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We are not a passed hand. That refers to a hand that passed rather than open the bidding. There are plenty of opening hands that would not have a bid over a 3 preempt, such as ours.
July 15
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Different players are bidding 4 in each case, so you should not compare the two sequences. What I believe you are intending to compare is the relay then bid 3NT by responder, and the direct 4 bid by responder. The first way allows opener to stop in 3NT with a hand unsuitable for slam, and asks for opener's input. In your sequence, the opening bidding bid on, showing interest in a diamond slam. I would play this as denying a club control since the club cue bid was skipped over, but that's a matter of partnership agreement.

The second line of bidding doesn't ask for opener's opinion; it demands opener to cue bid toward a diamond slam.
July 12
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Simple heart-diamond squeeze against LHO? Draw 2 rounds of trumps, ruff two diamonds in hand and a club in dummy. Enter your hand with dummy's last trump and discard a heart on the club king. You're now down to:

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Ax
x
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opposite

x
Qx
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-

On the play of the last spade, if diamonds didn't come good, pitch it and hope the king of hearts falls.
June 28
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Marion, it's not that you didn't say what the transfer was to, it was that you announced your partner's bid rather than alerted it. There is a very short list of bids that are supposed to be announced, and transfer responses after opponents' interference is not one of them.
June 25
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My 3 bid shows this hand (club support and this approximate strength). 2NT would be a weaker hand with club support.
June 25
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Playing Moysian fits build character. Either double or 3 could get you to the right place, but double is more likely to in the long run.
June 14
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He should make 2 bidding problems then. Or even 3, including follow-ups after the double.
June 14
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This is a poorly set up poll. This should be set up as a bidding problem for what to do after 2-(P)-2-(P); 2-(3)-3-(P); 4-(P).
June 14
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ACBL's alert procedure and chart are a mess, but have this example:

Example: 1NT (showing 14HCP with a five-card suit to 17 – without a five-card suit)
Partner says immediately, “Fourteen plus to seventeen minus.”
May 30
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What was the auction? Most transfers I've seen are to the next suit up, so if there were an overcall, if your partner accepts the transfer you will be now one level higher. E.g., 1N-(P)-2*-(overcall);-3.

* transfer to 2

When the opponent doubles the transfer bid showing the bid suit, I play that accepting the transfer shows a fit (3-card support in the case of a Jacoby transfer) and passing shows no fit. I don't think I have a particular agreement for XX by opener. When opener passes, redouble by responder is a retransfer. E.g. 1N-(P)-2*-(X)**;-P-(P)-XX-(P);-2.

** showing diamonds
May 30
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It looks like the opponents have a diamond fit and their unusual system will stop them from finding it if you bid 2. On a partscore deal like this, I would be very happy to be able to play 2.
May 26
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Did partner happen to have AKQxx QJx xx xxx?
May 26
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Where's the “other” answer? Also the obligatory this should be a bidding poll…
May 11
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For passing 2m to be right, it has to play on average more than 1 trick better than 2M if you can only make 2M. You're also giving up on the chance for +140. With a 2344 shape, I think the odds favor playing in 2M, but I don't have any data to back that up. Bidding 2M also allows partner to invite game with 3M when holding a 17-18 point 6M-4m hand. Therefore with 8-9 points I would always bid 2M.
May 8
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I imagine it would only if you slam the bidding cards down on the table so partner passes.
May 2
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My hand looks a lot more like a 2.5=4=4=2.5 hand than one that wants to open 1. I have no good rebid when partner responds 1, unless I devalue my hand to a 1NT rebid, which seems like a severe devalue when I have three aces. If my hand were xx, AQJx, AKJxx, xx I might stretch to reverse rather than open 1NT but given the doubleton aces a 1NT opening is the best to describe my hand.
April 28
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I made 6 in a 4-3 fit that required the Kxx onside, two more finesses, and specifically a spade lead and spade continuation when RHO gets in with an ace.
March 27
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Without the alert, what would we think partner has for 4? Surely it can only be a slam try for spades, which I am happy to stop in game over.
March 13
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1. It is important that you state where you are playing. ACBL?

2. Once you give jurisdiction, this doesn't really need a poll. This is a simple situation, and therefore has a cut-and-dry answer. If playing under the ACBL, the alert chart specifies that for responses to a 1-level opening suit bid, no alert is required for “2/1 responses that promise invitational or better values”. There is ambiguity, but I assume that it is meant to mean natural 2/1 responses, as it also states that “other conventional responses” require alerts. So is 2 natural or conventional here? The ACBL convention charts' definition of “natural” includes “any response or rebid in a minor at the two-level or higher showing 3 or more cards in the suit bid”. So this definitely does not require an alert. If 2 could be as short as 2, then it would require an alert.
March 11
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