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I'm tempted to pass, and probably would at MP's…. I don't have any qualms about breaking a forcing pass since partner is limited. I might lose a few imps occasionally, but it is likely to be decent insurance. One other point is that I dont think partner “has” to double with a diamond card, especially Qxx, which neither of us knows will be a trick, although it might. Still, if partner might have a diamond card, then your odds of making 5s are also much worse.

I bet partner's hand was like J10x, AKxxx, Jxx, xx or something. If that's the hand, passing is favored probably, but again, I wouldn't have the guts to do it at the table.
March 17, 2014
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i think 3c is clear but i think there are many hands where 3nt could make (either xx, Axxxx, Kxx, Axx) or (Kxx, A109xx, KJx Jx). Based on this, game seems possible, but how to investigate it anyway? This is why I think 3c is clear.
March 17, 2014
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no reason to not double and bid diamonds that i see, partner might have say Axxx, Ax, xxx, AQxx for a grand slam but bidding 3c or 3nt will make it much harder than just showing my hand
March 17, 2014
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you're right thanks
March 16, 2014
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Maybe playing one round of hearts is the right play, but I'd just point out that if you play AH and a diamond now, if lefty wins a plays a heart you have to guess hearts to make the contract now.
March 15, 2014
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2s is fine, and probably the right bid, but I bid 2nt anyway… at all vul or against ops known to be sound i'd just bid 2s.
March 15, 2014
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Yeah, that's what I was saying in my original comment basically, although as I finished the comment, I do think double is definitely the normal action, even at MP's. If partner has Qxx, xxx, Axxxx, Ax 6d is cold, and we'll defend 3h if I pass.
March 10, 2014
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yeah, that would be better, but I don't feel THAT bad about bidding 2h (when i have 3 card support and this hand how bad could it be?) if i were weaker 6-3 now i think your system comes into more use.
March 9, 2014
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If you have a light style, then 1d seems ok, but otherwise I don't understand the need people feel to bid here…
March 9, 2014
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I might be way off, maybe overthinking it, but if partner as they so often will bids 3s I'm not particularly happy. But I guess since I'm pretty fine with any other call in retrospect it's probably “normal” to double, especially especially at imps when 3nt or 5m (or 4s) is still possible, and the downside of 3s and 3h going down is small. At MP's the only thing better is penalizing 3h x for even one undertrick could be big, but I'd still rather pass at MP's than Imps because of how bad going down in 3s might be when 3h is also down.

Either way I think I'd double at the table thinking about it now.
March 9, 2014
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that's a good principle except 7h could be cold. 5h is my second to 4nt, but I feel just too good to see it get passed (one queen turns into a jack and that's my bid).
March 9, 2014
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The amount I hate bidding 3s is making me wonder if 4h could be ok, but it seems like that mis-describes the hand even more since it could just be a 3 count with 5 trumps, and as Barry says partner will pass with most hands so what use is that to you? If I bid 3s and it goes 4s x p to me I feel sick since I don't have the values I showed, so I guess I'd bid 3h, and pass throughout unless partner gets to bid 4h, in which case I'll compete to 5. Maybe I'm way off here?
March 4, 2014
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More importantly, you won't get to 6c anyway, since your only choice is 5c partner would surely pass with that hand. Still, I do agree with 5c. Say partner has only 3 clubs. x, KQxx, AKxxx, AKx. 5c is quite good and 4s is down 2, or maybe 3. If it's this close when partner has 3 trumps, then I'll bid since they could easily have 4. LOTT confirms bidding as reasonable at least, as others have mentioned.

March 4, 2014
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I think pass is too out there, and 2 diamonds might need further discussion to know how forcing it is… I think that in any kind of standard bidding, 2s creates a GF, although the way you described it in the poll makes it the best choice. Assuming 2s is game-forcing, I'd bid 2d because, if you haven't discussed it, partner still will probably be too afraid to pass. I think 2nt is better than 2s slightly unless…
a)partner has AX spade and i wrong side it
b)They run 5 spades and we have a better contract in clubs or hearts…

If you play a naturalish system over 2nt like I do, then partner can still support clubs with 3c over 2nt, and maybe, if partner bids NMF, you bid 3h since partner knows you can't have 3 card support.

After all this I still think I'd bid 2d, but 2nt seems fine, 2s seems like you just get too high sometimes, especially if you respond light. If you never respond light then 2s is fine.
March 2, 2014
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The 1st answer is close, except I don't think there need be 6 hearts always… It's definitely not the end of bidding since 2d bidder is unlimited. “Competitive” is best word to use. Should be either 6 hearts or a stiff somewhere…
March 1, 2014
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Partner might be 1-3-4-5 (this seems most likely to me) as for an explanation of why they didn't double 2c, but did double 2s. I don't think most people would x 2s without 3 hearts.
Feb. 25, 2014
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I doubled which is a little bit offbeat, but seems ok. Partner's most likely bid is 3c (which he'd bid on the hand above). Now I have a choice between 3d and 3h, and I'd personally bid 3d. Partner has a clear 3h bid, and I have a clear 4h bid. Now if partner had stiff Jack of hearts, my sequence might lead to an inferior 5d contract, although my hope was to bid 4h at my next chance.
Feb. 12, 2014
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4n feels just wrong to me, but i think it's actually better than 5c, cause you just won't know about keycards if you do that. Still give a decent hand like Ax, KQxx, AQx, AQxx. This is a nice looking 21 count and not a great slam.
Feb. 10, 2014
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Either way, East doesn't have seven clubs most likely, even if W did underlead the ace, so it strongly looks as though W is 1-6-2-4, as said above.

Feb. 6, 2014
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Even with a 9 card heart fit, game could be tricky, and I like our odds on defense… Maybe I'm a little off though, seems close.

Jan. 30, 2014
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