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It is, of course, beyond the OP constraints, but I kinda like two ranges.
16 hours ago
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Seems to me that this is a “someone suck it up” hand. From S's vantage, N could be Qxxx xx Jx Qxxxx; from N's vantage, S could be x KJxxx KQxxx xx. After the 2nd round pass, E is not 18-19 or a shapely strong hand, but could be a solid 14 count WNT; W could be an unassuming, non-fit 8-9 count.

S has to decide 4 is gonna be OK. I'd cue 3. If N then calls 5 (could be two losers)–maybe suck it up again? I'd compliment a 4 call from N instead of 5.
Jan. 17
Scott Needham edited this comment Jan. 17
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Just from the format, I'll take a flying leap: Each profile fits a current Junior.
EDIT: for precision
Dec. 29, 2017
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 29, 2017
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For the sublime heck of it: 2-3 (GF+ setting )/4 (max, short)–>6-key, K-ask
EDIT: FWIW, I think many Flannery pairs allow a 1 response with 4 good ones like 3 of top 5.
Dec. 28, 2017
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 28, 2017
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It seems to me that,d many times, when responder is playing in his 4-3, the long minor turns out to be wasted. I guess you pays yer $ and takes yer chance.
Dec. 27, 2017
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All true, good juju when partner takes another call, especially in comp. But when partner bails to 2M on a weak 4cdM – which seems to happen fairly frequently – we play in a poor 2M when 2m is making or getting opps into the auction. Still conflicted.
Dec. 27, 2017
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I'm conflicted about the general advisability of making a SupX when I hold a decent 6-card minor–any thoughts?
Dec. 21, 2017
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The other day I responded 1 to 1 (SNT context) with xxx Qxxx Qxxx xx. 1N got clobbered for a 0 when opps stayed out with 23 and running . Unlucky, I suppose.

The “bean counter's” point is that it's hard to judge level without some standards for a response, harder with a monster like this E hand when opened 1 than with a more normal strong opener. I'd sincerely like to see the system notes that allow those who open 1 and respond on either of my example hands, above, to end up at the correct level.

Most on this thread force to game when responder bids (duh!). With the first hand (I'd respond), maybe you stop in 4 (possible after a 3 splinter) but after a 4 splinter, you are likely playing 5. Odds on to make. With the second, good luck.

EDIT: Further, let's get to the correct level when opener has AQTx AKQJ x xxxx on the same auction type.

2-2 (0-7)/4 (1-under splinter, 19+ HCP, 4x1)-4 (relay)/4
Dec. 21, 2017
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 21, 2017
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Why I would like to play a strong, forcing 2 for 2 openers with and 4x1s with 19+ HCP (and throw in the 18-19 balanced, too). Sigh; no takers.
Dec. 20, 2017
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What if responder were Kxxx xxxx xx Qxx? or Jxxx xxxx xx Qxx? would you see a problem with declaring 1?
Dec. 20, 2017
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Yes, much clarity. Somehow we all want to talk about the way we prefer to play instead of talking about the structures that will do the most to advance communication – and judgment – among intermediate players.
Dec. 19, 2017
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If the function of 3 is not known, and E knows it's not known, s/he could avoid the risk by passing 2 and bidding 3 next.
Dec. 17, 2017
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Why does bidding 1 “violate Walsh”? Seems Walsh-compliant to me.
Dec. 17, 2017
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IIRC, Lauria developed Gazz to combat the preempted 1 auctions: Now responder knows opener's suit immediately.
Dec. 10, 2017
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2 would be Flan. When playing weak 2, this p'ship would not open 2 with a side major.
Dec. 7, 2017
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 7, 2017
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I hate 2 also, but it is clear in this p'ship that 2 is not forcing, and might be based on a weakish hand (usually constructive values), but with no support.
Dec. 6, 2017
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SM: Change the 2s: You don't like your strip and end play?
Dec. 3, 2017
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I agree that, after 1N-(3)-3, opener's 3 is not a control until s/he bypasses 3N. But it seems to me that DC's 4 would be taken as a Bluhmer by many rather than a concentration-showing fit jumpish kind of thing. Also, in the benighted US, I don't think very many WNTers include bal min 5M hands in the structure.

In OP's structure, it could (should?) go 1N-(3)-X-(P)//3-(P)-4 so as not to give up on .
Dec. 3, 2017
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 3, 2017
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S could've rebid 3, but 2 doesn't suck. N owes a 2N call, after which S should call 4.
Dec. 2, 2017
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Then it seems to me that 3 must be a “Serious” 3, after which 3 should be a cue for .
Dec. 2, 2017
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