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All comments by Steve Stewart
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Even though I don't like the methods here, as most of the posters don't, partner rates to have a stiff spade and my minor suit honors are great fillers. With something like 2254 shape pard should either rebid 1N the first time, or can still bid 2 over 2 (which I don't think should promise 3).
March 8, 2014
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Seems pretty clear that S ought to bid 2 rather than risk a pass, especially with the opponents nonvul.
March 7, 2014
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I should add here that you don't have an agreement on whether 3 is forcing or not.
Dec. 31, 2013
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I usually open 1N with these, but with 2 wide open suits 1 looks like a more descriptive call. Against the 1 opening is that I have no really good rebid over 1 or 1N.
Dec. 12, 2013
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I would have bid 4 over 3. Even a jump to 4 over 2 would be reasonable. Partner will certainly know my suit is great once I do. I could only have KJTxxxx or something similar on the 1 2 3 sequence.
Nov. 15, 2013
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I'm in there if a lead of this suit from partner is likely best for our side. As many others have pointed out already, competing just for the sake of getting in there all too often gives the strong clubbers a roadmap of the hand when they end up declaring.
Nov. 15, 2013
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Seems like 4N is pretty clear if you expect pard to have AQxxxx or so in his suit. LHO bid 4 with hardly any HCP, so he rates to have lots of shape and 4 won't be going down much, if at all.
Nov. 15, 2013
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If East was willing to bid 3 with a hand like this, I don't see how the explanation of spades and another vs majors is going to change his call. Sounds to me like East knows he is getting a bad result and is trying anything to change the outcome.
Nov. 1, 2013
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I play lebensohl over a reverse here as well, so at North's second call the auction would continue 3-3-4-P.
Oct. 31, 2013
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I chose pass since anything else is just too great a distortion. If partner can't take another call we aren't missing a game. We have poor shape, no known fit, and our side's spade cards are badly placed. While passing could easily miss a partscore for our side, there is a good possibility any non-pass call I pick will lead to the wrong partscore.
Sept. 19, 2013
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The 1 opening could be something like AKxx (or even AKx) and out, given the vulnerability and auction, so I think 5 should just be focusing on how fast partner's heart stopper is. Bid 5N with the guarded king, cuebid with the A, etc.

I don't think the BIT has much of an effect on my call here. I clearly have a slam bid as long as partner has the A or K of hearts as part of what he's shown.
Sept. 16, 2013
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Once I bid 3 I've passed captaincy to partner, and he has decided to defend against 4. Why would I do anything other than pass now?

Disagree with the poll choices, btw. The BIT suggests partner was thinking of doing something (usually bidding on) so I should simply make my normal call, which here is pass.
Sept. 2, 2013
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Agree with everything Leo said here. X should be highly penalty-suggestive after responder has made a 2 level response. By bidding 3nt east loses both the chance of nailing the opponents and of reaching slam when west has a hand like the actual one.
Aug. 16, 2013
ATB
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As others have commented East definitely needs to bid 4 over 3. This will make it easy for West to reach the slam.
Aug. 14, 2013
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