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I'd like this hand a lot better if you switch the honors
Nov. 26, 2019
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Wolff makes it unnecessary to use 3 as a checkback. What I learned from JoAnna Stansby with Wolff was that:
3… 3OM = 54
Directly bidding OM = equal length (4=4 or 5=5)
direct 3 or M rebid is natural and forcing
3… 3NT+ all equal clubs slammish
Nov. 25, 2019
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Maybe I'll make 6. Maybe they'll save. Partner likely has at least 3 spades, and given his positive values is a near lock to have the spade ace. It wouldn't shock me to be wrapping up 13 tricks here.
Nov. 24, 2019
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Heart 9…
Nov. 24, 2019
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Hard to believe that Hamman, of all people, didn't try 3NT.
Nov. 23, 2019
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Hi Bill,

For me, a forcing new-suit advance promises either a good hand or a good suit. With values that don't lend themselves to bidding a new suit, you're left only with NT bids (although you can occasionally cuebid on a strong 2-card holding: AKx KQ xxx Qxxxx after (1) - 1 - ??)

Therefore a NT advance merely shows a balanced or semi-balanced hand within the agreed upon range for the level bid. It does not guarantee a stopper.

The jump to 2NT is roughly a hand that would open 1m and the jump to 3NT is around a strong NT.
Nov. 22, 2019
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You're allowed to pass 1 if you have a bad hand. 1NT shows some expectation of making, hence some values.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Challenge accepted. I thought we put the whole “free raise” myth in the bin nearly half a century ago.
Nov. 22, 2019
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If you're looking for the bottom, you need to dig deeper, like
Qxx xxxx xx xxxx
Nov. 22, 2019
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To play. Using that as a splinter is almost completely dominated by whatever your forcing raise is, because there is no space between 4 and 4.
Nov. 21, 2019
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I did play a relay structure with
1 - ??
1 = semi-pos
1 = semi-pos
1 = art, double neg
1!N + = positives
Nov. 20, 2019
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Good job in making it somewhat symmetric, (2+ direct = delayed 2+.) I think you can do better.
If you put all the both major hands into the first transfer (presumably 1, but perhaps 1 with a direct 1 being the negative) then you can actually just use a more traditional relay structure here:
2 = Min
2 = bal (min, as non-mins shown directly)
2 = clubs
2 = diamonds
2!N = diamonds reverser
3+ = running onto shape with a 1-suiter

Are you reserving all direct responses of 2 and higher for minor suit hands then?
Nov. 20, 2019
ATB
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I voted the North option, but really it has two errors: The hand is 5.5 losers, not 6, and North should not make a game try, but instead just bid game.

If partner raises your 6-card major and you aren't 6322, you should usually bid game; this hand should have been easy.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Although if partner's choice of leads was influenced by MI, and you are damaged, you can ask for an adjustment.
Nov. 19, 2019
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To advance the overcall, even in a forcing manner, you don't need more than a very long suit. For example, I'd not pass 1 with 7=0=2=4 shape regardless of my high-card total.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Getting to 1NT will result in -100 a trick, whereas opponents getting to play something will result in -20 or -30 a trick.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Hoping for a passout…
Nov. 18, 2019
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5-loser hand and a 30 point deck. Pass is too conservative. Double is too risky (yes, you'll have 3 hearts, but partner will just routinely pass it with balanced hands lacking 5 hearts.) That leaves various bids. The advantage of my choice: 4, other than being the only one who bids it, is that it leaves partner room to bid 4 or 4, both of which are quite welcome developments.

With the actual auction spoiled, I can predict that LHO will bid 4 and partner will have an interesting problem, but diamonds will likely be lost. If I KNEW LHO would bid 4, I'd've tried 4NT, but that gets us past 4.
Nov. 18, 2019
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Was it really 3 tricks? The defense starts with 4 top tricks and declarer starts with 8. The K could always be overtaken for 3 tricks.
Nov. 18, 2019
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Is there really a difference?
Nov. 16, 2019
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