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Actually you can't! The problem is that if the suit is clubs then the hand must be ‘strong’ by agreement. So you can't agree to open 2 on

S -
H -
D -
C AKQJT98765432

if the suit is unspecififed, because it is the suit that is called. You can agree to open 2 on

S AKQJT98765432
H -
D -
C -

Since that is NOT the suit that has been called.

The whole point is that when players use the word ‘strong’ then the very use of the word puts off opponents from calling (as here!)

The hand itself is a legitimate (Benji) 2 opening bid since it will (and does) show hearts.

If the opponents have an agreement that 2 will always show a strong hand then there is no problem (provided partner doesn't innocently say that they, too, would have opened the hand 2!)

It looks like JJ didn't ascertain the full meaning of the opponent's system.
Dec. 4
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True - but it still isn't “must carefully avoid taking any advantage”.
Dec. 4
John Portwood edited this comment Dec. 4
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And waht would they open with

J
K5
AQJ765
QJ65

or the equivalent?
Dec. 4
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Ok - West clearly hasn't carefully avoided taking advantage of the Unauthorised information. He has a club fit with his partner's natural club suit (and only 1 spade loser). I am using this law (73C) since it may be hard to show that 5 is demonstrably suggested by the UI.

(OK I poll but this seems self-evident). Note that the call you make does not have to be a logical alternative these days (in theory it used to be, but the argument was that for anyone who makes a call, that call must be a logical alternative for that class of player).

(You can penalise someone for breach of LAw 73C even if there is no damage)
Dec. 4
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Believe it or not - sometimes when a player opens 1 they actually hold diamonds! (I mean it is rare these days - about the only suit that is ever bid naturally is spades - and even then only about half the time.)
Dec. 3
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So the laws allow you as declarer to withdraw a card from your hand and move it towards the table - but stop and put it back in the hand provided it hasn't ‘nearly touched the table’ - this covers the usual situation when declarer doesn't let go of the card when playing to the trick so he can turn it over after the trick is completed. (Note that defenders don't have the same luxury).

Other situations that occur is when declarer leads towards dummy and calls for the finesse since he is on autopilot and doesn't notice that the defender has played the card against which he is finessing.
Dec. 3
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No good at the play - but would have overcalled 1 rather than 1NT - you have one stop only in diamonds, (the two small cards are wasted assets) your Q isn't pulling full weight and your intermediates are, shall we say, not the best. You have no stuffing.
Dec. 2
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The hand can always make 2NT provided you don't touch clubs. (Deep finesse). Eventually the opponents have to touch the suit.
Dec. 1
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You have 7 major suit cards and 6 minor suit cards - so partner is more likely to have a 5 card minor than a 5 card major (in fact I bet the odds are even better than that since with some distributions he would bid the major suit when he would bid 1NT with a minor). Also: you have to do TWO tricks better in a suit to beat 1NT. If 1NT had gone one off and 2H still went one off then you haven't gained anything.

I wouldn't worry about getting bad scores 1NT at red undoubled (if you are then why not add a point or two to your range). For every time that happens you get a good score when opponents have to open 1 or 1 and you can compete more effectively.
Nov. 30
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Why?
Nov. 30
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In fact the UI (that partner didn't bid hearts over three clubs) probably suggests against bidding 3.
Nov. 30
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You are entitled to know that ‘East is frequently mixed up’ - of course that does not mean that he is ‘mixed up’ on this hand.
Nov. 30
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In the EBU

2 Diamonds should be alerted.

If the correct explanation is given then the laws clearly state that a misbid must not be corrected during the auction and there is no obligation to do so subsequently. (And there is no rectification either). Law 75C

That solves the MI - now for the UI.

Why hasn't East raised 3 to 4? West clearly has a balanced hand with a very good heart suit (5-3-3-2 comes to mind) and 4H (with a singleton spade and 3 card support) seems eminently reasonable as a LA.

Obviously this needs polling and 4H might be better than 3NT under some situations, but you can issue a procedural penalty for abuse of UI even when there isn't damage. Law 73C2
Nov. 30
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If you play Garbage Stayman then a -ve double can't be weaker (of course) but if you don't i.e. Stayman has to be constructive then you need about 11 HCP opposite a weak NT bid to make it (so you can call 2NT if there is no fit and allow partner to raise to three). Since a -ve double at the one level only promises 7 points then such a double could be weaker than this Stayman. At the two level the strengths are similar.
Nov. 30
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Multi (obviously much more popular in the UK than ACBL) - together with Lucas/ Mulderberg 2s, so we can pre-empt and partner knows if we have 5 or 6.
Nov. 29
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Why hasn't partner doubled 2? I think more likely to hold hearts than spades.
Nov. 27
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I fail to see why east bids 5 Clubs. Had he had a spade or diamond less and Q of clubs more (a source of tricks) then I could understand it but the ODR of the hand doesn't warrant a 5-level bid.

West has three first round controls opposite what looks like a distributional hand so he can count 10 tricks and two aces.
Nov. 27
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Yup - having to go on about defining what a comparable call is to the opponents and then deciding whether their suggested call is comparable takes time (especially if you don't play their system!) - and you always have the possibility of one of the other 17 tables having a problem as well.

Giving examples may help them e.g.

A 2 overcall is usually comparable to a 1 opening bid since both are the same, or similar showing hearts and reasonable values. (Usually)

A double showing 0 Aces is a subset of an insufficient 5 call showing 0 or 3 Aces.

Bidding 3 asking for partner's major suit holdings has the same purpose as 2 asking for partner's major suit holdings (yes - even if the responses are different).
Nov. 24
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Double and pass are not bids!
Nov. 23
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Similar here - HELLO in 2nd against a weak NT (much more common in England than ACBL) Meckwell otherwise.

I am proud to say that every bid I have made in fourth position has kept the opponents out of 1NT.
Nov. 23
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