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Why did I open 1?
Jan. 11, 2018
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@Thomas

If my partner opens 1NT with xx in clubs, if I have a hand like xxx, xxxx, xx, KJxx then we're probably in an ok spot. When I have Kxxx, Jxxx, xxx, xx then I'll bid 2C and we can get to at least a 4-3 fit somewhere. Even if I have Kxxx, xxx, Jxxx, xx I can bid 2C to find a 4-3 fit.
Jan. 3, 2018
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Thomas, when my partner opens 1NT and I have a weak hand with trouble in clubs, then I have garbage Stayman available.
Jan. 3, 2018
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If I lose 8 tricks and go down 4 doubled the opponents were probably making 1430. Probably even if I go down 3 doubled. Even if partner bumps up the preempt a level or two it’s most likely a good save. Passing with this is telling the opponents that you don’t respect their bidding in uncontested auctions.
Dec. 13, 2017
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As a 100 MP player I prefer the Schuler Shift. But if partner won't agree to that, 2M should promise 6. Either we make it simple, or we don't. Isn't playing the Schuler Shift infinitely more simple and doesn't it require much less judgement that our 1000 MP players supposedly don't have than a 2M rebid being more nebulous? Further bidding is also much easier.
Dec. 11, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment Dec. 11, 2017
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1-2-3 is a jump (though not JS) and 1-2-3 is a JS.
Dec. 3, 2017
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MPs.
Nov. 10, 2017
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He's trying to figure out what suit preference signal to give.
Sept. 22, 2017
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Top three hearts. If hearts are 3-3, you draw the last trump. If hearts are not, you are there if long hearts are with long trumps. If not, you ruff the fourth heart and fall back on the club finesse.

edit: Maybe you should check for a singleton Q offside at some point. I'm not sure when though.
Sept. 21, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment Sept. 21, 2017
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You would want to show a weak hand with diamonds and clubs? I thought my hand was close to a maximum for my opening bid. I would probably have opened 1 with x, x, AKQxxxx, AQxx, or maybe even x, x, AK10xxxx, AK10x. On the other hand, if you want to show a strong hand with both minors, I would want more length in clubs before bidding 3. I ultimately bid 3 with this hand.
Sept. 15, 2017
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When are you responding 1NT to 1H with 12-13 points?
Sept. 4, 2017
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That's 25 low-card points (plus 3 low card “10s”). You can think of it as the inverse of QJ10 AQJ10 AKJ10 AK. I've certainly seen a better hand than that one. I can't remember seeing a hand worse than the given one but I imagine someone has.
Sept. 3, 2017
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As always, you should include an “other” option.
Sept. 3, 2017
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I would double with this over 1-(1) but I don't want to commit to the 3-level.
Sept. 1, 2017
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Partner can have plenty of hands that will go to 4 over my 3 that are missing AKQ and and a minor ace. Also when partner will bid 3NT our spades are probably useless. I will go low.
Sept. 1, 2017
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Two 8s. Looking at page 2 I'm hoping one is the 9.
Aug. 26, 2017
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South has to ruff the fourth club low. When West discards a diamond, discard a diamond from North. While you're in your hand you then have to draw a couple rounds of trumps with your low ones, or else the trump coup you're setting up can be disturbed when West covers. Third to last trick you ruff a diamond high in South and then trump coup (assuming West covered at some point. If not, you have a high cross-ruff).
Aug. 26, 2017
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Wouldn't that be nonforcing? I assume you want to force with this hand to get to a game or perhaps at least 4 if your partner lacks a club stop or good enough spades (Kx or xxx).
Aug. 24, 2017
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Did anyone start with Michaels? Depending on your agreements for advancing Michaels your partner will likely bid spades at the lowest level. Then you can jump to 5 or 6. Your partner can now value their high cards twice as much as before and guide you to the grand.

I will bid Michaels with no intention of playing in a minor. Over an asking bid I will jump to 4. Then if partner still insists on a minor I can jump to 6.
Aug. 19, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment Aug. 19, 2017
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Now I'm realizing that I wouldn't have this auction either, though not because I would rebid 1NT originally but because I play XYZ in this situation, so the artificial game force would be 2. In that case I would bid 2 as purely a waiting bid.
Aug. 11, 2017
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