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5nt seems right giving partner a choice of slams. After all, he could have a hand like -,KQ,ATxx,AKJ9xxx. No, that can't be. Partner would have bid 2 with that. Hmmm…
June 7, 2014
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I'm surprised to only see one - “Sorry, I had a club in with my spades.” - 1nt calls.
May 25, 2014
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I should have reviewed my comments more thoroughly before posting. “100% forcing” was clearly wrong. What I meant was, as Steve correctly points out, that the bid shows a really good hand and asks partner to keep the bidding open if (s)he has any excuse. The disclaimer “absent other partnership understanding” would probably also have been useful.
April 16, 2014
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I've limited my hand when I bid 1nt. Partner needs to bid something other than 2(only) if he wants to make a forcing bid. Yuan's suggested distribution seems likely or partner should have bid 1 instead of dbl. Perhaps partner has something like Axxx/AJTxx/x/KJx and doesn't expect me to have the shape to balance.

Steve C's second auction (1) X (P) 2; (P) 2 is very different from the actual auction. That auction is, of course, 100% forcing.
April 16, 2014
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Pass, if I can do it in tempo - betting all the matchpoints that partner won't grab a green card from his box ; otherwise, 3nt.
March 30, 2014
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The 2 bidders win most of the matchpoints on this deal. 2 makes 3 just like 3 makes 3. The doublers also have a good chance that partner will choose 2.

Double actually seems like the best bid, telling partner, “I like s (since I bid those 1st) but I also have tolerance for the other suits.” It also caters to the extremely unlikely possible hand that the passers must be hanging their hats on: an off-shape dbl by partner with 4.

Partner had:
AT96
J8
K985
AT5
March 16, 2014
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Bob, I can't imagine that you're serious about hopping in with a 2 bid on your K9872 while LHO is still unlimited. Once lefty passes 1 and partner balances with dbl, it becomes pretty clear that each side probably has about half the deck. At that point, 2 (or Jim's 3) is perfectly reasonable. We've let the auction breathe a little bit and have a pretty good idea of the layout of the cards around the table.
March 16, 2014
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Partner broke tempo before his last pass. I bid 3 anyway because I felt that bidding something was absolutely clear. I just couldn't imagine passing this hand NV at MPs when the opponents have an 8 or 9 card fit (and are set to play the hand at the 2-level).

The director ruled that pass was a logical alternative and rolled back 3 making 3 to 2 by the opponents down one. The ruling wasn't a big deal. We had a decent game anyway, and the adjustment didn't affect our spot.

So far, pass is running at 15% which suggests that it is a logical alternative. To the passers, how can you possibly want to defend 2 here? I don't care if my partner goes into a coma or if he passes in a millisecond, I am always bidding something.
March 15, 2014
Paul Block edited this comment March 15, 2014
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I originally voted pass under the assumption that I remembered on my own (with no alert from partner). Since it's unclear whether there was an alert I've switched to abstain. Even if I remembered before partner alerted, no one's buying it, and I'm stuck bidding 3. Partner's 2 bid should, of course be alerted. When you you score up your 170 or 420 (with partner also having forgotten the convention) the opponents will receive the appropriate redress from the director.
March 8, 2014
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I was just being a smartass. I agree with you entirely.
March 3, 2014
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Doesn't partner also know the situation with clubs? She continued cue bidding in spite of this. Maybe she has kqx orkq. It seems pretty unilateral to deny 2nd round control by bidding 5. It would be nice to know something about the opp who dbl'd 4. I've seen some pretty bad dbls of cue bids.
March 1, 2014
Paul Block edited this comment March 1, 2014
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So if the auction goes
1 2 X P
3 P 2 P
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What do you do if partner bids 3 again?
March 1, 2014
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Partner didn't dbl, so I'm not expecting much in the way of support. Sure, pard could have something like xx Qx AKx KQxxxx. Alternatively, she could have as little as Jx x KJxx AQxxxx. Even with the first hand 9 tricks will be a challenge in or NT. If she has the latter hand she'll really have her work cut out for her even in 3. It's matchpoints. Why hang partner for finding a good balance that others might not find?
Feb. 22, 2014
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Given that you went -500 in 2, I think I'll pass. I doubt I'd play it any better than you did.
Feb. 10, 2014
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If I DBL confidently enough will they run away? I'll be much more happier defending 4.
Feb. 3, 2014
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I know partner needs practice with his 3/3 fits, but I just can't bring myself to double. He had a chance to bid neg dbl and didn't, so if I dbl what happens?

- He can pass with j9xx. Jackpot!! (pretty unlikely though)

- If he can't leave the dbl in, he'll push to bid 3. Now what? Do I let him stew in his possible 3/3 fit? Or am I endplayed into bidding 3nt: crossing my fingers and hoping that he has the other half of my heart stop and the A. Or do I leave him there hoping he has 5 without the hcp to dbl.

- Suppose he bids 3nt. Without the A we're probably going down. There's a chance to make it if the card is with East and the defenders hands aren't communicating, but without the A we're probably not a favorite to make (even if pard has a max for his previous pass). If we're going down, we're probably going down lots. From the poll results, it looks like there would be field protection, but I think in real life there'd be lots more passes (assuming 3 is a normal action on West's cards)

4 would also be a problematic response from partner. I guess we'd do an equal level conversion to 4, but that action could easily be wrong.

Anyhow, it just seems like passing and taking -140 or +100 might not be so bad compared to the myriad ways that we can bid and be -200 or worse. I can see pushing for the vul game at IMPS, but I'm surprised to find such little company at this form of scoring.
Jan. 27, 2014
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