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I'm not sure why 2 doesn't guarantee support. What hand type, that couldn't otherwise be bid, is this catering to?
July 17, 2013
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Logically, this is a splinter. But we are trying to win this board, not the post-mortem. Unless previously discussed, I will assume splinter, but (given the extreme distro) allow for my misinterpretation of his bid. But, what Bernie says, seems right.

BTW, there is no reason partner can't have a better hand for the splinter than the one posited above.
July 16, 2013
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I guess, I punted by not saying how I would follow up, but after 1, I guess I would try to guess how to bid given the auction back to me. Given the auction above, I guess I would just bid 6. If LHO bids 6, I'll bid 6 if parnter Dbls, 7 if partner passes.
July 16, 2013
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This is the standard, for some time, interpretation of 3, but some people play that 2-2-3 = 4 hearts and long diamonds.
July 16, 2013
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This is similar to (but worse than) a hand from a national pair game in STL. -, AKQ10xx, x, AKJ10xx.

I opened 1H. It went 1-P-2H, and I bid 6 - AP. Partner had Qxx of s and xx in . break, so it scores more in 6.

On these kind of hands with wild distribution and not so many HCP, it's my experience that opening a 1 bid makes for easier auctions.
July 16, 2013
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In option 2, you risk having to declare the hand in 3N and having partner's “stopper” led thru more often, than the direct 3.
July 15, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment July 15, 2013
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2N followed by 3N is 4 and a spade stop, the way I play. I'm not sure what else it would show, unless distinguishing HCP ranges.
July 15, 2013
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What Jim said…..
July 15, 2013
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Some partners (the ones who rebid 2 with 5 and play that high reverses show extras) want 4 pieces for a raise to 3.
July 14, 2013
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why can't you pass?
July 14, 2013
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Why would I ever want to transfer to ?

I'll xfer to and bid 4N. Hopefully, if partner has a min, he can scramble 10 tricks. His hand is too wide ranging to pass, IMO.
July 14, 2013
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4 on that hand is very poor hand evaluation. How is the opening leader to guess that declarer has, at a minimum a slam try, and the opps have almost all the high cards?
July 14, 2013
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If you want to get to 6, you might try 4 now.
July 13, 2013
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What else can 5 be?
July 13, 2013
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Not when I promised 4 hearts.

R.I.P., Davey Jones.
July 13, 2013
Larry Sealy edited this comment July 13, 2013
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partner's jump, if LHO passes, shows a sterile minimum with 4 spades. 1S, is usually 3. But over 1H, partner has no reason to offer 1S on 3, so 2S should be a good minimum. Still, I have a K that may not be well placed, so will go low.

I would have just bid 1S on the first round. Not sure what the neg dbl gains.
July 13, 2013
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Abstain. I should have bid 4C instead of 4S to set of forcing pass. Now, I have to guess, since we are not in a FP situation.
July 13, 2013
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What Bernie said.
July 11, 2013
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I played on a Spingold team with Erik as a teammate in 1991 (I think). It was in Vegas. Only time I ever met him, but he seemed like a very nice guy.
July 4, 2013
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Hopefully, you lead face down, so there are no penalties for the lead out of turn. :)
July 3, 2013
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