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If you’re not playing Jacoby 2NT you’re not playing SAYC but a different variation of Standard American.
June 26, 2018
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I overcalled 1N over 1C with a similar hand (spade honors were in clubs). The enemy kept leading hearts…
June 19, 2018
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I bid 3 to cater to partner holding a hand like KQx, AKQxxx, x, AJx. If partner bids 3NT I’ll bid 4.
June 12, 2018
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How does your partner bid 1NT over 2C?
June 6, 2018
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4*
May 19, 2018
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He did not do well to come in. A leaping michaels hand should be much stronger. With your hand, your side should get to slam after you balance with 4.
May 19, 2018
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At this level I play the lead of a king promises the ace. Therefore I lead the queen.
May 9, 2018
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Bid 1 first, then double hearts at whatever level it comes back at.
April 13, 2018
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You should try to prevent, but if your partner isn't completely paying attention, I think there's room to let partner beer and when they forget to call it, you call it and steal it from them.
April 11, 2018
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Gotcha. With that hand (KQxx, v, Axx, KJ10xxx) I would probably bid 3 instead of 4. I don't want to be in game opposite a minimum 1 bid (AJxx, xxx, xxxx, xx or the like).
Feb. 25, 2018
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If West has the king of clubs instead of diamonds, grand is even more laydown. You have 6 spade tricks, a heart ruff, 5 clubs, and a diamond. You only go down on a ruff of the opening lead, or if clubs are 0-6 either way, with the person with 0 clubs having 3 spades.

It's a matter of agreement what bids above 5 mean. I play that 5NT is 2 keycards and a void and that the 6-level is 1 or 3 keycards and a void. Whether that is my agreement or yours is, I would prefer to tell my partner what I have. Your partner took control with blackwood rather than cue bid and ask for coorperation. In this case, East decided that if West held the same high cards but 4=1=3=5 shape, he wanted to play 6. If East had the same info about West's hand but that he had 4=0=3=6 shape, wouldn't he decide to play 7?
Feb. 25, 2018
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On board 30, would partner's response of 5N to blackwood not show 2 key cards and a void? Then you can easily bid 7S.
Feb. 25, 2018
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I can’t get to 1NT unless I open it. I also might shut out spades if I open 1NT. If I open 1H I have no good rebid over 1S or 1NT. If my 2C rebid is corrected to 2H, will I bid 2NT?
Jan. 31, 2018
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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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