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Thanks. Appreciate it
11 hours ago
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Thanks, Bill. How does then third hand (J86, J87, 2, AQ7642) do in 5?

BTW, why can't the opponents have a 9 card heart fit? 4th hand has not been heard from yet and the 3 bidder might be holding something like Jxxx of hearts along with six diamonds.
12 hours ago
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Bill:

I can not speak for anyone else, but I will always have at least 9 cards in the two suits. So, either 3=6 or 4=5.
14 hours ago
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Bill:

That depends on the vulnerability and what a minimum from partner looks like. At the actual vulnerability, would partner open 2 with QT9xx - Qxx - x -Kxxx?

Without knowledge of partner's style and assuming both NV, my minimum would be something like Kxx - x - xxx - AJxxxx or the same hand except move a low club to spades.

For true believers in LoTT, please remember that your high priest L. Cohen says to count your longest combined suit, not necessarily the proposed trump suit.
14 hours ago
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I would not be surprised if no one agrees with me but since my “good club suit” might well look a lot like overcaller's good diamond suit, we might need some place to rest semi-comfortably.

Without the assurance of a fit for partner's only KNOWN suit, my clubs would need to be so good and so long as to make the bid too rare to be worthwhile. While not setting up a force, partner is invited to double 4/5 with good defense and diamonds or to bid 4/5 over 4.
18 hours ago
Paul Friedman edited this comment 16 hours ago
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There are many flavo(u)rs of Precision. Probably the most common is with a game forcing hand, bid 2 with 5+ clubs and a four card major. With less than a game force, bid 1M. When 4-4 in the blacks bid 1 regardless of strength.

Please note that I do not favor the above; I am merely reporting what think is the most common.
Sept. 22
Paul Friedman edited this comment 23 hours ago
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What would partner's 2 rebid over my 2 mean? In my partnerships that would be asking overcaller to choose a major. If this is so here, you know that partner has more Hearts than spades. If I am going to advance then 2 seems obvious. The advantage of 3 is blocking three of a minor and makes life tougher for the opening side if neither of them has a penalty double (or penalty pass of the other's take out/optional double).

In other words, I think this is an interesting problem. :) I think I would usually bid 2 at the table.
Sept. 21
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That's almost a pure 7-trick preemptive hand. No honors on the side and not the dreaded 7=2=2=2. The only purer hand would be a eight bagger to the KQJT.
Sept. 20
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It would be nice to know what the double of 2 means. In most cases I would bid 2 now which should show longer Spades than Hearts and extra values.
Sept. 19
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I would not have jumped too 4. 2 and then a jump in spades might get some cooperation.

After 4 is partner expected to show a second round control? in other words can/should partner bid 4 with the King and something else of value? If not, isn't partner forced to bid 4 and therefore you have learned nothing after the 1 call.
Sept. 19
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If 4 shows a void splinter then that is the obvious bid. I will bid again over 4 from partner. Evens so, it is going to be difficult getting any help from partner.

Another approach might (or might not) work better. If 4 shows long solid clubs with heart support, worthy partner might/should be willing to show the Ace even with the high-honorless heart holding. I can apply RKC over either 4 or 4 with some assurance of what a one key card response would show. If our cue bids show the cheapest control (whether 1st and 2nd round), partner's 4 won't be all that helpful. However, I can bid 4 over partner's rebid and have some chance of finding useful information. For example, if partner then rebids 5, I can bid 5 and hope I hear 5.

I have the feeling that whatever route I take, I'm going to be doing some guessing.
Sept. 19
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Not mistaken. Bach represented Britain pre-war as playing captain in the European championships.
Sept. 18
Paul Friedman edited this comment Sept. 18
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Mister Ma seems to have a problem with Mr. X moving from A to B in order to play for B's national bridge team in order to make more money.

Mister Ma does not seem to have a problem with Ms. Y moving from A to B in order to dig ditches, become CEO of a multi-billion euro business or <fill in an occupation> in order to make more money.

I do not see any difference.
Sept. 18
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I like to play a new suit as forcing when advancing and overcall. This mean that I will usually have room to rebid my suit to show a 6+ carder invitation.

With the above, I like fit showing jumps

When forced to play a new suit as non-forcing, I think the jump shift should be forcing. I must admit that part of the reason for this is that it prevents partner from making a weak jump shift. :)
Sept. 17
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I had one occasional partner who played this 3N as 1=4=4=4 (obviously 4=1=4=4 over a 2 rebid) with a spread out 7-10 hcp.
Sept. 16
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Agree with Peg.

To offer partner a choice between 7 and 7NT, responder could, over opener's 3 bid 5NT. After opener chooses between 6 and 6NT, responder simply raises to 7.

5NT should not be Grand Slam Force (even if you play GSF). That should be 4 (Texas) followed by 5NT.

Another probably non-existent sequence in the same family is
2N - 4!
4 - 6N
Sept. 16
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My problem with working hard to “read” the opponents is that it so easily morphs into the Crawford Stare. For those not familiar with the name, John Crawford was a great U.S. bridge player (and one of the greatest Backgammon players) who mostly quit bridge in the early 1960s. He was famous for his table feel and was credited by some with having the most intimidating stare at the table.
Sept. 16
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Bill:

Simply inverting 2 and 2. The idea being that advancer can bid 2 to ask overcaller for their longer/better major.
Sept. 15
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Google might be planning to take over the world. In the meantime, it is a rather useful source.

Let's say you live in Budapest and want to convert 1100 China time into Budapest time:. Type the following into a google search box: 1100 China time is what in Budapest. Hit return and there you are.

Plan B: Go to http://www.timebie.com/ and have a ball.
Sept. 15
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Buddy:

If the suit is a major, you are ONE trick away from game in your own hand (assuming even splits). If the suit is a minor, you are TWO tricks short of game.
Sept. 15
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