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Except that “class of player” is nowhere defined.
Jan. 3, 2019
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I did some simulations a while ago and I thought I found on the assumption that south had a heart stopper about 50-50 that south had the K and Q and then you needed another trick which was likely but not guaranteed. So I got something between 40% and 50% that 7 was making.
Jan. 3, 2019
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Maybe the title is misleading. The auction was as reported or so I am told. I wanted to know specifically about the 7 bid but happy for the discussion of the rest of the auction. I was browsing through old polls and saw one of mine, where I asked a similar question about a grand and I, had had this auction in my mind for some time.

As to your suggestion, after 3 you might not be able to bid RKB, Bill Jacobs alluded to that earlier. Say partner bids 3NT for example but 4m will also cause you problems.
Jan. 3, 2019
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It was matchpoints sorry Steve. I did comment somewhere but could not see how to edit the original post.
Jan. 3, 2019
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Because south is a passed hand.
Jan. 3, 2019
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It is definitely true that a shortage is a good discriminator between a minor contract and no trumps and it is also a good discriminator between game and slam when we have a minor suit fit.
Jan. 3, 2019
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South has four clubs.
Jan. 2, 2019
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Sure a suit setting 3 is great for this hand but this is a rare hand type compared with splinter raises of partner's diamonds.
Jan. 2, 2019
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Sorry good point.

It is matchpoints.
Jan. 2, 2019
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Weak field - below average tournament quality. You are playing with one of the best players in the field and your partnership would be one of a handful of favourites.

You can swap the A for the K so you don't need partner to have quite as good a hand as you are thinking.
Jan. 2, 2019
Wayne Burrows edited this comment Jan. 2, 2019
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I think you would need a specific partnership agreement. I would not expect that this was standard.
Jan. 2, 2019
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Related to this I use the raise of the fourth suit to show a hand with nothing to say but extra values. This will typically be a 2=2=5=4 hand with no heart stopper with around 15-17 hands. It is relatively rare but when it comes up responder can often place the contract.

Kx xx AQJxx AQxx opposite an ordinary AQxxx xxx Kxx Kx can play 4 or 5.

With the K - AQxxx Kxx Kxx Kx then 6 is 50% - and with the A AQxxx Axx Kxx Kx 7 is great.
Dec. 31, 2018
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I think the opposite.

I already had a chance to double 1m for takeout so after 1m 1NT passed back to me the problem hand is a penalty double of the minor.

In contrast after 1m 1M 1NT now a more frequent problem hand is one where I am short in the major so double is takeout.
Dec. 31, 2018
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That does not fit with 2 is game force in the opening post of this thread.

I like to play 1 1 2 3 as natural and game forcing at least 5-5. Weaker 55s are forced to choose pass, 2, or 2, or maybe 2NT if a bit stronger than your example.
Dec. 31, 2018
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It is not quite universal but the other side or aspect to Ron's comment in my experience is that those playing artificial methods are mostly much more willing to give accurate explanations. It has been players playing standard methods, including some very good players, who I have problems getting proper explanations from.
Dec. 31, 2018
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My experience is only 30 years but it is the flip side that is the killer - my opponents have great success opening 4 on these hands.
Dec. 31, 2018
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I have heard this argument before but I am not convinced it is right to mislead about my heart length in the bidding and the play. If I open 2 then bid again, and I will bid again on most auctions after I open 2, partner will know my major suit length.
Dec. 31, 2018
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It maybe some sort of standard but I do not think it is best. I was not writing about what I thought everyone else did but how they can be catered for in another more flexible way.
Dec. 30, 2018
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Leonard, 0454 and 1444 are low frequency hands. They can be catered for by bidding 2NT and then fourth suit rebidding 3.

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2 2
2NT* 3**

* I have a stopper.

** Is your stopper a four-card suit?
Dec. 30, 2018
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Do you always raise spades directly with three or jump rebid after fourth suit forcing or can 2 still be three?
Dec. 30, 2018
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