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The question is do you and your partner have any bidding agreements when the opponents overcall 1nt other than dbl is penalty? Any agreement on what 3H initially would have shown? Would that show a fit showing jump or weak with a bunch of hearts or something else? If you do not have firm agreements for bids over their nt overcall, it would seem that you should have started with a double.
Nov. 14, 2012
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Good example of a hand where you would like to let partner know that you have 4+ spades, limit raise+. Cuebid of 3H should be limited to 3 trumps, 2nt should be LR+ with 4+ trumps.
Nov. 11, 2012
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I choose 4S as my call only at this vulnerability and form of scoring. This is matchpoints, so if 4S is very wrong and we get doubled and go down about 1100, it is just one board. At imps of course the potential loss would be much greater so I would not bid 4S at imps. Another reason I really like 4S here is that even though players do not like to bid at the 5 level often in competitive auctions, I believe that there will be many hands that the opponents will guess wrong at this form of scoring and try 5H. Remember that LHO may have a somewhat distributional hand with 4 hearts, 5+ clubs and think about bidding 5 hearts.
Nov. 7, 2012
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This is because double needs to have a specific meaning. Leading dummy's first bid suit is a specific meaning. A heart is in no way the most unlikely lead for partner to make. If it was rotuinely seen that partner never leads the opposite major on this auction, there would be an argument in favor of your idea. However, this is not the case.
Nov. 1, 2012
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Of course double asks for dummy's first bid suit (spades). Declarer can easily have 13 running tricks if you do not lead a spade as partner requested. If you are looking at a red ace against 7nt, you do not double. Partner may very well find a lead in the red suit that you have an ace if you do not double. On this particular hand, chalk it up to a fix as opponents have overbid if the opening leader holds 2 red jacks and the other defender has an ace! I would probably not lead from Jxx in either red suit. Therefore, spade lead on double, probably club lead without the double.
Nov. 1, 2012
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Agree to disagree; I have had great success opening these hands 1nt.
Oct. 27, 2012
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2nt is severe overbid there. 2nt on your 16 opposite a random misfitting 6 count will not play well. 1nt or 2S by your side if partner has 5 spades is vastly superior.
Oct. 27, 2012
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You have a comfortable rebid in uncontested auction when it goes 1H-1S or 1nt by partner-2C-2H?
Oct. 27, 2012
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A popular method to follow is to bid stayman with all GF+ hands with 45, 54, 46, 64, 56, or 65 in the majors.

Over 1nt-2C-2S,
you bid 4D to show a balanced slam try with 4 spades (i.e. no shortness unless singleton A or K);
you bid 3H to announce slam try with spade fit, unspecified shortness. Over this, partner can signoff in 4S to announce that they hold garbage and not interested in where your shortness is; Partner can also bid 3S to ask where your shortness is,

1nt-2C-2S-3H**-3S*:

4C/D/H are all singletons
3nt*** shows unspecified void

Over 1nt-2C-2S-3H**-3S*-3nt-4C asks then:

4D= D void
4H = H void
4S = C void with hand not worth slam force
4nt+ = club void, cuebids for slam+
Oct. 27, 2012
Leo Lasota edited this comment Oct. 27, 2012
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John,

Even if you are fortunate enough to find partner with 2 hearts, there are many doubletons that they can have without an honor. Give partner something like: QJxx xx Kxx Jxxx

You have a decent shot at making 3C with this hand with friendly splits in clubs/hearts. You may also be down in 3C on less friendly splits in hearts/clubs.

Now suppose you open 1nt instead and it goes all pass. On a diamond opening lead away from the ace, you start with 7 tricks and there is great chances for making 8 tricks.
Oct. 27, 2012
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Yehudit - On the example that you give here, I believe the defense would not have much trouble leading trumps a few times as they get in with spades or diamonds. Lets us say LHO is 3352 with Axx or Kxx in spades and leads a trump at trick 1. You will likely lead a spade towards the QJxx and LHO takes their spade and leads a second trump. When you then lead another spade, RHO will win the second round of spades and lead another trump. You are held to 5 trumps tricks, 1 heart, 1 spade for -200. Give your partner same shape without the J of spades and you escape for down 2 by ruffing 2 hearts in the dummy and scoring 6 trump tricks and the ace hearts.

Now suppose instead that you open the hand 1nt and it goes all pass. You have 5 top tricks and may steal a diamond trick on opening lead, a spade trick, or a second heart for down 1. Absolute worst case scenario with the hand is that you go down 2 in 1nt, which equals the best possible likely result in 3C.
Oct. 27, 2012
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17 count with 2 kings to protect sounds like a hand too strong for 1nt; hence the 1H opener.
Oct. 26, 2012
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Absolutely not; while there are some 19 counts that I would upgrade such as a great 5 card suit with 19 HCP, 3334 shape is never an upgrade.
Oct. 26, 2012
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Not sure I understand your logic when you state, “1nt immediately books a loser”. There are many hands where declaring a 25 spade fit works as well as a 53 heart fit. Oftentimes, the combined hands do better when the trump suit is the long suit in the weak hand. The defense on hands where a strong nt ends up the declarer are made even more difficult when the opener's range of hand types is greater (assuming of course that all of the hands are within the appropriate constraints for opening 1nt). If you are defending a hand that goes 1nt all pass, is it not easier to visualize the likely layouts of the cards between your partner and declarer if you are told that they do not normally open nt with a 5 card major?
Oct. 26, 2012
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Will you be happy on this auction when your partner bids 2S? Even if partner can manage to bid 2H for you, you may well go for -200.
Oct. 26, 2012
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Perhaps those under 30 would normally open 2nt, and those over 30 that decide to open 2nt can call it a senior moment :)
Oct. 26, 2012
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Just another example of why you open 1nt with balanced 16 counts. There is no other way to describe the strength of the hand to your partner.
Oct. 25, 2012
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Direct splinters are very descriptive, approximately 11+ to 15 HCP, with no suit with 2 quick losers. Narrow the range of hands that consume double jump shift amounts of bidding space; use other auctions with hands that fall outside of the range.

Oct. 25, 2012
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You have 3 initial bids available for creating a 2/1 GF after partner opens 1 of a major. You can splinter, bid 2nt or whatever bid you and your partner make to show forcing raises, or you can start with 2/1 such as 1S-2C/D/H or 1H-2C/D. Suppose you have a forcing raise with 4+ cards in partner's major, a minimum opening bid and a side suit singleton. If you just routinely show the splinter, this takes up alot of bidding space. Bids that take up alot of bidding space in power auctions should have well defined meaning. If the auction goes 1S-4H splinter, wouldn't it be nice for the opener to know that you do not have 2 top losers in either clubs or diamonds? This can greatly simplify the decision for opener about bidding above game. If the responder has 2 or more top losers in a side suit, they can just start with 2 of a suit if it is a source of tricks, otherwise just start with 2nt.
Oct. 25, 2012
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While there are many varieties of methods to use when playing transfers over non-forcing 1C openers, the hands that opener has a balanced weak nt (43xx) are handled better when their second bid announces the number of hearts they have when auction begins 1C-1D by partner.
Oct. 17, 2012
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