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Tempted by the Q to avoid being squeezed out of it later …

Also, I’ve had remarkable success leading the Q from Qxx (although admittedly not against six…).
Dec. 30, 2017
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Reasonable to play it as natural (for siding), or as a “do you really have 1.5 stoppers’ ask.
Dec. 30, 2017
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From the perspective of teaching bridge (rather than learning), the most difficult part I’ve found is nodding along when you know you’re right (and you’ve tried to explain why, perhaps several times), but the student nonetheless insists you’re wrong.

Teething.
Dec. 22, 2017
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I find the “I must double 3/3 bids” argument fallacious.
There are plenty of deals where they forget to open at the 1 level.

Partner also knows this and should have doubled if he expected to be protecting a plus.

I think I need some sort of surprise to double 3.
Dec. 22, 2017
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We seem to have bid our hand well enough.
What more is there to say?
Dec. 22, 2017
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As a quibble Ed, your poll options don’t match the same order as the text … that’s mildly confusing.
Dec. 21, 2017
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With
Kx Jxx AQxx Kxxx

1m (1) 2 (2), I would double (and the raise to 3 showing 4)

But I would pass after
1m (1) Dbl (2).

So there are caveats.

Also, I don’t (and I don’t think the opposite is common) play support doubles after
1m (1) X=4 (2).

But I would after
1m (1) 1=5+ (2), although I think it’s common not to here.

If I had to summarise, I would say that when forcing to the 2 level, the support double/direct raise helps p with 3/2 and 3/3 decisions.

If forcing to the 3 level, either I or partner needs extras, and we need at least an 8-cats fit.
Dec. 21, 2017
Yuan Shen edited this comment Dec. 21, 2017
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I’m pretty sure I’m looking for that option to vote for. Note that an abstention does not mean the same as a vote for the remaining (missing) option.

To clarify, I’m sure I’d respond to 1NT (note it also depends what a passed-hand-2NT means) with:

KQxxx x Kxxxxx x, and I might bid with
AQxxx QJx KQx/xx.
Dec. 20, 2017
Yuan Shen edited this comment Dec. 21, 2017
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It depends on who you’re playing with.

It’s fairly common to bypass hearts with a limit raise in spades (opener can still show a four card heart suit). That would make the OP’s sequence game-forcing. It’s not as simple as saying that 2 only shows (approx) 11+.

Of course, in the context of the problem, there’s doubt and I passed. I looked below at the actual hand, and presumably responder thought 3 was forcing.
Dec. 20, 2017
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Like many systems, ACOL is ok with no opposing bidding.
In competition it’s much more of a guessing game.
Dec. 20, 2017
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With your particular hand I would bid 1. With no spot cards the hand likely plays poorly in 1NT. Also, the honor cards are prime. Although you are 4333, partner may not be, and so 2 in a 4-4 fit is likely to play better (or even a 4-3 fit when partner has an unbalanced hand). If you told me partner was also 4333 mirror, then sure I’d bid 1NT.

I wouldn’t object to 1NT over 1, but I’d definitely bid 1 over 1 with the fitting diamond king.

xxxx QJx KJx Q10x sure looks like 1N however.
Dec. 19, 2017
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Wouldn’t a double of 2 contain another ace (or two?), opposite a passed hand.

We had 2 available if we really wanted to compete on this shape.
Dec. 19, 2017
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When I first looked at the hand, I thought (still think) North had a 1NT response to 1.
Dec. 19, 2017
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Gordon, any chance on a WBF latex template?
I’m sure there’d be some takers out there.
Dec. 19, 2017
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I’ve had moderate success (maybe very moderate) trying to teach bridge bidding with the summary line:

5+3 = 4+4

One can get at least some of the MPs/IMPs by being in a playable denomination, never mind the level.
Dec. 19, 2017
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I like 2NT to be non-forcing even (one of the rare scenarios!)
Dec. 15, 2017
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Interesting point. I was also catering to K-x where on the ace lead, the suit blocks (partner is very unlikely to drop the K).

That's not out-of-this-world as a scenario. Give declarer 7-4-2-0 or even solid 6-4-3-0 with a diamond honor (hoping to run spades and diamonds).

I had thought that a low heart might well even hit partner's J-x, but that's not right – declarer would (if missing A-Q-J) pop dummy's king and pray.

However on the Q lead (again declarer has dummy's king, but not the jack) might well duck, hoping for an Ax blockage. That's when you can continue Ace-(dropping the J)-and-ruff ….
Dec. 14, 2017
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Additional playing strength is cumulative.

The hand you had held reasonable HCP but duplicated shortness. The old rule of thumb is that a stiff king is worth about a king.

No duplication increases the hand's value more.

Also, the trumps are weak. If this hand gets to slam, partner will have to have at least 3.5 keycards. Trust partner to be aggressive with prime strength.

K1098x x Kxx AQJx is a much better hand.
Dec. 14, 2017
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Opening 1N shows this type of hand.
Dec. 14, 2017
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Difficult one. If partner has 2 spades I want to pull, otherwise sit.
I really want to pull. Even a 1-4 heart break might sink me (spades killed).

Would 3 have been forcing over 2 (I think so). That would have been a nice bid.
Dec. 14, 2017
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