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I certainly don't want to defend 5 clubs, so I will chance spades, but bidding a second suit on the way may be fruitful.
June 28
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What does 2NT mean in this auction?
June 14
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3 sounds encouraging (which I don't want). Pass is inviting the situation or enabling OP to search for (and possibly find) the club fit. Isn't this the classic example for a preempt?
Sept. 30, 2017
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Partner has to have a defensive trick, and my king may be one as well. So does X call for a lead? Since I'm all alone on this, evidently not.
Aug. 6, 2017
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2 cents a point was my introduction to the cutthroat “amateur” bridge racket. "Veteran rubber bridge player doesn't really cover it.

It taught me I wasn't in that league.
June 30, 2017
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Where it's 2 cents a point.
June 21, 2017
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On the premise that partner must have the ace, and at least 5 to the queen, 6 sounds reasonable.
May 29, 2017
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Too many losers to jump, particularly when my trump support has no honor. Can't play “results,” and it would require a very particular set of cards from P, which I've no reason to expect. There's a reason why you pay attention to the percentages. For this exception, there may be ten where it's the right choice.
May 14, 2017
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Given the possibility partner has a minimum (and could have a singleton trump) I can't think of my hand as worth more than the 7 tricks I'm looking at. 2 gives P the opportunity to clarify.
May 8, 2017
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This is a classic mismatch. I could hope partner has 3 clubs to an honor, but passing is unthinkable (4-2 trump fit?). So I bid , trying to sound confident, and hope partner's KQ doubleton will descend like a deus ex machina to save the day.
May 5, 2017
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Partner has chosen to sacrifice despite a mismatch (clearly she has nothing in clubs, and is so weak she could not even preempt in the first round). What she HAS done, evidently, is discourage the enemy from bidding a slam which looks like it would make. So it's a top or bottom. I'm envisaging something like 9-3-1-0. I hope she has the Q-J; if dummy has to ruff a heart, this could be gory. But if they are missing 7, she's a hero.
April 6, 2017
Joseph Byrd edited this comment April 6, 2017
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Did I miss a raise? Or a cue bid? If ever there were a time NOT to interfere, this would seem to be one.
April 4, 2017
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Partner's jump-shift notwithstanding, I have trouble putting together a combination that would produce slam, even with a favorable lead. Partner has shown a big hand in , with a reluctant doubleton (A-Q?). Pass and try to come to 10 tricks with what looks like a misfit.
April 4, 2017
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4 is simply an invitation for opponents to use the considerable remaining bidding space profitably. Pass is tempting, but for a hand with no defense whatever, no better. I want to stop opponents from reaching their optimum, or (wishfully, I admit) get them into the wrong slam, possibly one that can be beaten by a lucky lead and a ruff back. A bottom is certainly possible, but so is a top.

If I had real cojones, I'd bid 6.
April 4, 2017
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Hello?? Minority opinion here.

The prospect that partner is sitting on a stack of s certainly doesn't encourage me to rescue the opponents. What possible virtue could there be in reopening? Hoping he has s and s?

My hunch is the opening bid is a 19-count, possibly with 3 s. Surely North has 4 to pass, but fewer than 5 points. Still, the right holding could produce game. Why let them investigate this?
March 6, 2017
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I'm not a real player; I'm kind of a student of the game. But I find it compelling.

OK

I've tried and tried to find a rational way to bid this slam in Standard. Part of the problem, I think, is the tendency to bid strength over shape. Under a more shape-centric system, this hand could be an easy slam.

Or so I imagine.

Is there, historically, a reasonable system that would have allowed this rare slam?

But more important, might someone direct me to a site that defends the current trend toward power vs shape? E.g., holding a 5 card , with 16 solid HCP, choose 1NT over 1. (Personally, I think giving partner my suit, whatever the count, is a good place to start.)

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March 4, 2017
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As a AA-league suddenly promoted to the majors, this powerful but ace-poor hand makes Blackwood (standard or Roman) the obvious bid.
Feb. 25, 2017
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Yes, chances are I won't get a lead, but if North gets to lead, their winners will disappear.
Feb. 18, 2017
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I agree that I haven't enough for a Michaels, but by the time it gets to me again, I'll have no way to show the majors. If partner bids, it may well be s. 2 is unlikely to hurt us, and if we're defending, it's lead-directing, allowing me to lead a through declarer.
Feb. 13, 2017
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A competitive 3 is unlikely to be costly, and may trigger a reflexive - and unmakeable - 4.
Feb. 11, 2017
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