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I get what you mean, Adam. So just curious—do you always bid 2 in response regardless? Or what?
Oct. 9
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I agree. I was mostly being cheeky :).
Oct. 9
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Why not just cover all the bases?

2 = 0 Controls

2 = 0 Aces, 1 King

2 Control Responses
2 = 0 Aces, 2 Kings
2NT = One Ace, 0 Kings

3 Control Responses
3 = 0 Aces, 3 Kings
3 = One Ace, One King

4 Control Responses
3 = 0 Aces, 4 Kings
3 = 1 Ace, 2 Kings
3NT = 2 Aces, 0 Kings

5 Control Responses
4 = 1 Ace, 3 Kings
4 = 2 Aces, 1 King

6+ Control Responses
4 = 6 or more controls
Oct. 9
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What does the 3 show?
Oct. 8
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Another argument against control-showing responses, I would guess, is that they can take up critical bidding space early on in the auction. I would be interested in hearing from people who play this way though.
Oct. 8
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I guess to (try to) start the conversation here: what about the argument that this will often “wrong-side” the contract?
Oct. 8
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What about a “Leaping Michaels” bid of 4?
Oct. 6
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I assume some of the abstentions are due to not liking how I bid this hand. Apologies, but given the situation, what would you do?
Oct. 5
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To bid what?
Oct. 1
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Right. 5 would take up bidding space, too. ;-)

I’m being cheeky but you get my point. :)
Sept. 30
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Is there some trick answer that I am missing here? Not being rude, just doesn’t strike me that there is anything to do except pass :-).
Sept. 29
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2 and then I go to 5 (most likely) regardless of how partner and opps bid. A jump overcall of any kind, as I play them, would show a very weak hand. I want to convey that I am well within my normal 11(ish) to 17 point (18 or more and I will double) range needed for a 2-level overcall in a new suit but, when I rebid my diamonds, will hopefully be able to communicate that I have a lot of them and a very good suit. I feel like taking the route I suggest is the most accurately descriptive one, giving partner a chance to weigh in if he thinks he has any support to add.
Sept. 29
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SPOILER ALERT

For those who want to know, I was the player who bid 6 and was quite relieved, once I saw that partner and I were missing the AK, that west chose to lead the 10. As such, we took thirteen tricks for a 99% board.

Full deal and sequence of play can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yyuaqkyd
Sept. 29
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Gotcha. Makes sense.
Sept. 29
Christopher Donnelly edited this comment Sept. 29
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So how do you show your suit later? Am curious.
Sept. 29
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Very good point, and always the peril of opening a four-card M, regardless of which seat one is in.
Sept. 29
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I should add that if there was an extreme case where I held something like:

AKQJT
5432

I’d probably open 1 even if I was too weak to reverse. Normally though, I prefer to bid 1 to avoid this problem.
Sept. 29
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So I abstained from the vote per what strikes me as BW custom for the author of a bidding problem to do, but FWIW, because I was in third seat (this was an actual deal today on BBO), I opened it 1. My reasoning was that I didn’t like the club suit and with such a weak hand and being vul, the chance we might end up on defense made me say “Would I want my partner leading me this?”.

That being said, partner told me after I should have opened 1, and clearly her view seems to be the prevailing one in terms of the votes.
Sept. 29
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In third or fourth seat, if everyone else had so far passed, I would open this 3.
Sept. 28
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I mention it in my post, no?
Sept. 27
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