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There are some system preferences left out of this problem: 2D = 4+ or 5+ (hoping 5+)? allowed to bid 3C with min two-suiter (given light opening style, probably not? with D support, who cares?)?
Jan. 29, 2013
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Oh goody, now we get to wonder about Minor-/Red-/Blackwood again….
Jan. 29, 2013
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We know what 3H is s'posed to be: inv values, 6+ H. Probably lose the same 4 tricks in 4H as in 3N, so 3N to try to collect the game bonus.
Jan. 28, 2013
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Assuming the 4N = at least 5D-4C, 5D ought to say “really good D, playable” and would seem to be the only chance to consult partner re: slam.
Jan. 25, 2013
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I prefer 2/1, but have one or two pretty vanilla Std Am partners. We do fine – not great – at IMPs on game and slam hands by using 4thSGF, splinters, J2NT. More interesting to me is that, at mps, I've found that Std Am gives us better control of the 3 level. And with weak NT partners, I really prefer the K-S 1S-2H as inv+.
Jan. 3, 2013
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Seems to me that 4S is rather wide-ranging in this auction; sometimes partner is dealt a light opener. If 4N offers slam, we can play 5H.
Jan. 3, 2013
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Henry, I'm not sure what are your concerns. Getting overboard in 7, or maybe even 6, opposite a poor min with very good Hs (Ax AKQx xxx Qxx)? With this, an similar, our auction would go 1N-3H/3N-4D/4N to play and I really, really mean it.

but if partner could only come up with this opening hand, when we held this monster, wouldn't we just fire partner for underholding?
Dec. 30, 2012
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1N-3H/4S or 1N-3H/3N, probably the latter since O doesn't know how strong R may be. Anything by R after these starts is a slam try, longer minor.

Of course, the problem is suit agreement at the 4-level, maybe not until 5m: you need some stuff to unwind it as suit agreement is often the big problem with this splinter. Consequently, I like Hall's interpretation of 4M. I'm also forming an attachment to Heitzman's minor-transfer approach when R is this strong, especially with a preaccept in place.
Dec. 30, 2012
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After 4H, what is R's bid if R is Kxx x KQJxx xxxx? Seems to me that 4H in your auction, if a H cue, is based on knowing R's hand, or at least that R is strongish. In the structure I like it used to show a minor-suit supermax for the SNT, like Ax xxxx (AKJx AJx); now it's RKCB in C b/c we woke up to the fact that Ax xxxx AJx AKJx doesn't really need to tell partner anything and b/c it solves the suit agreement problem, at least from O's side.
Dec. 30, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 30, 2012
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Understand, bu note also that most of these splinter hands are in the 8-13 range, and by our agreement at least, if min the HCP are concentrated in the minors. Seems to me that in this deal, where R is so strong that s/he's immediately thinking grand just on power, 3N will never be a final contract (where it often is if R is 8-13 or whatever). Also a great opportunity for one of my favorite strong-hand ploys: keycard in one of R's off suits – here, clubs – would be very informative. R would be very well-placed for strain and level whether s/he knew O held AKQ C and AH or AKQ C and only KJxx (or any non-ace double stop) in H.
Dec. 30, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 30, 2012
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My current agreement is that with the short suit double-stopped, O bids 3N especially when min. As with all other splinters, the advantage is evaluation opposite the short suit.
Dec. 30, 2012
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In “Washington Standard” Robinson suggests a fairly elaborate follow-up to 3S artificial when H is the shortage. No such advantage when S = shortage, so I've wondered about bidding the splinters one-under….
Dec. 30, 2012
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I hope we'd end up in Ds, b/c I'd expect a both-not-vul matchpoint auction to go P-P-1D-P/1H-X-XX-2C/P-P-3D etc, or, if the ask is on in comp after a support rdbl, P-P-1D-P/1H-X-XX-2C/2S-P-3D-P etc. If we ended up in Hs, declarer would get the C lead and the sailing is not so smooth.
Dec. 29, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 29, 2012
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I set out to catalog possible GB auctions, that is, uses of 2N as GB by either opener or responder, and the list became way too large to manage sensibly. Rather than weed out some in order to keep others, I quit.

EDIT, 12/25: I for one would be interested should someone wish to lay out some rules here….
Dec. 24, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 25, 2012
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Yes, what is the result absent the TS? Lucky 9 tricks, I think – which avoids the material issue – but positions of AD and JH also matter.
Dec. 8, 2012
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Way out of my depth here, but in ACBLworld isn't it the rule that any bid beyond 3N in a “power auction” is not alertable, but, if not “natural,” requires an explanation before the opening lead?

And I agree that this seems to be an issue of terminology. 4H is properly a “control” rather than a “cue.” Even though “control bids” are called “cue bids” the term is distinguishable from “Their suit cue bid.”
Dec. 8, 2012
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I suppose 3C under OP conditions, but 2S Bourkish preferred and, I hope, discussed if I've played with Old Solid for a few months. Of course, if I bid 3C, would I get 3N on Kxx xx AQJTxx Qx? “Well, you bid C and H and I have very good Ds….”

And then, of course, we make 490 when opps lead a S from the A and Hs break, while when I play the hand with another SA but Bourkish partner, we go 1D-1H/2D-2S/2N-3D/4D or 5D, down 1 or 2 on a C lead and a S through, or 1D-1H/2D-2S/2N-3D/3H-4H (5-2 major games are very sophisticated) down 1 on a S out, C back, S again, cash the C….

It has been an up-and-down year.
Dec. 3, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 3, 2012
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Let me know if anyone else gets a blank page with a sad face “:- {” in the middle on frequently visited sites….
Nov. 28, 2012
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