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I don't claim any knowledge of the laws. That said it seems to me they must be allowed to respond to their partner's opening bid. Otherwise why not just bar them for one round as we did under the old laws? Of course the auction now has the UI that they won't have an opening and the director needs to monitor it.

It may be less clear in the case of an overcall if RHO opens, but I think it should be treated similarly. A one-level overcall (or a takeout double for that matter) certainly includes hands that are less than an opening bid so IMO both are also allowable as comparable calls. There is the potential for major UI in either case so the director again must monitor.
April 2
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6 is actually cold. N/S lead spades which is as good as anything. Declarer draws trump and plays ace, king and a third heart discarding the spade loser. The fourth heart is good for a club pitch.

Declarer takes 6 diamonds 3 hearts and 3 black winners.
March 23
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Well done, congrats
March 20
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Monty
In the case where 2 shows clubs your method would work well on this hand. It could miss a spade contract when opener has 4 but maybe that's alright.

That said I'm hesitant to give up transfers since we want opener to be declarer. That's even more true when his LHO has values. Letting RHO lead through opener's hand at trick one isn't good.

I'm also not a fan of low level penalty doubles. One hand in ten we might have them nailed, but on a few others we lose our best chance to find our own best fit. Picture the problem hand with one less diamond and one more heart. For a penalty double to work in the case of Meckwell, we not only need to have clubs nailed but one of us also needs to have defense against their run-out suit.

Vs Cappelletti system on works okay. If no immediate action seems right we can pass and then take action after we find out what their suit is.
March 19
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I think continuing to play transfers is probably okay and desirable. But, as Martin says, double for takeout caters to most hands. Double as Stayman s very risky.

On this hand I'd like to double and bid 2 if partner bids 2. That should be a 4 card suit since I would transfer with 5. We will usually land on our feet.
March 18
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My reason for posting this is that the methodology we use here is poor. On this hand we can be fairly sure that defending 2 undoubled is not our best possible position. Yet currently 88% pass and it's likely 2 is where they'll end up. Playing double is Stayman can't be right.
March 18
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From my POV the problem with opening was that it might become awkward to show my distribution without showing extra values. I'd have opened with 6-5. By passing first I might be able to show a major two-suiter of this strength.
March 18
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I don't see how I can stop below game when it has a decent play opposite Qxxxx xxxx xxx x.
Feb. 28
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It would be Soloway style, not 13+/
Feb. 18
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It makes it easier on partner if he can count on some values from the 1NT bidder. 5 to 10 or 11 HCP is a hard range to cope with. Too often he'll invite for fear of missing game and then go down in 2NT. I prefer about 7-11 and with less pick a suit.
Feb. 16
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For me that hand must bid 2or 1. Need a better hand for 1NT.
Feb. 15
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Yes Steve! You should definitely revive “under further review”. I remember it as being very entertaining and illuminating.

Of course you guys almost never have disasters anymore (Haha)
Feb. 15
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Howard I don't really like that 3 bid. It looks like it was intended to be a cue bid but why couldn't responder have 5 or 6 hearts.
Feb. 15
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The discussion was based on West leading a high diamond which attacks the entries for the simple squeeze. If he leads a major then, sure, East is irrelevant.

On the high diamond lead, five rounds of trumps also squeezes West between the 4th diamond, the 3rd club and the low spade that he needs to keep as an exit card.

Double dummy West is forced to hold 2=0=3=2. Single dummy he might stiff the spade ace and retain 3 clubs some of the time. That exposes him to a throw in if declarer plays a spade immediately, but might lead declarer to play for a different layout.
Feb. 15
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Ok I was over-complicating, but it isn't a simple squeeze either. You need to force East to pitch low spades or a low diamond and play accordingly, don't you?
Feb. 14
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My opponent did well to open her 10 count in 3rd seat. It would have been much easier with a free run.
Feb. 14
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Yes Tom, partner got in the way of the auction I had planned. I was hoping JUMP to 4S on the 3rd round. Then it would have been clearer that I had bigger things in mind.

But, in retrospect 3S over 1NT would have been better. And maybe I should have risked 5S over 3NT. It would have been unlucky to catch such an unsuitable hand that 5S would go down.

Ray, there was a chance East had posted it of course. Just kidding.
Feb. 14
Jon Green edited this comment Feb. 15
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It looks like a triple sqeeze against both opponents with a non-material threat vs East( the 3rd diamond).
When West leads a high diamond win the queen and run trump tossing a spade from dummy. West must hold 2=0=3=2. If he stiffed the spade he could be thrown in with the ace. If East holds 2=0=2=3 declarer plays diamond ace then club jack. West must cover or clubs will run. Declarer then plays club 10 unblocking the 8 so East must duck. After 2 rounds of spades declarer steppingstones to dummy's high diamond via the club queen.

If East holds 3=0=1=3 declarer plays diamond to dummy, stripping East's diamond, then jack of clubs to king and ace, 10 of clubs unblocking. East must duck the 2nd club so declarer puts him in with the 3rd club. If West keeps a low spade declarer gets a spade and a club or a spade and a diamond. if West throws the low spade his partner's spade exit endplays him.
Feb. 14
Jon Green edited this comment Feb. 14
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Nope
Feb. 14
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I looked at the RP site. He lists the standard movements. The problem with a small group is that the usual movements don't work well if you want to play fewer rounds.
Feb. 9
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