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When the opponents jam to a high level, you must make compromises. You can either have a takeout double, or a card showing double but not both. Of the two, a takeout double is much more valuable. so while I'd like to increase the penalty, I can't. I'll be happy with a small plus on this hand so my partner can bid with confidence when I dbl 4 for takeout.
Jan. 18
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Do something intelligent?? Then I am doomed!
Jan. 17
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In my partnerships, the double of 5 is defined as takeout. It is a more difficult decision if double might show a big balanced hand.
Jan. 5
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Ar IMPS, 5 is clear since you won't be getting rich against 5.

At matchpoints, it is much closer. Defending could be the winner, but against that 5 can make opposite a useful 11-13 balanced and there is some chance the enemy will misjudge and bid on to 6 when they can beat 5.
Dec. 14, 2019
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Ideally I would offer a choice of games, but I don't have a call that does so. 2NT is an obviously flawed bid, but it is the only call that both shows extras and keeps both games in the picture.
Nov. 23, 2019
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We enjoy your vocabulary exercises Marshall.
Nov. 21, 2019
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IMO, showing 6 is a much better treatment and this hand shows why. I based my answer (3) on that assumption
Nov. 21, 2019
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4NT is a natural quantitative slam invite including a 5M in my methods. This prime hand is worth cooperation, despite the submin HCP. I chose 5NT, pick a slam, to leave 6C and 6NT in the picture if his hand happens to be appropriate.
Nov. 21, 2019
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1 is marginal but will be disruptive to the enemy bidding. I could be convinced pass is better when vul at IMPs.
Nov. 8, 2019
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4 is a much better bid than the voting suggests. 4 applies a great deal of pressure and could easily provoke the enemy into a mishap, or steal a contract in 4 when they can make 5m. It is risky of course. But when evaluating a call you have to look at both the positive and the negative. I voted for 1, and I think that is the percentage call. But 4 has a lot of upside when it succeeds so it is a fine call when you need IMPs 10 at a time.
Oct. 13, 2019
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1 is the normal call. 4 is the bid if you need a swing.
Oct. 12, 2019
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Worst colors for competing and worst doubleton.
Oct. 11, 2019
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This hand is exactly why 2 should show extra length. Opener has a cheap 2 call for 5332 patterns.
Oct. 10, 2019
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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, 2019
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Exactly.
Sept. 7, 2019
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Double is penalty. If you were that eager to compete, you would have done it the round before.
July 28, 2019
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You have the wrong shortness to get too excited by this hand. 4 is enough.
July 26, 2019
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Unfortunately I do not have a 2.5 spades bid.
June 18, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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