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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
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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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1N-2D/2H-5C = EKCB. If I don't tell partner about the short, s/he's going to hold Qxx Qx Qxx AKQx; if I do, maybe s/he'll hold Qxx AQx AQ Jxxxx. Not sure how else to keep 7 in view.

EDIT: Thinking about this: I wonder if it would be useful to have the agreement after this kind of auction that O skips 5M with a good hand, and bids 5M with the “very bad hand, partner.” 'Cause any hand with good Cs and xx in the M will disappoint as well.
Oct. 29, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Oct. 29, 2012
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3S: Edgar made me do it, and he made partner bid 2S with Axxxx and some xxx xxx xx.
Oct. 26, 2012
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Partner expects to make 4H opposite a WNT. If s/he holds 3 keys, I'm bidding 6 and if not, then s/he'll make 5. S/he always makes 5, doesn't s/he?
Oct. 26, 2012
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what he said….
Sept. 30, 2012
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2C: Edgar made me do it, I'll apologize later.
Sept. 24, 2012
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would this partner be likely call 2N with this one instead of 3D?
Sept. 23, 2012
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oops. Shoulda known.
Sept. 23, 2012
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I think most good intermediate bidders around here would surely recognize 4H as a slam try in a preemptive auction, but would be loath to cue a K; that alternative would be my teaching point. OTOH, I think most of them would figure that 4S is the most discouraging call and would bid 4S with a good S suit and the H K, recognizing it is wasted. And most of them would probably go RKCB with good S and a K or any shape feature, or decent S and both minor Ks. So depending on specific knowledge of this student I'd either pass or, figuring 5-level safety, take another chance with 5C – and circle the board.
Sept. 21, 2012
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I've been told that, playing 3/5, one is s'posed to lead 3rd from 6 – comment?
Sept. 20, 2012
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And better yet, playing WNTs, open this one 1N.

EDIT: Obviously aping Richard….

2nd EDIT: Seeing the “Flannery on” addition to the problem, I'm even happier to open. Pass 1NT, raise 1S or 2D. I have an agreement with my partners that, when I hold this hand, they don't hold C, but if this partner violates, I'll take my poison with either 2H or 2N, whichever is the undistinguished min bid.
Sept. 20, 2012
Scott Needham edited this comment Sept. 21, 2012
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“Student” covers a lot of ground; the problem is unbounded.
Sept. 20, 2012
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wish 4D was minorwood, hope 4N = 1430….
Sept. 17, 2012
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I asked about Sandwich b/c if They do play it, I'd expect the 2N call to be at least 6-5 – and, without a good reason, I'm staying out of that, at least until They pick a suit. But Adams' choices seem reasonable in principle.

Agree with Lynn: Folks have taken to looking at cards to discover Sandwich and, when it is there, They will take liberties if the opportunity presents.
Sept. 12, 2012
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x & y are any suits allowed by the auctions? and y<x in 3) & 4)?

these 1) & 2) 2N pairs play Sandwich?
Sept. 11, 2012
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One deal proves nothing; however, from a team game last week:


AQJx
VOID
Kxxx
QT9xx

K8x………….x
AKQxx………..JTxxx
Qxx………….Jxxx
Jx…………..Axx

T9xxx
xxx
Ax
Kxx

S deals:

P-1H-X-4H
4S-5H-5S AP +650

At the other table, W opened 1N and played in 4H, -1.



Sept. 7, 2012
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unless, of course, it's not. Someone might be able to make a frequency argument that would be persuasive….
Sept. 3, 2012
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