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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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What if you have 3=3=3=4 shape? Do you show your 3-card diamond support?
Aug. 11, 2017
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What would 3H be in this auction? There should be an “other” choice.
Aug. 11, 2017
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Very strange. What do we think is going on? Does RHO hold 9 diamonds to the K and is planning to pull to 2D?
July 23, 2017
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I already addressed your first two points, and I hope you have some evidence for your third point.
July 14, 2017
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GIB works by creating possible hands for partner and opponents to hold on the bidding and figures out the best move from there. While on this hand 2X would score better than 3, perhaps if you held a more likely weaker hand you only beat 2 one trick, in which case 3= is better. And it is your fault you did not get to 3NT, you can always show a strong raise with 3 and the GIB would probably bid 3NT with a max and a stopper, or else you could at least stop in 4 if your partner has a min. A direct 5 seems completely unwarranted. Perhaps if pard had bid 3 directly you could, though I would still at least probe for 3NT with 3.
July 14, 2017
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May I suggest not using all capital letters, as well as using the buttons for suit symbols?
July 8, 2017
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I assume 2 shows 6+. If you ruff and cash the A, your partner's card should tell you which minor suit to return.

Actually, this gives up an over trick against QJxxxx, Q, Kxx, Axx with South. So discarding seems better.
July 7, 2017
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment July 7, 2017
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