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“and you might like to not be vulnerable.”
That part of your wish was actually granted.
April 12
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When I saw the West hand, one of my first thoughts was ‘Hmmm, good for Kit’s method'. Of course, it's not a panacea. 1-3-4-5 facing 4-3-3-3 will (I think) see Kit reach 3 - where the ‘normal’ world gets to 3.
Kit will know better than I whether his method can have two-card discrepancy problems. I'm not sure how, as the hand over 2, he handles 2-5-3-3 shape. Say xx, Axxxx, AQx, AQx.
April 11
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Very Old Standard is minors. Sensible Old Standard is ‘any two places’ (which, incredibly, I think is GCC illegal). Modern Expert Standard is + a minor.
April 11
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Many play, and quite reasonably, that West's 3 is an OBAR bid (as termed by the WBF). Those playing that way might well prefer an action other than 3.
But, in any case, for East to bid 3 here feels like a stretch to me. What game are you aiming for? 3N when you're aceless with no help in clubs? 4 when partner chose 3 rather than double?
If 10 were K you'd at least have the right strength. Meanwhile, I don't feel like guaranteeing a minus facing xx, Qx, xxx, AKQxxx - maybe a big minus if things go/break poorly.
April 11
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Robert G: “If you didn’t cash the third heart you have an entry to the fifth club assuming 4-2 clubs. I’m constantly having to tell clients to set up new tricks.”

Except that you didn't “cash the the third heart”. You won the first heart. East won the second and returned a third. So, at least on the actual sequence, you have no “entry to the fifth club” via hearts.

I guess you could play on clubs instead of the second heart. But then the defense can duck a heart and you are cut off from the 3rd heart trick.
So continuing hearts, as was done, seems clearly correct. The defense might have done better to duck the second heart, win the third, amd play a club. However, it's possible this defense would ‘force’ declarer into a winning line.
April 11
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Leonard: Who said anything about “over dummy's Qxx”? Declarer is North. I said East.
April 11
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“OPs question is about a ”Brand new partnership “.

For a brand new partnership, 2N is a helluva lot more practical than 3 on the OP hand.

”With 5c-6c(presumably you meant ) and “not so goo (Freudian slip?) suits” a 1 response is available.“

Nice to know that with (say) A, Jxxxx, AKxxxx, x, 1 is ”available". However, I'll stick with 1.
April 11
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Patrick L: “With QX opposite Ax (and vice-versa)the rightside is to receive the lead from the player who holds the King.Give us a coin!”

was waiting for somebody to ask.

There is conflicting negative info here. LHO didn't overcall 1. RHO didn't overcall 1 OR double 2. Of course somebody MIGHT overcall without the king - whereas I doubt RHO will ever double without it (the final contract might not be 3N).

Also, given that hearts is fairly ‘safe’ here (neither one of us really likely to have length), RHO might well double from a FOUR-card holding.

All in all, when you consider their KJxx facing 5-card, I think it's a little more likely that LHO has the K.

Still, one further issue. If you play from Qx and play low, it may be that they can win the K and defeat you by cashing 4 spade tricks - xxx, Qx, AKJxx, Kxx. Whereas, playing from the Ax, you can try Q and fall back on the finesse.

So, when partner has Qx, the “coin” is weighted in favor of 2N - once 2 is not doubled.
April 11
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“Why wrongside 3NT when bidding 2NT? For the moment just show the good ♣ suit.”

To keep 3 as ‘pure’ - 6(+)-card suit - helps with slam auctions. Partner already has to try to sort out if you are 4-2-1-6, 4-1-2-6, 4-3-0-6, 4-0-3-6, 4-1-1-7, 4-2-0-7 or 4-0-2-7. It's too much to add the burden of ANY of the more common shapes of 4-2-2-5 or 4-3-1-5.

3 can be used for SOMETHING - but not too much because it takes up so much space. No, the burden ‘should’, as usual, fall on the most economical bid.
And, here, it's intuitive to play that 2 can be EITHER 5-6 OR some awkward 4-5 hands. Which is why many experts do just that. Of course the details need to be worked out.

Btw, 3 over 1 as 5-6 GF is an EXCELLENT treatment. But it probably should be reserved for ‘5-6, good suits’. If you do it on EVERY 5-6 GF then, again, too big a burden on responder.
April 11
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Looks like the “real life declarer” wasn't topnotch. Or he'd have won the lead in hand and played K…
April 10
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Michael H: I think all that is fair. If the argument is that 1 is ‘anti-field’, rather than “underbid” - I nave no quarrel with that - in fact I agree.
Responder can make slam opposite the ‘right’hand. Some play that 1N-4 ‘needs a perfecto’. Absent that, or some other method, it's a clear overbid. The semantic Ministry of Silly discussion I guess we can leave. But, before doing so, I'd point out that my “overbid” leaves more room for increasingly disparaging adjectives for even worse actions than your “silly”.
April 10
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I think those advocating 1 are doing it mainly because they believe the hand is weaker than a 1N opening. I'm pretty sure they plan on raising 1M to 2M. I'm not saying whether I agree that it's a good idea in practice to open 1 in a ‘normal’ matchpoint field - but I do think that Kaplan-Rubens will almost certainly value this hand as less than 14.
You call the raise to 2M an “undebid”. But is it really that much more ov an underbid than a 1N opening is an overbid?

I also don't agree that 4N is “silly”. I do agree that it's an overbid. But mesh is everything. Facing (say) AQx, KJx, QJxx, Kxx - a flat 16 (admittedly, carefully constructed) - slam is close to ok. Make x into 9 and slam is clearly good.
What responder would like is a route to 3N that says ‘I have a mild balanced ST’.
April 10
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If you intend to play 2 rounds of spades, there is at least one advantage in preferring low to the Q. If you play low to K, you may run into a clever East who ducks with AJ109x, or the equivalent.
April 10
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I win K and return J. Presumably you duck. I play another club.
April 9
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Thanks, Peter. All makes sense.
April 9
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Robert G: “David you said you were ducking a spade and now you're not. Make up your mind so I know how to beat you.”

Ok, beat me instead. I lead a diamond. Your move.
April 9
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I understand. And actually this suit is not too bad if that is allowed. But, again, your 4th suit auctions are far better when you have agreements such as ‘3 guarantees 6-card’. Much easier on partner - there is a giant difference between 4-2-2-5 and 4(2-1)-6
April 9
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In the 21st century, 3 should deliver 3-card . Making the same 3 bid with 4-1-3-5 or 4-2-2-5 is too tough on partner.
April 9
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You omitted the pass of 3….
April 9
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I had the same general thought as Robert G. re the endplay. But when I ran the specifics through my head, it always came to down one. lead, spade won by K, , J, to ace. Then if draw trump and spades then duck, while if spade played, win and play spade back.
Club at trick two is no better.
April 9
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