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Esko, it should be at least a K above min for “shows extras “. Question is whether that changes how you bid your hand.
May 9
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Maybe Opener will super accept and save me the guess.
May 5
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Methods matter. If 1 is F1, that’s the clear choice.
April 27
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Is this 4NT take out, minors or any two suits?
April 25
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Didn’t read
April 25
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if 2 is a strong jump shift, that is very attractive.
April 22
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Patrick, my point is that this is not possible, which calls into question how closely the entire cited passage was proofread at the very least. Others have pointed out the incongruity of chasing a 3rd round control when second round controls are not known.
April 21
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“After a void-showing response to RKB the next step by the asker, excluding the trump suit (signoff) and 5NT (SKA) , is the queen ask. If there is room, new suits are 3rd round asks.”

Please give an example auction where 5NT is available after a void showing response to 4NT RKB.
April 21
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Do they play ELC double?
April 21
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K ask. would be trump Q ask.
April 21
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First available is Q ask, then K ask in suit named. So is Q ask, is K ask. Trump Q more critical than random K.
April 21
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In either case, its speed is 0 Dale.
April 18
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But at least you would have to give it a moment’s thought.
April 17
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Slammish because of no 4.
April 14
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I first encountered non-natural uses of 2NT in competition through books by Bergen and Cohen. Pretty much use all of them. Traveling at the moment and don’t have access to my library but pretty sure they all revolved around the concept that there was a more useful and more frequent use than natural. Even for those dedicated proselytizers of the concepts there were exceptions. As others have pointed out, there is no need for any other meaning than natural and a desperate need to suggest the most likely game opposite an unlimited but wide ranging bid by partner.

As far as whether it is the best bid, I can only ask what else is even close.
April 6
Ned Kohler edited this comment April 6
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I object to the poll restrictions on behalf of all of us who are still our teens (in our hearts) even if a half century has elapsed.
March 25
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Instead of W 4, key card whether 4 or 4, 0 /3, 5 king ask, 5NT = K, 7 .
March 25
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Craig, Great story, great result and Barry is indeed a great partner. I strongly suspect that if they scored on VP/Master Point you guys would have won the event going away.

Barry and I have a club game scheduled in April. With his changed circumstances he hasn't been spending as much time here in Scottsdale. I was out of the country for 5 weeks so missed most of one of his earlier visits. We did manage 2 games before I took off.

Don't remember meeting you in Toronto although I see you and Flip played the GNT Flight B. I did meet Flip later in the week but he was playing with someone else. My wife and I shared a condo with Barry (the whole tournament) with Kent and Bernie G splitting up the 10 days in the third room.

He was the unfortunate partner from
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-tale-of-woe-from-toronto/.

After he and Kent Q'd 35th in the Silodor, he called me just before the 3rd session to inform me that Kent was NOT in the ER and that they would be playing the final sessions.

Hope to run into you one of these days.
March 21
Ned Kohler edited this comment March 21
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Sunday game has sort of withered. Fortunately the rest of the week is booming at both clubs.
March 12
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Only once. Don’t remember the exact hand but it was in and I had two voids. I was playing a club game for the first and only time with a guy who had 4000+ MP back when that meant something. I had maybe 200. When he bid 6 holding the KQ, I was annoyed to say the least. He made no apology. After the game I informed him he was welcome to tell me when I screwed up but if he wasn’t going to trust my bids, there was no point playing. For some reason we never played again.
March 3
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