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All comments by Wayne Burrows
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I don't pass 2.
July 21
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Willing to open first seat but won't always. I won't open second unless desperate.
July 19
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No dQJ would be better.
July 18
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I wondered about bidding 3c and hoping for a splinter raise.
July 18
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I will take my two aces to go with our A and K and heart ruff.
July 18
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I am not convinced that I want to shade the values for 2. Ultimately though that should be a matter for partnership agreement.
July 18
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Mostly attitude is suggesting but not commanding a defence.

It can be insisting on a switch. It can be showing a key honour typically for entry purposes.

Here the ambiguity for west is that south has 2=2=4=5 with xx AK KQxx KJxxx or some hands with fewer clubs.

If south has five clubs then there are five diamonds four clubs and two hearts so you must switch to spades. Fewer than five clubs and the spades or equivalent cannot run away.

There are a couple of clues that argue against the 2245 scenario. The first is not that strong but some players might not open 1NT with two small spades and this shape. Obviously some will.

The second is that if that is the shape then since you have A9xx then declarer has just blocked the clubs and/or the diamonds by leading low away from QTx. This blockage has been created even if declarer has four clubs. Therefore I think you should play declarer for three clubs either Jxx or KJx. Now there are only 9 tricks at most and no urgency to switch to spades whatever partner's signal. If declarer has the cK then there are 9 tricks and without that card then you have two hearts two clubs plus partner's hoped for sA.

Also with long clubs and running diamonds most declarers would play immediately on clubs rather than the odd play of three rounds of diamonds creating communication problems.

It is less clear what partner should have discarded. A low spade might deflect the defence later (if declarer has the cA) and a high high spade did deflect the defence. A club seems wrong and a heart cuts communication if declarer ducks the next heart.
July 18
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I don't want my partner playing the J without strong preference for diamonds here.
July 17
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I think a stiff diamond is the most likely way we can play slam here. So I need to try and induce partner to show that feature.
July 17
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So 2NT is natural and not Lebensohl or both minors?
July 17
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This poll shows an insight into the difference between real life bridge and online bridge discussions.

In real life no one tells you the range for Michaels.

Here we get the range but no other information.
July 16
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Without discussion I would have assumed 5 denied a diamond control and 4 then 5 showed a diamond control. But there are other possible agreements.
July 16
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Three small hearts is bad. Everything else is good. But three small with no raise is so bad here. If partner has short hearts then since there was no heart raise they almost certainly have extra values and will be bidding again.
July 16
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I can't answer without knowing the methods.
July 16
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Third seat is more about the partscore than game compared with first or second seat. That suggests opening 1 which is better in the partscore battle when we belong in spades. But 1NT has wins there too for example when partner has five hearts.

On the other hand if I open 1 then often I will have no good rebid.

Another point is the efficiency of 1NT may depend on whether or not I have a method to find 5=3 spade fits (if partner does not have five hearts).
July 16
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I bid 3NT but that was dependent on my lack of information about what 3 showed. If I always bid 3 with four hearts then 3NT without a stopper is more problematic. If however I could have bid 2NT with 1=4=5=3 with a decent club stopper then partner should not expect much from 3NT now.
July 16
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My bidding box only had the 2 card available. I hope it is right.
July 16
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Seriously it is impossible to answer some of these questions without knowing the methods of the partnership.

It seems like you should be able to double for takeout at some point. But:

1. Some play all doubles penalties - an initial double showing penalty interest and a delayed double.

2. Even if you could double for takeout now partner has nowhere to go with 3=3=3=4 hands which are reasonably common but also 2=4=3=4 or 3=4=2=4 that do not want to penalise hearts.
July 16
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Very tempted to double one round earlier.

IMPs I think I have endplayed myself to pass now. MPs I think I have endplayed myself to double now.
July 16
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Why wouldn't the cue be more flexible and 6 be more insistent on clubs?

I don't follow the logic. It really seems if you have something non-standard then one needs to give details of the followups.
July 16
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