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Then partner should think quicker :)
But honestly, there shouldn't be that much time required when partner shows a 3-card limit raise, you're either signing off or raising to game. If necessary, you might be able to use an “inbtween bid” to re-ask about how good partner's 3-card limit raise is.

The “bad GF raise” is meant to be just that. A hand such as QJx Jx Qxxxx AQx and partner opens 1 where you don't want to get partner too excited and thus show a “bad GF raise”. Or maybe you have KQxxx xx xx AT9x where you don't want to overbid your hand with Jacoby 2NT, or make a heavy 4 bid.
Oct. 1
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Would be more interesting if West's hand was dummy in 6. Does anyone want to have a guess on how you should play the diamonds then?
Sept. 19
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By the way, assuming the club spots are correct, be a bit cautious when you see a lot of the intermediate spots being played out! If the play sequence was correct, then it seems like you had an overtrick by forcing out the J after drawing trumps!
Sept. 19
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I've never been a fan of mini-splinters (or mini/mega/maxi variation). I understand there may be hands where you are able to bid a thin game when responder is weak and finds no wastage opposite. But more often than not, you will likely bid a game but give too much information away.

For example the auction would typically go 1H-1S-3S-4S and no info given out. On the auction described above, North's hand felt they ‘needed’ to cuebid just in case South has a mega splinter(? I assume?), and South also felt they needed to cuebid in case North was actually interested in slam. Definitely a lot of information given out.

What I normally play after such an auction of 1H-1S-3S: 3NT asks opener for shortage (with None, Low, High as responses), and if responder wants to show their own shortage instead of asking, they can bid 4/4/4 to show Low/Middle/High shortage. Also applies to analogous auctions such as 1-1-3 (3, next step, asks for shortage).
Sept. 19
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Another way to think about this is, if East's type of hand jumps to 4 (over 2 or 3 or whatever response), and responder has two aces, would responder pass it out? Don't think so - therefore it's probably OK for East's hand to jump to 4.
Sept. 19
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A couple of interesting points:
1) If you use an artificial bid to show a 3-card limit raise, you can also put in some “bad GF hands” in there too. So with the North's hand, I can bid 1S-3D (3card limit) then if partner signs off, bid 4S to show the “bad GF raise” just so partner won't get carried away if I start to show more points.

2) Since South opened in 3rd seat, it's probably not best to drive to game with the North's hand otherwise we will be hanging partner for opening light sometimes.
Sept. 19
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Not sure I would call it ‘normal’ with only a 6-card suit? I understand the aggression with the shape/suit quality etc, but I think it's a bit too ‘solo bridge’ to be bidding like this with a 6-card suit. Don't forget partner is still in the bidding.
Sept. 19
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I don't think South's hand should give up, especially being NV. Double is probably fine, though if you can bid a NF 3 then that might be reasonable too. The logic here is that when partner doesn't make a Support double (or rebid a competitive 3), his shapes are likely 2425 or 2335 or 2434. The nature of the 3 requires discussion - it seems a bit weird for a new suit to be NF, but I've seen lots of these hands where responder has 4M6m and responds the major first, but then later wants to rebid a 3-NF-minor. This can be playable because now when you have a strong hand, you can start with a double.
Sept. 19
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Love the 3 bid!
Aug. 29
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This seems to be a common trend in AU, to swap the NT ranges whereby the “weaker” goes via 2H. When I first heard of it, I thought it was a great idea and decided to employ it. When it first came up at the table, I was excited but when the auction went 2-2; 2-… and I held four spades and enough points for game.

That's when I decided it was no longer a good idea. Unless you have some good/complex follow-ups after 2-2-2 whereby game forcing hands with spades can break the relay, then I don't think it's worth it. Basically it's a tradeoff. By putting in the “weaker 2NT” via Kokish, you can get out below game with a long suit that's true. However, if you have enough points for game and 4+, wrongsiding the contract can be a serious issue when a game (maybe slam?) swing might be at stake. And given that the “weaker” 2NT comes up more often (with the range being 22-23, it will start with good 21's too), responder on average will have about 5-6 HCP i.e. enough points for a game, which means a lot more chances to wrongside the contract.

