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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
Wayne Burrows edited this comment 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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You can't say that someone psyched based on your agreements without knowing their agreement.
May 27
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I can't see what is wrong with a dummy reversal. Attempt to take two diamond ruffs in hand. I win if spades are not 6-1 and diamonds are 4-4 or 5-3 and the clubs are 3-2 which seems likely on the hesitant lead.
May 26
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Why the king Avon? I want to use the club entry later to take a diamond ruff.
May 26
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If 4 denies a diamond control then 4 better have one.
May 15
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Does Meckwell not allow you to bid with single suited hands?
May 10
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“Wayne, how did the ruling go?”

I didn't bother to call it was in some low grade tournament albeit opposite a regular tournament player.
April 29
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“Guess how many spades LHO had.”

My guess is enough to want to play in 2 DOUBLED.

As an aside we played new suits natural and non forcing for quite some time. During that time we psyched the new suit often enough that we thought we had established a partnership agreement and changed our card to natural or a bluff usually with a fit for partner. Even with that description the bid was effective.
April 29
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I once opened 3 in third seat my LHO questioned the meaning with my partner and was told it was a weak pre-empt with normally seven hearts. He then doubled and his partner bid 3 which came to him. He again quizzed my partner about the meaning of my 3 and was told again it was a natural pre-empt. This time after the inquisition he bid 4 which his partner promptly passed.

I had psyched the 3 opening.
April 28
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