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In fact, West could be 4522, which would make things even worse for North/South. And if I were North and had 11 hcp including an Ace, three spades and a small singleton club, I'd bid game, not 3, so North's hand probably isn't the best.
3 minutes ago
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While ELCD does not promise extra strength, I assume it promises the strength expected for an overcall in diamonds. This doesn't come close to a vulnerable, two-level overcall.

Having doubled anyway, I'd leave it up to partner to compete.
11 minutes ago
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I don't know what Larry bases his claim on – Bridge World Standard does not use ELCD. Perhaps someone has made a study of convention cards?
16 minutes ago
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4-7 shape could explain passing originally and then bidding four of the long suit. I don't think we can infer that 4 promises a minor, or 4 of a minor promises hearts.
9 hours ago
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Oh cool! I'm looking forward to bidding slam at some point in my life, taking advantage of opening leader's void!
19 hours ago
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Well, for that matter, what would 4 or 4 show? But any of those bids could be that suit plus spades, as an explanation for not preempting originally.
19 hours ago
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4 would be how I would show a two-suiter with hearts. 3NT should be strictly minors here.
23 hours ago
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Slam our way, possibly in clubs, seems as likely as a paying sacrifice their way, so I'll just start with 1. I can bid 4 or even 5 if needed over 4 or 4.
23 hours ago
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Difficult to ask about top honors in a minor. I'll just try 6.
June 17
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Partner could have two small in either major, so I'd like to show the heart control. On reflection, however, partner could interpret 4 as 6 hearts, not willing to bid over 3. So I'll join the crowd at 4.
June 17
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Sorry, Bud, I don't see anything that says Laws 42 and 43 are “more general” while Law 65 is “more specific.” Law 65 appears to apply generally to all players while 43 and 43 apply specifically to dummy. The previous language, quoted interpretation, and obvious applicability to dummy of 65 C&D convinces me, but we wouldn't be having this discussion if the Laws were clear,
June 16
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Agree with Ron, except about the 2 response (minimum 3 , rarely 4 .) For those interested, Bridge World Standard says:

“Slow arrival: Except where there is a specific agreement to the contrary, when there is a choice between two game-forcing bids in a particular strain, BWS uses slow arrival (a jump is either stronger than a simple bid or it is a picture bid with a specific descriptive meaning).”

In contrast, club players leap to some game as quickly as possible on minimum hands, They almost never control bid so it doesn't hurt much to throw away bidding levels. Hands with slam interest bid 4NT quickly and then puzzle what to do later.

Agreeing to play “2/1” without further discussion is a recipe for disaster, but since so many players have learned ugly bidding habits, there is no system you can play with minimal discussion.
June 16
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There's a big difference between 2 with long diamonds, uninterested in either major, and 2 pass or correct to a major. Which is it?
June 16
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“Natural” suggests West has diamonds and therefore East likely has both majors. Could that be 4-4? Does East promise any values at all?
June 15
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2NT looks OK to me. I agree 10 hcp is a stretch but in this case the spades should help – we have a very efficient stopper if partner has nothing there, or a potential source of tricks if partner has an honor. I have had little success with 5-1 fits over the years; not going to inflict one on partner here.
June 15
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With responder known to have 5 spades, I cannot fathom temporizing with clubs, risking playing an inferior minor suit fit rather than the known major suit fit. Looks like a choice between 3 and 4 to me.
June 15
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I still like 2NT showing four card support. If that's not available, 2, which I overlooked earlier.
June 12
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Nothing of major significance we haven't said yet.
June 12
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I assume 2NT would show a good heart fit, since we could redouble with a good balanced hand. If that's not a safe assumption, 3 for me. Not going to hang partner for balancing.

Make that redouble if not 2NT. Should be able to pull anything to hearts.
June 12
Paul Hightower edited this comment June 12
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I'll stick with my lonesome 2 places to play 4NT. We are getting bad breaks but might be able to handle things and can't risk a double game swing. West has spades, East has diamonds and they have a huge cross-ruff. Not at all sure we have four defensive tricks, or that they have three.
June 12
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