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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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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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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Who's not overcalling 1NT with their 15HCP balanced hand with KQx of clubs in the 2nd example?
Nov. 2, 2016
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Ruffing out the hearts works well to find to find who holds King of hearts (and for catering to the possibility of a singleton K of hearts). If West lacks the King, you can likely infer West has either the Queen of diamonds or spades for their 1st seat preempt. If west holds the King, you can likely confirm your best guess is East has the Queen of spades (after all, East can only hold so many high cards for her preempt). On the contrary, using similar technique to for ruffing out diamonds will give you a complete description of West's diamond suit, and an incomplete evaluation on if West has the King of hearts. Both have their own merits, and both still involve some guessing on what West will preempt with at this vulnerability.
Oct. 31, 2016
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Fixed– I accidentally had the auction as east's call. The hand posted is South's hand.
Oct. 30, 2016
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Your major stoppers (if they exist) are right-sided so why would you run? If you don't have an agreement about run outs from a double, trust your partner. And more importantly, you bid the off-shape semi-balanced 3NT in the 1st place, with your running minor. There's no escape now– you had your chance to transfer into a minor before bidding 3NT, and chose not to. If you were truly concerned about a major lead, you should have transferred first so partner can decide. Now it is out of your hands.
Oct. 30, 2016
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In what world are we letting them play or make their 17 point game sacrifice over our game? Opener has shown 15+ in values at this point, willing to play in game opposite at least a minimum 10 point limit raise. Opener is obligated to reopen with a double, if lacking offensive playing strength to play 5 Hearts. Responder can potentially pull if their limit raise was based on sufficient offensive playing strength (shortness in spades, values concentrated in hearts), and if they have significant inference that 4S may make through a cross ruff.
Oct. 28, 2016
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They're doing exactly that this year. 8 teams will qualify. 2 days with 4 sessions. First day two teams are eliminated per session, with the 2nd day being a condensed knockout style of what they've done in previous years.
Oct. 26, 2016
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Assume no agreement.
Oct. 25, 2016
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Nothing special.
Oct. 25, 2016
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