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A BIT seems only natural here, your p just bid 4 and someone came over the top. Of course you need some time to think, basically with any hand that has some spade support.
thinking here could mean:
A. You wanted to double 5
B. You wanted to bid 5, or even 6?
C. You are simply surprised by the 5 and need some time to wake up.

I don't really think the BIT suggests anything outside of the fact that dealer doesnt have a flat 5count or something.
About the 4 bidder: he cannot use the BIT from his p in his decision making in any way, and bidding something even slightly off will usually mean a penalty. But if his hand allows for it ofcourse he can bid/pass or double.
bidding 5: 8/9 spades without much defense
double: outside values
Oct. 24, 2017
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In general: very aggressive, unfav absolutely not my style. I know some people who would bid this, so somewhere between answer 2 and 3.

If you are clearly better than your opps: completely insane. Why the hell create large swings by bidding such a high risk, small chance of high reward bid. Normal bidding and play will usually just give you a win anyway.

If opps are clearly better: if you are behind this could be ok. In the long run bidding 2 is probably bad but it can create a large swing in imps.
Oct. 24, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Oct. 24, 2017
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Def responsive, ideally something like a 3244 shape, giving p a chance to suggest 2 in the 4-3fit.
June 16, 2017
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Both players have quite an easy dbl but most of the blame goes to North:
a. He has an opening in my opinion.
b. He has an easy 4 splinter over 2
c. He has absolutely no interest in bidding 5
d. VulvsNv, he is sure partner has full opening values, even in third seat.

For South: you have 2 aces and partner shows about 10-11hcp, 5 is 100% going down and with your minimum bal you have 0 interest in bidding 5 –> dbl is obvious
May 7, 2017
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yes you heard correctly, he said they usually bring a binder thats about 250 pages long.
May 3, 2017
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“I will tell you all about it after the evening is over and you buy me a beer”.

Seems to work very well for me :P
May 1, 2017
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Well number 1 and 3 are basically the same tbh. Dbl def promises extra's, as does 3 so dbl should be 3crd support.
April 29, 2017
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As west it is important to show your hearth suit alongside your spade support. If slam is on it must be due to an extra source of tricks in hearths.

3 is therefore the main problem, although is isnt nescesarily a bad bid. 3 as a fit-bid is far better, or maybe even 2 and bidding spade later.
April 20, 2017
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West could just have given lead directing dbl, so you dont even need this kind of cheating. Anyway, they got what they deserved i guess.
April 13, 2017
ATB
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I wish it was possible to give both players 100% tbh. 50/50 doesnt really cut it imo.
April 11, 2017
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For this slam to work you need: (dont know exact numbers)
3-2break in = +-68.5%, (prob less given the hearth break)
King of onside = >99%
Queen of onside = +- 80% (expecting light openings whitevsred)

Percentages are only a rough estimate but 0.65x0.8=0.52
So slam estimates to be about 50%ish.
1. This is not enough to be profitable in the long run.
2. A large portion in the field will not end up in game, so 5m estimates to be a good score already.

Id be more than happy to end up in game.
April 7, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment April 7, 2017
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3NT seems fine, not very frequent agreement but very accurately decribes the hand. Gives a good advantage versus the rest of the field when it happens.

5 is a gross overbid in my opinion, it is naturalish and slamgoing/invite. What dummy with just 2 tophonors makes slam a good contract? I can't blame responder for bidding slam with a double fit, good working honors and a singleton club although a forcing pass would probably be a better bid.

All in all at least 90% declarer.
April 1, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment April 1, 2017
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Even if your p thought it was take-out, the void in his hand must have at least been some indication that your meaning was penalty :)
March 28, 2017
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I really, really, really dont like 2. This hand is nowhere close to a “constructive raise” which should show points! Partner expects around 10hcp, 1-2defensive tricks along with 4/5 diamonds. Instead you basically have negative defense (6th diamond decreases P AK of ).

By bidding this you basically turned the bidding into a lottery, P will simply not expect a hand like this. Now you are forced into a decision you simply cannot make right every time (seems like a 50/50 whether or not 5 is right).

Pass seems like a decent alternive to 5 so you will most likely not win an appeal. Pass and hope for the best.
March 28, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment March 28, 2017
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I haven't discussed this with my partner but I think it should be “P i want you to declare”, thereby making sure the opp who doubled gets to lead.

Without discussion It usually shows a great hand with a first control in the suit doubled.
March 28, 2017
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As a huge advocate for as much take-out double as possible, this is a clear penalty double. P could have doubled 2 before so there is absolutely no reason for anything else.
March 27, 2017
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In the Netherlands both 2 and 2 showing both majors are quite popular, only difference is the maximum answers are often reversed;
2-2NT
3 = max 5 and 4
3 = max 5 and 4
This increases the frequency of the strong hand becoming declarer.

As for the examples: example 2 seems fine, example 1 on the other hand seems like a very normal opening bid in my opinion, 2 aces and good hcp in the long suits. 4 seems like a very solid contract, almost cold with spades 3-2.

Edit: I have played this opening for about 2 years and though I am convinced it is a very powerfull convention, it also leads to high variance situations. Ive gone down in a 4-3fits countless times while 1NT was cold. It takes a good amount of discipline when opening 2, I would basically never open a 4432 and 4-4 only when NV.
March 21, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment March 21, 2017
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Im going against the field in hoping to convince declarer i have a void in diamonds. Declarer is prob 1633, 1624 or maybe 1642. I wont believe a 6-5 would just open at the 2 level, 3 seems quite obvious with such distribution.

Take the first spade with the ace and return the 6 of spades. This will tell the table you probably want a diamond switch. Hopefully declarer will finesse.

Alternative would be to play the ace of and force dummy to ruff.
March 21, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment March 21, 2017
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9 of seems to tell partner exactly what you want him to switch: I DONT like clubs and I DONT like hearths. Given the Ace overtake turn 1 partner should have an easy time finding the spade switch.

Declarer seems to have xxxx-xx-Hxxxx-AQ or Kxxx-xx-xxxxx-AQ.
If hand 1 then p has the stiff K and you will take 5 spade tricks, if hand 2 you can comfortably switch clubs again after the spade switch. Declarer can only take 5hearths and 2 clubs.

PS: I really dont like p discouraging with the 6 if he indeed has 86542, if the kings holds you cant be sure if p has V86 or not. I know oddball solves this but why not play the 8? Potential entry?
March 17, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment March 17, 2017
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The BIT can mean a bunch of different things when you are north:
1: Extra strength
2: A relative weak hand
3: Very unbalanced hand with a long side-suit
4: (not likely) having a spade stopper and thinking about 3NT.

I don't think north decision has at all been influenced by the BIT. Seems normal to go for a slamtry when p voluntarily bid to the 4 level.
March 17, 2017
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