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1NT. People make off-shape notrump bids all the time (especially as opener) to describe the essence of their hand. This problem isn't really different. I have the right strength and diamond holding for a 1NT overcall - the hand is perfect for 1NT except for the lack of a second heart.

If we end up playing hearts in a 5-1 fit, so be it; otherwise, I am in good shape for the rest of the bidding. Equally bad things can happen if I overcall 1S or pass. For example, if the bidding continues 1D-p-1H-p-1NT-?, I am truly fixed.
June 18, 2015
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A clear double imho. The only reason to do something else would be the fifth heart, but at a high level I prefer to show three playable suits rather than bidding just one (especially as I'm not overly fond of the suit quality).
June 17, 2015
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Pass. I don't have an opening, period.

Besides, I completely disagree with polls about what the best psych (or the best time for a psych) is. Psychs demonstrate habits, and habits will turn into agreements. The very idea of a psych is that there shouldn't be any agreement whatsoever.
June 17, 2015
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Partner has shown a minimum with extra shape, so I think we don't belong in NT. And I guess he opens light (why else did I only invite the round before?), so a simple preference will do.
June 17, 2015
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4H. Not because I like it, but because I practically forced myself to bid it.

My hand never was as good as it appeared, and I would have preferred an invitational sequence only, if there was one.
June 17, 2015
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Even when the opponents are having a clear accident, I prefer to double on my cards, not their bidding. Apart from anything else, my partner still trusts my doubles at the end of the session.
June 17, 2015
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I thought Pass was automatic. We haven't bid at the 1-level in relative safety, so why should we bid now at the 4-level and risk a big number when they have already told each other everything they need to know?
June 17, 2015
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I open 3C. A weak 7510 hand in third seat just begs for a preemptive shot. At those colors I don't want to compete at a high level, so I guess it's now or never.

Maybe they have a slam and don't find it. Maybe partner has some good defense and they overbid. If I wait now and show my full shape later, they will have exchanged a lot of information already and may benefit in the play as well. Better to disrupt their bidding now and then remain silent.
June 17, 2015
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Partner's bidding appears inconsistent - he shows a suit and then prevents us from playing there. Or maybe he is sending the message that he wants to play the grand only in case we have a fit.

This is hardly conceivable (what kind of hand could he hold for it?) but I will try to make some sense of it before I just label my partner a moron, especially since I have misbid first.

Anyway, I have much more than what I have actually shown with my second call, so I vote for 7C. Partner should understand this bid, and I am confident that there should be a play for 13 tricks.
June 17, 2015
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I would expect partner to hold xxx in spades and one card (ace of hearts?) - too little for an immediate raise, but apparently he expected more from us for the 2NT rebid.

I disagree with the 2NT bid, and since I doubt we are even close to making 4S, pulling must be wrong.
June 14, 2015
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I agree with the 1H opening, and I have a lot of sympathy for the 3H rebid. Other bids may work better once in a while, but they are perfectly sensible actions.

South, on the other hand, has very little for his raise to game. He has 2 small hearts, that is, nothing more in trumps than partner would expect anyway. He cannot be sure that he will get a spade ruff. Clubs is the suit which - essentially - both opponents have bid, hence the ace of clubs is certainly opposite shortness and may well be opposite a void.

Finally, North did not open 4C (Namyats) or 2C or something of that sort; he is very unlikely to have 9 tricks on his own. South cannot hope to contribute more than 1 trick, so imho 4H seems out of the question.
June 7, 2015
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My guess is that 4S is well against the odds even if we have a fit there, so I wouldn't bother to use stayman. And partner needs very special cards for 5D (which I probably can't find out anyway), so I would just settle for 3D.
April 28, 2015
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This hand has prime values but about the worst shape possible (some might say this isn't even a 1C opening followed by a 4S raise). Change it to 4-3-2-4 shape, and you wouldn't want to stay out of slam at any cost.
April 27, 2015
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I would pass 1D, too - most players would. But the question is, how often do you hold such a hand in this sequence.
Opener has shown 6+ diamonds, and although there is no guarantee, responder and partner will typically have some diamonds as well, which means that you are unlikely to hold five diamonds in your own hand.
I guess this is what Bob meant when he said “rare”.
April 26, 2015
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Partner knows I might pass 3DX (although usually with a better diamond holding), so he should avoid doubling with almost any excuse. The first hand is not a problem because I might well collect 1400 in 3DX. The second hand is a clear 4S call imho.
April 25, 2015
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Sorry for disagreeing, but we are playing 5M, so I'm not convinced opening a poor 4-card major while holding a much better side suit will get us to the right contract if this is our hand.
Apart from that, I agree that the lead-directing value of 1C is probably limited, but partner might still appreciate some guidance.
April 22, 2015
Roland Voigt edited this comment April 22, 2015
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I'm afraid I don't see it yet. Consider me “not a good player” if you like.
A lot of good things can happen in 3NT. Our spade holding might be good enough for two stoppers. We might have nine tricks in NT but less than eleven in 5D (for example, opposite x Kxx AKxxxx Jxx after spade lead and club switch).
In contrast, partner might play us for less spade wastage and drive us too high if we pass on the opportunity to bid 3NT.
I really don't think our call should be motivated by the attempt to minimize our losses when we can still find a good contract.
April 22, 2015
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