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With xxx of and 2 little s, I’d never lead a . I’d just lead a . lead would require partner to have 3 and declarer only 2.
Dec. 20, 2017
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Sorry, but this isn't a referendum on what conventions to play. 2 was not on the card (remember this is not a regular partner), so would assumed to be a SJS.
Dec. 20, 2017
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Even if you're sure 4 won't be passed (and you have no guarantee of that), is there any way you're going to get across the slam potential of this hand? As stated elsewhere, you've to 4 trumps to a high honor, Qxx of partner's 2nd suit and a void. You or partner are going to be guessing. Will partner feel free to control bid over 4 with a min 3 bid and 5 (relatively) bad s (say AQxxx)?
Dec. 20, 2017
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Not so sure about that. Partner's s can't be good enough to know that we're beating 3N. Give declare a 20 count with 4 hearts - he could have my J10 and I could have xxx. Partner didn't bid 3, so unlikely to have 6, so this is not an unlikely scenaro. I may never get in again and he may need a lead.

Finally, if partner wanted a lead, he could have passed.
Dec. 20, 2017
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Theoretically, John. But undiscussed (play club game ~2x/yr). Nothing too extensive or deep talked about. I think it shows ~19+ HCP and rates to be 1-3-4-5 (though could be 2245 , 1246, or 0346). I would expect something in s usually, though maybe xxx. s clearly not good enough to bid 3N.

Since 2 could have been a weak hand with 5+ s, I would be worried that partner might think there it's a long road to 11 tricks - that responder has no help in s and not much else to show - maybe KQxxx xx xxx xxx.

I guess that's one argument for using 4th suit (2) with this hand (allowing opener to bid 2 with 3). This wouldn't have been available if initial response was 1. Then 4th suit would not leave opener room to show support with 1-3-4-5 minimum reverse. But the agreement was 4th suit or 2N is weak, rebid of major 5+ and F1.
Dec. 19, 2017
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I bid 3 and partner raised with 10x 10xxx AQxx AQx. 3N gets a lead into the AQ and takes as many trick as 4. In addition, some people in 4 didn't know how to play the suit combination and started with the A. When the 8 appeared on their left, they assumed their LHO wouldn't false card, and dropped Qx offside. I got about 20% (maybe a little less) on the board.

I got to thinking after the hand that I should have bid 2N.
Dec. 16, 2017
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3N should be extra values (15-17), else he'd just bid 2N. I'd not expect Kx of , either, as partner should allow for 6 s in my hand. I think 4 is an big underbid.

The problem is that we may have a misfit. Partner could have a 2-2-4-5 hand with no major suit honors.

I'm assuming that you don't play that 2 showed extras (I do), since no comments to that effect. If I had bid 2, I'd be confident just bidding 4. I'd have gotten my whole hand off my chest.

But if you just bid 2 willy nilly with 4 s, then you have a problem. I really need to know if 3N really shows extras. Assuming so, I'll risk the big misfit and bid 5. If not (I don't know what if would be otherwise, but…), I'll again just bid 4.
Dec. 15, 2017
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If you bid 2 and partner bids 2!N, that would be a minimum reverse with s stopped, and though undiscussed (not a practiced partnership), I would assume NF. With a strong hand and no support, partner would have to bid 3 (strong reverse, but not good enough s to bid 3N), 3N (~19 HCP with s well-stopped), 3 (5-6+), or 4. With a 3-fit in s, partner could bid 3 (NF), 4 splinter, or 4. Since 4 would imply short s, it would be unclear (in this partnership) what the difference was. It could be strength, you could play that 4 is a void, or it could be that the 4 bid was made with HH (KQ doubleton, or the like). But as stated above, with a void in , it's unlikely that partner is also short in s.

If you bid 2 and partner bids 3, I would assume 4 is NF without a stop. You could argue that it should be forcing, but what should partner do with KQ10xx xx xxx xxx? 2 maybe - and give up on , unless partner supports. Or Q10xxxx xx Qxx Jxx (or maybe lesser cards in minors as not playing WJS). I guess it is a theoretical argument of whether to show 5+ spades or support directly over the reverse with a good hand.
Dec. 15, 2017
Larry Sealy edited this comment Dec. 15, 2017
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With 12 HCP, I'm not looking to play 4 unless partner has 4.
Dec. 15, 2017
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Or the ones who think 4 is Gerber.
Dec. 15, 2017
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Then, you'd probably be dealt aces and eights, John.
Dec. 12, 2017
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I don't know what people mean when they say “better minor.” If it means I might open 1 with 3-3 in the minors, count me out. If it means I will open 1 with Kxxx and Axxx in the minors, but 1 with Axxx and Kxxx, also count me out. I know some people systemically open 1 with 4-4 in minors. That's fine, though they might run into trouble when it goes 2M-Dbl and you don't have a stopper, but at least I know what they are playing, and I also realize that they have other, logical reasons for doing what they do.
Dec. 10, 2017
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I went to the SD Zoo and really enjoyed it. Best zoo in the country, according to ratings I've seen (and me, as well, though I haven't been to all that many).

It was $46 and change with AAA discount.
Dec. 5, 2017
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True. Axx is better. But if partner has nothing in the suit, you may want to play a 5-2 or 4-3 major.
Dec. 3, 2017
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I'd bid 3 with that hand.
Dec. 3, 2017
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I would usually have a non-positional stopper (Axx or Ax), looking for help in the suit.
Dec. 3, 2017
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It was hot as hell tonite (last nite, technically).
Nov. 29, 2017
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I thought it was fine today - and I'm normally hot when others are cold.

Biggest issue is that there is only one men's room (and likewise women's room, I'm sure) on the entire floor, that I can find. It's best to not wait until the break(s).
Nov. 28, 2017
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Krisp Pizza delivers pretty late (but not after the last session - maybe until 10 pm). I thought it was good, but I'm not from NY or Chicago.
Nov. 27, 2017
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I would also only bid 1. In my younger days, the decision would be between 2 and 3, not 1 and 2.
Nov. 21, 2017
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