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3 seems like an underbid with 7 very good trumps at favorable vul. LHO does not have an affordable cue bid over 4.
18 hours ago
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In Warped 2/1, 4 after 3 by RHO (preempt or raise of a preempt) is an artificial slam try in hearts if hearts have been bid by either of us. In this case, the negative double shows 4+ hearts.
Oct. 16
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LHO might have only 11 hcp, and RHO might have 4 hcp and a singleton.

In Warped 2/1, double can be very light with appropriate shape in this situation, so we play Lebensohl by advancer.
Oct. 16
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I prefer 1NT because I really dislike rebidding 2 with 432 after a 1NT response.
Oct. 16
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In my experience, relatively few partnerships have clear agreements about handling interference in this type of situation.
Oct. 16
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re: IMO, the 3♣ rebid would be consistent with something like Axx-xx-AKJxx-Jxx.

This might be a good bidding poll, but it might be even better with 3 small s and a spot in another suit changed to Jack.

Perhaps this scenario already has been thoroughly polled. Does BridgeWinners have search capability for the auctions in bidding polls? Even better, allow some pattern matching in the auctions.
Oct. 15
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I think we are ahead of some of the field that did not open 2 due to bidding methods (i.e. some other meaning for 2) or style. Most of those auctions probably started with 2 in 4th seat by South, or perhaps 2 by East in 3rd seat. Those pairs will find it harder to get to the high percentage 5 contract.

We are behind the small portion of the field that have a shortness ask in response to a weak 2 opening bid.
Oct. 3
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The main hope for slam is for partner to have a source of tricks and awareness of which useful cards are in my hand. The aces are easy to show if partner chooses to ask.

4 cue bid is an affordable investment if non-serious 3NT is not available.
Sept. 29
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I think 3 by partner showed 4 (or possibly 5) s, but did not promise much quality in the trump suit or anything above minimum strength for the double. I would expect partner to make this call on most hands that have only three s.

This is in the context of two general hand types for the 2 cue bid: strong (about 12+ points) or 4-4 in the majors with as few as about 8 points.
Sept. 29
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I think it is best to defer any mention of a possible forgetfulness issue until after the auction is over if we declare. If we defend, then wait until after the end of play.

If partner turns out to have forgotten, then volunteer this information to the opponents if they have not already noticed. They are welcome to request a visit from the director.

To me, it feels distracting to bring up memory issues during the auction. It does not contribute to harmony at the table.
Sept. 27
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I try not to be Center Hand Opponent when playing in a weak field.
Sept. 26
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4H looks like an underbid to me.
Sept. 18
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In Warped 2/1, we play Bergen-like jump bids by advancer after an overcall of 1 or 1. In this case, the jump to 3D shows 4+ and exactly invitational values.

This approach has relatively good frequency.
Sept. 17
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I voted for 1S but would reconsider in the context of the result from K&R Hand Evaluator at http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/cgi-bin/knr.cgi?hand=AK975+6+AK8+AKT3

K&R (AK975 6 AK8 AKT3) = 25.30
Sept. 16
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I expect that at least one of the opponents will know that they have 0 or 1 heart loser regardless of my bid.
Sept. 16
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Are we forced to double their runout (at least through 2) after redouble? This holding would be marginal for defending doubled contracts at the 2 level if partner's NT opening were 15-17.
Sept. 13
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Looks like East and West are reversed in the diagram or in the options.
Aug. 28
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Change any of the jacks to a small spot card, and the vote will be more interesting.
Aug. 22
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I'm fairly sure that everyone would bid 3 over 3 with that hand.
Aug. 5
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In Warped 2/1, the 1NT rebid after 1m-1M shows 11-14 with balanced or semibalanced hands, or 11-16 with a singleton in responder's major.

We play Cole, not Gazzilli, after 1-1 any, but that might not make much difference here. The 2 rebid shows 16+ playing points, which includes Bridge World death hands and many other hand types.
Aug. 5
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