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Quick drop in from work so might have missed something simple:

Think I would cash the K and play a spade to the Ace. Guarantees on any 3-2. I also catch stiff Q in either hand and can trump coup North if they have 3+.

What all the leads and carding mean might help….
March 15
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Bit surprised by the poll results thus far. I knew my action would be considered off-centre but thought the “flexible” DBL would have a bigger proportion. People are obviously more rigid about length.
March 8
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@Michael R: As per my post below, you can still make when 2-2 by playing a club at T5. Doesn’t mean that the has to be the K, no?
March 5
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At work so on;y had 5minutes to glance at it. I think I would have crossed to the T at T5 and played my top two diamonds.

In the position I am in now, I would play a .
March 5
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Also worth discussing what:

1-(2NT)-4
1-(2NT)-4
1-(2NT)-4

Mean in your partnership.
March 4
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Hi Norman,

I assume you played for to be something like Hxx<>Hxxxx. Throw a club on the A, ruff the last last spade and play a diamond up. LHO is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Weirdly the bit of this play I find nice is correctly resisting the temptation to cash the A early throwing a diamond. Not hard when you think about what the opponents hands look like but very easily to play quickly and go wrong.

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My thoughts on the bidding:
- Why didn't partner open 1NT? You guys experimenting with a variable NT???
- I like 3 because I have “bid” my hand esp as now partner hopefully can put me with stiff . Tough call over 4 between 5 and Pass (5 isn't in the picture for me). I would probably pass at pairs and bid at teams but don't have any strong view which is right/wrong.

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My thoughts on the play:
- We know East has 6-5 in the two suits. We also know West has the A(probably Q) and a diamond honour for their double.
- Your line works best, if East has 2, 0.
- If East has 1-1 or 0-2 we need to draw 1 round of trumps only and play a club up.

However, your line can also make if 0-2 long as we win the first trump in hand also! (so that you can abandon drawing trumps and play a club up)

Thus we are on a guess whether are 3-1/2-2. I think I would probably go wrong as I think are more likely 3-1 than 2-2. Hopefully good table reads might guide us….
March 4
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Somewhat depends on what 2 over 2 and 3 over 3 mean.

Also depends on what the worst shapely hand you would open your presumably strong with. e.g xx, AQxxxx, -, AKQxx is this a 1 or 1 for you guys.

Failing all that mumbo-jumbo I am going to bid 3 as I feel likely that the room will go 1-2-3-3 and most hands aren't 50%+ for 4. The hands that are might still bid.
Feb. 22
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Slows the auction down. This hand is marginal but I don't mind it with quacky values.

I played against a top international who went so far as to bid this with Jxx,Qxx,Kxxxxx, x (we both agreed afterwards this was too good).
Feb. 22
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XX = 4 with better than
1 = 4 with better than

Other bids: Treat like 1-(1)
Feb. 22
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Great example set by Maria and James (and Erik/Morten prior to this). Hopefully, one we can all follow.

One small negative point James. It is a pity you couldn't have been more quippy with the lawyer. Something like:

Lawyer: “I am going to sue you.”

You: “Sure. More importantly, I think I must be lost. It's just that I thought it was Africa where cheetahs roamed freely!”
Feb. 21
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I was quite in range for my action I felt….. ;-)
Feb. 17
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Nope. Our reasoning is that being able to show a slam try quickly is still important and if you want to play in NT in these spots then probably best to right side the likely Hx.
Jan. 24
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3rd suit = bal INV or bad GF
2NT = Any slam try

Allows you to play in a superior 5-2M fit on an auction like

1-1
2-2
2

And define your ST quickly.

Over 2NT our structure isn’t dissimilar to Swedish Jacoby (3C = min etc)
Jan. 24
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As said above it is partnership style. I don’t think many/any would consider this a standard weak 2.
Jan. 18
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We also play (sometimes double) optional RKC after patterning out. So for us to pull 3N we need to have a hand a bit better than the accept of the optional.

As to what the pulls meant. We simply played optional for our longest suit so:
4 = Bad Hand but felt obliged to pull
4 = V good hand 1/4KC
Etc

We played similar stuff to break over a 4 end signal
Jan. 10
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Playing standard I would assume expert standard is ST.

My partner and I have discussed this (and a lot of competitive bidding theory). One thing we have adopted in a lot of spots is something we call higher two way checkback. Like most gadgets, it gives up on clubs.

Essentially
4 = Forces 4. Either ; weakish or any slam try
4 = Two places or “choice of strains”

The complexity comes in where we play this. However, we play this in all of the above spots
Dec. 23, 2018
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I get this a lot. I have started “semi-alerting” as a result which feels like the wrong idea.
Nov. 24, 2018
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On hand 1 the problem with using 3 = Stop ask or raise are actually more apparent when partner doesn't have a stop.


3-4
4

Is this scrambling for the best non NT game or a ST.

There are several solutions to this. I believe Joe Grue wrote one up several years back.

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The second hand is a question of is partner saccing over 4 or bidding to make. If the latter partner would/probably should double 5. When they don't Pass/X are both in the picture for South. What might sway you to the right line is how your values are not working in the context of the bidding.
Nov. 23, 2018
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Firstly I would recommend playing Gazilli the “other way round”. By which I mean:
2 = 6M or 16+
2M = 5M-4+

This helps the weaker gazilli auctions.

As to your questions a lot of it depends on how good your gazilli continuations are particularly regarding 6M hands. Stabbing in the dark -3M = Shapely inv. so 13-15 with 7. 3NT as 3-6 in the majors (H-H style) might be sensible. 1-1N-3N as 6 CoG. 1-1N-3 as an auto SPL.

In general I would avoid the 3NT bids though unless you are a top partnership. Probably too much work for too little payback.
Sept. 28, 2018
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