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3, Choice of games cuebid. Allows partner to bid 3NT, if he has exactly 3-3-6-1 shape with a spade stopper, and 4H if he holds 1-3-5-4, 1-3-6-3 or 2-3-6-2 shape.
Sept. 12
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Exactly.
Sept. 7
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Double is penalty. If you were that eager to compete, you would have done it the round before.
July 28
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You have the wrong shortness to get too excited by this hand. 4 is enough.
July 26
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Unfortunately I do not have a 2.5 spades bid.
June 18
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Either raise 4C to 6 or even 7C or pass. bidding 5C is asking for what actually happened. We probably have no defense against 7S and if we sac in 7C after this slower auction, they may find it.
June 18
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Declarer doesn't have to hold diamond length, so 2 is risky and double should be TO of hearts, since that is the only suit the enemy has actually shown. I'd wait another round before deciding to balance.
June 5
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Opponents have a double fit and you are contributing little defense since enemy is probably void in hearts.
June 5
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If the diamonds and spades were reversed, I would feel compelled to make a direct raise because LHO might be about to bid 3 or 4. On the actual hand, I don't see much danger in going slow, so 2 for me.
May 7
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2. The hand has some minuses–the stiff ace, possible wastage in the trump suit and a 4441 shape which isn't super.
May 7
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Most experts playing a standard method (SA, 2/1, Acol, KS, etc.) use 18-19 and 20-21 as their 2NT ranges. There is a reason for using a 2-point range for 2NT calls.

After a 2NT opening (or rebid), there is no room to invite a game. That means responder must make all decisions to bid game without asking opener's opinion. Hence you want a more narrow range to help responder make his decisions effectively. A 1NT opening/rebid can tolerate a wider range due to the many invitational sequences available.
April 28
Andrew Gumperz edited this comment April 30
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Sounds like pard is big and balanced. 2 gives him room to 2N which I can remove to 3.

If I 3, I will hear 3N next. Then what?
April 27
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I think we are discussing a very small difference in the percentage chance of effectiveness. That being said, the intention of the lead is a criteria. If the goal is to develop tricks lead low; if the goal is to minimize the chance of blowing an honor trick, lead high from HHx(xxx). If you are trying to develop tricks you are already betting partner has a fitting card. Might as well lead low. But if your primary goal is passivity, leading an honor is safer.
April 26
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Thanks Richard for correcting my inattention!
April 26
Andrew Gumperz edited this comment April 26
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Having only 1 HCP, your partner surely has some values, probably around 10-12 HCP. That makes the trump lead very unattractive since the chance of catching him with a finessable honor holding is elevated.

Of the remaining suits, clubs is slightly safer than diamonds because of the extra length and weaker honor holding. The diamond is the higher risk, higher reward lead since there is a larger chance of establishing 2-3 tricks, but also a larger chance of blowing a trick. However, the heart is probably close to either minor in efficacy. It may be less likely to blow a trick than a diamond.

Lastly, the opponents are going to make this contract far more often than not, so holding down overtricks is the priority for matchpoints. A diamond might beat it, but I bet it costs a tricks considerably more often than it defeats the contract.
April 24
Andrew Gumperz edited this comment April 26
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But leading the diamond ace makes that guess much, much, much easier :)
April 20
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The A seems to leave the most chances for a set in the running. After A, I don't have a blind guess of which minor to lead or I can continue hearts if that looks right.
April 20
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The chances of the enemy running 9 tricks is way too high to lead a low spade. A top spade keeps your options open in case a diamond shift is correct at T2.
April 20
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I bid three Dearts or is it three Hearmonds?
April 20
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As the voting shows, this isn't a close choice. If we could make something, surely partner would have already bid. And since we are vul, we aren't interested in bidding into a failing contract.
April 20
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