing some values by a passed hand.
Jan. 13, 2017
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