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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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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, 2017
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The problem has it in the sample place as all Bridgewinners Diagrams– all are non-vulnerable.
Jan. 10, 2017
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Yes
Jan. 9, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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