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To say the least, that would be a dubious 2 bid.
2 hours ago
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I would be making the same comment as above to the effect that North did too much. It would have been a lot more helpful if North could have shown his heart suit: then South knows that Kx is a great holding.

I would far rather miss a slam with a perfect fit and minimal high card holding than go off in a bad one or, even worse, go off at the five-level.
2 hours ago
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After spaying our kitten, the vet said that she had been “a little bit pregnant”.
2 hours ago
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Roman 2 is quite frequent and a big point-winner.
2 hours ago
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Partner could have QJx AKQxx - KQJxx and it's proabaly a partscore hand (!); or he could have AQ AQxxx x AJ10xx and it's a grand in two denominations.


Ignoring the practicality of stopping below game, our 3 bid was ill-advised - 4 would have been a lot better.
3 hours ago
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I don't see this.

What sort of hand passes as dealer and then bids to the five-level in the opponent's suit?
3 hours ago
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I do (over 1m) but then I don't like opening the bidding on balanced rubbish.
3 hours ago
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If you don't bid 2NT on this, change the system.
4 hours ago
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Assuming that 3 does not suggest extra values, I choose it to show the solid suit.
5 hours ago
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Just worth 2 now given the 10/9 and 10
5 hours ago
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I've voted for 1NT 11-14 as being the closest to my preferred range of 12-14 (which I prefer to regard as “minimum opening bid and balanced hand”, not specifically defined by HCP).

There was a poll recently where I opted to pass with 13 HCP and a balanced hand (and was not alone with this).

I've also voted for 1 better minor as closest to my preference: 1 shows at least four clubs!
5 hours ago
Richard Fleet edited this comment 5 hours ago
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K; trump to K; trump to A.

Even if I thought of Kit's line, I wouldn't adopt it.


I don't see West ducking A under any circumstances (for one thing, if declarer were trying to set up a ruffing finesse position in the suit, he would be more likely to play a spade from dummy than cross to hand). And, if he does take the Ace, the inference regarding Q is very small - we've all seen hands where cashing an ace at trick one tips off declarer to the trump position.
5 hours ago
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One can argue that, if 3 had been agreed as a control bid, OP would have mentioned it.
14 hours ago
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I thought that J was the indicated lead on the auction.
16 hours ago
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Whatever partner holds, it's not that.
16 hours ago
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Indeed. But two kings does not equate to a positive response.
17 hours ago
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I would never include Acol in the same category as Standard - in my view, and based upon what I've seen on this site, Standard has more in common with 2/1 than it does with Acol.
17 hours ago
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Why wouldn't you bid 4 with this?
21 hours ago
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Thanks, Kieran.
21 hours ago
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Maybe that's the sort of hand suggested by David Burn upthread (i.e. a picture jump).
22 hours ago
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