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only if the software “knows” the deal; which ours(quite rightly) does not
Oct. 5
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responder bid 2 with a 6+ diamond suit ??????? no wonder he's got problems surely 1D is forcing enough

and why didn't opener just accept the transfer
Oct. 5
John Holmes edited this comment Oct. 5
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I usually just skip the bit where it asks for the opening lead. it's optional in our software . In my view it's a waste of time and serves no purpose.
Oct. 5
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“Opener has shown a balanced 15-16 HCP”
well that's either a 1NT opener or a 1NT rebid according to one's methods
So I'm assuming that you must be playing a weak notrump and have opened 1C. The question then is :How did you get to 2NT without responder describing his hand ?
Oct. 5
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The double of 2S is different to the double of any other overcall, and should be penalty. It is very rare that we belong in a three-level partial
Oct. 4
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Nothing gets in the way of me enjoying at least one Cuban cigar a day
Oct. 3
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It's not about strength, it's about suit quailty ; and i need another honour in the spade suit or a six-card suit
Sept. 25
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Whether it was take out of spades or shewing spades; neither is alertable
Sept. 20
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4 H 5 The following doubles must not be alerted:
(a) Any ‘negative’ or ‘responsive’ double played in a traditional
(b) A take-out double of a transfer completion such as 1NT – pass – 2 – pass – 2 – dbl since this is deemed to show the suit bid
© A take-out double of a ‘pass-or-correct’ bid such as 2 Multi – pass – 2 – dbl since this is deemed to show the suit bid.
Sept. 20
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The double of a pass or correct call is not alertable if it shows that suit
Neither, apparently, is the take-out double

The EBU didn't think this through
Sept. 20
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Gary you will get back to hand via a diamond ruff
Sept. 20
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would have overcalled 3 rather than 2
Sept. 20
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There might be a case for carrying out a partial elimination of the black suits before taking the trump finesse
Sept. 20
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Why not play it as a mini-splinter ?
Sept. 20
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It's not absurd when opener bids 3NT
Sept. 20
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The ones at my club..hhmm…ah…. reaches for the bidding box….hovers… hmmms again,reaches for the bidding box again….hmm ah…and at the third time of asking; pass
Sept. 20
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17 plus a known 16+
Just blast 6NT
Sept. 20
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use an unassuming cuebid for the fit, then the jump can be a pre-empt
Sept. 19
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Pick a grand
Sept. 18
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North's double of 1H is quite bizarre
Sept. 13
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