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I included 2NT as a possible answer in the poll. But in this partnership, 2NT would be a balanced 19-20 HCP. (Not that some might call this hand close enough to a balanced 19-20 HCP to bid it anyway!)
July 18, 2012
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After a DIRECT seat double, perhaps 3 over 1 is enough. Advancer with a sure trick will bid 4.

Not so clear after a balancing double. Partner with xxxx, an ace, and a stray J does not at all have a clear 4 bid.
July 18, 2012
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Great job, Polly! Assuming that you were red vs. white at imps, I don't think your hand has extra playing strength needed to overcall 1NT. On borderline cases, best to bid your suit immediately so that you don't have to show it at an uncomfortable level. Imagine if your LHO bid 4NT to ask his partner to pick a minor. Much easier if you had bid 2 instead of doubling first.
July 17, 2012
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At my table, South passed and the auction was

1-P-1NT-P
2-P-2-2
P-P-3-3
P-P-P

and North holding four spades, the diamond ace, and a doubleton club couldn't see how South could hold a hand that strong and pass over 1NT, especially white versus white.

However, both opponents were expecting South to have a very strong hand on this auction. Is this possibly something that was much more common several decades ago? Clearly from the poll results, the idea of passing over a non-forcing 1NT was not considered by many.
July 17, 2012
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The bidding diagram shows “white versus white”. But I did add that information to the text.
July 16, 2012
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In the 21st century, I expect that 17 or 18 HCP for a simple overcall upper limit will be a very common answer. Decades ago it would have been closer to 15 or 16 HCP.
July 9, 2012
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I guess I will assume 5 shows one keycard. That should have been explicitly specified. Then I bid 5NT, but only to promise all the keycards – partner could have the right hand with the club ace and no diamond control to be able to bid the grand over 5NT.
July 9, 2012
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You still may survive if declarer has AK9 and guesses to play from low from dummy.
July 9, 2012
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I am surprised at the recommendation of making a penalty double of possibly a 13 to 15 HCP 1NT opening with 13 HCP. Even if it's a “decent” 13.

Now if it's implied that you might do this against a 10 to 12 but would typically have a bit more against the 12 to 14 or 13 to 15, that would be reasonable.
July 8, 2012
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For the invitational sequences beginning with the 2 puppet to 2, 1m-1M-1NT-3m shows 5-4 or 5-5 shape. (A fifth card in the major is promised). 1m-1M-1NT-2-2-3m tends to DENY a 5th card in the major (4-5 shape or a concentrated 4-4 would be typical.)
July 8, 2012
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In this partnership, 2 shows a limit raise or better, 5+ card support, and is forcing to 3.
July 4, 2012
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I agree - with the queen in the diamond suit and the ace in the club suit, instead of the other way around. But - I do think this hand is pretty minimum for a 3-level negative double. I'm sure I would not have doubled 4 with this hand.
July 3, 2012
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Perhaps a “walk the dog” 4 bid should be a choice…..
June 29, 2012
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By doubling, partner likely has good diamonds or lacks the spade king (or both). But I am concerned he simply has good trumps and good clubs without the spade king. I don't dare lead a diamond, though, and find AQxx in dummy with Txx in partner's hand.
June 29, 2012
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Note also that in “standard” bidding, after a BALANCING double, bidding 2D after doubling could easily be done with a good 15 HCP hand, whereas you'd need an extra queen or king if you doubled in the direct seat.
June 29, 2012
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So were defenders allowed to ask partner if they were out of a suit to prevent a revoke? The answer to that question would seem to answer whether WBF laws were in effect or ACBL laws (zonal option in place) were being used.
June 29, 2012
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I'm not expecting a bad split in hearts. I wouldn't expect RHO to bid 4 with four hearts in his hand. Clubs, however, wouldn't surprise me if one opponent had a stiff.
June 29, 2012
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So which of these hands should partner bid past 5 after a 5 cuebid?

1. Jxx QJxx xxx Qxx
2. QJx QJxx xxx Jxx
3. J9x QJxxx xxx Qx
4. Qxx Qxxxx xxx Qx
5. Axx J7xxx xxx Qx
6. Axx QJxxx xxx Qx (yes, this hand should clearly cuebid 5S – would you have bid 3H or 4H with this hand?)
June 26, 2012
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I added 4 as a possible poll answer.

Perhaps some of the abstainers will now select 4.
June 26, 2012
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a) should be penalty, with a hand responder was going to pass a reopening double by opener. (Although with this auction, knowing partner is likely void, it might be wise to pass this out in tempo unless you are sure the opponents are in trouble.)

b) Shows very good hand, only 3-card heart support, probably a useful 17 to 18 HCP or so, and a doubleton diamond instead of a singleton wouldn't be a surprise. Perhaps 4324 shape. Invites partner to pass for penalty or bid, his choice.

c) This one I'd play as takeout - certainly there are hands you don't want to double 1 between two bidding opponents but do want to balance when 2 gets passed around to you in the balance, perhaps a hand like xx AQxx KT8x xxx.
June 25, 2012
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