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All comments by Steve Stewart
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Hoping to push the opponents up or make a partial ourselves makes 2N pretty attractive, especially since partner doesn't rate to have the shape to balance if 2 is passed around to him.

While we could go for -200, the bigger risk of bidding is that it will help the opponents play the hand should they end up declaring.

And no, this is not an opener unless you are playing 2-suited 2-level openers.
June 27, 2014
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Pretty sure I remember this hand from the spring nationals, so I won't vote on it yet. It's pretty much a guess, anything could work spectacularly well or spectacularly bad.
June 27, 2014
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I have 3 tenaces to protect and no rebid really describes my hand after a 1 opening, so 1N it is. This could also keep the opponents out of a major suit overcall, and if it doesn't I can still get my suit in later.
June 26, 2014
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Not only is the final pass impossible, so is the initial one. 100% clearcut opening bid. Assuming West was dealer so I didn't pass with an opening bid, it's a clear raise to game.
June 25, 2014
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While I would like a better suit for 2, this kind of hand becomes impossible to describe if I respond 1 and partner rebids 2.
June 19, 2014
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Would have preferred drury at my first turn. If fit jumps are available here, that would be even better.
June 8, 2014
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Partner may pass with the scattered 5 count, but would respond with this hand with heart support. He definitely would not pass a jump shift.
June 8, 2014
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While 3N or 5 may pick up a slightly bigger plus than passing it out, there is also a good chance that game won't make. Much tougher problem at unfavorable vulnerability.
June 6, 2014
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I think a X by N of 2 should be takeout, which he should have made that round, and having not chosen that he should never have sat for south's double, which I would also play as takeout. It is unlikely south wants to penalize 2, sitting under the bidder when he couldn't even respond to the 1 opener.
June 6, 2014
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If 4 here was keycard, then diamonds are set as trump and 4 is a queen ask. Responder shouldn't ask for keys in diamonds if he is planning on getting out in a spade game.
June 1, 2014
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East gets squeezed in the reds on the run of the trumps.
June 1, 2014
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Having already said that I'm not interested in slam, I now have a huge hand for partner if his diamonds are really good. I'd like to be able to ask for keycards myself now, but 4N would be a signoff since I already tried to get out in 3N.
May 27, 2014
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Not only should south pass over 3, but having already made a move, he should clearly retreat to 4 over 3.
May 27, 2014
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Double followed by a spade bid is my plan here. Don't like a 2 jump at all, because the hand is both overstrength and playable in either red suit.
May 24, 2014
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As I play it, partner is showing a signoff with both minors. Still, I have a big hand in support of clubs and am tempted to make a game try.
May 23, 2014
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Pass seems pretty clear now. Presumably partner knows I am short in hearts (didn't x show that?), I don't think the void justifies bidding again when I know much less about partner's hand than he does about mine.
May 10, 2014
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While the strength of the hand is certainly good enough to double first, 1-2 in the majors suggests that I should just overcall 1, since it will be tough to know what to do on the second round if LHO (or partner) start jumping over my x. If 1 gets passed out (unlikely), we probably aren't missing a game.
May 7, 2014
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I really don't understand why I passed the first round, I just give the opponents more room to find the spade fit they surely have. Assuming I trust partner I would have bid 5 the first time.
May 5, 2014
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North should raise to game, but South's 3 rebid is just ridiculous. If there is a decent play for game opposite many minimums that partner could have you should just bid it.
May 5, 2014
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This sequence must show a hand like Dean's or Kit's sample hands: Hx in spades, club length with no wastage, not enough hearts to make a negative x, and length in diamonds. The hand has greatly improved on the auction and offers a choice of games in spades or diamonds.
March 24, 2014
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