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I'm more concerned about 3 losers in hearts than the quality of the spade suit.
July 10
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Constructive raise by a passed hand is a very uncommon agreement. In all of my partnerships, we raise directly with 3 card support and less than an invite.

In this context, I think the appropriate range for Reverse Drury starts at a good 9 points. This hand qualifies despite the lack of shape. I see a lot of texture and 7 points in the shell.

Clearly others disagree with my evaluation, so this might be an interesting bidding problem without constructive raises.
July 9
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Double for the lead. Hope this is an improvement over a lead.
July 9
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Without Good Bad 2NT, the key is to bid 3 with good tempo.

I would also bid 3 in tempo with the same shape and 3 or 4 fewer high card points in the side suits.
July 7
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I think the most obvious issue with master is when it is used explicitly in conjunction with slave. We have a lot of this in software and in control systems. We definitely are overdue for discussion and change in this specific context.

I think master, when used to describe proficiency, has much less baggage. On the other hand, the early responders to this posting do not yet include any females.

Disclaimer: My father and his parents were in a biased-against minority group, but things have changed and the males of my generation are not.
July 6
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I think 2NT, ostensibly a game force with 4+ trumps, is worth considering, but I did not vote for it.
July 6
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Negative double puts the heart suit in play before the likely spade bounce on your left.
July 6
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Looks like a good opening lead problem against 2.
July 3
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I play transfer responses over the double in some partnerships, but they start with redouble as a transfer to 1S, etc. This was suggested by Dave Waterman.
July 2
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I might fish for 3NT if I had 5 or 6 tricks ready to go. Regardless, the honor showing redouble gives the defense too much of an edge in that strain.

I'm hoping partner can handle the hearts, while making good use of my entries and controls in the minors.
June 27
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Partner probably bid can more effectively after a 1NT opener than in the sequence 1-1 of a major-2.
June 27
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The title seems to be a reference to the classic and always relevant song “For What It's Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. The song starts:

There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
June 26
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I think that 2 was clearly an underbid for a passed hand. I expect that 2 (Reverse Drury) would get most of the votes in a bidding poll.

Does “diamond shortness” mean 0 or 1 card in the suit? This diamond holding has some potential opposite a doubleton.
June 24
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In Warped 2/1, the 1NT opening bid is announced as “15-17” but is also alerted. The alert explanation is “0 or 1 major suit with 4 or 5 cards” or “denies 4-4 in the majors”.

We have received support for using announce with alert from directors in events at local and national levels.

I think the rules on announcing bids are very simple and clear, and do not permit adding information as part of the announcement.
June 21
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In Warped 2/1, we almost never have the option of playing in 3NT after a major suit fit of 8 or more cards is discovered. This is overly simplistic, but it avoids any doubt about whether 3NT is non-serious.

We generally expect non-serious 3NT to be used even with minimal high card count when holding good controls.
June 17
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In Warped 2/1, I would rebid 2 on the second round, showing appx 16+ playing points and fewer than 4 spades. This leaves room for responder to show a 5th spade and/or about 8+ points at an affordable level.

My initial evaluation in common methods was to force to game with 3 on the second round. However, the trump holding of AQx would probably result in “eating the seed corn” if we need to ruff hearts.
June 15
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I'm ok with inviting in opener's minor with decent 3 card support. I'm hoping that 2 results in 2NT or 3NT by partner, even without a stopper.
June 12
John Hoffman edited this comment June 12
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2 as a waiting bid is consistent with the trend of opening 10 and 11 point hands that have marginal plus factors.

I would like to play 2NT as showing 6 or more spades, but my Warped 2/1 partner is holding out.
June 10
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I play that 2 almost always denies 4 hearts. I also play equal level conversion, which increases the chances that the double includes a 4 card heart suit.
June 10
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In Warped 2/1, I probably would rebid 1NT (instead of 2), showing 11-14 semibalanced or 11-16 with a stiff spade.
June 8
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