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I was asking a follow up question based on your reply to the second part of @MartinLindfor's example on Jan 22 (2020) 1 - (P)- 1 - (2); 2♥

And the related question posed by me elsewhere:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-eg8wgyihdk/?cj=934051#c934051

(The pass wasn't explicitly spelled out by Martin but assuming he is correctly using parenthesis to denote opponent's bids it should be there).
March 30
Rajeev Jog edited this comment March 30
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What is the minimum strength for opener to make this 2 ‘pseudo reverse’ or ‘on the way’ bid?

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“1♣ - 1♠ - (2♦); 2♥

The latter MIGHT be a reverse, but might just be a 3♣ rebid that is showing the hearts ‘on the way’. 3♣ would DENY 4-card ♥.”
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Similarly, in the absence of competition: 1-p-1-p;3 would show 17(+/-) hcp. Would this change in the sequence: 1-p-1-(2); 3 ?
March 29
Rajeev Jog edited this comment March 29
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@Michael I finally got the subtlety of the quotes around “promises” in your Jan 22 comment which I had previously erroneously read as you endorsing the promise of 5s.
March 28
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@Martin thanks for the references to those articles, especially the first one.

The search button on this site is useful but almost always gives me hundreds of hits - or I don't know how to use it effectively.
March 28
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Is there a good write up of Good/Bad 2N available other than the The Bridge World article referenced earlier?

And I am somewhat confused by the name, in which circumstance is the 2NT bid a “good” one?
March 28
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A follow up question to the 90% who vote that 2 in OP's question is non forcing:

With roughly same strength three carders in both hearts and clubs (say 9 6 3) should responder pass and play hearts at the 2 level in a possible 4-3 heart fit, or raise to the 3 level in a possible 5-3 or 6-3 club fit?

Should responder's choice change based on her point range? And in what way?
March 28
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@Yehudit you bring up an important point - how much is the US under-reporting? As we can see Doug (OP) was himself not counted, even though the county authorities had his name and contact information.
March 24
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That would be the second choice then.
Your exact flavor of bid for the mixed raise does not matter.
March 6
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(Wrongly?) assuming S had an outside King for the vulnerable preempt and EW would go to the 3 level with their 8 card fit.
Feb. 22
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That's because I did not think of including a 3 choice for the aggressives.
Feb. 22
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The full hand was:

W: AQ QT8 KJT98 984
N: KJ972 43 73 AK52
E: T863 Ak782 Q763

The bidding went:
2D-P-2S-P;3D all pass for -2.

The rest of the field was:
4♥ E -2 200 - 12.96 0.04
4♥ E -1 100 - 10.27 2.73
2NT W -1 100 - 10.27 2.73
4♥ E -1 100 - 10.27 2.73
3♥ E -1 100 - 10.27 2.73
2♦ S -1 - 100 7.58 5.42
3♥ E 9 - 140 5.42 7.58
2♥ E 9 - 140 5.42 7.58
3♥ E 9 - 140 5.42 7.58
2♦X S -1 - 200 1.65 11.35
3♦ S -2 - 200 1.65 11.35
3♦ S -2 - 200 1.65 11.35
2♦X S -1 - 200 1.65 11.35

for a shared minimum score. I'm amazed that the two Wests playing in 3D did not double, though at matchpoints this wouldn't have improved their score too much.

Any thoughts?
Feb. 22
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Sorry meant to add that (done).

It was match points at (your - when you are not playing the Bermuda Bowl or equivalents :) club which lately has an open field that varies from GLMs to 200 masterpointers.
Feb. 20
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Well my issue is not the opening as much as what responder is supposed to do.

On the board you show above - I was sitting in the same seat as the GLM :) I raised to 3 holding a balanced 11 count with an honor doubleton and it proved to be a winning action.

Q5
Q74
K5
KJT95

If I don't raise opps will easily find their spade fit.

We were doubled too but there was a fair amount of UI due to a very long pause by 4th seat. The director adjusted the score to undoubled as the doubler's hand did not justify the bid.
Feb. 20
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Joining this late - that link does not appear to be working.
Feb. 20
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Well, the A is useful in 5 (the KQ is not).
Feb. 18
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We had not discussed the meaning of a 3N bid in this sequence. Without the intervening X, 2N is an Ogust ask.
Feb. 18
Rajeev Jog edited this comment Feb. 18
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If East's hand were x AKx KQxxxx Jxx could East still bid 2 on his second turn?
Jan. 19
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Was 2 a 2/1 GF?
Is 3D now forcing?
Jan. 16
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Would any bid here be non forcing?
Jan. 14
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There's a story to this question.

Given that partner had bid spades, I did not lead spades as he had also raised diamonds, thinking he must have a diamond honor or a four carder for the raise, so I neeeded to establish a trick in diamonds.

Dummy held AKTx AKxx Jxx AJT9
(I may be slightly off on the heart holding, could have been AQxx)

Partner overtook the King with the Ace (he had Axx) and returned a diamond. He claimed that if he had signaled negative that would be denying the Ace, and if he signaled positive I would continue diamonds and endplay him.

Left to my own devices, with a negative signal, I would have switched to a spade. With a positive signal, I would have cashed the Q and then switched to a spade, so there was never any issue of an endplay.

Now with partner's unusual overtake I began to think. And think too much. The spades looked hopeless. I had a doubleton KQ of clubs. Maybe partner had made a lead directing 2 bid. Maybe he had raised with a doubleton just to confuse opponents. So I won the Q and returned a third diamond, giving declarer an undeserved trick.

Quoting Michael R:
“There are many ‘easy’ examples where things can only be solved by the ‘what you want’ agreement - and where the ‘what you have’ agreement will pretty automatically fail. I think it's far harder to construct examples where ‘what you have’ is the only hope of success.”
Jan. 14
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