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Agree with David, what's the rush to cash the AK?
8 hours ago
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Thanks, Fred!
Nov. 13
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What if I object to both 3 and pulling the double?
Nov. 9
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Partner didn't open in 3rd seat, which might have happened with a good 5-card suit and 8-10 HCP. If you're trying to make an active lead a spade is better because it's less likely partner has strong enough spades to warrant a 3rd seat opening, but I think partner's pass argues for passive defense.
Nov. 6
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In practice, no, although it could be useful if someone overcalls a 4-bagger as well. But we haven't found another great use for that bid given this structure. I guess you're thinking like inv+ in NT?
Nov. 4
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Natural GF
Nov. 4
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I agree there's value to taking up space when it's probably their hand, but it feels way more likely we push them into a failing 3NT given we have two entries and a spade fit.
Nov. 4
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You could have, but you decided that since it's an Ace and King that you'd upgrade to avoid the risk of wrong-siding NT.
Nov. 3
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On what shape could you possibly be bidding 2 with only 4 clubs? With 4324 you'd make a support double and with 4234 and 4144 I sure hope you're passing.
Sept. 21
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Maybe but that’s irrelevant to our decision right?
Sept. 13
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While I mostly agree with this, I think there is something here. *I* can absolutely adjust *my* tactics based on the opponents agreements and that's part of the game. The problem is that I have a partner who may figure out what's up and I think this leads to sort of perverse situation that there's no real way to police.

As an example, let's say our agreed style is to preempt Kit Woolsey aggressively 3rd seat fav. In trying to fully disclose we check “very light preempts” on our card and indicate it could be a 5-card suit even at the 3-level. Our opponents have the agreement that they play penalty doubles and forcing passes against 3rd fav opponents who have “very light” checked on their card for preempts. Now, if I pick up a borderline preempt, I'm allowed to use my bridge logic to judge not to preempt because of their agreement (IMO it's debatable whether this is correct or not, but let's go with it). Now suppose I do preempt and partner has a borderline raise of a normal preempt - normally he would pass since I will frequently have a total joke, but isn't he allowed to use the same bridge logic to conclude that I'll be more conservative when the opponents are playing penalty doubles and judge his hand to be a raise? Now, effectively, we are no longer playing “very light” preempts like is marked on our card, but there's really no way to prove this because, after all, preempting is just a judgment call.

I'm happy if someone can point out a flaw in this construction, but I haven't been able to think of one.
Aug. 21
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Not banned. You just can’t do it by agreement.
Aug. 16
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Facing a passed partner, I see no need to give them 2 extra levels of bidding room on a hand where they might be sniffing at slam.
Aug. 7
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A good agreement everyone should play is that when there’s only one bid available for stopper investigation like this it should ask for a stopper in the unbid major. The major is more likely to be unstopped since here partner woulda bid 2 with 4.
July 27
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Don't think anyone has explicitly stated what I think to be the guiding factor for this decision. I think the line here depends on how much you think partner needs to have to make a reopening X without extra shape. You want to compete to at least 2S when you have roughly half the deck since you certainly have an 8-card fit in spades opposite a normal double. Not sure where my line is for the reopening X, probably would with 15 and no wastage. With this standard it seems like you can pass with 0-3 since if partner has < 15 then your odds of going plus are pretty low so seems like the gain is minimal.

With a really weak hand you're better off passing and pulling partner's second double because you don't want him getting overboard with a power double or just extra values.
July 16
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No, you don't have any special agreements like that.
June 25
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You can assume that it's not 18-19 balanced, but no agreements beyond that.
June 25
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I would have opened 2 and rebid 2NT
June 3
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I agree it's normal to bid 4 with 6-5 you're worth another call, but some 6-5 hands worth a bid are doubling 4 - maybe the most defensive 10%? Partner is going to pull with 3 spades unless he has defense and missing a 6-2 isn't so bad.

We agree 5 is too much.
May 25
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Haven't we sort of already implied a void (or at least a lot of extra offense) with 4 instead of doubling over 4. I think partner will often pass the double (and I think it's completely clear here to pass even with 3-4 in partner's suits given no high cards). Getting 500 (which you should against a reasonable declarer) seems way better than a not-even 50/50 5 contract.
May 24
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