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Yes, my mistake. Optical illusion?! Still good chances even if clubs 3-1. Maybe only 65-70%.
15 hours ago
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In the former case I can live with the one distribution with a theoretical problem and either pass with minimal values, bid 1S on 4 card suit, bid 1NT with 5 small or risk the 5-2 fi, a problem that simply does not exist with 4513/4531/4540/4503 patterns. In the latter case your 6 card heart suit is higher ranking than either minor, so a bit of latitude may be allowed, and a neg double over 1S is not mandatory with a 6 count.
19 hours ago
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Great point. I find that after finding the major fit the “choice of slams” offering a bigger minor fit is not offered enough. Even at matchpoints it certainly has its place. After e.g. 1S-2C-2H-2S-3C- you have an excellent chance to choose 6C over 4S or 6S.
20 hours ago
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I'm far from a great declarer but let's say for the sake of argument you ruff the diamond opener and cash AK clubs. If 2-2 you are home. If not finesse spade. If Kx onside you're home, if Kxx onside, cash ace, ruff diamond and pitch board's 3 losers on the hearts. I'm probably missing something. I think this includes KTxx onside even when spade ace is ruffed. (.52+(1-.52)*.5*.96)=.75. Probably a couple of items to make this go +/-5%.
21 hours ago
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The double promises “two places to play” presumably including spades. So if doubler does not have clubs he has a diamond fit. Either way 3C to show extras, but not GF, caters to both possibilities. Conversely, partner's 1S overcall has shown nothing in the minors so the JS should be GF, imo.
22 hours ago
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A lot better. Probably in the 75-80% zone as a guess.
22 hours ago
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I think Jay's right and for the right reasons, very cogent. Where is the shade of grey? Partner can always offer a courtesy raise of 2C or cuebid with Inv. Values.
Oct. 18
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I figure 6S in the 43-45% range (Kx onside plus a bit more than half of Jxx onside or 3-2 king offside). I dont wish to be there in any game.
Oct. 18
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That's way too strict for me, Brett. Over 1D are you supposed to bid 2C with 3=3=3=4 just because you have 2 aces. Points and shape and major denial in one bid seems accurate enough.
Oct. 17
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One of several reasons I prefer 1D with 4-4 minors.:)
Oct. 16
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John: I think it is perfectly acceptable to pass 2H with 2=3 in limited competitive auctions, and here with 4-4 possible (imo) it's even more clear. I recently asked Brian Glubok and Lloyd Arvedon separately about the difference between 5-2 and 4-3 fits at 2 level. Both said difference was only 0.20 tricks on average. Harold Feldheim (still an active pro at 80) said he preferred 4-3.
2) no I don't think it is forcing.
Oct. 16
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In a full sentence or paragraph ONE capitalized word is sometimes used for emphasis more effectively that italics or underline, but just one. So I won't capitalize imo.:)
Oct. 16
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It's certainly a “partnership agreement” situation, no absolute right or wrong.
Oct. 16
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John: That was part of my reason for posting. If we normally as advancer respond to 1m-X with 1S when 4-4 (and slightly weaker values) to have the flexibility of bidding 2H over 2D, then why not consider this strategy as responder? The fact hat here the spades are so much better, so a potential 3-3 would be more comfortable, is a lagniappe.
Oct. 16
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Why must partner have 4S? I prefer 2S to be gamefircing but neutral, usually 3 card support, and 3S as slammish extras with 3 or 4 card support. Without the 4Th trump the GS had to be an inferior bet, IMO. And with it it still seem marginal.
Oct. 15
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Kit; I know how to set up a hand diagram including bidding. What icons do you use to show card advancements trick by trick in the diagram?
Oct. 13
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Josh: What is the popular expert view about 2NT if the singleton is a high honor?
Oct. 13
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An interesting point. Since you could bid 3D with diamond support (yes that could be just preference) and later go to some slam, should/could the jump to 4D carry a different message? Which would be more valuable, the splinter or the fit jump when 3D could show diamonds. I think it depends on partnership agreements for Jumpshift hands. With an infrequent or new partner, 3S is surely safest.
Oct. 13
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An astute observation. If you lead a spade and only a heart would have worked, you haven't affected partnership harmony. If you lead a heart and only a spade would have worked, partner is likely to be very upset.
Oct. 13
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Yu: Do you also avoid splinter in openers primary suit?
Oct. 13
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