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West's 7C bid was likely an oops moment. Oops I forgot to confirm all of the keycards on the previous round of bidding, so I will confirm all of the keycards this time by bidding 7C!
May 28, 2013
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The bids that throws me off on your auction are 5C AND 7C by the opener. Can the responder have a hand with 0 keycards for this auction when the opener is staring at KQJ of diamonds? Would the responder bid that way with just KQx KQJxx x xxxx?


Nevertheless, once opener bids 5C and responder bids 6C, opener cannot play the responder for any additional cards beyond the 3 aces as responder would have bid something other than 6C over 5C.
May 28, 2013
Leo Lasota edited this comment May 28, 2013
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I like to play many additional agreements here. Over 4S - 5S overcall only promises a 2 loser hand. Over 4S - 5S - Pass, 5nt by the advancer announces values (what looks like 1+ useful A or K). Without any clear trick, advancer just bids the cheaper minor that they are willing to play if it is one of the overcaller's suits. Therefore, advancer will normally bid 6C (pass or correct) with garbage. Advancer bids 6D instead with 2 or less clubs and 3+ diamonds and 3+ hearts. With something like 4522, advancer would bid 6C.


Over 4S - 4nt - Pass - 5C - Pass, jump to 6D announces powerhouse with extra distribution (something like 0670 or 0661 w/ stiff ace clubs). Advancer does not equate A/K of clubs or spades as a valuable card.


On the actual hand, the overcaller has a fair gamble with 5S, advancer then continues with 5nt to announce a useful value, and overcaller rebids 6D. Advancer then passes 6D or corrects to 6H but does not bid 7 with only 1 sure trick in the red suits. Auction should have been 4S-5S-Pass-5nt-Pass-6D-All Pass.
May 28, 2013
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Another positive for choosing 2H at unfavorable is that partner should be extra careful about “just competing” to the 3 level unfavorable at imps.
May 27, 2013
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You may get there; sure most of us that did not just Texas were planning to bid 2D, then invite with 3H (at least I was). With AQ, A, and Axx in trumps, partner probably should go.
May 26, 2013
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Two possible situations for the hand: 1) Battle for the part score. 2) Nice fitting game for our side vul against not at IMPs.


It is unlikely that declaring the hand in hearts at a low level would be terrible for our side. It is possible that the hand does not belong to us, especially if partner has a minimum 1H overcall. If we bid 1nt here, it is a lot more likely that our side would end up in a doubled contract than if we raise directly to 2H.

On the other hand, even though both opponents have taken a call, we still want to find the vul game bonus at IMPs if it is available. There are more hands that partner can have that make 4H a good game than 3nt. Ex.: Jx KQJ10xx xx AKx ; xx KQJ10x Ax KQxx.
May 25, 2013
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Snapdragon double would keep partner from thinking that we have 3 card support like a raise does. However, since our 10xxx of clubs is not a suit worth showing and we happen to have what looks like a good 9 count with KQx of spades behind the spade bidder and the ace of trumps, I would raise to 2H.
May 25, 2013
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There are many methods for finding a 53 major fit over nt. Partner is not supposed to just blast 1nt-3nt if they have potential ruffing value for 53 major fit. Partner has ways of showing small doubletons, singletons, bidding puppet etc… It is true that if partner is 3343, we would likely end in 3nt and 4S is likely to be a better spot.
May 25, 2013
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So you are stuck at the 3 level when partner has a min with hearts. Wouldn't it be nice to just play 2H in that case? If partner has an invitational hand opposite a strong nt, they will have no problem over 1nt-2d-2h.
May 25, 2013
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Just matter of style here, but with 16 HCP, I would have opened 1nt.
May 25, 2013
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5C over 3S if they hold say Qx spades and garbage.
May 23, 2013
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Auction that I would have with some partners is: 1nt-2S (size ask; may be any strength hand with clubs)-2nt (minimum nt) - 3S (self splinter for clubs) - 4C (cooperating fro clubs; wants partner to bid keycard) - 4D (kickback for clubs) - 5C (2 keycards w/ Q clubs) - 5D (king ask) - 5H (step response; shows lower suit king outside of clubs & spades = king diamonds) - 5nt (asks for 3rd round diamond control) - 7C (doubleton K diamonds, but no Q diamonds) -Pass - Claim 13 tricks.
May 23, 2013
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Passing 1nt is the “normal” action. This would be especially true if I do not consider my RHO to be a strong declarer. At matchpoints, it would be tempting to double against an RHO that is a really good declarer player since that would increase the odds of a poor result against 1nt. However, apparently the at the table result of 1nt down 2 implies that this was NOT a super declarer, hence pass of 1nt would have been easy.
May 23, 2013
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I abstain as I would have doubled 1D last time.
May 20, 2013
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Josh, if partner plays the jack in your methods you need to work out if it is from J10 or KQJ. I would certainly like to know which of those holdings partner has. There are certainly layouts of the cards where one method works better than the other. The key is that you and your partner have an agreement.
May 19, 2013
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Need to have established follow up bidding agreements here. Over 2nt showing values, need to define the next bid for overcall. 3C/3D should be the weak Michaels hand with that suit; 3H/3S should be good Michaels hand for respective minor (3H = Clubs; 3S = Diamonds; This allows advancer to bid 3nt with appropriate hand).
May 19, 2013
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Why aren't we given options for how to continue? You need to have firmly established follow up bidding guidelines in place.
May 19, 2013
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Would have opened this 1S and already had an idea partner's strength before they bid hearts on your right.
May 19, 2013
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East should raise to 2H with Kxx and 2 open suits. The East hand certainly looks like it is likely to work better for a suit contract, and raising to 2H does not eliminate the possibility of 3nt if responder has a balanced game force with stoppers.

West should rebid 2H also. There was recent discussion on this in another article; pass of 1nt with 5332 hands is on good 8 to bad 11. This does not qualify as good 8, hence rebid of 2H is correct.
May 19, 2013
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How can you possibly not show values with the West hand? You have an ace and are guaranteed to have at least one of your minor suit kings as valuable for partner. 4 controls is definitely worth showing values.
May 19, 2013
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