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If you're playing a forcing club, then 1heart - 2clubs - 2hearts should show six. However, in a generic 2/1 system if
you have xxx/AJxxx/xxx/AK, it is anti-positional to rebid 2NT and 2diamonds should show four.
I think that its easier to defend 3NT if opener plays it after 1heart - 2clubs - 2NT - 3NT. They know that you have exactly five hearts and probably don't have four spades or four clubs. If the auction goes 1heart - 2clubs - 2hearts - 2NT - 3NT, they know a lot less about Responder's hand other then he does not have three hearts. After 1heart - 2diamonds, you need to be able to rebid 2hearts with xx/Axxxx/xx/AKJx. 3clubs should show extras and 2NT with xx in spades is anti-positional. With xx/AJxxx/xxx/AKx raising
diamonds takes up bidding room. If Responder wants to find out how many hearts you have, he can rebid 2NT. In most auctions, if you don't have anything real to say, the cheapest bid should be the default. In my book, rebidding the major does not promise six.
2 hours ago
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I have no idea who first decided that you should return original fourth best but that is not right. You should return attitude. If you started with A8732, win the ace and return the two. If you return the three partner might think that you started with A32. If you started with only four, then you have to decide based on the lead, the cards in your hand and the number of cards in dummy whether to return high or low. What you return is not based on what signals you are playing. From A32, win the ace and return the three playing standard, upside-down or odd-even signals.
Oct. 20
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This happened at the Washington Bridge League Unit 14 table Board-a-match A/X game. The game would have been bigger but the Washington Nationals were playing the deciding baseball game that night.
Oct. 19
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The opponents who had 1/5 the masterpoints of this pair did not call the Director. (neither did this pair)
Oct. 19
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If you noticed her discomfort, then maybe you should jump to 4spades
Oct. 17
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You can do whatever you want. If you want to guess that partner has bid Capp instead of DONT you can do that. You're not obligated to play partner for a 5=5 moose.
Oct. 17
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When you have no unauthorized information, you can do whatever you want. You're allowed to use bridge logic to figure out that partner has made a mistake. You're under no obligation to jump to 4hearts if you figure from the auction that there is a problem. Partner's 3club bid says that there could be a problem and you're allowed to guess right.
Oct. 17
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There are no rules that say you have to bid according to your agreements as long as your partner has no idea that you varied your agreement. Playing 5-card majors you can open 1spade with AKJx. Playing weak twos which promise a very good suit, you can open 2spades with 876543. In this situation you can do whatever you want assuming that you have no unauthorized information from alerts or partner's expression. If I had to guess what partner was doing, I would have guessed that 2hearts was CAPP. I am allowed to make this guess. Since you explained to the table that 2hearts showed both majors, your partner has to bid her hand as if you alerted her 2heart bid as showing hearts and a minor, and she should probably have passed 2spades. If you were playing against a weaker pair, maybe under active ethics, you should have called the director when partner showed up with 1/5/3/4 distribution.
Oct. 17
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What would I do if I was playing Capp, bid 2hearts none vul holding 9/KJ765/K84/J763 and partner bid 2spades? I would probably pass 2spades. Partner should have at least six spades since he didn't pass 2hearts and didn't bid 2nt asking for my minor. It was your partner who took advantage of the unauthorized information. You can do whatever you want since you have no unauthorized information unless your partner alerted your 2spade bid or told you by expression that there was a problem. If partner alerted your 2spade bid, then 3clubs is a game try and you must bid a game.
Oct. 17
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3clubs is a mixed raise (7-9 with 4trumps). I think you need a mixed raise. 1major - 3diamonds natural invitational (6 cards 10-12). 1spade - 3hearts natural invitational but denies two spades unless you have a self-sufficient heart suit. You don't want to miss your 6-2 spade fit and play in 3hearts with six opposite one
Oct. 7
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Double is strong and could want to penalize a major. 2major is natural NF. 2NT is Lebensohl. Bids at the 3-level are as if you opened 2NT. 3clubs = Stayman; 3red are tranfers and 3spades is what you play over 2NT
Oct. 7
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When it goes (1grape) - double - (redouble) - P - (P), I bid grape +1, unless I have something real to say. Therefore, I bid 1spade with all minimum takeout doubles. I may have only three spades. Holding xxx/AQx/Kxxx/KQx, I'd bid 1spade. If I bid anything other than 1spade, it shows a real bid. You need to do this because opener and redoubler could be very weak. 1NT shows more than a 1NT overcall. 2clubs shows 17+ etc.
Oct. 7
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I use DOPI or DEPO based on the situation. 2spades (p) 4NT (6hearts), I would double 6hearts with zero, pass with one and bid 6spades with two. How could partner not want to be in slam with two keys when I could easily have none and he wouldn't expect me to have three? Since double could be zero or two, you have to decide whether two is enough to show based on the situation. If I probably couldn't have zero keys, then I would use DEPO if the answer would take me above 5 of my suit.
Aug. 14
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what the ACBL needs is a place where you can put your cell phone during the event.
Aug. 4
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If my cell phone goes off, I'm exempt from getting a penalty.
My cell phone is in my room!
July 31
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Usually you make your safest lead against 7NT. Double says “I have an ace find it”. Therefore you lead one of the opponent's short suit where the ace might go away. It's usually just a guess.
July 25
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I play Eastern cuebids.
After 1diam (1sp) - 2sp - (pass) - 3diam (P)
3spades says I have a stopper bid 3nt.
3hearts says do something intelligent and bid 3nt with a stopper.
July 22
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If this was in ACBL land, what I would have done is to call the Director when I found out what the 2diamonds opener meant. It is certainly a mid-chart convention and requires a pre-alert and an ACBL legal defense. You're not allowed to make up your own defenses for your midchart conventions. There is a defense for transfer openers but it doesn't mention any strong options. Without a defense you're not allowed to play it.
July 20
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pass if partner bids 2hearts with #1
July 15
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I'd rebid 2clubs with both of the following hands

Q10xxxx/x/Ax/AJxx. If partner passes 2clubs I'm happy. If partner bids 2spades I'm happy also.


Q10xxxx/A/Ax/AQxx. If partner passes 2clubs, we don't belong in spades. If partner preferences spades, I'll raise
July 15
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