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Makes sense to have started with 2.
2 hours ago
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There's some comfort that 2-of-a-minor is rarely going to win the battle.

The risk of rather large penalties is not neglible though.
Still, the opponents have to be able to find the axe.
4 hours ago
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If your suits were specified, then it makes some sense (e.g. Roman jump overcalls). Otherwise, you give up a fair amount.

It also depends which suit you are overcalling.

e.g. over 1, you can play:

- 2 = 4 + 5 (all lengths are minimum expected)
- 2 = 4 + 5
- 2NT = 5/5 strong, at least 5
- 3 = 5 + 4

The cuebid is higher+lower.
Nov. 19
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I reckon I've got about 5?
Nov. 17
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I think p had 4 diamonds in with his hearts.
Nov. 16
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I'm not so keen on deciding on how to get to our optimal contract, so I'll take my +300-1100.
Nov. 16
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At IMPs, I agree that this probably isn't a problem. We just gotta have 4 cashers, and find them (prob via suit preference on the second club).
Nov. 16
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Thanks John.
Reminds me of the other KQ109 poll, where I thought the 10 was best …
Nov. 15
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Kieran, (not that we did) but I think that some people play that when the Q is in dummy (presumably Qxx or longer), the attitude-ask becomes a count-ask?
Nov. 15
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Thanks Kit, very thoughtful.

From the poll results, would seem a dud, but the discussion has been very enlightening.
Nov. 15
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I assume the hand indicates you need 4 tricks not 3 in the suit.
Nov. 14
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If partner is the sort of pickup partner who:
Thinks 4 is a good bid, or
Thinks 3 is natural,

Then he probably will keycard next with 4NT, which I get to pass.

If he bids 6, too bad.
Nov. 14
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I don't think the explanation is contradictory. It's just that there's inherent ambiguity for high(er) level doubles, particularly in the passout seat. Responder just has some stuff.
Nov. 13
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I've gone -420 by bidding here before.
Oh well, into the breach again.
Nov. 13
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Maybe on a related issue, does anyone think there's merit to sort-of-count-leads

K from A-K tight (normal)
A from A-K-x (also normal)

But then
K from A-K-x-x
A from A-K-x-x-x ?

It's usually possible to discern if a doubleton is likely or not.
Nov. 13
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Nov. 13
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Sometimes you just have a good hand, and are interested in slam. So I play 3M here as assumed shortness, but it could be an honor cue in a great hand, e.g.


Ax
Kxx
AKJxxx
xx

I want to show diamonds then try …
Nov. 11
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Yes interesting (but prone to memory forgets I think).
I think it's not so easy to remember the 5/5 vs 6/4 options.

Most players will be familiar with a 3 –> 3 relay, but your 3 –> 3 relay is interesting (when opener has clubs).

There's something to be said for simple transfers (like some play over 1X 1Y 2N).

I would agree that Ronald's summary (correct?) + examples would be better illustration, with the full details appended at the end for those interested.
Nov. 11
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On p7 the play has the 5 being played twice.
Nov. 10
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I guess I can correct it …
Nov. 9
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