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Hey, it's a 2.5 bid. Ya pays yer money and takes yer choice. Since I would still bid 2 if my two small were anywhere else, I can't bring myself to go low.
March 26
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Plan is to pass, then bid cheaply when X'd. If undoubled in 2N, will be happy. If I get to defend, ecstatic.
March 24
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I would bid 2 playing 2/1. Don't know if that is correct in ACOL w/4CM or not.
March 24
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David, is CAMCE an adjunct to CAMRA? Perhaps there is a correlation between the amount of RA consumed and the amount of CE spoken and/or typed.
March 19
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This is strictly on methods. You have a mixed raise. I like to use 2 as I presume the lone 2 voter intends. With some partners this is a 3 bid (described as a Standard American 2 bid). With most partners who play 3 as truly weak and preemptive, there is no alternative to an ugly 1N.
March 17
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1 definitely but least of evils rather than not close. The texture in swings the decision.
March 16
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This type of hand is why I like 1m-2 to be a mixed raise. You show values so that Opener can freely bid 3N with an appropriate hand and is warned off over 3m. There is no temptation to stretch to a sub-min limit raise or bid an ugly 1N. Partner is well positioned to evaluate offense versus defense.
March 12
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The cheapest bid in a forcing auction can never show extra values.
March 8
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In our region, both 2 and 2are natural. So X is it.

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March 8
Ned Kohler edited this comment March 9
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Can't stop in 5. You made an aggressive 2 opener that not everyone will choose. If 6 doesn't make you are losing to all the 3N. If P has 4 you are probably making 6 or 7 N, regardless of whether he has the K.
March 4
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And now you are left wondering about the Q.
March 3
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Playing non-serious, if partner has AKQxx I would certainly expect no K along with it. With AKxxx or KQJxx, he can't have 2 Ks and probably not 1. Non-serious has kept you to the 4 level where you should be a solid favorite.
March 3
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What problem? After reversing into 2, unless partner raises or jumps in , my next bid is 3.
March 2
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Kx, Qxxxxx QJxx K. You are down already, and if Partner considers that an opening bid, get a new partner. If partner shows the Q (or extra length), you can count 14 tricks in NT. Without the Q, bid 6NT.
March 2
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Unless you play extremely sound weak 2's, you figure to go down in 3 or 4 much more often than you make 4.
Feb. 26
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David, is this a sanity check for someone?
Feb. 23
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1N for the adventurous, X for the deeply disturbed.
Feb. 22
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I'm a strong advocate of passing balanced 8 counts without an extra feature but this is just ridiculously undervalued at 8.
Feb. 17
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Red green colo(u)r blindness.
Feb. 12
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But so many have started threads when they really had nothing to say!
Feb. 11
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