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Paul, I was speculating on a pass out if there were four robots at the table.
3 hours ago
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I think it a better use of time to address the sorts of questions raised in the OP than to agree to employ “many toys”.

Without agreement, I would expect responder to be 3=3=2=5 with a hand unsuitable for a slam. An example might be: KQx AQx xx QJxxx. Facing this sort of hand, it is clear (in my view) to pass 3NT so I do this.

So far as I am concerned, opener might have a four-card major. For example, with Ax Kxxx KQJxxx x, I would certainly rebid 2. But with Ax KQJx Kxxxxx, I would rebid 2.
3 hours ago
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Vulnerable at IMP, I can't afford to stay out of game (though I suspect that 2NT might be quantitatively more accurate) and, if I bid 3, partner will not expect 60% of my values to be in the pointed suits.
4 hours ago
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The votes for pass and 5 leave me cold. This is a really good hand in context and I think it absolutely clear to commit to 6.

I like Patrick's suggestion of 5 but wouldn't choose it absent clear agreement as to its meaning: there is far too great a danger of partner bidding 5 out of tempo and the votes for P and 5 indicate that, for some, not bidding a slam is a logical alternative.

Another possibility is 5NT if it shows a fantastic hand for spades, but it doesn't focus on what could well be the key factor, partner's heart holding.
4 hours ago
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With a maximum pass, I don't understand the majority vote for 1NT.
4 hours ago
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If a robot is programmed to pass with AKQJxxxx and no other high cards, what will it do with a suit of AKQJ1098765432? And if there are three other robots at the table, each of which has a complete suit, does this mean that the hand will be passed out?
4 hours ago
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I find a 1 opening and 2 rebid with 4-5 far more a distortion of shape than opening 1 and a 1NT rebid. In answer to your question, I would rebid 1NT with xxx and Q.
16 hours ago
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The double of 1 does not guarantee four spades. And, however, likely doubler is to hold four spades, there are responding hands with four spades where 1NT is a better description than any number of spades.
16 hours ago
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Frances, as you very well know, most problems on this site are posed in the context of a natural, strong NT, 5-card major, 2/1 system. Unless otherwise specified, this is what people assume when responding to problems.
16 hours ago
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There may be a grand but it will be difficult to find it with any certainty. 6NT strikes me as a practical bid.
18 hours ago
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18 hours ago
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West might have bid over 2; he should have bid over 2; his 3 bid was craven. He bid as though he had nothing at all whereas he in fact had four useful cards.
19 hours ago
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Is partner supposed to show better than a minimum with x Kxxxx xx KQxxx?

Vulnerable at IMP, I would never consider stopping out of game.
21 hours ago
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I have no idea what a robot might do but neither Pass nor 1 would surprise me.
Jan. 22
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Don't like double but passing is even less attractive.
Jan. 22
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Thank you all - I thought it a clear pass.
Jan. 22
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I don't follow your comment. It's hardly difficult to stick up the ace of spades and take at least eleven top tricks.
Jan. 22
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I'm with Eric on this. Vulnerable at IMP, this is a 4 bid.
Jan. 22
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You need a maximum with a decent mesh for slam to be decent, e.g. xx Kxx AQxx Axxx; reverse partner's minors and it's below 50%. I think that the percentage action is to pass.
Jan. 22
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I would have doubled 2 (penalties).
Jan. 22
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