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A bored east will probably just throw a club on the 4th heart, and await your spade decision if any.
Three of diamonds does not look bored… wether thatś because he is looking at the Q or hopes to get a ruff after you lose the finesse, I don't know.
Nov. 30
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A poll was conducted. All Pollees bid 4 over 3NT. Is that really surprising?
In dutch regulations multi 2 is allowed at all events. This is a specific bsc/hum exception made in nl jurisdiction basically because everybody plays multi 2d over here.
This of course is accompanied by the fact that most pairs in NL don't know their methods when the bidding is contested after multi opening. Would it be a thought to enhance this regulation with an automatic pp if one forgets or misexplains any bid after opening multi?
Though, that is not relevant to this case..
Nov. 23
Thomas van der Hoeden edited this comment Nov. 23
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Matchpoints.
Nov. 22
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Thanks all for pointing out some more flaws!
April 18
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Playing strong jumpshifts over minors offloads XYZ and will give you very comfortable slammish sequences, especially at imps.
Another idea is to play 1 - 2 as natural gameforcing, not promising a six card but just like all other 2/1 bids. Reason is that it is hard to force in diamonds after 1 - 1; 1NT - .. Being able to bid 1 - 2 (GF); 3 fit is very nice. Especially if 1 opener may be short.
Played 1m-2NT as two-way a lot, either balanced GF or ultra weak raise. Did like that in a weak NT opening context.
Nowadays I play highly natural and and I feel like Richard.
April 18
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Just wondered a bit about this one. My partner held these and passed, fair enough. But I thought that doubling 4 might be an option. After all, partner bid a vulnerable game versus a passed partner, he should have some decent values. He should have had some thoughts about them bidding on to 4. Doubling might help partner to find your heart ruff, if he is holding the A but not the K. If partner does not hold the A some minor tops should set 4, unless they have a mighty big cross ruff; any way it's hard to see how they will score an overtrick. You have good chances for two defensive tricks. By passing you might induce a 5 bid by partner, not sure you should be pleased by that.
April 11
Thomas van der Hoeden edited this comment April 11
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At the table I led 7, passive I thought. This was righteously severely punished by the bridge gods :)

3NT played by RHO seems to be a normal contract. You can't be sure the spade lead is passive. A small diamond will be the field lead. The spade lead may cost a lot of MP, gains unsure.

To make things worse, I elected not to overcall the diamonds. Though one may elect to pass the hand, some will beg to differ and bid the diamond suit. If partner supports the diamonds, he won't be short. Also, the modest overcall might create some difficulty for them.

The punishment: dummy held KJx and declarer A10xx. End of passive story. Furthermore, partner had five diamonds, dummy J en declarer KQ, so 4 was a particularly good save against 3NT.
April 7
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RJO's have a lot of appeal as well.
April 4
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Thanks for that Sam. We actually play both CJO and classical Ghestem for pure twosuiters. Frequency is not our main concern, being able to show these hands is. The spades scenario you mentioned is interesting.
April 4
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Yes we picked CJO over Raptor for these reasons. Natural 1NT not so frequent, but provides sort of an easy route to game. Also I think CJO needs less follow-up system compared to raptor, as captaincy is transferred.
April 4
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Ulf, I haven't read your article, would like to. Probably should have called these Nilsson Jump Overcalls? My main worry is info leakage versus their aggressive vul game in the long run. Will happen. You Swedes found that not to big a problem I guess? What I like about the CJO's is that partner doesn't need to take preference to the major, we're already in it. Makes our amount of fit their guess.
April 4
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Yes I like that on this hand
April 3
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what is the plan over 5? that might actually make if we dont get the heart ruff… terrible if slam in either diamonds or spades is on.
March 31
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March 31
Thomas van der Hoeden edited this comment March 31
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Passing might be just my general reflex to keep my hand unknown to north who'll likely end up declaring some number of spades. If partner has some great fit for a minor, my reflex might just have lost the match.
March 31
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Could we have game? 4 is unlikely, partner didn't open a weak two. For 3NT to succeed, I guess the cards won't lie friendly. Sure sometimes we can score a game, but being not vulnerable I don't think it's a worry. Battling for partscore on a likely misfit versus a likely weak partner does not appeal to me.
I don't like overcalling this hand with a natural NT or minor, prefer to actually bid something that my partner will appreciate.
If passing 1NT is wrong, there'll always be the next board.
March 31
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T1, You ruff the K.
T2, Play trump to K in hand, RHO dropping 10.
T3, Cross to dummy with a spade ruff.
T4, Last trump from dummy, covered by J, Q to A.
T5, Now comes back 10 from LHO.

Is it a lock?
March 28
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Richard, I agree with your analysis. At the table I doubled their 2 and it turned out to be our most expensive board of 2016, after I conceded the second overtrick in fata morgana desparateness :)
Of more interest is how to play the penalty oriented double of the landy 2, about which Frank informs and Steve opiniated. Should it show defense against both majors, or does it suffice to be able to kill at least one of the majors? I am not sure which one of these styles is better in the long run, if any.
March 28
Thomas van der Hoeden edited this comment March 28
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Partnership agreement: double of two-suited overcalls is defensive hand. Exact style undiscussed.
March 27
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