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No good way to evaluate club wastage. I can’t see doing more than inviting, and even in some ways that feels aggressive. Jacks aren’t pulling their full weight here.
Jan. 16
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I find waiting until the end of the auction, unless I am going to make a call, the best practice. Almost no one is going to ask all the time or ask randomly, that’s likely too obnoxious. And if you’re not asking at all because of fears of giving partner UI, something has gone incredibly wrong with these laws.
Jan. 14
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I could have. I usually find simple is best or people complain. The original auction for those interested was:

1 (11-13 bal w/ a 4cd major or 17+ any) - 1 (0-7 waiting)

2 (22+ GF with at least 1 4cd major) - 2 (relay, denies good 5cd suit)

2 (5+ hearts) - 2 (second relay)

3 (4+ s) - 3

3N.
Jan. 8
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I'm revising the article slightly before more votes– the original auction the poll is based on wasn't from a 2/1 context and I was trying to think of equal auction in standard, and failed in the original posting.
Jan. 8
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Jan. 8
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I would think this still retains the normal meaning without discussion. If you’re confusing this sequence for showing 18-19 balanced, you’re mixing it up with the sequence 1X-(P)-P-(1Y)-1N.
Jan. 8
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I’ve also seen transferring through the opps suit as stayman, and repurposing 2 as a diamond transfer or some other meaning. There’s a lot of utility here based on partnership preference.
Jan. 8
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Over a opponent’s third seat opening, I’d want it available as a real transfer to uncover the psyche. Other seats maybe natural and either NF or light invite? There is decent benefit on putting opener on lead here, especially when partner has concentration of values in opener’s suit.
Jan. 8
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What is an opponent’s LR favorable these days? A outside queen, 4 trumps, and a singleton? I’m bidding my hand.
Jan. 2
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To game (may have commented twice, getting to an error where my first remark isn’t loading).
Dec. 25, 2019
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Game.
Dec. 25, 2019
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5+s, 4+M hands would start with 2 (if that is what you are asking).
Dec. 25, 2019
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I suppose I can spoil it now since it's been a while– lead gives a sluff ;-). Was curious which difficult black card is preferred to be led.
Dec. 22, 2019
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I think North has the best chance at picturing the slam, but without knowing partner has a 5th club, hard to advance over 4. I think South with 10xx of spades is more guilty of not cooperating (no way for partner to know there is no spade wastage), but she also doesn’t have a convenient cue over 3. I’m hesitant to say 4 is right— should it show something extra in s than a control implied previously? I usually play that as kickback, but I suppose south owes some sort of last train. Assuming 4 is forcing though after the splinter, I think might imply more than a 5 direct (and lets be honest, south doesn’t have a super max), so 4s feels very much on the table as a reasonable action. I don’t know if I would have enough imagination here to cue as south at the table.
Dec. 21, 2019
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Clearly the best agreement for a 2 response to 2 is to show a 9 card suit (only 8s seems a bit light IMO).
Dec. 19, 2019
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Kevin has the right shape (nice job).
Dec. 19, 2019
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4x looks like the best contract. Looks like NS owe their opponent's an apology ;-).
Dec. 18, 2019
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Crazily enough, I think you could rationalize it to be a rule of 20 hand. 2 controls, an that’s more like 9, and 11 cards in your long suits, and no rebid issues.
Dec. 17, 2019
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The partnership this hand is from is de facto over, I just felt the need to selfishly validate my ego :-). Thanks for saying it.
Dec. 16, 2019
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5=2=3=3, KJxxx of spades and out, that's the sad part (it's a mystery how I got blamed for this one…).
Dec. 16, 2019
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At the table it was indeed minus 590 (in consolation, no other pairs were even in game because LHO responded on his three count and RHO only blasted based on controls and the 5th known heart). Partner had less than pleasant words for the double.
Dec. 15, 2019
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