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What is your 1NT range? Or rather what balanced hands can go into 1?

I hope that you describe 1 better at the table.

“1D is 2+, ~11-15 HCP. (May be 2D and 5C.)” is seriously incomplete.
July 8
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“Weak 2H bidder definitely has a 2-card suit.”

I do not understand what this means?

Do you not open 2 with 3=6=3=1 and similar?
July 8
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My agreements are I can show the void at the four-level in a one-under fashion. I can then bid 4NT as key card but excluding the ace in the void suit. If I find two key cards I can then ask for the third round club control.

If I am off a key card and third round club control then bad luck I am playing in six.
July 8
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Double is all I can do with extra values and no sensible bid which is precisely what I have.
July 7
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I am not even convinced that double shows any more length. Hence I think I have to bid 4 now.
July 7
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We really need to know the system agreements to answer this question.

If 2NT is Jacoby I would like to show my diamond void and then key-card but I do not know your system.
July 7
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If you choose to invite with six diamonds and then partner bids 3 then I think another reasonable option is for responder to bid 4.
July 7
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4 is crazy. North raises because 4 showed five or preferably six hearts.
July 7
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I did answer but to be more informed i would like to know what hands with spades partner can open in first seat.
July 7
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Doubling with a wide range of hands has the obvious advantage of forcing the opponents to tell you what they have got.

In contrast, 3 forcing is all very well but we do not know in the subsequent auction whether they have hearts or spades.

Therefore doubling on all hands where we think we are likely to have game and where we think that 3NT is a possible contract is a good strategy.
July 2
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I think waiting to be certain partner has the spade ace is too conservative.

With four spades partner is a favourite to have the spade ace with no other information. When you consider that partner will have five spades reasonably often here then the favouritism becomes overwhelming. With five spades for example it is 5:2 on which is over 70% that partner has the spade ace. These are good odds for bidding a grand.
July 2
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I am interested in the passers and the consequence of a significant number who are willing to pass with such a good hand.

If some are willing to pass then it seems to me that not vulnerable that it is a good strategy to pass 2S with almost anything here where you do not expect to be making something as then fourth hand will reasonably often have no bid.

As a consequence surrendering 50s in 2S could be the best result for the opening side.
July 2
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Just semantics here.

I have seen “prototype” used in this context a couple of times over the past few days. I am unconvinced it is the correct word.

prototype - “a first or preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed.”

I think a better word is archetype.

archetype - “a very typical example of a certain person or thing.”
July 1
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I am not convinced that the opponents 3H bid does not change the forcing or non-forcing nature of 3S.

Sure in an uncontested auction 3S is needed as forcing. However when the auction is competitive it could easily be needed to bid 3S to win the partscore battle.

In the uncontested auction while 3S non-forcing could be right we give up on that correction and pass because forcing is more useful. However when the opponents think this is a partscore battle when I pass I am not leaving partner in 3C but the opponents in 3H which is a completely different decision.
June 27
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Do you include doubles (and redoubles) in your “three bids”?

I also include auctions where you cannot rebid your own suit at the two level 1 (P) 1 (2) is a good example.
June 24
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Phil how do you deal with auctions like

1 (P) 1 (2)
3/

Especially if you play support doubles.

Without support doubles I used to play 3m here was competitive and double got loaded with all of the strong hands. With support doubles then it seems to me that you need two ways to get to 3m.
June 24
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A useful distinction is on auctions where there is or is not a cuebid available below three of our suit.

On that basis

(1) 2 (P) 2NT can be natural

(1) 2 (2) 2NT is good bad.

On the first auction invite with 2 and 3 is weak and on the second invite with 3 and weak raises go through 2NT.

It is not perfect if there is subsequent interference but it works well with reasonable frequency.
June 22
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Publish it on the internet instead.
June 17
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Why wouldn't … 2 3 4NT be quantitative?
June 6
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The agreement that double is penalties means that it is difficult to show extra values from both sides without ideal hands. In turn that means that you need to stretch especially in fourth seat on any auction.

I think south limited by the first pass can bid 3d or 3h to show or deny a stopper depending on style. This can't be forcing to game given the original pass and there is always some limited safety in 3S if we can't play 3NT.
May 27
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