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As has been discussed elsewhere in this thread, you need to account for the possible 54 major suit fit as well. If you play with a partner that refuses to open 1nt with a 5 card major, this would minimize advantages gained from bidding stayman with 44. However, I open most 16 counts balanced with 5 card majors 1nt, open most 15 counts that are 53 either way in the majors and balanced 1nt.

Perhaps there is consideration based on strength of your opposition. The only “club game” that I play in is Thurs nights of WBL/NVBA sectionals, and once in awhile an NAP or GNT qualifier at the Thurs night unit game.
Jan. 20
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There is no “alert” necessary, but I completely explain what the auction shows before the opponents lead, or answer if they ask a question during the auction.

Partner passes 2 with equal or longer , since I have equal or longer on the auction. They pass w/ 22; I have had it come up twice where we ended up in 42 fit (one time we still did ok on the hand, one time we did not). Partner corrects to 2 with 32, since we have equal or longer combined fit; Moysians tend to play well anyway.

By the way, if responder has weak hand with 4 bad and 5 decent , they just transfer to .

The odds of exactly 44 / opposite exactly 22 from the opener are so small that you do not worry about it.
Jan. 20
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 20
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You do not assume that the defense will be double dummy; I can frequently steal a trick (or two or three) when I declare a Moysian fit at the 2 level. I have had remarkable success using this Garbage Stayman method for years.
Jan. 19
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Two areas of disagreement:

1) Ops statement that “Clearly the risk of going for 4-4 fit (and missing it) must be offset by the superiority of the 4-4 fit over 1NT.”
43 fits will frequently score better than 1nt also

2)John's statement that “if you are a better declarer than the field, it is a terrible risk to take”. If you are a better declarer than the field, you can frequently scramble more tricks in a major suit fit than the typical declarer will score in 1nt.

I have “won” on hands that matter by bidding garbage stayman >80% of the time that I have bid it.
Jan. 19
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Why did we not bid 1nt last time? Are we playing SA and not 2/1 w/ weak nts?
Jan. 19
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Doesn't 2 show this hand (<INV values; 5, 2 and an unbalanced hand)? Opener should be able to choose whether or is a better contract. At matchpoints, 2 or 2 may be better than 3 even if we have a big fit. (140>130 for ex).
Jan. 13
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Partner had a near automatic 2 call 2nd time.
Jan. 11
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I thought that it was right to compete with this hand on average. In pass out seat, you tend to balance with any reasonable distributional excuse. Holding 44 in the majors, a singleton, and a decent passed hand led me to bid.

The bidding went:

(P)-P-(1nt)-P-(P)-dbl-(P)-2 by partner pass or correct-(P)-2 by me showing both majors-All Pass.

They led K and dummy came down with:

Q85
Q97
K
A109xxx

I won trick 1 in dummy, cashed K, ruffed a back to my hand, cashed A,Q, & J pitching all of dummy's as both opponents had to follow to all 4 , ruffed , ruffed as both opponents had to follow to all 3 , ruffed , and the 1nt bidder scored the last 4 tricks with their AKxx .

+140 was worth 17.5 out of 19 matchpoints.
Jan. 10
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 10
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I bid 4 and played it there, and went down 1 for -50 and 7.5 out of 19 matchpoints.

Partner held:

AJx
AQJx
Jx
QJ10x

North held:

x
x
AK10xxxx
Axxx

N/S go down 1 in 4, but North made a good choice with their 4 call. I was put to the last guess and guessed wrong; additionally, 4 was a good save against our 3.
Jan. 10
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I balanced 2 on the hand (even though it is 0 HCP; we are favorable and if partner decides to double a future contract, they should not expect much from my hand in the way of defense). The auction went:

P-(1)-1-(P)-P-(2)-P-(P)-2-(P)-P-(3)-P-(P)-dbl-All Pass

We set the hand 3 for +800 and a top. Partner held:

AKJ93
Jx
K875
K8

Declarer held:

Qxx
Q6
AQ963
A75
Jan. 10
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 10
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Partner doubled 2 with this hand (naturalish/lead direct). This tends to show 5 or 6 , but the AKQx is such a good holding that I liked the double. The auction went:

(P)-1nt-(P)-P-(2)-dbl-(2)-3-All Pass.

