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I agree. The limited NT bidder has basically shot his load with only 5 controls, no club card and spade jack of limited value. He took charge over 4H instead of bidding 4S and letting North carry on. After all, when North made the 4C slam try South cooperated with a 4D cue. That’s enough. Even having said all that, South’s reds could have been reversed for a good slam. A bit unlucky.
July 15
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I think the 2/3 rule came from really old views on weak twos, when bad suits were an anathema. I believe the rule was designed to assume that high honor doubleton (Ax, Kx, Qx) would produce no losers the majority of the time, and that requires 2/3. But competitiveness and not going for a number appears to have superseded playing a grand slam opposite a monster with Hx(x) trumps, so many view HJTxxx as a good suit. I think that if you are red vs white at IMPs, KQxxxx Kx xxx xx is too dangerous for GG but white vs red would be a different story, IMHO.
July 14
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I can conceive of bidding 2H with something like AJxxx AQx x xxxx, but almost always 2H invit. Would have 4H. If you are gameforcing, 3C with 5314 or 6313 makes more sense. Don’t want a heart raise but might risk it rarely with HHx.
July 12
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Steve: Not my toolbox.:)
July 12
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Sounds right.
July 12
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment July 12
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From BWS2017:
“After a one-level suit response and opener's simple same-suit rebid:
(a) a third-suit bid that is a reverse or a three-level bid is forcing to game;
(b) a third-suit non-reverse at the two-level is forcing for one round, and responder may pass if opener bids two of responder's first suit or three of opener's suit;
© a non-reverse jump to three of a third suit is natural (five-five or more) and game-forcing (to invite with the same shape, responder bids two and then three of the third suit);
(d) a bid one level above a game-forcing third-suit bid is a splinter.”

Reference (b) is. Clearly on point. If Bridgewinners is playing a different system from Bridge World 2017, PLMK.
July 11
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What tool box?. What does nmf have to do with it as that normally applies only to 1NT rebids. I do understand that after 1C-1S-2C- some play 2H as weak and 2D as only force, but are you suggesting that someone with 4H and inv or gf values over the 2D rebid hides the hearts over 2D and bids 3C, forcing Opener to bid 3H with 4H? That sounds very awkward and unnatural. If someone could point to a specific reference in Bridge World Standard that says 1S-2D-2H is game forcing I would appreciate it. At this point I would find such a BWS assertion incredulous.
July 11
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I think 2 of 3 is simplest, although I wouldn't say “good-good” with KQxxxx xx KJx xx, I'd say either good suit or good hand based on partner, scoring and colors. I also wouldn't say good suit with KJ109XX, but might break the 2/3 rule for AJ10xxx. Yes we know that AJ109xx is better than KQxxxx but we have to keep it simple.
July 11
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C'mon Mark. How can 2H possibly be game forcing? Since opener didn't rebid 1NT, standard is new suit by responder is a 1 round force. It does make sense for 3C to be game forcing, but 2H??
July 11
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Max: Agreed. My simplistic point was that even without the diamond info, the 3-3 is likely better than the 3/8 play, especially when adding the scant chance of a squeeze. Surely the diamond break magnifies this logic. But calculating 300 vs 224 at the table is a bit much for me. Sometimes the layouts have different weights.
July 11
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Must have forgotten to include that it was mAtchpoints, from the Instant MAtchpoint Game last Thursday. At IMPs even white I would Stayman and raise to 3H. Interestingly, even though this was close to the worst possible scenario for passing 2H, our +200 still garnished 50% in a weak club.
July 11
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I’m sure that he planned to bid 2NT over 2D, don’t know whether he would pass or bid 2NT over 2S.
July 11
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Fit showing jumps by passed hand are hugely valuable and effective. Great advertisement Frances.
July 10
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Hi All: Taking a simple view without diagnosing the pressures and discards, if we assume hearts are 4-4 then the spade play seems 37.5% but clubs 3-3 would rise from 35.5% to something bigger, likely closer to 40% I think. In addition if you duck a club you might still succeed if the player with 4C has both KQ spades. Very unlikely, but that seems to tip the scale against the 3/8ths play, IMO.
July 10
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But stiff king on right seems less likely than setting up some potential pointed suit ruff for defenders, I think. Spade to dummy seems clear but less clear whether to keep trump lead in dummy or not.
July 10
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Brett: As you know the views on this are all over the place. From players who never open 1NT in range with 5CM and 5332, regardless of tenaces and honor dispersion to The many who ALWAYS open 1NT with this count and pattern regardless of honor dispersion. My plan and policy has been consistent for 45 years. Only with 5332, (I’d consider a few 4=5=2=2s) generally 15-16 (with exceptions) and with “something” in the doubleton, not xx. I tend to ignore xxx tripletons and avoid pure 2 suiters like AKXxx AKx xxx Jx. Each player sets his/her own bar and standards. I’ve had excellent results and am quite confident in my view. Larry Cohen has opined similarly I believe.To each his own.
July 10
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As would I.
July 10
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Playing 14++ to 17- as I will be in Atlanta with one partner, I think passing in tempo (at matchpoints) is almost automatic. And you will get a top a small percentage of time when you make the “correct” 2-2 percentage play—-A then K , not K then A.
July 10
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:) Yes depending on defense it’s probably only between 97 and 99% assuming you play the hearts correctly (Ace first).
July 10
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It was 15-17 mAtchpoints. Passing 1NT seems reasonable at mAtchpoints. I was wondering whether having gone out of way to look for heart fit partner should have raised to 3 instead of passing. Some theorists suggest passing 2H since you have already found a better spot. At IMPs I think some kind of invite would be warranted. Thought it was close.
July 10
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