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Assuming imps, weak hand with reds?
That's the hand you could accept the undercall without risking a disaster, because you know that you did not discuss system on / off.
Jan. 25
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Nope, careful play will always see 3NT home.
Jan. 16
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Thanks for your comments, and Richard is right, one should ask before leading, which I didn't do, before going all in with the K.

What was partner supposed to do but signal his delight, holding JTxxx and A? Of course all went moot when neither of us held the Q.

Probably it's best practice to pick a lead that will not bring these feelings of disappointment to the partnership, if the decision to lead one suit or another is close.
Jan. 15
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That's a nice treatment Martin.
Jan. 9
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Good question.

DD has no transfer responses to 1. After 1 - 1 (7+ hcp and 4+ spades) you can rebid 1NT with 11-12 1444 shape. After 1 - 1 (negative or diamonds or something special) there is no problem in DD, opener can rebid hearts.
Playing transfer responses: many agree to open 1444 with 1 and accept a transfer to spades (denying 4 spades), so opening 1 will deliver five diamonds or 444-1. Though in Italy it is more common to open 1 with either 5 or 1444 or 4441.

Them pesky shapes… :)
Jan. 8
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That is possible in both treatments. Popular nowadays to pile all balanced hands in 1, but you will have problems sorting the minor ambiguity out, if you get the chance that is. I am not at all sure unbalanced diamond provides enough compensation for these problems. Add in the missed opportunity to direct a diamond lead in matchpoint scoring…
Jan. 8
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I played transfer acceptance showing 3-fit for some years, with 2 opening showing 18-19 bal as in big bang to avoid the unwanted jump 2NT rebid by opener (and protecting 18-19 from weak jump overcalls). Resonding to 2 18-19 is a bit swingy if you have a bad balanced hand; guessing the wrong partial is sometimes costly especially if vul. But that's off topic…
Jan. 8
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polish club international is available at https://jassem.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Polish_Club-2010.html for those interested
Jan. 8
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1 - 1 (no major) -

1NT = 12-14 bal
2 = 18-19 non forcing
Jan. 8
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You just did, didn't you?
Jan. 7
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
Thomas van der Hoeden edited this comment Nov. 23, 2017
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Matchpoints.
Nov. 22, 2017
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Thanks all for pointing out some more flaws!
April 18, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
Thomas van der Hoeden edited this comment April 11, 2017
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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, 2017
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RJO's have a lot of appeal as well.
April 4, 2017
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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, 2017
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