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With South being a passed hand, the likelihood of a potential slam with the North hand is relatively slim.

The critical aspect from the North hand is driving to the right game (4 or 3nt). Going through the N/S auction of: P-1-1nt-3**-3**-3 to show the hand just shy of a 2 opening bid with gives South an option to offer 3nt if they have what looks like a notrumpish hand.

On the actual hand with 2 aces and a doubleton and 2, I would cuebid 4 with the South hand over 3 and North has an easy sign off in 4 over that.
Aug. 19
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Agree; this is an impossible auction given to us.
Aug. 13
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You should tell us when your 1nt opener is not 15-17. If it was, you would have opened the hand 1nt.
July 27
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Most bidding systems I know have ways to show single suited slam tries in a minor when partner opens 2nt.
July 25
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Even if you have not discussed playing some sort of Good/Bad 2nt on this auction, you should get your suit in at your 2nd opportunity; bid 3 over their 2 overcall.
July 17
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There is no way that we would have passed this hand in 2nd seat, so this is an impossible auction.
July 15
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Would always start 4333 shape w/ GF values w/ 2 over 1 from partner.
July 12
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The Fri/Sat top bracket ko in Reston was the strongest throughout the week. They established the bracket with 9 teams, with a full round robin day 1. Teams played 6 board swiss matches against every other team on Friday. The top four teams by VPs then played semis & finals Saturday to determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th overall. On paper, there were different groups of teams: 1) likely to finish top 4 on Fri. and had a decent chance at winning the event; 2) realistic shot at finishing top 4 Fri and outside chance of winning the event; 3) outside chance of making it to Saturday, but extremely unlikely to win the event; 4) extremely unlikely to finish in the top 4 on Fri and next to no chance at winning the event.

There was some wiggle room about which of the teams would be allowed to enter in the ko that would fall under category 3 or 4 described above.

https://live.acbl.org/event/1907013/051A/4/recap
July 7
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Standard bidding is to bid 2 over 2 with this hand.
June 28
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Agree with John that starting these balanced GF hand types with 2 is best.
June 23
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How can I play the 2 when I do not even have it? Is that your way of suggesting that a continuation is wrong?
June 21
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My partners like to be a part of the decision making process also. They also prefer to be in the correct % contract at MPs.
June 19
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Both of the hands that you give are too strong for a “strong 1nt (14+-17)”; each of these hands opens 1, planning to rebid 2nt over 1 or 1nt from partner.
June 19
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I would have just transferred to with this hand. Even though we have 8 HCP, 2 of them are a singleton Q whose value is questionable. Additionally, the suit needs a lot from partner to fill it in for nt. Yes, bypassing may result in missing a fit. However, I decide to treat this hand as < INV and therefore just transfer to .
June 18
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I was North on the hand and thought that East made a good decision when she bid 4. I doubled 4 and they played it there.

The opponents knew that they were destined for a bad score if I declared the hand anyway, so East was hoping to catch a lucky layout on the hand in 4 doubled (saving against a makeable game or a miracle hand from partner that actually makes 4 dbled).

We set this 1 for +200 and 11 out of 11 mps. If I declared 4 instead, I would have certainly held it to no worse than down 1 (and may even make with a defensive slip up). -100 for N/S still would have scored well (9.5 out of 11 mps).

North held:

Kx
AQxxx
QJxx
109

West held:

QJ9xxx
Jx
Kx
K8x

I led Q trick 1; eventually after declarer stripped the & , they led a up towards the K. I grabbed the ace and put the 10 on the table. Partner had no problem playing small from their AJxxx, and we eventually scored 2, 1, 1.
June 6
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I made a mp bid that I was not proud of by Passing. I knew that there are many hands that partner reopens where the opponents are cold for 3 or 4 .

The opponents made 3 doubled for -670 and 1.5 out of 11 mps.

If I bid 3, that gets doubled and I play 3 dbled. With careful play, I will hold that to down 3 for -500 and 3 out of 11 mps.

The winning choice was 3, which partner would play undoubled and go hold to down 1 for -50 and 6.5 out of 11 mps with careful play.

Partner's hand was:

AJ9xxx
KJx
void
AK9x

LHO held:

Kx
AQ97
Kx
QJxxx
June 6
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It sounded to me like one or two hands at the table had some extra shape to account for it seeming like everyone was bidding a lot. I felt that my only two options were Pass and 5. I did not think I had enough defense to double 4 with 2 small and 6 in hand. I figured that Pass would likely result in an ideal contract for E/W as they may have a 10 or even 11 card fit. I figured there was a decent shot that we could make 5 and/or they could make 4, so I bid 5. I was a bit surprised to hear the auction go all pass, but it did seem that neither opponent could hold many . The hand made 5 (opponents make 3). Partner's hand was:

KQJx
void
Qxxx
KQxxx

+600 was worth 8 out of 11 mps (73%). +100 would have been 2 out of 11 mps. +200 would have been 5 out of 11 mps.
June 6
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What happened to 4 on the 2nd round of bidding?
June 6
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I would have doubled 1.
June 6
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Are you trying to show another hand with the benefits of playing kickback/minorwood/anything below 4nt as keycard for a minor? Success definitely achieved; if we had extra steps available, partner could have asked for something else such as 3rd round control.
May 27
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