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Jxxxx would be fine with a side entry too
Feb. 8
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Scoring matters to me. JH vs MPS, AS looks ok at IMPS
Feb. 8
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This seems to be establishing how people feel their treatments are over 1NT…..but we dont get to know what they play. I'm not even sure I am selecting the right answer for my preferred methods which is MultiLandy over weak or strong NT
Feb. 6
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I suspect this is borderline, but in top flight company I would expect a ruling to adjust the score. In average company, many would treat the jump to 4S as quite strong and bid RKCB without blinking…..see this all the time in clubs etc.
Feb. 6
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I think you seriously underestimate the value of count signals, and clearly have not spent any time working out what declarers shape is often enough, because this info alone can avoid so many misdefences I see all the time. Also why on earth would you signal count if its already known? You need to engage the grey matter and work out what P is telling you when count clearly is not needed….ie suit pref or att etc etc
Jan. 31
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I don't play 2/1 so may be missing some subtle inferences, but I too was wondering why North chooses 1S in preference to 1H with such a difference in quality. Over 2C, surely we bid as per the auction with 2D next and are well placed if P makes a further try with 2S, which I guess we can raise naturally to 3S?
Jan. 31
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Well I would much rather know count as standard and ask for attitude when needed via choosing an honour lead of the Ace or Queen. You either play suit preference or not in special situations…there is no half way.

I think attitude is actually overrated
Jan. 31
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I agree, and still play count as my primary trick 1 signal, but you can extend the Ace for reverse attitude approach to include the Queen lead as well for just this type of lead problem.
Jan. 29
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I was torn between it being the 3H bid or the final. Ailin the coffin 4S. Changing to 3H after reading this, as I agree 2nt bid instead of 3H fixes everthing.
Jan. 28
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Should really tell us if this was stayman and if it is….if it promises a 4cM.
Jan. 21
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This is Pass or 1S bid IMO, with my preference for pass (just). It's way too good for a W2 bid, which will result in missed games too often. Opened a similar hand just the other night 1C. KQJT9 x x QJ9xxx
Jan. 19
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I keep 1st and 2nd seat pre-empts of a quality of suit that helps in finding 3NT if P is strong. Otherwise all bets are off in other positions. Favourable vul can increase the variability of the bids of course too
Jan. 18
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Well if your going to place any merit on how many agree with something…..perhaps you need a disagree button too, to gauge how many think differently!
Jan. 17
ATB
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I have chosen East should dbl, but this is very marginal IMO and I could not crime passing. I posted a very similar hand to this very recently where we suffered the same way. Life can be cruel
Jan. 17
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I think your confusing something here. I have not advocated bidding 4D anywhere here. I suggested I might bid 4H next over a 4D bid by P. Ie (3D)3S 4C 4D 4H. Or 4NT after (3D) 3S 4C 4S
Jan. 11
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Well thats the big question. Not had this auction at the table with my reg, but would expect P to be on the right lines - hopefully
Jan. 9
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I firmly believe 4C here would be forcing with my reg and choose that for now. P may bid 4D allowing 4H next. My concerns are missing slam when partner passes either 4M bid. 4S by P over 4C and I will RKCB for spades.
Jan. 9
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Very likely, but not a sure thing. If we pass and P competes with a dbl we can bid 3D, or maybe they can now offer a 6+ card club suit.
Jan. 5
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Now seen the 2nd thread which is clearly to see how much difference P being a passed hand makes. Not much I would imagine
Jan. 3
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Abstain as I believe I have seen this hand previously, though I thought P was a passed hand already
Jan. 3
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