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Perhaps, but there is a class of hands where we belong in the weaker fit (Vondracek hands) For example:
AKxxx (xxx) KQJxx. If they lead the wrong red suit, then we belong in spades.

and
AKxxx (Kxx) KQxxx, we can only sometimes handle 4-1 spades with clubs trump, but can easily handle 4-1 clubs with spades trump.
Jan. 24
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Our spade length and medium strength hand make it probable that we can buy it in 2. We should only go higher than that if we thing we're favorites to make.
Jan. 23
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2 aces and 2 queens though… Or maybe the J in addition. Not that I know the hand or anything (I didn't know the hand when I wrote my initial comment)
Jan. 22
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When a decision is close; look for spots and useful jacks. This hand has neither black Jack nor ten. An otherwise excellent slam (with spots) might become just a decent one because we can't handle bad breaks. And Slam might not be good at all if partner needed us to have a working Q.
Jan. 22
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Also, when it is clear the other side is going to win the contract, you should stick in 1-bids to help direct the defense or clarify important information.
Jan. 22
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After playing a bunch of hands of Hool with the wife and kids (who do not play bridge) we started moving in a bridge-like direction with agreements about what showing specific distributional information means, which is a step toward understanding bidding.
I told them
1) with a bad hand (fewer than 10 HCP), start by naming a 2 or 3 card suit
2) with 3 suits of 4+" length, start with your singleton or void, then follow with HCP
3) with no singletons or 6-card suits and 14-18 HCP, give your general distribution first
4) With a very strong hand (20+) start by naming your HCP
5) with a good hand (10+) that doesn't qualify for any of the above, start by naming a 4 or 5 card suit, long major first

These generally translate to
1) Pass
2) DBL
3) 1NT
4) 2C/2N
5) 1-suit

As responder, you can have rules too.

I thought it interesting perhaps to see what sort of rules they'd come up with on their own, but my kids were struggling, so I helped.
Jan. 22
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A psyche must be a gross distortion. 1 HCP and 1 Card is not a gross distortion.
Jan. 21
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@Jeff, I saw the hand and thought, “It is completely obvious this was meant as a natural bid by the bidder, an attempt to arrive at a making 3NT.”
Jan. 21
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A little late to this, but a careful look at the map shows the convention center a two block walk from the Square Victoria Metro station. In Montreal, the trains run very frequently, although I'm not sure how late.
Jan. 21
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When I was a wee little player, my Uncle yelled at my Grandfather who opened 1 with 5-5 in the blacks, saying, “The suit order is Clubs - Diamonds - Hearts - Spades - Clubs.”

Of course, he was wrong, but with clubs and spades it is easy and convenient to open longer clubs.
Jan. 19
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Not a fan of bidding suits out of length order. Would open 1.
Jan. 19
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There are two pairs of things going on:
If 2NT would be natural, then North should bid 3 over 3 to show both suits.

If 2NT is scrambling, then 3 shows 5+ clubs and North should either pass or bid 3, but NOT 3 (which should now show 5+)
Jan. 19
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Fortunately, the convention chart is only like 5 sheets of paper, so it wouldn't hurt too much. Although the possibility of a paper cut is live.
Jan. 19
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Maybe they hooked the spade in 6 for a push?

Not a whole lot of blame here.
I don't fancy 1NT on the North cards, so 1 it is.

I suppose some folks might make an offshape, low defense negative double with the South hand. I would not.

North doesn't have a palatable action over 3; pass is normal.

South could bid 4 here, and it probably is right to do so. That is the only decision that I might go the other way on.

So what blame there is goes to South.

So much of bidding is about majors, so on a hand like this, where you each have shortness in the unbid major, it becomes harder to compete.
Jan. 18
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What is the difference between North bidding 3 before 4NT and a direct 4NT? Seems to me the direct 4NT over 2 is clearly quantitative (and indicated.)

It seems to me the delayed sequence could easily be misconstrued as spade keycard.
Jan. 18
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North should hold the 987 of spades for X's, then play the 4-3 fit.
Jan. 18
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One 2-card holding and one 3-card holding: JT and JT8 (otherwise the 8 would have popped up.) The fact that the 8 is relevant is, unfortunately, relevant.
Jan. 18
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redacted.
Jan. 18
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Although this is absolutely not a restricted choice situation, since you blow to three card holdings as well as two card holdings. So unless you have jedi feelings on the matter, I'd go up after the 9 isn't covered.
Jan. 18
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“Inappropriate” usually = “Too Strong”
Jan. 18
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