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I know the suit is bad but you have an opening hand and need to get in, in MP. If it was IMPs, I pass as the risk isn't worth it.
Oct. 12
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Basically they have adopted a convention so that the 2 bid can be passed. This is not standard Bidding although it is popular.
Oct. 4
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If I remember right, the reason was you couldn't lead a trump if partner passed the takeout double.
Sept. 30
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I seem to be in a very small minority here. I only use 2NT with weak hands or with hands that I will force to game. As for the double, I was convinced a long time ago by an article by Larry Cohen that suggested not doubling with a void in the suit you are doubling.
Sept. 29
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Thanks everyone for voting. My partner held this hand and did open 1 but didn't feel comfortable. I had told her I would have openned 1 and most others would too. This will help her confidence in her judgment.
Sept. 29
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I see that you (Mike Ma) is finally getting the concept of Matchpoint bidding. What is right in IMP bidding is another question since you don't mind being in 5 making when 3NT may be making more tricks if it is the safer contract.

Len and his partner are much more good Imp bidders and basically paid the price on this hand. It happens. Should they change their style? Probably not as they wouldn't feel comfortable and that would lead to the worse of both worlds.
Sept. 26
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You really think the field can't defend. After the auction of 1-3NT you are on lead with

Q864
AQ7
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9752

And you are claiming that you would lead a heart?
Sept. 24
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A little surprised that I was a little bit more conservative than Josh Dunn but the concept is the same. Come in aggresively on the one level especially at favorable colors.
Sept. 24
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I'm with Scott here on the auction I like. Just looking at the two hands, where do you want to be in matchpoint? The answer is 3NT. It will make when hearts are 4-4 which is 33% and half the time when they are split worse. So basically you make make 2/3 of the time. Once the first 3 bids were made, you telegraphed the heart lead so you really don't want to be in 3NT anymore.

So with me the auction would go 1-3NT getting to the best notrump contract.
Sept. 24
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Guess I missed that it was East acting on UI. In that case I would call the director and expect that it would be rolled back to 1NT. As for North's bidding, I would double (my style to reopen with a double when I have a doubleton in their suit) for takeout but that was forced by the UI bid.
Sept. 19
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At the moment I am missing the UI. Just who had the UI and how was it UI. Can't say much before I know that. Just what UI do you think West had? And West doesn't have to bid the way you do so what exact do you think is going on.
Sept. 19
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An I on the other hand like to find our fit before we go head hunting
Sept. 14
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I bid 1NT as the way I play, I will never miss the 5-3 spade fit. If partner is a minimum with 5 spades he will rebi 2. If he is invitational or better he will use New Minor Forcing.
Sept. 12
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What do you do Mike. I made a choice although I am not happy with my first bid.
Sept. 9
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I would have bid 2 over 1. Having jumped originally to 4 partner has no idea what strength I am so I have to guess what to do all by myself
Sept. 9
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Bob could you give me a hand where I wouldn't have 4 diamonds for this sequence
Sept. 8
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Dont feel bad Paul, I thought originally partner had hearts and diamonds and was trying to figure out the best bid to look for slam when I realized he had shown spades and diamonds.
Sept. 7
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I know what the books say about having an opening hand but it is just too hard to resist the temptation.
Sept. 7
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We are vul they are not and I have an opening hand so it looks good that we have a game. That rules out going head hunting here so to me double is out. That leaves 4 and 3NT as my main choices. I picked 4 but understand 3NT.
Sept. 7
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I am traveling right now and don't have access to the actual numbers from double dummy analysis but it has always shown that. The ratio of the hands I calculate based on respoder being 2344. I am sure there are enough mathematicians on here that would hopefully correct me if I am wrong.
Sept. 4
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