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I agree, and find the excuse of screwing up hmm…screwed up. Seriously, it is that difficult for directors to look up who are the teams in a round robin and take the boards?

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6 hours ago
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I am not worried about bidding issues that arise once a decade or so. If I open 1 with that hand and partner passes, putting a hand with a different 10 card fit I still open 1.

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14 hours ago
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Several distinct options:
1M-direct splinter= limited range, 4+ cards in the trump suit. I like something like 10-14 to be 3M+1, and 3M+2 up to 4M-1 to be 15+ . I do not subscribe to the view that J2NT can not have shortness.

1m-direct splinter, is again limited and 5+ in the minor. Can either be a hand that will pass 3NT response or pull it to forcing, slam investigating auction. Not in-between.

1M-2y(GF)
2M-splinter is usually with 3 card support only, and minimum for the GF.

1S-2H
4m - not a splinter for me. Picture bid 5-5(+) minor can be longer than spades, very good suits and no honors outside.

1D-2C (GF)
3M-requires mild extras (like reverse in 2/1)

1M-2m
splinter - serious extras.

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14 hours ago
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I play mini-maxi, and the mini can be very wide on the weak side. Maxi is quite simple - a hand I would have another bid if partner bids simple preference - so for me there is no case where you bid 2NT with a good hand and pass 3.
This hand is close, but not good enough for maxi - the diamond suit is just too weak for being in the same league as x,AKJxx,AKQxx,xx. True there is a 6th one, which is why it is close. Overcalling 1 also has the advantage that is we are defending spades partner will lead the right suit.

:)Yu
Jan. 14
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Why passing? Just bid your suits.
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Jan. 14
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Defending 9 consecutive 4 contracts (all of them on completely normal bidding).
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Jan. 14
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Peg, first I do not appreciate the comment about my partner - moreover I fully subscribe to that style; wide weak range works well - as long as it is split range, i.e. mini-max.

For me, the primary purpose of the 2NT with weak hands is preempt, not reaching some borderline game opposite a perfect hand. It is far easier and safer for EW to bid over 4 than 3. When the weak range can be pretty wide, the 3 is preference and can be a pretty good hand it is not clear that either side has a fit. For all EW know we maybe having a misfit and more than half the deck. 4 advertises that we, and they have a real fit and makes bidding so much safer. FYI I do not think that 4 is invitational - it just extends the preempt.

From N point of view - the chances for EW to find their spade fit once W passed 2NT are not that high, and he is not in a hurry to sac. 4 is far more likely to push them to 4 than 3, and if they get there anyway 5 is probably going to be the same score as if N bids it now. So why should N be in a hurry to take fantom sac?

Note that N does not anticipate any issues opposite a strong hand, because that one MUST bid again over whatever the response is, per definition. The hand in the OP is far beyond the mini, therefore must bid again (once S decided on 2NT, a different issue, and I disagree with that decision).

:)Yu
Jan. 14
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I have to say that those who think that N is worth an invite opposite the weak option probably have very different agreements with their partner about the expected minimum. My can easily put down x,Jxxxx,Jxxxx,xx.
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Jan. 13
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If it is passed out it is very unlikely we have game. If we overcall and get doubled, this would very likely not play well. So for now, I pass.
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Jan. 13
ATB
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I can understand all of EW bids, but the closest to blame is E pass over 4. Double by passed hand seems reasonable enough.
Said that, I don't believe EW would get to 6 of either minor, rather NS would probably get doubled in 5.
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Jan. 13
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I think usually bidding their suit is the t/o, and X is the transfer suit.
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Jan. 12
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South. I dont believe this hands fits the mini part - so either S did not have a 2NT or S had to make another move. I would happily overcall 1 and then however many diamonds I need to.

:)Yu
Jan. 11
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Penalties does not mean for me a diamond stack - just that we have more trumps than declarer, enough defensive power and they have nowhere to go.
Partner's double promised xxx in diamonds, so I don't believe that the other 3 suits (implying diamond shortness) would often want partner to pass in what could very well be their 8-9 card fit.
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Jan. 11
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Michelle, I think you assume that you had to bid, and that is probably why I see it differently.

2 created a force to 3, so pass by opener would be forcing. Moreover, 2 often contains some clubs, so it might be good idea to wait and let partner double (suggesting penalty) when you hold a good stopper and decent hand. In addition, once opps overcalled, at least I stop bidding up the line and the emphasis for NT is on the overcaller suit only.

On the other hand, with very distributional hand, or one that does not want to play 3NT bidding where you live is urgent, because partner's next bid could easily be a level or two higher and not about 3NT at all.
It is not just to look for the spade game or fit, it is mostly a descriptive bid to help make the right decision. Basically bidding 3 says I have no intention of penalizing the opps - and with club stopper you can rarely say that.

:)Yu
Jan. 11
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Debbie, I had not heard of “we have 9 tricks if you have spades stopped.” until today too.
Puppet makes sense, and I heard of it but never played.

:)Yu
Jan. 11
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Rosalind - to each their own style :)
Jan. 11
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Richard, I don't disagree, but I rarely see opponents smart (lucky?) enough to keep their mouth shut with 11-12 card suit at the 3 level favorable. Kieran is playing against better competition, surely, but still raising the preempt would be very tempting.

:)Yu
Jan. 11
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Penalty, with ability to penalize spades as well.
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Jan. 11
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I am pretty sure there plenty of agreements there, and not claiming these two are best. I just want to know what people would think it is undiscussed.
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Jan. 11
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MH: the CAS decision is that EBL had not solid enough evidence to convict FN of cheating.
If I understand correctly, this is the first time the decision is overturned not on administrative issue (which is what legal courts did with EW), but they actually said that EBL made a wrong decision.

:)Yu
Jan. 11
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