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Shawn, I had a very talented (and wonderful friend) for years as a partner who detested rebidding 1NT with a stiff. As a result, I almost never do it myself.

Personally, I've had good fortune following my mentor's preference - and thus agree with YOU, too!
22 hours ago
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23 hours ago
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Plus those queens are not the most attractive either, Marshall….
Jan. 16
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Systemically for me, however, this is almost a perfect 2 bid over 1. Decent 6+ card suit and invitational values.
Jan. 16
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Thanks, Shiang - but - I think you missed the “almost”… A heart works - but - gotta be an honor…

The old “close but no cigar”!
Jan. 15
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I must admit that I'm surprised to see so many passes. But partner can have quite a modest hand and yet they might be making 3 while we're making 4 or 5 clubs.

What would you want partner to do with: Axx, x, xxxxx, Kxxx? 4 I assume would be preemptive. And 5 seems a big overbid with this hand.
Jan. 14
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Wayne, it's actually nice to be able to use the XX and THEN either 2 or 3 to show the limit OR forcing spade raise - but with 3 spades specifically.

IF you don't have a fit for partner, then once he passes a bid after your XX, you can either make a penalty double, or if that doesn't seem appropriate, bid your own suit. This treatment thus gives you more sensible options :)
Jan. 14
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Craig, most I know, if they have a hand “too weak to bid 2” will first bid 1NT and then return to 2.

While I might have 3 on this auction, IF I do then partner should assume I have 5 spades. If I did not, then far more likely I would have either bid 1NT or 2 originally.
Jan. 14
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Wayne - many of us play that 2NT IS limit or better - but guarantees 4+ spades. That one lacking spade in the hand could mean big trouble for us if partner makes the wrong decision based upon incorrect data.
Jan. 14
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Shawn, I think that 3 simply affords more flexibility. Possible partner has a big hand and we might have slam, but we need to investigate to find out. Perhaps if partner knows you have a 3 card limit raise, they might bid 3NT.

4 limits our opportunities.
Jan. 13
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Maybe - but - here's hoping, David!
Jan. 13
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Of course, at the club, some would double and then immediately write down the contract in their scorecard prior to any other calls being made :)
Jan. 13
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I play that 2 after my xx would be a limit raise with 3. Ergo, 3 is forcing.
Jan. 13
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I think it is super close between 2 and 2. Agree that 2 MIGHT be the best spot - but - no way to play there.

If I bid 2, and partner has 3, he might correct.
Jan. 13
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Nikos; what would 3 be?
Jan. 13
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I agree with Ray. While Jeff's thoughts might have some idealistic merit, we live in the real world. Much more “KISS” - except at the highest levels.
Jan. 11
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I was close to bidding 4 but all those queens and no distribution!

If partner can't bid 4, I'm betting we can't make 4.
Jan. 8
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LOL!!!!!!!!! Avon!
Jan. 7
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A number of years ago, when I was the “Roaming Reporter”, I interviewed Louis. Very nice man - and yes, many so appreciated his book.

I also appreciated that Louis was a serious student of the game. In a number of NABC's, I saw him competing - and frequently doing well.

A great contribution to both literature and grabbing the hearts and minds of future bridge players!
Jan. 7
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Stuart, not sure how much bridge Harvey has played over the years. Too busy commanding mathematics and logic at the highest levels instead, so I think!

He did say in one email to me that it upset him a bit that I was better at bridge than he was! (Note; I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised that he would be clearly to superior to me had he pursued bridge more, however….)

Harvey was always extremely competitive - and - pretty much beat all except Goedel when it came to logic and math!
Jan. 7
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