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You forgot the obvious AK AKQJ xxx xxxx, but could we not agree this hand and yours are so much less likely on the auction so far than a 16 count with Ax or Kx that chose to overcall 1NT and has no interest in defending 2?
May 31
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I think this hand is better than a pass on 2
May 5
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5 may make and looks at most one down. 6 may make and looks at most one down.
April 8
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2, showing either a minimal hand or a GF hand with no other bid.
Jan. 15
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Or Kx Kxx QJxx xxxx. Good luck in 3NT.
Jan. 5
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I'd expect a very offensive hand. Perhaps Qxxx - AKxxxx xxx if that is a first round pass in your style.
Jan. 5
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Double for me shows a hand with extras and no good bid, usually a hand too good to overcall 1NT. Sort of similar to (1m)-Dbl-(1M)-p-(2m/2M)-Dbl. In particular against precision 1 you have to be pragmatic and use Dbl for the majors (could have singleton clubs). I'd play Dbl like this for all your other sequences, just a flexible hand for the most flexible bid. If you psych or bid on crap, partner is still there to protect.
Jan. 4
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There are other options after double. If either opponent bids NT, we can double again. If N produces a support rdbl, it's not impossible that our partner finds a bid. And last, if N bids 2 we can also double again to find a playable spot at the 3-level.
Dec. 23, 2018
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There is not much use in 3 as a premature cue bid when double is available. It can however be preferable to play in spades with a 3055 shape.
Dec. 18, 2018
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Many are saying “if North is bidding with his 3 points, surely dbl is better than 2”. I would expect the average hand for dbl to have more points (and defense) than a 2 bid. South's double is take-out until proven otherwise and there is no urgence to be over flexible at the two-level by not showing our longer suit. If South happens to be strong and balanced, he will double again in this sequence and North can easily show his hand with 3. If North had doubled instead it would be normal for South to bid 3NT with that hand, which would be awkward.
Dec. 11, 2018
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The analysis is incomplete yes. Your partner should have played a low club instead of the queen to prevent communication in clubs for the squeeze mentioned by Kieran.

Also, double dummy the hand can always be made if declarer keeps 3 clubs and deblocks J. After A and diamond to dummy, declarer can make a heart trick by himself by leading up to the 9 to make 3 clubs, 2 diamonds and one trick in each major.
Oct. 1, 2018
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David: you are right that I did not cater for your situation with the first two words of my comment. One could define it as the only slam try below our game, but it can be argued that an auction like 1H-4D-4S/5m is also a form of LT.

Michael: I'm not sure I understand the issue in the original auction. To me, either responder has a diamond control and bids 4D or she doesn't have a diamond control and skips 4D. I don't think faking or hiding controls in trying to anticipate a LT response from partner is good bridge.
Sept. 22, 2018
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Sept. 22, 2018
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In general, Last Train applies when we are bidding controls in a slam sequence and one player bids the suit right below our agreed trump suit. In deciding when to accept, think about what you have shown so far in the auction (= what partner knows about your hand) and decide if u like your hand in that category (honor concentration and min/max) or if u perhaps have extras in shape or strength that u could not show yet.

You state “She could have bid 4D in order for partner to issue a 4H bid as Last Train. This would have been rejected and that partnership, too, could have rested in the highest scoring contract of 4S.” It seems to me that this is not even a LT issue then. Why did she not bid 4 in the first place if that was the right bid?
Sept. 22, 2018
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If you play this version of Puppet, what does responder bid with 4/4 in the majors over opener's 3?
Sept. 1, 2018
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I am relieved that natural is included in the options. What else is opener supposed to do with a 5-6 in the minors?
Aug. 19, 2018
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These last two comments already show a problem with this penalty double. You call it “an expression of interest in penalties”. The first comment in this thread described it as “my lead”. Such ambiguity is prone to disasters.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Unless you play ludicrous opponents, a 3 rebid in that position is an attempt to make opposite close to nothing. With an unlucky lay-out one should expect 1 or 2 down, which is less than game at equal vulnerability.
Aug. 19, 2018
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If I happen to face opponents who bid like this with completely unsuitable hands, chances are that - in order of estimated frequency - 1) I already had a penalty pass of 2 2) I could pass 3 and partner reopens with a double 3) I could bid 3NT if I was really anxious about number 2 and missing a vulnerable game. In the case I gain less from 3NT than 3X against ludicrous opponents, I expect them to bid and play as bad on the next boards.
Aug. 19, 2018
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I wouldn't like double as penalty here. It’s infrequent against decent players while there are tons of GF hands with no clear direction yet in this position: xx AKxxx AQx xxx, xx AQxxxx AKx xx, K KQxxxx Jxxx Ax, …
Aug. 19, 2018
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