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The reason I didn't poll players on Bridge Winners is because a) the average membership of BW is likely not in the peer group of the player in question; b) the poll results wouldn't arrive in time (the ruling needed to be made within the hour)
Aug. 13
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Apologies, edited to reflect the (agreed) hesitation
Aug. 11
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The difference for me was that 4 might be useful as natural in our current auction. Not many are suggesting that though.
July 21
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Sorry Ed I don't understand your comment - what part of our agreements (aside from the question) aren't defined
July 20
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I should have been more specific in my question. Clearly there is no objective/standard meaning to the bids in the auction above.

I am more interested in what bids should mean in a regular expert partnership. I would be interested in the ‘specific agreements that are all artificial’ mentioned above.
July 20
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Yes, I would double 3.

Partner's double just showed values, I assume. I don't think partner would risk bidding 4 now with a slam try - it's probably not 100% forcing, although unlikely to end the auction.

I don't think a third double (of 4) should have been penalty from partner. It seems too important to be able to double for takeout, despite it being the third double. This means I am discounting the chance of partner bidding 4 with diamonds and a major - that hand would double for takeout.

Sounds like partner has single suit diamonds and a decent hand but not quite enough to insist on game. I have enough for game - if I thought partner was forcing I would perhaps bid 5, but that feels like an overbid if 4 is NF.
July 18
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How do you resolve the huge difference between 1 and 2 after bidding 3 with both?
June 22
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Ben - how can opener have spades when they raise 2 to 3 in this auction? Wouldn't opener have already rebid 1?

Edit: just read your comment above. So with KQx x AKxxx Qxxx you would raise to 3 rather than bid 2NT?
June 22
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I played an embarrassingly bad line at the table so you really don't want to! I'm convinced by winning in hand and playing a club, which one seems a little complicated but small to the 10 likely best.
June 21
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No, I don't think so. Maybe if they thought that game was not on even opposite 22-23 balanced? Haven't really thought much about it.
June 19
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Thank you for your detailed work on this Wayne.
June 19
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Hans - Phil Markey isn't being serious with his comments above :) Normal Australian banter
June 18
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OK Michael, fair point. It would be better to say either “the hand record reveals that 6 could make double-dummy” or “looking at the North-South reveals that 6 had play”. I won't dig my hole deeper by committing to either of those though! I think we can both agree that 5 is better than 3NT in any case.

Thanks for your other comments.
June 18
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You're right Peter - it is a great photo! Thanks for letting me know about your ownership of the photo, I wasn't sure who to credit it to. I have sent you a private message.
May 30
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Not the wrong question for me, Eric. I think getting the 2 bid in is more important than worrying about the problems later. But I do still have to deal with the problems later; hence, the poll!
May 17
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No. But how would you bid it playing XYZ?
May 6
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Hi David, what's pfa?
May 5
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I agree that the conditions are not optimal. Sometimes that's the cards you get dealt.

You can fairly safely assume that 4 doesn't mean anything and that it covers partner's entire range.
May 4
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Patrick, the minimum for an opening bid in our system is 11 points and the maximum is about 21 points
April 28
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Kit - I don't know how I would rule, likely allowing the claim.

I think the difference in the two suit combinations is that Qx opposite AKJxxx is a common “play high from the short hand to unblock” holding, while Kxx opposite AJx is a common “free finesse” holding. I find it easier to imagine declarer misplaying the first than the second. I can't equate the two situations despite the structural similarities.
April 13
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