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Michael,

not sure who your comment is address to but first, I don't think the Law of Total Tricks is nonsense. Second, Len's partner has misapplied the law of total tricks. She was the one that should have taken action if she believes in the LOTT.

I am a strong believer in LOTT and you appear not to be but the one thing we agree on is Pass is the proper bid with this hand.
April 20
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To me an easy 2 in Capp and an easy 2 in Dont. I am not doubling for penalties (if available) as I want tricks not points to double. In other systems, I probable show a one suited heart hand. While I like to have 6 for a one suitor, hand is good enough to do it on 5.
April 20
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The 1 bidder should have bid 3 in competition. My rule is that in the direct seat you need an extra trump or singleton or void in their suit. In the pass out seat, you have no reason to bid as partner has 5 spades and at least 2 diamonds for his pass.
April 19
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Seems if opener rebid 2 over 1 I'd get to a club contract which looks best here
April 18
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This idea is goes back before Dorothy Hayden. Boris Shapiro had an example in one of his books where the person with the AK of trump couldn't double 6 of the suit because of this convention. He did note the pair dropped the convention after this hand.
April 17
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I'm with Len. 3 is a much better rebid by North (and 2 is the right first bid). I would never think of 3 in this sequence as a splinter.
April 15
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Thanks everyone for voting and commenting. I would require a Jack and even then I'd hold my nose while opening. Hard to believe I'm becoming conservative in my old age.
April 15
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Not sure what write-ups you have seen but 8-12 (as used in Washington Standard) seems to be the norm. Most variations on this range usually use 8+ as the lower limit, so your conclusion that most use or 8 or 9 as a minimum is correct.

For myself if I had an A and K in suits of 4+ and nothing else. I might upgrade that.
April 15
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Win at any price is just wrong. Partner revoked, at the end of the hand I notify the table of the revoke. The only wrong thing was not calling the actual director for the ruling but it is likely the table wanted to save time and new what would happen.

Hiding behind the law to justify one not doing the right thing is just wrong
April 14
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not my system for EW and I have seen this type of double. I am with you in that I like the second double to show 4 spades.
April 13
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The double of 1 showed hearts and is not a penalty double. See first comment
April 12
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Sorry Lynn, First bid was 1 not 1 as I originally posted. Have corrected it
April 12
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This is an invitational hand. Too good for 2
April 9
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Gregory,

3 is a terrible bid unless it means a solid spade suit with lots of extras here. West is a complete innocent here and it looks like East is completely masterminding things. Its for him to decide after 6. Give credit to NS for jamming the auction and blaming West for doing anything but passing is placing the blame on the innocent partner.

Just how do we know that north wasn't bidding 6 to make thinking EW are the preempters.
March 29
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And partner passed 6 instead of doubling because?
March 29
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I dont' think so Steve. However, someone suggested that there might be some who would double first with this hand so I told him I would post it to see just how many would. So far there is no vote for the double which is not a surprise to me.
March 27
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3 if a decent bid here and doesn't necessarily show clubs. Call it a “catch-all” bid in 2/1
March 27
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Basically if I can open then I can reopen with a double on a 5-1-4-3 hand
March 25
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I carry on with 6
March 25
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Len you are playing matchpoint which to an old fashion rubber bridge player is not bridge. The problem you face is what are you going to do over 3NT. You want to warn partner that she needs good stoppers in spades to bid it, so if she does bid it you can pass having given your warning. What happen was you bid 3 and when partner bid 3NT you didn't know what to do since you didn't know how good her spade stopper was.

This is a hand that really needs to plan ahead in the bidding.
March 23
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