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Thanks Stephen!
Oct. 2
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Sorry what was I supposed to bid?
Sept. 20
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Thank you Felix!
Sept. 18
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Tom - “no reasonable rebid”? You might not personally like reversing into hearts, but that is what a significant majority of bridge players would do, so calling it unreasonable is perhaps an exaggeration…
Sept. 17
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I'm glad I asked bridgewinners because I wasn't 100% sure, but passing seems pretty good. I bid 2 at the table, admittedly a pig of a bid, and was rewarded for it.
Sept. 13
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I'll pass on this carefully constructed hand…
Sept. 11
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David: I rebid 2 because 2NT seemed like the wrong bid to me without a club stopper. We play 2 only promises five so rebidding 2NT suggests NT orientated hand. I was looking for 1-2-2-2NT-3 which felt like a perfect description of my hand.
Aug. 28
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We know West: she is a sound club player. Fairly OK in the cardplay, old-fashioned but aggressive bidding.

East's signal is low from xxx or xxxx, high from xx. Attitude with Qxx in dummy.

East has a wide range of shapes with six diamonds. 6322 is not considering abnormal where I come from, nor is 4M6m.

At the table I was confident that West did not consider doubling.
Aug. 28
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You are playing an aggressive junior
Aug. 28
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Well, I was going to find a 3 bid next over partner's 2NT, but I don't think he gets much blame for jumping to 4.

I found a better line than both suits breaking, but I didn't make it…
Aug. 27
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Wow. Did not expect a third of voters to pass out 2!

I bid 2NT and everyone passed. The lead was the A, and dummy put down (please comment on dummy's decision):

AJT64
53
T632
T5

opposite my

Q
AKQT8
Q75
AK84

The play was somewhat satisfying. At trick two, LHO shifted to clubs around to the Q and A. I played four rounds of hearts, LHO pitching a diamond and a spade as RHO won the fourth round. A club was continued to the 4, J and 10, and the 9 of clubs came back around to the K.

Now I cashed a heart and a club (LHO pitching 9 and J) to leave:

AJT in dummy

opposite

Q and Q7 in hand. The correct play is left for the reader to complete ;)
Aug. 22
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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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