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Could partner bid 2N naturally?
Oct. 14
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I think bidding game is normal, too bad it sometimes doesn't make.
Oct. 10
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I lead a heart
Oct. 5
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Interesting idea, I like it.
Oct. 2
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Well give partner xx in hearts and Hx in diamonds. I'm pretty sure I'd want to be in hearts.
Sept. 14
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Might want to open 1D when 6-6 (certainly if spades and diamonds) planning to rebid 4H or 5H (hearts are so strong).
Sept. 14
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There are so many sequences. I think a reasonable 2-rule cover would be:

1) If there's a biddable major at the 2-level, double is takeout; else, penalty.
2) Exception is 1H - 1NT; 2H.
Sept. 14
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I've bid and regretted it later, does that count?
Sept. 13
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I don't have good agreements here, but there's an argument that 2 should contain -weak- hands (maybe play it as a relay to 2NT, responder can break the relay to force game). This allows other bids to be forward going, rather than regressive/undiscussed/tempo-sensitive.

In standard, it seems to me that even something like

1 (1) 2
3

is awkward.
Sept. 10
Yuan Shen edited this comment Sept. 10
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I think partner could have bid 2NT or even 3 over 2 to set hearts …

It's a rare bird, but I once saw (against me) a 2 - 3 start (I think responder had a 9-bagger).
In any case, a 5-5 or 6-5 (possibly even 6-4) holding seems much more likely.
Sept. 10
Yuan Shen edited this comment Sept. 10
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True, but my hand is so strong. The splinter at least should tell partner to up evaluation of non-club values. I think we have slam opposite only -Q and -A.
Sept. 10
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No obligation I think … but partner could have something like:

xxx
AQJxx
Qxx
Kx,

didn't want to cue wrong-sided K-x, and didn't want to defend with the 5th trump?

I reckon it'll make 6.

Perhaps, knowing they'll bid 4 with my void, I should have pre-empted that with 4 of mine own the previous round. Tough.
Sept. 10
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Ronald, I have played something like Erik's suggestion, which seems to cover most things:

1M - 2 = clubs or balanced
2 = waiting, then

1M - 2
2 - 2 = bal 13-15 or unbal clubs + other-major, opener bids 2 to ask
____2 = unbal clubs + major.

1M - 2NT = 13-15 balanced
3 = Stayman (for 3-card-M support or 4-card-O-M).
Sept. 5
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I think 4-2-4-3 merits debate too: 1S, 2C or 2D.
Sept. 4
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Was I supposed to find the singleton lead to get a ruff, and then underlead my heart A-K?
Aug. 31
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Vulnerable, I don't think a direct 3 bid is weak.

I think Double-then-3 shows a bit more than this hand.
Aug. 30
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It depends on how much effort you want to put into it.

If you want to prioritise 3-card major support, a Grue-switch (3 = 3 hearts) might be useful in this particular sequence. This allows getting out in 3.

But I've just played natural: responder has an invitational+ hand, and opener bids accordingly. The force can often be based on an invite in diamonds if you are playing (3).
Aug. 12
Yuan Shen edited this comment Aug. 12
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It's one of those where if partner bids 5, you just have to pray (with better diamond spots, maybe correct to 5) … maybe you even have a ruffing value!

When partner bids a minor instead of spades or sitting, he often has 6+
Aug. 12
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There's some extensive discussion if you google “TSAR esoterica” – it's a Bridge World article, available freely online.

I prefer 4th-suit-F1 as you do (as suggested on Richard Pavlicek's site) … for a simple treatment you might play:
1) cheapest 3rd suit as artificial (possibly natural), forcing 1 round.
2) any more expensive new suit as game-forcing
3) (very optional) 1st-suit-game-forcing, like in TSAR

Example for each:
1) 1 - 1 ; 2 - 2 = artificial force (note in this sequence, spades are almost never going to be trumps, unless responder is 5-6+)
2) 1 - 1 ; 2 - 3 = now natural and game-forcing (since 2 bypassed)
3) 1 - 1 ; 2 - 3 = just a personal preference … I like this to be game-forcing and natural in diamonds, with the invite going through 1).
Aug. 12
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If you play some Gazzilli over a major, 1NT Gazzilli over 1D - 1M clarifies range:

1D - 1H:
1S = natural
1N = 6D weak or most 17+ (2C shows values)
2C = natural limited
2D = NF 3 card raise in hearts
2H = 4 card simple raise
2S = stronger 4 card raises (2N asks, typically you can show shortness)
2N = Bridge World death hand (stronger 3-6)
3C = 5/5 intermediate
3D = 6 card intermediate
3H = 2-4-5-2, not enough for Gazzilli


It's similar over 1D - 1S, except you have

1D - 1S
2H to play with.

You can either keep it as a natural reverse (4-6 or better with 4-5 going into Gazzilli 1N-then-2H), or use it to show shapely spade raises.
Aug. 7
Yuan Shen edited this comment Aug. 7
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