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9:30, 2:30, 7:30. KOs early, choice of loser Swiss (might be two-session split by early dinner) and pairs. Keep it rolling….
Feb. 24, 2015
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Thanks Ed, good information for a relatively rare and precise situation. What about declarer? 16D1 directly implies that, if the location of the A swung her play of the hand, defenders would have a UI beef.
Feb. 22, 2015
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True ‘nough, but only meant that no one was hot to have his or her ’rights' vindicated in the direction s/he thought correct, so the poor director didn't have to go thumbing through the book to frame this rare kind of situation and hold up the game.

And no one wanted to deal with recognizing the A as UI….
Feb. 19, 2015
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The other day: Declarer calls K from dummy, next hears K and follows with low , declarer plays low , last to play takes the K – actually led from dummy – with the A. Dummy and last to play heard “K”, declarer and second to play heard “K” and no one noticed when the K was actually played.

What's correct here?

Everyone being trustworthy, easy going and having known each other for 30 years, director just asked declarer what she had called and allowed it, backing up the trick. Luckily the A didn't matter to the final result..
Feb. 19, 2015
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No, sorry, not what I meant: My call would be influenced by our agreements regarding when – always? only max? only xx or worse ? – O would reopen with a double. If you intend the question to be independent of this issue, I'm bidding 2N with any WNT, per Frances, below, and wishing I was playing WNTs, per Jeff, below.

EDITORIAL ABASHMENT: Mea culpa, just realized that I really did get the problem wrong.
Feb. 19, 2015
Scott Needham edited this comment Feb. 19, 2015
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I'd very much like to know our agreements for O's reopening double.
Feb. 18, 2015
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With strong 2-suited minor hands, I'd rather o/c longer then bid shorter to get both suits in – I hope – at the 3 level. Partner knows I must be this strong, and s/he also knows I'm not 5-5, so we would seem well-placed. Like others, I don't want partner taking a pressure bid into 4 if I double even once. I think I'm lucky that LHO didn't bid 3.
Feb. 17, 2015
Scott Needham edited this comment Feb. 17, 2015
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From notes published by Dan Neill at http://bridgefiles.net/pdf/Wash_Std_2nd_ed.htm:

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2D Opening Responses (Flannery)

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Pass/2M/3C = to play, no game

2N = art invit+ ask

–3C = 3+C (3M = invite in context)

–3D = 3+D (3M = invite in context)

–3H/3N = 4522 min/max

–3S = 4S-6H (forcing)

–4H = 5S-6H

over all these: 4m = slamtry (flag) for cM (step 1 = last train)

3D = art slamtry, forces 3H, then

–3S = sets S, solid slamtry, now cues (3N = 2/top 3 hearts)

–4m(3N) = cue for H (3N = S cue), solid slamtry

–4M = v. mild slamtry (needs 14-15 all in keycards and a side stiff)

–4N = 6-KC RKC (if just one suit needed, can immediate 4m below)

3M = shows 9fit, ~6 HCP, no minor Quacks (raisable thus)

3N = to play

4m = RKC for cM

4M = to play, any strength
Jan. 30, 2015
Scott Needham edited this comment Jan. 30, 2015
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Playing 1m-2m as a “low limit” raise (8-11 support; usually unbal), we can bid 1N with balanced hands, JSom with GF, denying a major,and bid 3D very weak with the opposite agreement: Don't bid 3N with the bal 18-19, b/c you likely will not make it.

Irritating to have the auction 1m-3m/3N-4m, for -1. ‘Course, if I played the cards as well as you, maybe I’d be more sanguine about 3N on a distributional 6-count.
Jan. 17, 2015
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In my most practiced p'ship, we play 1m-2m as 8-11, support.
Jan. 15, 2015
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TY Adam. Nice article.
Jan. 13, 2015
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Yeah, one of us is in the bag….
Jan. 12, 2015
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I'm interested in AG's current opinion here. FWIW, and based upon my reading of his stuff, I think he will say they are slam inv: 3m = 5+M-5+m, 3om = 5+M-5+om, 3M = strong jump shift one-suiter, 3H after 1S = 5+-5+. That's an advantageous corollary to using R's rebid 2N—>3C to allow R to show various 5-4 strong hands (2C then 2N = inv). Folks seem to differ on whether the immediate jump shows more “purity” (and what the minimum requirements for that will be), allowing R to use the GF 2D then the 2nd suit to show well-distributed GF+ HCP.
Jan. 10, 2015
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I've been waiting for someone to observe that this is a 5-loser hand, 13.6 on K&R, with nice cards in partner's suit; was expecting some debate on what “sound 2 level game forcing bids” might denote.
Dec. 30, 2014
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If not playing XYZ, 4C = pure 5-5. (I like 1D-1X/2C = F1.) Regardless of XYZ, 4D = pure 6-4. Either = 4ish losers.
Dec. 11, 2014
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 11, 2014
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One situation in which I think all of us would assign great value: Opps have shown weakness but a 9-10ish card fit.

A more iffy one: Various situations in which we are trying to decide whether to bid NT with the stiffA in opps' bid-and-raised suit.
Dec. 10, 2014
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I agree, of course. I had briefly considered what might happen opposite partner's best hand, and lost a level. Editing privilege exercised yet again….
Dec. 10, 2014
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I'm with Frances. Regardless of count (and I believe in K&R), can I envision a 2 raise that offers slam? You betcha. My only real question is whether We have the methods to find slam and to stop in 4 if its not there.

Disclaimer: this from a guy who has bid 8 out of his last 6 slams.

EDIT: Why stop in 5 when we can stop in 4?
Dec. 9, 2014
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 10, 2014
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2nd round control?
Dec. 7, 2014
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I find fewer 8-10s pauses after a 2N opener or a natural jump to 2N or 3N, and I too feel that the failure to wait is much less objectionable in these auctions (normally the failure to wait drives me nuts). Anyone else?
Nov. 20, 2014
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