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Egad. Why can't N bid 3 (either stopper or advance cue) over 3? Then there is no ranking problem with the cues, and opener can keycard.

Just saw MH comment just above.
Sept. 3
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There are several hand types – usually 6-4ish or the like – that play cold games with the NT bidder in the slot, or in the happy circumstance that the NT bidder has concentrated strength. Just need a way for CHO to show a likely dummy entry.
Sept. 3
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General rules: All of responder's second round jumps are GF+/slammish. All of responder's third round jumps, after s/he has used the 2 relay or the 2 GF, show quality holdings in the suit of the jump. I'd just as soon 1-1/1-2/2-4 didn't exist, but it might be used as an anomalous sequence (like 1X-1Y/1Z-2/2-3N = COG, mild slam invite, 5cd Y) to show a 4cd or raise with SOLID 5cd , to distinguish it from the GF+ raises that many people put through 1X-1Y/1Z-2N–>/3, where 3-level calls now show some 4X-5Y or 5X-4Y 3-1 or 2-2.
Sept. 3
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If someone opens in 3rd with fewer than 8 HCP, is this a psyche or an illegal bid? I assume that whether it is an illegal AGREEMENT depends upon frequency.
Aug. 30
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with some partners I like 3 = 10+-15, 3cd support. Opener can ask if 14-15 makes a difference.
Aug. 26
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Sometimes 3M goes down; sometimes every other good contract goes down. Doesn't mean we shouldn't be there with a 3cd LR opposite an opening call good enough to bear the weight. Sounds like we're trying to find a way to avoid getting too high after a p'ship-allowed crappy 10-11 HCP opener.
Aug. 23
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Try https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&channel=cus&q=michael+goetze+2%2F1+t-walsh for one – there are tons of discussions on BW regarding various components, 1 balanced w/transfers, unbalanced 1, various cute 2-level openers….
Aug. 22
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1♣ then
- after 1♠ - 3N

If partner bids 4 – I presume this is 5+-5+? –, how strong is she?
Aug. 14
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Partner might hold good s; even with RFR, I'm choosing a forcing sequence that lets her bid them. So some route to 2N, opening or rebid, or reversing into s, then 3N if I don't hear what I'd like.
Aug. 14
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Teach Spades first.
Aug. 12
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One of my partners came up with:
1-2 = GF, balanced (no good 5cd suit) with 2-3
1-2N = LR+ with stiff or J2NT-style balanced 4cd raise, 3 asks
1-3m = LR+ with m stiff
1-3 = 4cd LR (she doesn't like 1M-3M = preempt or mixed; YMMV)
1–3, 4m = void splinter.

Parallel for , but 1-3 = stiff or J2NT
Aug. 10
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Echoing what others have said: It is clear that the D did not do her job, which would've entailed finding out what the agreement was, what followups are mandated, who misbid, who is under obligation to stay asleep, etc. But without this information, I don't see how it is possible to determine whether 4 is taking advantage of UI or a permissible bid within those agreements. Might it not turn out that the ruling was correct, though for wrong reasons?
Aug. 8
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“One is required to act as if they were not woken up.” What I thought. Not what the example states. And hence my Ogust comment.
Aug. 3
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There have been a bunch of threads on 1D-2C GF auctions. I prefer 3N = stiff , no 4cd major, long good , limited 14-15. Same hand with 16+ bids 3. 1-2/2N = 12-14 or 18-19, denies 5, does not deny 4cd M but does show stoppers in both majors.
July 30
$20
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Unless there is a massive shift, I've already lost. Do you want a share of the payout?
July 13
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I'd be forced to do something like
1♦ (1♠) 2♥ - (p)
2-(P)-3-(P)
4N
b/c 4N would be quant.
July 10
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S/he was trying to remember whether 4N was quant or keycard.
July 10
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Exactly, and generalizable. After partner's slow signoff, if I hold 3 or 4, and don't know we are slammish from the rest of the auction, we don't understand any of our slam bidding techniques. Also, kudos to Thompson, above: There is a lot of hesitation in these auctions, especially in comp and especially if the partnership plays something requiring counting steps over keycard interference.
July 10
Scott Needham edited this comment July 10
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what I do is be happy that I have Autowood on the card to counter those who would weaponize any hesitation.
July 9
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Some time ago I found a structure for Intervenor's strong hands – for those who have made game sitting over the WNT bidder – that allegedly was played at some point by Greco-Hampson:

2NT 1. Both Minors two-suited with Opening Values
2. Invitational Jump Shift in any suit
3m Strong Brozel, Hearts and the minor
3H Strong Brozel, H & S
3S Strong Brozel, Spades & a minor

Advancer just needs a fit and a dummy entry or two. We combine these calls with Multi-Landy; Advancer's 2N is an inquiry.
June 16
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