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Interesting suggestion; I'll discuss it with my partner.
Sept. 30
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Sorry, I should have included that 1NT is a one round force.
Sept. 30
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I don't understand the 2 bids. Do you really eat to risk partner passing 2? 3 is a much superior bid than 2; I would much rather play the latter than the former. That said, 3 is much better than 3 because it is forcing.
July 6, 2018
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Actually, it's neither of your clubs; it's the one I recently joined after moving here.

The game in question has no posted upper limit, but the A bracket is more than 500 master points. At the other club games, the A bracket is more than 2,000 master points.
May 20, 2018
Michelle Steiner edited this comment May 20, 2018
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Donald, as I wrote, it is billed as an invitational game.
May 19, 2018
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I'm the person that Barry referred to. “Top ten players” is not quite accurate. I'm not sure how the cutoff is determined; it could be players of 1000 or more master points, or it could be higher. It's not the number of players, though. And it is sanctioned as an invitational game.

Attendance at open games is rarely more than ten or eleven tables a session; this game, however, draws at least 18 tables. There are also 499er games and games with lower maximums, but I don't know what their attendance is.
May 17, 2018
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After E opens 1D in 4th seat, and W bids 1H, what should N call?
March 28, 2018
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I was S and had KQx in clubs, a spade stopper, and no heart stopper.
Jan. 12, 2018
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I'm the opening bidder, and I bid 3S. My rationale is that after an inverted minor suit raise, you bid stoppers up the line to try to get to a NT contract. (An inverted raise is not a game force, though; only a one-round force.)

With that in mind, I bid 3S to show a spade stopper, denying a heart stopper. It would be extremely foolish to try for 3NT in this sequence without having clubs stopped because there's no way to bid a club stopper without going higher than 3NT. Further, unless opener is looking for a Moysian fit of 4-3 in spades, there's no need for the bid to show a four-card spade suit; the 2D bid denies a four-card major.
Jan. 10, 2018
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After an inverted minor raise, the normal procedure is to cue bid stoppers, looking for a NT game. If opener didn't have clubs stopped, it would be suicidal to cue bid a major at the 3 level to try to find a NT game. Therefore, 3S must be showing a spade stopper, denying a heart stopper, an implying a club stopper.
Jan. 10, 2018
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With six diamonds and five spades, I would think that the bid would be 4S, not 3S.
Jan. 10, 2018
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Does it matter that the 1NT bid was actually in 4th seat, and not in 1st seat as shown here?
Dec. 19, 2017
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I trust that partner will take 5D as exclusion, and show whether he has the spade K.
Oct. 15, 2017
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What about non-forcing constructive, promising four?
Oct. 15, 2017
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Larry Cohen's web page on XYZ says that a three bid is invitational.
Jan. 22, 2017
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3H is invitational; you have 13 HCP opposite an opening bid. Shouldn't you be forcing to game?
Jan. 22, 2017
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Not good enough for 2H in 4th position. Change the heart 10 to the Q, and I'd open.
June 1, 2016
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If I were to bid, I would do it immediately over !3D; it's too late to bid now. Having said that, I agree with the initial pass.
May 31, 2016
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What are your thoughts about E bidding 3 over 1NT?
May 29, 2016
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