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I haven't seen a form of Drury that promises five card support.
April 21
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I insist, with all partners, that all passed hand jumps promise a fit. This is mostly to PREVENT partner from jumping to 2NT or any other silly contract opposite a hand that merely opened for a part-score.

Playing Drury-fit, I specify that 2NT is invitational with 5 trumps or AKQx (making it unlikely partner opened light.) A passed hand jump raise shows a weaker hand with five trumps. A passed hand should almost never raise to four.
April 21
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“This dummy” appears to be missing from page one.
April 21
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1-2
2-3

I would not control bid 4 with a shortage, or the Queen.
I would prefer not to bid 4 with anything but the Ace or King, and at ths point that should not be necessary since 4 would be a strong slam try if playing Bridge World Standard. For those playing Serious NT, it might be necessary on
Qxxxx AKxx Qxx x. Good reason to play Non-Serious 3NT.
April 20
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I've changed my vote to 4. If he always wanted to play hearts, he should've responded 1. If he wanted to make a slam try in clubs, he should've responded 2NT. While BWS appears to rule out a good suit that could be bid at the one level, I suspect many players would consider redouble on 4333 or any 4432. And perhaps we should be cooperating with our 3 quick tricks, but it isn't clear whether partner has a diamond control.
April 20
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My guess, from the problem being posted, is that partner has a powerful hand with long hearts; second choice would be slammish with a spade fit. But BWS says a redouble should be 10+ on a hand unsuitable for a new suit bid or raise. Over 1 that would leave precisely 3334 shape, with 3 suggesting no stopper. Perhaps AKQ KQJ Jxx QJxx, hoping we have a diamond singleton. If we allow redouble on 4432, partner might have
AKQx KQx xx QJxx . So I am torn between pass, 4, and 5, which makes it clear 4 is a terrible bid without firm agreements.
April 20
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OK, what's the rest of the story?
April 19
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John: an alternate fix would be to avoid transfering a trick that cannot be lost through legal play, such as the defender's trump; then declarer would always get 12 tricks. And I can accept that any “fix” is apt to create other problems. A good example of that was the ACBL change that declared opening 1 on exactly 4432 shape was “natural” without fixing the announcement that doesn't distinguish that exception from the more general “could be short.” But I think it is worth considering that the rules at present give a declarer planning to claim something absurd to thnk about: what if someone revoked?
April 18
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Not the way Law 70 is at present, I think. But I think it should perhaps be changed.
April 17
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1 is forced by system if 2 would be weak or is expected to be at least five cards. And vanilla NMF combined with a non-forcing jump to 3 makes a hand like this impossible to bid sensibly. I play that two-level jumps can be four and I also play most jump rebids by responder as forcing.

So, 1-2; 2NT-3 seems like a great start, showing the heart suit, slam interest and club support.
April 17
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@John: 13 tricks is not daft at all. Had declarer, for no obvious reason, stated he was leading a trump, 13 tricks is what he would get.
April 17
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I think Roland has it right as far as what the Laws say, and Kit has it right on what the result should be – because if we apply Roland's interpretation, then players have an incentive to waste time and effort structuring claims based on possible revokes. Regardless of whether we think the director currently should allow a modification of a stated or unstated line of play in light of the misinformation caused by the revoke, I think this should be explicitly allowed by Law 70.
April 17
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So partner has a weak 4-4 hand and thinks we should go down at the five level rather than defend with our announced strog hand? Lovely, but if a weak jump to 2 was available over 1 that may be it. I think the proper interpretation of 4 is “no such bid exists.”
April 17
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An obvious line would be to win the diamond, unblock the Ace of hearts, cross to the other high diamond, pitch two diamonds on the hearts, then lead a trump to either the King or Jack. Later, we will try leading a high trump, hoping to pin the Queen or Ten, or duck a trump, hoping to catch a doubleton Ace. We can also hope to drop the Q, so the contract looks like a good bet.
April 16
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Thanks, seven or a good six seems like what partner should have vulnerable.
April 16
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There seems to me to be a lot of confusion about the use of bids in the opponent's suit as a raise. Responder can always bid a new suit to force, and can therefore reserve the cue bid for raises; also, responder will often want to bid to the same level on a variety of hands (preemptive, mixed, strong.) Advancer is much the same IF playing new suit forcing. Opener, by definition, does not have a preemptive raise, though may have more shape on some hands, more high cards on others. Opener also has fewer focing options. Overcaller is in much the same position. I cannot believe it is optimal to reserve a cue-bid for some type of raise by opener, overcaller, or advancer (when not playing new suit forcing.)

Here the only sensible choices to me would be natural (how else would you bid such hands) or general force, which requires a hand unsuitable for other actions.
April 16
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David, it sounds like partner made a mistake competing vulnerable – may have been bit by he gadget bug. Just out of curiosity, did your sim specify exactly 6 clubs or at least six? What are the results with seven clubs and 3-5 hcp?
April 16
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I would not expect partner to have 6 hcp on this auction, would think Q10xxxx more typical, perhaps K109xxx.

David, I do expect 3 to take more tricks than 2NT. Partner was not compelled to bid; guessing to pass 2NT smacks of masterminding, and South does seem likely to double 2NT. On a heart lead they may well take the first seven or eight tricks.
April 16
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At present the vote is tied between 4 and some sort of invite. Partner's most likely shape is 3424, so some wastage in clubs is likely but not certain. My style is to make the game try in the first suit up the line containing at least Qxx (but not AKQ), so 2 for me. If partner makes a counter-try of 3 I will retreat to 3. I would bid game over 3 and pass 3.
April 16
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Can't an article be edited for a time after publication? I' ve done that with several of mine.
April 15
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