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and admiration for the Q of spades hitting the table!
Jan. 30
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I don't know if the responder is legally required to make a logical bid like 4H, or even 3D showing slam interest, and really is not the main point of this post, but rather I am submitting it in response to my partner being upset that it was assumed that the offending party would never drop a trick and allow the overtrick some were making
June 20, 2017
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That they would have bid 2S with correct information……I am not saying they should be allowed to change, only asking why not, as that was the logic used by the director in changing the score to +420
June 20, 2017
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Openers hand was J10, 10x, AKxxxx, xxx, the opening bidder is a new player who stated they never even heard of flannery, and the 2H bidder is an experienced player whom I “suspect” bid only 2H in response to his partners facial expression. I was also very curious why the player holding the cards over the 2D opener was not allowed to change their pass to 2S. Their hand was AQxxxx, x, QJx, QJx
June 20, 2017
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I voted for 2S only because at one time I played this bid as either natural, or a 3D bid with 3 hearts. This agreement was also in place on the auction 1D-1S-2H. While we never had problems with this approach, I no longer use this agreement.
June 4, 2017
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Yes there is, sorry I missed it
June 1, 2017
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If you do choose 3D, which I did (admittedly wavering between 3N and 3D) My feeling was that with values in clubs partner was less likely to have the AQ of diamonds, and if partner had x, xx, AQxxxx, Q10xx or something similar they would likely bid again. All conjecture of course and I am sure you have a better idea than me how partner would react.
Feb. 11, 2017
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With this shape it is likely the opponent's silence is due to a lack of values which increases the odds partner has a decent hand, which means I might find my ideal spot with an underbid of say 3D……I probably wouldn't chance it, but I suspect another bid from partner will be forthcoming a high percentage of the time.
Jan. 2, 2017
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I think with your first example x,Kx KQJixx, aqxxx, partner would be using kc now, and would likely have raised hearts over 3S
Nov. 7, 2016
Paul Meerschaert edited this comment Nov. 7, 2016
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Yes, a natural world 2 in spades
July 5, 2016
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Yes, natural
July 5, 2016
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Invitational
Feb. 13, 2015
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As I am in minority and actually prefer this double to be penalty “ish” I would expect the doubler to have at most one heart, 4 spades, and since they did not open 1D 5 clubs - a likely hand being AK9x, x, Axx, Axxxx and perhaps better.
Jan. 21, 2015
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Like many players I have played many styles and systems, I have mostly played other players preferred systems. Truthfully I have enjoyed playing most if not all of them. While they all had ideas and concepts I enjoyed using, I ultimately went back to my roots and play a forcing club whenever I can. It's how I learned to bid after all. I eventually designed my own forcing club - stealing from here there and everywhere. Mainly because it was fun to design and test out in play. While a number of players have played this with me - ultimately I suspect most of my mainstream play will be playing what my partners are happy and comfortable with.
Jan. 21, 2015
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Can partner have xx, xx, Kxx, AKxxxx and feel his hand is too good to just bid 3C? I would like to bid 4S but I think this hand or a similar one is a possibility.
Dec. 27, 2014
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I think 3H has a lot of merit Terry - as partner does not have a spade control, you will not get that good news. The board was a push in the match when both sides resided in 3NT. A lost opportunity for both sides this time. Partners hand was xx, Qxx, KJxxxxx, K
Nov. 23, 2014
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I agree with everything you are saying here Jack
Right or wrong the player with these cards having the option of either bidding 3C over 2D or bidding 2NT chose 2NT mainly to protect the spade holding, but also knowing he would find out how many clubs partner held. In both cases you are in 3D at this point

Either with 1C-2D-3C-3D
Or with 1C-2D-2NT-3D

It was not my intention to get into a discussion on bidding theory or styles. Was just curious how people might follow up in this situation

I guess I messed up posting this as I never explained what 2NT was or that this sequence promised longer diamonds, short clubs, and no 4 card major. I will have to be more careful in the future. Thanks for your honest responses though Jack, I appreciate it.
Nov. 21, 2014
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Sigh….I guess I should no better than to ask this kind of question. Why do you all need to abstain just because you believe the bidding has taken a different turn than you either wanted or are use to? Have'nt we all had to make a bid in an unfamiliar situation before? Yes we could have bidden clubs before, but are we not in a better position knowing partner has short clubs, than just knowing he doesnt have a fit….which we find out if we bid them naturally?
Nov. 20, 2014
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By inference I would think 3H is forward going with interest outside of 3NT - I think partner will Bid 3S with a spade control.
Nov. 20, 2014
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You are in a game force, so nothing below game is to play.
Nov. 20, 2014
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