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You could certainly agree to play that, or just play that it is a general grand slam try. But assume that bid is undiscussed. Your partner should bid 7 over that, though.

So, the question is do you play , , or NT? It didn't matter on this hand. Partner had:

– Qxxxx Qxxx Axxx.

If s don't break, you might want to play another strain if partner had (and was able to show) a little more on the side.
Nov. 17, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Nov. 17, 2013
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After 4N-5 (1 KC), you can't ask for the Queen. You wish you were playing 1403 at this juncture.

For this partnership, 5 would be assumed to be the ace, so for either auction, you know partner has the A, but can't really find out about Q.
Nov. 17, 2013
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The reason I considered 4 was I thought I might get the chance to bid 5. A close decision, I think.
Nov. 17, 2013
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OK, on the actual hand, partner will bid 5 over 4 or respond 5 (one KC) to 4N. Now what?

If you bid 4, try to forget the RKCB response. Does this guarantee the ace, or could it be a good raise to 5 with 2nd round control?
Nov. 17, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Nov. 17, 2013
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If you bid 4 (intending to later raise hearts), and partner bids 5. Back to you. Is 5 now natural and NF?
Nov. 17, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment Nov. 17, 2013
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Well, you do have other ways (either directly or indirectly - meaning later) to raise . You have no other way to bid a very strong 2 suiter, short of leaping to slam.

In any event, it was undiscussed, so would have to be assumed as natural.
Nov. 16, 2013
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If you bid 3, partner will bid 3N.
Nov. 16, 2013
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I was mainly referring to more recent times and outside of the DC area. Lublin, known as “The Iron Man,” was given a different moniker by Hoffner, who nicknamed many of the DC area players. They both had unique senses of humor. “Snake time,” Lublin would announce when leading a diamond-back.
Nov. 15, 2013
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That team also included one of Mike's regular partners from the late 70s/early 80s and one of the best players that many people have never heard of, David Hoffner.
Nov. 15, 2013
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I played with Mike in Nationals for a year or two in the early 80s. He was a very imaginative player and dangerous opponent. Recently, we kept saying “let's play again sometime.” I guess, to paraphrase John Fogerty, “Sometime Never Comes.”

Mike, may there be bridge games, poker tables, cigars, and models where you are now.
Nov. 15, 2013
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Without agreements to the contrary, I would assume that 1-1N-3-3-4 implied short clubs and (at least initially) assumed to be a fragment in . It's possible it could be 5-4-4-0 (looking for best fit) or 6-4-2-1 (and very strong). However, I also play 3 shows 5, so those would not be possible for me. Unless opener knows he wants to play in spades opposite a possible xx, 4m ought to be natural-ish. I wouldn't want to rebid 3N with a void or low stiff minor.

I play Power 2N (1M-1N-2N ~ forces 3), which I use for jump shifts with 4 or 4 (among other things), so 4 would tend to be 5-5-3-0.
Nov. 14, 2013
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You could play 4 is a strong raise and 4 is a strong raise. I don't agree with the statement that a 3 card limit raise cannot have slam aspirations opposite a jump shift.
Nov. 12, 2013
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I think the option “wants to play 2N” is too strong. Is willing to play 2N, but wouldn't mind balancer rebidding a side minor.
Nov. 11, 2013
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At these colors, 2 is likely to be 4 with many people. Depending on partnership style, maybe 5 bad. The weaker that advancer is, the more likely balancer has only 4.
Nov. 11, 2013
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I expected 5 to get most of the votes. But thought there might be some sentiment for 4. Sort of a Last Train/Bluhmer-ish good raise to 5.

Partner had:
x, x, AKJx, AJ109xxx

4 would fetch 6.
Nov. 11, 2013
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Something is obviously fishy. I have a primed out, 4 loser, 17 count. I'm supposed to rebid 2? I think a low stiff heart was transmogrified into the Ace. :)
Nov. 11, 2013
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Yes, added.
Nov. 11, 2013
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On this hand, the 2 bid was magic. Partner should have splintered with 3.
Nov. 7, 2013
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Some people play that 1-1N-2m-3 is a strong minor raise (3m being weaker).
Nov. 7, 2013
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Do you play Rusinow? If you don't and your partner leads the K, you can have problems signalling. If you encourage with a doubleton (hoping for AK), partner can get Bathed. If you encourage with Jxx (playing partner for KQ), you might let declarer score a trick with Qxx.

Some people that nominally lead A from AK lead the K if they are about to shift to a singleton. But this is a situation where they are not wanting imput from partner, are trying to distinguish between a doubleton and a singleton.
Nov. 6, 2013
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