I scored +110 in 3 for 14 out of 19 matchpoints.

I held:

Axx
10
K10972
9632

North held:

K108
532
AJ854
104
Jan. 10
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Partner passed with this hand and the auction went:

P-(1)-4-(4)-P-(P)-5-(P)-P-(dbl)-P-(5)-dbl-(P)-P-(5)-dbl-All Pass.

I held:

J976
J7
A954
Q84

North held:

Q52
1092
KQJ10xxx
void

Declarer could have held this to down 1, but that still would have been a fine score for us.

+500 was worth ~18 out of 19 matchpoints.
Jan. 10
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I did not like bidding 2 on minimal overcall values at unfavorable vulnerability. However, the suit was just so good that I decided to overcall 2. The auction continued:

(1)-2-(4)-5-(5)-P-(P)-6-(P)-P-(dbl)-All Pass.

I went down 1 for -200 and 13 out of 19 matchpoints.

Partner held:

void
10xxx
KQJ10x
KJ83

The opponents could lose as much as 2 and 1 in . North held:

AKQ10xxx
void
xx
Q9xx
Jan. 10
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Partner made the bid that I always would with this hand of 2 stayman.

I responded 2 and played it there; the hand made +110 in for 14 out of 19 matchpoints.

I held:

AJ83
xx
AKQxx
xx
Jan. 10
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I chose to open this hand 1 and we were doomed for a bad score on the board as partner held a bad 13 count and of course drove to game. The cards were poorly placed for our side, and we went down 2 in a game for a near zero.

Partner held:

A9832
95
Q10
AK75
Jan. 10
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I made the matchpoint bid of 2nt. It is true that we are a bit light in values and we do not have anything in or . However, I figured that partner must have very sound values for their 2 vul overcall since I am looking at the AK in my hand. Additionally, the opponent may have to guess which black suit to lead to set this and they do not have much to go on (unless the opening bidder happens to have a very good or holding to lead from).

Partner raised to 3nt and I played it there. The opponent on lead held:

QJ2
KQ1073
x
Q432

Opponent led the rusinow Q, and I quickly took 10 tricks when dummy held:

AK10
A
QJ10xxxx
J10


I led Q trick 2 to my ace, then led middle out of hand. The opponents had no problem smoothly playing a small from QJ2, and so I took the AK.
+630 was a near top.
Jan. 10
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I doubled 3 with this hand, and we set 3 dbled 1 trick for +100 and just above average.

E/W hands do not make any game, and double dummy the most that we make is 3.

West held:

QJxxx
Kx
QJx
K98

North held:

x
AQJxx
xxxxx
Jx
Jan. 10
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 10
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Partner made a good tactical/blocking bid of 3 with this hand. The auction went: (P)-P-(1nt)-3-(3)-P-(3nt)-All Pass. 3nt went down 2 for +200 and a fine score for E/W. North took a gamble over 3 when they bid 3 as they held:

Jxx
J1086
KJxxxx
void

I held the East hand of:

987
Kxxx
Axx
1065

It turned out that the N/S hands could make 5 /.
Jan. 10
Leo Lasota edited this comment Jan. 10
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Why did we pass this hand the 1st time?
Jan. 10
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I like bidding 1nt on many hands that fall within range, but red all opposite a partner that passed 1 diminishes the playing potential of this hand for our side. We know that we do not have a game in , as partner did not overcall 1. 3nt is possible, but highly unlikely. Just pass and expect to defend with this lousy 3343 16 count.
Jan. 7
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