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Paul Hightower
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June 28, 2016
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Good club player, can't afford travel or tournaments. Long time contributor at rec.games.bridge.

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Andreas Babsch's bidding problem: AQT976 AKJT A4 K
Here's the Bridge World Standard definition covering 3NT with a major suit fit: "Mild and Serious Slam-Tries: When an eight-plus-card major-suit fit has been established, neither partner has made a natural two-notrump bid, and the auction is forcing to game, a nonjump bid of three notrump is a mild ...
Overcalling 1NT When Holding a Good 5 Card Major
Hmm, after posting this I realized the 16 point rule doesn't apply to overcalls. With a sequence like (1)-1-(p)-1NT showing 8-12, the problem range is around 14 -- 2NT on a combined 22 will often fail, but missing 3NT on a combined 26 is costly ...
Overcalling 1NT When Holding a Good 5 Card Major
Thanks for the poll. I had not actually considered there to be much of a difference between opening and overcalling 1NT with a five card major, assuming you have a stopper in their suit. Suit quality is only one factor I would consider; others include: (1) The 16 point rule ...
Marten La Haye's bidding problem: QT762 AK93 --- T752
I would've responded 3, since we are sure to have a fit in a black suit and appear to have a good crossruff and/or double fit, though partner might have wasted values in diamonds. Anyway, having passed, 4 seems clear now.
Peter Hasenson's bidding problem: KJ42 86543 A95 K
I suspect those playing Raptor might simply raise to 3 here, confident overcaller does not have four spades.
CG 11/29/19 AM #25
Too late to edit! I just noticed that I gave East AQJ10 rather than AKJ10 of spades. Enough of a difference that I'm sure I would open 1, not 2.
CG 11/29/19 AM #25
Not fast arrival -- we consistently use a jump to 3NT to show extra values (about 11-13 in this case.) The alternative usually seems to be making a wide-ranging 2NT bid, followed by needing to raise to 4NT to show extras. Edit: On reflection, I think 3NT was a mistake in ...
Tommy Cho's bidding problem: A987 AK876 K94 9
If we have a defined way to portray a stronger hand, fine. Playing popular methods without detailed extensions, splinter looks better to me than 2 or 2NT.
Tommy Cho's bidding problem: A987 AK876 K94 9
With one partner we play splinters 10-13, and bundle stronger hands into 2NT, After 1-2NT; 3 (11-13), responder can show a strong splinter by skipping the usual 3 ask and instead showing the shortage (3 in this case for the lower suit.)
Tommy Cho's bidding problem: A987 AK876 K94 9
Finding a red suit singleton seems less useful than showing the stiff club, so i prefer to show rather than ask. 11-14 is a common range for splinters, and partner has room to make a slam try.
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