So now I just prefer the original way of 2-2-2NT as the “weaker” one, and hope to survive by playing in 2NT when responder has the weak hand, than to go via Kokish for the “weaker 2NT” and survive a potential game/slam swing on the opening lead.
Aug. 10
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It's probably been more than 4, but my sample size isn't that big as I don't play that often!
It's just that I find it hard to be transferring with a 4-card major with say a 4144 type shapes as responder, so I think ‘upgrading’ with a max and 44 majors is a big winner.
July 13
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Sorry, I'm not a big fan of the auction. Could E/W have been playing a potential slam with xx opp KQxxxx, and have missed a potential eight or nine-card heart fit? Or was 4 a re-transfer showing hearts? If East wanted to RKC in spades, then the hand could make a 4-level texas transfer then 4NT.

Also, I think South's hand is worth a preempt at first seat favourable.
July 11
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I've been a very firm believer for a while now that 17 with 44 in the majors should be ‘upgraded’ to 18 so you don't miss out on games when responder has a semi/unbal hand with a 4-card major around 6-7 HCP. So far I'm 4 out of 4.
July 11
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After a strong 2NT opening (or via 2, but not a 2NT overcall), I think it's a good idea that over a transfer, to play some sort of responses to show whether you have a fit or not. The downside is that with a weak hand and 5cM, you'd generally pass 2NT (which isn't too big of a deal), but it will help on auctions such as 2NT-3; 3-4m to know whether you can have a spade fit or not.

I used to play Step 1 = no fit, Step 2 = 3-card fit (or bad 4), Step 3 = 4 card super accept, but now I play Step 1 = 3-card fit (or bad 4) so that responder can now respond to that with None/L/M/H shortages. 3NT over the transfer is no fit.
June 27
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Seems bad defence by West. Even on a spade lead to the ace, it can't be wrong to switch to the A to get a signal, especially looking at dummy with seven diamonds and the A.
June 27
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I mentioned above that I play it as 5/5 majors. 5/5 minors sounds interesting, as it's true it's a hand type that you can't show opposite a 2 opening as you'd need to bypass 3NT.
I guess the one potential problem might be is that you can have a 5-3 minor fit and still belong in 3NT and now it may wrong side the contract. For example, opener has a strong balanced 3532 opposite 1255.
June 27
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I play it as 5+/5+ Majors with at least 1.5honours in each major suit. That way, it seems like a hand where you won't need to play in NT's, and it relieves pressure off the sequences 2-2-3m-3.
June 27
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Is your 2NT rebid forcing? If it is, then fine that's OK to be rebidding 2NT. But if it isn't, what is responder meant to do over the 2NT rebid with 4(144) or a hand with 5 (e.g. 5(431) or 5(422)) that had stretched to respond 1?
June 27
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Completely agree with Stephen here. Unless you play a conventional 2NT rebid where it's forcing or something (and one of the hand types is 18-19 with 4-card support), then you should never be in favour of hiding four-card support.
June 27
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Barbara makes a great point that you might need to tread carefully when South has responded 1NT. Given the hearts are badly placed, there might be more harm in competing to 3, although down three is a bit unlucky! (I would think down two would be more normal if it was doubled).

But anyway, it seems like most people were discussing whether South should double 3 or not - what about North's opening hand along with a heart void? The hand is so powerful in that North should be the one doubling for takeout! Imagine South has about 8-10 points but the heart stopper was shaky something like Qxxx. Now all of a sudden, if N/S have a good fit in one of the minors, a 5minor contract is well within reach.

Say South has xx Jxxx QJx KQxx. If North passes 3 (or 2 if West bids 2), what is South meant to do? Pass of course, as North didn't double for takeout, but now N/S have missed a minor suit contract. Maybe South has xx Kxx Qxx KJxxx, and same story but now 5 seems like a great contract!

Yes you might say South probably has more HCP in hearts for the 1NT bid, but the thing is, that's not guaranteed. Sure if South is loaded in hearts, you can now consider defending 2X or 3X. If you're not defending a doubled heart contract, that's OK, you can still play in a minor suit partial - North's takeout double doesn't force your side to a game. You must compete.
June 27
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