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Immediately!
I alert 2NT: when asked: Minors normally decent 5/5 but given passed partner and vuln this is very wide ranging possibly very weak or 5/4-4/5 ish.(same applies to weak 2 overcalls, can be a good 5card suit)

Convention card states: openings and preempts may be weaker and offshape when fav vuln and/or passed p.
Feb. 15, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Feb. 15, 2017
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David, your argument makes some sense. It kinda depends on agreements. I made specific agreement with my partners that we can have a very wide range of hands here, including hand with less required cards than normal. This is only non vulnerable with a passed partner.

Overall I still like the 2NT bid.
Feb. 15, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Feb. 15, 2017
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I really dont like 5, seems very much solobridge in my opinion. You have already told your minors with 2NT, it is up to partner to determine where or not to sacrafice!
-(Isnt he the one who can better see if he is short in spades or not?)
Both parties should get a penalty here imo

BTW: can someone explain to me why they dont like the 2NT bid? Your p is passed with fav vulnerability. P hasnt bid a weak 2 in hearths so it is likely the opps have a hearth fit. Isnt this the best spot possible to try a wide range of preempts?
Feb. 15, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Feb. 15, 2017
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Support doubles arent ment to be played above 2M-1, since partner can still have 6hcp with only 4 hearths. You could play support here, but it would have to show a lot of extra's(again dbl is forcing a weak p to the 3 level). I prefer just general take-out (with extra's) over support.

In this sequence I would definately bid 3 with 7cards and only a weak 3crd . If i get the chance I can always show hearths later in the auction
Feb. 13, 2017
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I would have doubled as west initially, far more flexible.
Feb. 13, 2017
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How on earth did West think either 3NT or 4 is a good contract here?
- Even if 2 is only a (weak)transfer to clubs, south can still have up to 7 points.
- East doubled once and went as passive as possible after that. West doubled twice and even after that he blasted game.

my opinion on wests bidding:
First dbl: normal, you have spades and want to play 3 should p have 4spades.
Sec dbl: questionable with proper explanation of the 2 bid. If 2 only means clubs it is more reasonable(ish). The lack of explanation gives west a some disadvantage here.
3NT/4: No matter the explanation from the opponents, this is a clear mistake from west.

tbh both pairs deserve a penalty here, NS for lack of explaning their system, OW for voluntarily bidding a terrible game
Feb. 2, 2017
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Although I do think east should play back a given that it was the first discard, i dont see a reason for west to hold on to his hearths. His partner started with it, so he will usually have 4hearths or more. Why would you hold on to 9high?
Jan. 25, 2017
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Assuming 2 is DONT then 2 is natural (in theory). “Partner i dont really care for your second suit i have hearths”. Souths hand should therefore pass.

In this case it is a bit different since partner didnt bid hearths directly white vs red (or dbl as a one-suiter) so although natural his hearths shouldnt be very good or maybe an okish 5card suit. If the pointed suits were reversed I would probably bid 2 showing no H! support. Now i just pass.
Jan. 24, 2017
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Your argument makes some sense but mostly in imps. In matchpoint setting the lead is far more profitable in the long run than the few instances where partner has big support.

Your not only bidding to get a lead, your also avoiding any other lead! which could easily give away a trick. Your miles ahead of the field if you bid this hand.
Jan. 23, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Jan. 23, 2017
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To me this is a very clear weak two in hearths given this vulnerability. Of course your p has to expect it to be a 5card suit very often so it can depends on agreements.

Now that I didn't I would prob still always bid 2, in matchpoints it is often worth taking a high amount of risk to set the lead.
Jan. 22, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Jan. 23, 2017
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I dont really get your logic tbh

1. If you believed 2NT to be minors 100%: why take the save over 3NT? They could be way over their head now so passing should be an easy +.
2. If you thought 2NT was natural then taking a save in 4M makes some sense but in that case partner is never going to understand 4.

All in all 4 seems like a very weird bid to me, esspecially if no one alerted 2NT. Partner is never going to understand this.
Jan. 20, 2017
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Only bad hand? In 4 West will lead spades through partner towards the spade overcaller and you have a singleton in partners main source of tricks. The hand looks horrible.
Id prob pass or maybe 3NT.
Jan. 19, 2017
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Ive been playing take-out doubles after 1NT for 2 years now without missing the penalty double at all. It does mean that the 1NT opener has to double on a doubleton once in a while.

Furthermore, dbl on 2spades and above become a bit vague, meaning points without a clear bid instead of 100% take-out. Partner may pass with good trumps.
Jan. 10, 2017
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In standard lebensohl this promises 4hearths without a spade stopper I believe. Playing it anything different is fine but you cant call it lebensohl.

Edit: reasoning to play this bid as no stopper is the defence vs weak two's. It is quite common to play similar lebensohl vs (2M)-dbl-(pas). In that case you want to rightside the contract (= the one with the stopper plays 3NT). Bidding 4hearths with a stopper means bidding 2NT first, then 3spades after the 3clubs puppet.
Jan. 10, 2017
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Jan. 10, 2017
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I put the highest of each suit to prevent any bias (dont remember exact cards). On the table I didnt even consider a hearth lead tbh.
Dec. 14, 2016
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I would have opened East with 1NT without even the slightest hesitation, bad 6crd suit, lots of hcp in my doubletons.
As is hearth switch seems best, given that partner bid hearths and we can see that he is very weak, thus his points must be reasonably concentrated in hearths.
8 of diamonds merely confirms him not having a singleton clubs and points in hearths.
Nov. 30, 2016
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one pass to many, just edited
Nov. 28, 2016
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I play 2nd and 4th with several partners, meaning 2nd from honorless holdings en 4th from good sequences.
the 10 hereby counts as a honorcard.

The 9 is a special lead, since it isnt a honor but also can never be the second best. We agreed that the 9 is led from H98x, so:
- it denies the 10
- it promises the 8 (unless 9x or sometimes H9x)
- it promises at least 1 honor higher than the 10

The 8 lead is also special; it is led from 98xx, so it promises the 9 (unless again 8x etc)
Nov. 18, 2016
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I dont really see the problem, the person opening 1NT made a take-out double which his partner decided to pass. Seems reasonable to me.

The table talk seems a bit dodgy but there are very clear 1NT hands which are worth a take-out double, usually 4324 shape or 3325 type shapes.
Nov. 14, 2016
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Not forcing, partner could be very weak with 5-6 clubs.

- What would dbl be from partner? I personally play take-out doubles, even after a penalty pass. Therefore pass shows at least 3 hearths so id prob double. If dbl is penalty i would either pass or maybe bid 2.
Nov. 1, 2016
Wouter Fitski edited this comment Nov. 1, 2016
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