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5-2-4-2 isn't a good shape to risk opening 11 counts (if playing standard– with stricter partnership opening agreements it's fine). 5-4-2-2 hands, even ones with no wasted values, just have the potential for one too many losers in those doubletons. Otherwise I agree with the rest of the auction (south really can't be blamed for GF light with such a good distribution and support).
Oct. 16, 2016
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I'm guessing South must have a semi-balanced 14-17 hand that has hearts that didn't have a bid over 1H (something like 4-5-2-2). Knowing the long hearts are trapped on-side probably means she has some decent heart tricks that has some play for game. Partner must have at least a partial spade fit (or enough stoppers and spade honors for 3NT) and be wondering if you have enough extras to give play for game. 2H by west doesn't necessarily promise anything point-wise so I suppose searching for game isn't necessarily crazy.
Oct. 9, 2016
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No. The longer major is opened 1st. Bidding spades after hearts does not show extras (in fact, opener may lighter than normal).
Oct. 8, 2016
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3C would be constructive, invitational with interference. A jump shift in a suit is needed for a GF (or a cuebid).
Oct. 8, 2016
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Oct. 8, 2016
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2D is not 5HCPs and a bad suit. If it is light (less than 7 HCPs), as described above, it WILL be a bid I guarantee that resembles a preempt almost anyone who plays bridge will open,– for example something like KJ108xx vunerabe, or KQ87xx.
Oct. 8, 2016
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In our system, as described above reverses are off for 1M bids. We require 13 HCPs for 1M, with the exception of 5-4 in the major hands, which can open 2 points lighter. If opener is light, we may not belong in game if responder is a minimum– so we have the opportunity to sign off in 2NT or 3x.
Oct. 8, 2016
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It shows 5-4. Our major bids are limited (we open strong hands with 18+ 1C), so reverses are off with major suit bids, and the order the suits are bid describe length.
Oct. 8, 2016
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Assume support doubles are possible.
Oct. 5, 2016
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Assume auction has gone P-1M/m-?
Oct. 3, 2016
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Thanks for catching that! I tried to update the question to account for vulnerability.
Oct. 3, 2016
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For ACBL sanctioned games, I think it's illegal to have an agreement to open at the 1 level with less than 8 points. If your partner knows that you routinely open 5 point hands, then it starts to become an agreement, and that's when you'll start to get into trouble. I think there is definitely some hands where it might be good judgment to open light in 3rd seat, maybe even some less than 8 points. But there are other methods of doing so under most bridge organizations than illegal agreements (for example, you can have agreements to open 5 card suits at the 2 level with less than 8 points).
Sept. 22, 2016
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Thanks for catching that– fixed the typo!
Sept. 12, 2016
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Sure it's easy to pass with this hand, but statisically what's the worst that can happen if you throw in a weak jump shift (in clubs)? There's no avaliable penalty double over it, and it's very unlikely north has a club stack when they've opened a diamond. And to make things better it's IMPS where opponents are going to be worried they're missing their game and paranoid about doubling partscores. And you have a second suit to runout to if despite all of that, something bad happens (like if south passes, and north reopening doubled which gets converted to penalty).With breaks this bad, why give the opponents time to figure it out and keep their bidding low?
Sept. 9, 2016
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I will be very annoyed if there was no longer an option to get a paper copy as a Junior without forfeiting the discount. I just get so distracted reading online magazines.
Sept. 6, 2016
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Opponents are entitled to your agreements, not your interpretation of the bid. If your sure 2D weak with Ogust is your agreement, you must alert 2NT as ogust. If they don't ask (and even if they do) you must reply naturally how you would by your agreement (an ogust response). The misalert will be explained at the end of the auction and the director will be called if necessary. If you messed up likewise you'd explain 2NT as what your patner meant it as. If you honestly have no agreement, about 2D and followups, that is what the opponents are entitled to for an explanation of 2NT, not what your partner meant it as and not what you wish to respond to it as.
Aug. 31, 2016
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Depends on partnership agreement for dealing with bidding the minors. I would expect partner to be 5-4 in the sequence, and not 4-4, and so I'm thinking 2D. Your shouldn't really be worried about correcting to a 4-2 fit or anything like that– if partner was 3-2-4-4 or 4-1-4-4 they'd have different bids than 2C over 1H. The 5-2 fit should play better than the likely 4-3 club one. This is one of those situations that merits partnership discussion about length agreement.
Aug. 22, 2016
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On the particular lead of the cards, I think a spade lead was best (if I recall correctly, partner had KQJx or something). A major lead felt right, considering both players tended to deny a long major by their bids– the main question left up to my lead, was which major was more likely to be best. I lead a heart, but a spade lead happened to set the contract at the other table (this hand is from 1st session of the collegiate semi-finals).
Aug. 9, 2016
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Aug. 9, 2016
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That would fall under 1NT, unless the hand also held 5 clubs, in which case the hand would open 2C. It's not perfect, and there are definitely some problems with dealing with some club hands like these in this precision system. I do play a similar system with another regular partner in which we play a hybrid 1 club (in which the one club open can be used to accommodate club hands such as this), but I was wondering what most classic precision players might do with this hand given the standard opening restrictions.
Aug. 2, 2016
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Yes
Aug. 2, 2016
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1C. With only 4 losers, I'd just open normally across a passed hand. If partners has the right few points in the right places, maybe this will even reach game.
June 20, 2016
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