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Did partner happen to have AKQxx QJx xx xxx?
May 26, 2019
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Where's the “other” answer? Also the obligatory this should be a bidding poll…
May 11, 2019
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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, 2019
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I imagine it would only if you slam the bidding cards down on the table so partner passes.
May 2, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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That’s a very interesting idea. Do you have similar bids when you start with 1D or 1H and partner bids 1higher?
Feb. 26, 2019
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I want to quickly add that I have at times thought that if I heard GSGH I would want to stop in 3 but if I heard BSGH I would want to play in game. Something like KJx KJxx KJx KJx. I only need partner to have Hxxxxx in hearts to have 0/1 loser and a second honor is wasted unless hearts split 3-0, so I’d rather have that honor outside the suit.
Feb. 24, 2019
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Surely partner denies 3S by failing to bid 2S after your 2D FSF. Especially since partner has a weak hand (has made a NF second rebid) he or she should have made the lowest, most descriptive bid. I don’t think a 3=5=0=5 should be possible here, even if the spades are weak and the hearts and clubs are strong.
Feb. 6, 2019
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What would a direct 2 over 1 be? If something other than a wjs, 2 here could be on a 0-count (for my precision partnerships, at least). It still could be if the shape is something like 5314.
Feb. 4, 2019
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Is partner 1st or 2nd seat? Would a 2 opening be a weak two? What's our style with this preempt? Is partner going to have QJ10xxxx or better? Could partner have only a 6-card suit?
Jan. 28, 2019
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Sounds like it must be a problem with either your web browser or BridgeWinners' convention card editor. Can you try another web browser or if that doesn't work, another computer? Those would rule out the problem being anything on your end and after that it would have to be a bug or other error in BridgeWinners.
Jan. 27, 2019
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Trying choosing to “print as PDF”. That should allow you to save the convention card as a PDF file on your computer. Then you could try opening that file to see if it looks correct. If the file looks correct but still prints wrong, then it's a problem with your printer. You could try emailing the file to yourself and going to a print shop to have it printed.
Jan. 27, 2019
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Michael, if you edit quick enough Bridgewinners does not add the “Michael Xu edited this comment 8,675,309 hours ago” note.
Jan. 25, 2019
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Hand diagram, please.
Jan. 24, 2019
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4m is not a great contract at matchpoints.

There are a lot of published systems out there you can use, but not once have I ever seen one that has ways of responder getting out in 4m. Do you really want to go against the tide that much? 3S and 3NT are valuable bids to look for slams.
Jan. 21, 2019
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I doubt the longest possible auction has occurred before. That is, P-P-P-1-P-P-X-P-P-XX-P-P-1-P-P-X-P-P-XX-P-P-1…7NT-P-P-X-P-P-XX-AP
Jan. 10, 2019
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