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For those opting for a double, what are you calling after partner bids 3C, 3D, or 3S? Will you know how good partner’s suit or hand is?
Aug. 7
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Hi, Mike. Kathy B. was the one with the groan. Of course, you know all those involved, and the names of the players have been omitted to protect the guilty.
Aug. 5
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Finally! For the one soul who bid 3N, I commend you. However, that would be condemn, not commend, if you listen to other top players. I bid 3N, and then had the opportunity to hit 4S, thus winning 17 IMPs on the board when our teammates hit 4H at the other table for 500. We won the match 18 - 1, and the swiss by 2 VPs. I will tell you this. I did not bid 3N quickly! :-)
Aug. 3
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Frankly, I think it's a better story if you don't know the actual hands. It seems that when I put them out there for a deal like this, all anyone wants to do is offer ideas as to what someone should have bid and it's really not about that. Obviously, the distribution is a bit wacky. I can tell you this, the weak two bidder bid 7 because he held the two red aces and figured his partner would not have bid six with two losers. He was indeed correct. Never asked him why he redoubled, but I imagine his line of thinking was that he was taking out insurance just in case 7 wasn't making and he could talk the opponents into running. It worked…sort of. As to why the opponents gave up a ruff and a sluff? It was a bad play.
Aug. 3
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The danger is collecting 100 or 200 while missing game. Of course, there is danger in taking action as well.
July 18
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Opener's hand is: A, A9xxx, xx, KTxxx. Where do you want to be? By the way, 3C is weak in OUR system. I'm sure you have your methods, we have ours. We advance the fourth suit to show a stronger hand. It's silly to quibble over bidding methods. People have disagreed over bidding systems for years and will continue for as long as the game exists.
Feb. 22
William Kochneff edited this comment Feb. 22
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Opener's hand is: A, A9xxx, xx, KTxxx. Where do you want to be?
Feb. 22
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Why would forcing make a lot more sense? Partner said he's 5/5 with a minimum. If he's 6/5 or has something more to offer, he can choose to bid on if he chooses. 3H by responder would show a doubleton and a minimum. No, 3H is not forcing. You have to have room in any system to bail. 3D and anything at the four level would be forcing.
Feb. 2
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How about 3H with the JT? In his case, partner's opening bid of 1H was sound.
Feb. 1
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2N over 2C would show 11 or 12 and would be invitational, denying five spades, but showing diamonds stopped. 3N is the same thing, but willing to be in game opposite a minimum opener. On this particular hand, partner has shown ten rounded suit cards with no desire to play game opposite 11 or 12 unless there is some undisclosed fit, clubs for example. Just plain old natural bidding, outside of the fourth suit bid of 2D. If opener wants to force to game after responder's 2D, other than just bidding game, 3D is available as an artificial force. All other bids over responder's 2D are natural.
Jan. 31
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It's a simple standard system where fourth suit is forcing to only 2N at the two level. It allows responder to show five spades without having to force to game. I continue to be amazed at the number of bridge players who don't know standard american where two bids are not forcing to game. 2D, the fourth suit, shows 11+, and either five spades or no diamond stopper. Opener bids naturally.
Jan. 31
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Sometimes you end up with a partner where situations like this haven't been discussed. I'm sure you have played with someone with whom you have not partnered frequently. This was the case here and therefore why the methods were not stated. I'm guessing most partnerships have never discussed this particular auction and it should be discussed. Should 3C be forcing? Some say yes, some say no. (Read the rest of the comments.) I think it should be non forcing simply because it is important to get out at 3m and there are other ways to force the auction. However, NOT playing 3C as a forcing bid brings other complications to bear. I'm willing to bet that absent any agreement, partner is not passing 3C. What do you think?
Sept. 25, 2018
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responders bids over 2D: 2N is weak, forcing opener to rebid 3C with a minimum reverse. Responder then can pass. With enough go to game opposite opener's minimum reverse, every other bid is a game force. 3C shows four plus club support and slam interest if opener isn't minimum, which he isn't. 3N would have been minimum without club support and a spade stopper, likely 3/4/3/3 or similar. Responder also could have five hearts, needing three card support. With six hearts, responder would bid 2H immediately. Reverses by opener are forcing to 3C, since 2N is artificial. There's more, but hopefully this helps clarify. It is very similar to Lebensohl over weak 2's.
Sept. 7, 2018
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Sept. 7, 2018
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Good to be on the same page. Assuming 2N is 11-12, 3C should be non forcing.
Sept. 3, 2018
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You're right. 3C can be passed. And, if partner passes 3C, you're probably in the right place. If partner has something like Kxx, AKJx, xx, xxxx, where do you want to be? As far as an “unwillingness” to play NT, what about your hand screams NT over suit?
Sept. 2, 2018
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All the north hand showed was a minimum reverse without a heart stopper. It is much stronger than that. Another call is warranted, especially with south's 3C call. It's chilly for 6C. Partner has AJx, Kxxx, Kx, Jxxx. I like 4D, but 4C is good too. With partner's 3C call and a singleton spade, it should be apparent that 6C is a better contract than 6N, therefore, I don't like 4N, which is quantitative.
Sept. 1, 2018
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You have a twelve count with partner on a passed hand. If you belong in 3N, I'm pretty sure partner will bid it after your 3C call. 3C is the correct bid. Played with top pairs at both tables in a regional swiss, both souths bid 3N, -200. 5C is chilly and will be reached after a bid of 3C. Your hand is much stronger in a minor if there is a fit.
Sept. 1, 2018
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Two things. One, this hand screams misfit. Two, what kind of a hand do you think partner has? If you don't know, pass could easily be in order. Partner gets another chance, you know. However, you are not alone in your thinking.
Aug. 27, 2018
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I agree. Doesn't partner's 2H bid scream misfit? At any rate, what's the hurry to bid? Partner will get another chance.
Aug. 27, 2018
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