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July 16th. Later than usual because they have to do much of the shooting in the winter.
18 hours ago
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Ah, nope, no connection.
March 28
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Since we're just going to play game the vast majority of the time we Texas, I don't think differentiating holdings is that useful. Steve's pass as interest in competing sounds like an excellent idea, but aside from that I would have thought 4M “I'm playing it” and XX “you play it” were “standard.”
March 28
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Some weird perversion of the game where players make natural calls? Hmm…
March 28
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Are you missing a bid in there or do you really advocate responder never supporting spades and opener bidding 3NT over 3C with good support for clubs and a low doubleton in the unbid suit?
March 27
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No relation to any other problem, sorry to disappoint. Which problem do you think it goes with?
March 27
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The “original” fixed auction had responder jumping to 3 and opener bidding 4. The actual auction makes more sense, although a pattern-showing 2NT is a better call than 3 over 2.
March 26
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Your edit now makes the last two bids in the auction nonsensical.
March 26
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Uh, a 2 rebid with the North hand?
March 26
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I don't know how heavy you open, but I wouldn't describe either of those hands as an “ordinary minimum.”
March 26
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West won the A and returned the 5. I'm pretty sure the 7 could have scored…
March 26
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Isn't a 7-card suit more dangerous than an 8-card suit in that regard?
March 26
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I'm amazed that pass is the plurality action so far. Making a game-try seems completely clear to me. We have way more than we might, we know partner has a real spade fit (unless he has some unfortunate shape like 2=1=5=5 or 2=0=6=5), and missing high-cards rate to be onside for our side. Some terrible hand like

Kxx
xx
xxxx
Q10xx

gives us a play for game, and partner could have more.

Plus, did you see East open 1NT in third seat nonvulnerable? He might have full values.
March 26
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When did I say anything about blasting? Driving to slam means that you will bid slam absent any encouragement from partner (possibly after checking that you're not off too many aces/keycards).

By the way, you suggest that

1NT - 2
2 - 3
3

should be a slam-try for diamonds (or show a good hand for diamonds; the wording doesn't make much different). I submit that this is not the standard use nor a very good use. Bids below 3NT tend to aim at that contract. In this context, without other agreement, I would assume that opener's options over 3 are:

3 = doubt about 3NT, likely based on club weakness
3 = a fifth spade
4/4 = diamond raises

Another aside:

1NT - 2
2 - 3
?

You suggest that 3 is needed to show spades, since opener hasn't yet denied them. That's not true, though. There's no reason that you shouldn't arrange your bids so 3 is coming in diamonds and 4-level bids are coming in spades. You're already going to play at 4 when you have a spade fit, so you can bid beyond 3NT with those hands.
March 25
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Yes “drive” to slam.

Axxx
KJ
KQxx
Axx

1NT - 2
2 - 3
?

Unless responder has no aces, it's hard to imagine 6 being a bad contract opposite a real 3 bid. Opposite my example hand, 6 has play opposite both red aces and out.

The way I usually describe these kinds of bids is, “It doesn't show slam interest, but if partner drives to slam, he'll probably be right.”
March 25
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BWS need not define them because they're so overwhelmingly played as forcing in mainstream (American) bridge. Similarly, I doubt BWS states that 1m - 1M is forcing.
March 25
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I could have said “world champion” instead.
March 21
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I think double is takeout, but the expected club length is two cards. If I had a club honor, I would be OK with doubling with this distribution, but I'll avoid it with a small singleton.

I'm bidding 3. If partner doesn't bid a major or 3NT, he'll bid 3, and we'll play there. If 5 is the best spot, unlucky.
March 20
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The queen is just the queen. Otherwise, carding is standard. If partner wants a club continuation, he encourages. If he doesn't, he discourages.
March 16
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If I had constructed the layout intelligently, this would be a possible fear. Given the actual diamond layout in dummy and your hand, it's not possible that a second club costs against 1=7=3=2, because declarer will have a second diamond winner—partner has two honors doubleton.
March 16
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