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With K badly placed and West liable to overruff dummy I take the cautious view and settle for 2.
March 23
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If partner's going to “correct” 2 to 2 with 3=2 in the majors then I'd rather not use Stayman.
March 18
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My system file with David Burn and Graham Sadie specifically mentions this sequence. (The material covers competitive bidding relating to MOSSO, but much of it is relevant for other systems.) The file states that East's 3 is mainly competitive and that he must bid 4 if he has a genuine raise to 3.
March 15
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Graham Sadie and I have two rules when we double a bid of 2M for takeout and next hand passes:

If game is reasonably possible then 2NT is Lebensohl.

If game is positively unlikely then 2NT is scrambling.

An example of the first is (1S) P (2S) dbl P 2NT.

An example of the second is (1NT) P (2H) P (2S) P P dbl P 2NT.
March 7
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It's better to play 2NT as “good bad” in this sort of situation. Here I could make that bid and convert 3 to 3 to describe my hand quite well.
Feb. 26
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In this sort of sequence I play that space-consuming jumps to the 4 level show specifically a void. With a singleton I just force to game by rebidding at the 3 level.
Feb. 23
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I could hardly have a less suitable hand for slam, so I just sign off in 5.
Feb. 18
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4 (either now or a round earlier) is so obvious that I assume that the question is related to a bidding misunderstanding by NS.
Jan. 19
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I'm not at all tempted. There's a fair chance that our side can't make anything. If we can, there's a fair chance that partner will act.
Jan. 19
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It seems pointless to play either serious or non-serious when one hand has already been closely limited by the preceding auction. 3NT should either be an offer to play (in most cases) or have a well-defined conventional meaning unrelated to strength.
Jan. 7
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The same might be applicable if the meaning of 3NT isn't clear.
Dec. 29, 2018
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Eric: you're close. See my comment below.
Dec. 28, 2018
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There was a 13 IMP swing https://app.pianola.net/Results/Session251267/Travellers/10 in all four matches. There's a large majority vote for the unsuccessful 6. Should North overcall 5? Perhaps not, but if he doesn't then NS lose 15 or 16 IMP instead of 13.
Dec. 28, 2018
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I agree - other people have also made the point that non-serious 3NT or 3M+1 gives away less information than when these bids are serious.
Dec. 28, 2018
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I asked a similar question http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/fast-arrival-and-seriousfrivolous-3nt/ more than 5 years ago, but being fairly new to BW at the time I published an article rather than a poll. Even so, it seems that non-serious was more popular at that time.

I now play non-serious 3NT, but I've voted for 3M+1 non-serious because this is theoretically better.
Dec. 28, 2018
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The diagram already indicates that both sides are vulnerable. I don't know how the form of scoring might make a difference, but for the record the hand came up in a 20 VP teams match.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Yes, I'm assuming a strong club suit, which was the case when the hand came up at the table. Perhaps I should do another poll that focuses upon the strength of the 5 card suit.
Dec. 20, 2018
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I quite liked the pass with GF values method for our opponents even when it wasn't properly disclosed.
Dec. 20, 2018
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I overcall 1 because partner might be on lead against 3NT or 4. I'm not expecting to get into trouble as a passed hand.
Dec. 19, 2018
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At the table South thought for some time before selecting his call. He might have been considering Mike Bell's point below.
Dec. 19, 2018
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