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How can it be anything other than natural? For slam try in support of , opener bids 4, bids 5 or just bid KC.

Edit: I see now that this is basically what Sylva wrote. Sorry for the repetition.
Sept. 3, 2016
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If you have clubs, and 2 was not alerted, then asking would create all kinds of UI problem.
Sept. 1, 2016
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The whole point of this bid is for responder to recognize honors in the two suits are golden, including Q, while quacks in the other two suits are worthless, K may be useful, and A definitely useful.
Aug. 30, 2016
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I would assume we are not playing “impossible 2” and bid accordingly? Perhaps I was not clear before. What I was saying is that when partner bids 2, depending on who he/she is, I would assign a meaning to it, and alert or not alert as appropriate.
Aug. 30, 2016
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What purpose does 3 show really? Partner thinks it is asking about 3N He won't bid 3N with the Q, which would be useful for you. So you will hear 3 or 4. Now what? As I said, 4 may not be the best bid, but it is not outrageous, and it does not torture partner.
Aug. 30, 2016
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What constitutes an agreement? That you have explicitly discussed it? Or you just expect your partner is of the calibre for the bid to mean a certain thing. I can't remember ever having discussed the “impossible 2” with any partners, but I can guess which partners would be making that bid and which won't.
Aug. 30, 2016
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W can have x, AKxx, AQxx, KQxx. 4 may not be the best bid over 3, but it is not outrageous.
Aug. 30, 2016
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A very common occurrence for me is my RHO opening 1, and my LHO announcing that it may be short. When asked when it may be short, LHO would say he/she does not know, only that it can be short. In most cases, they are playing 3+ except for 4432 hands. But because they won't give out this simple piece of information, I don't know if 2 by me is natural or Michaels.
Aug. 30, 2016
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W does not 15+. His shape can be what Richard wrote or 2434 etc. And that is assuming W would bid a forcing NT on hands up to 15.
Aug. 30, 2016
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Just wondering why everyone is so sure W had 5 's.
Aug. 29, 2016
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Scenario a) relies on trumps 2-2.
Aug. 29, 2016
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Josh, would you mind explaining the meaning of 3? Is it a control bid for ? A generic GF bid? A bid giving partner a choice between 3NT and 4?
Aug. 29, 2016
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Donald, it has nothing to do with safe place or getting offended because you don't agree with the message, it has to do with hoping for some respite from the barrage of political ads these days.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Gene, freedom of speech does not mean obligation to listen to angry white men. Fortunately BW does have the option that allows me to block such folks.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Seriously, did you just equate mindless political ads with freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is about being able to speak without fear of government reprisals.
Aug. 28, 2016
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I was not offended , just irritated with Portman ads (he is the Ohio senator who was anti-gay until his son came out). I would say Clinton ads would also be irritating, but i tune them our anyway.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Just today I played with someone who is philosophically wedded to the idea of 1D - 2C GF and 1D - 3C weak JS. I repeatedly asked him how to bid invitational C hand, and he said it comes up too infrequently to not worth worrying about. So first hand of the day I picked up xx, AJ, xx, AJTxxxxx and heard him open 1D. I could try 2C, 2N, 3N. Eventually I bid 2N (probably the worst choice), and played to there. Dummy had KJTx, KTxx, Kxx, Qx, and I made 4.

Probably I should have tried 2C or 3N.
Aug. 27, 2016
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Indeed, I am in favor for 1D - 2C as not GF, esp. playing Precision. But in the circle of players I am with, most don't like it.
Aug. 26, 2016
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My question is, and this applied to 2/1 too, if 2 over 1 is GF, how would one bid invitational hand if 3 is preemptive (whatever suits). Surely bidding 2NT with something like (13)36 or worse (12)46 is kind of ridiculous?
Aug. 26, 2016
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Popular sports get into the Olympics. Olympics does not make a sport popular, but it can help sustain the interest in a sport (e.g. sprinting). Without debating whether bridge is a sport, I submit that if bridge wants to be an Olympics sport, it better figure out how to be much more popular than it is, and I don't mean in terms of people playing, I mean people watching.
Aug. 26, 2016
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