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being cautious, if i hear 5c maybe i bid 5d anyway or just go to slam based on the fact they cooperated. If I hear 5h over 4s I think I technically have to pass.

I think 6h also has merit directly since bidding 4s-5c-6h might further pinpoint a diamond lead if we do happen to be off AK. Maybe this is why I should just bid 5d over 5c to confuse the issue a little. Still, the odds of p having a hand like Kx, Kxxxx, Qxx, KQx are small, which is another win for 6h direct. If you're not off two diamonds then slam should be percentage to bid. In other words there probably won't be a way to stay out of bad slams without staying out of more good ones. Still, not my style to bid 6h so I wimp out and call 4s.
March 23, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment March 23, 2014
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also, I think if declarer has a doubleton diamond, then their other diamond should be the 3, not say the J, because why else would partner not play their lowest spot? Maybe I'm wrong there, but either way, whatever declarer's other diamond is won't affect any of the discussed positions above.
March 21, 2014
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whatever 2nt means i have it. :)
March 21, 2014
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yeah good point (I do use 2s size ask).
March 20, 2014
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with this shape i would bid a preemptive 3s without the KS, or many hands like, at any vul… Personally I play bergen, so I would have a mixed raise available (3c is still mixed for me here), and I'd probably make it, although I am not a huge fan of making mixed raises with shortness. I think making a preemptive raise is also fine with this hand, and is clear cut imo if you're not playing mixed raises.
March 20, 2014
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Would you bid only 2s w/o the double in just SAYC or also in more “complex” systems? For instance if you were playing jump raise is preemptive (thru bergen say) then would you do it?
March 20, 2014
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Also south cant exit a club after cashing the KH, W can just play another club and south has to follow as they have a 4th club
March 20, 2014
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The funny thing is you might not have information loss if partner accepts with hands that ops might not play him for, then you've actually done a better job disguising partner's hand… Thus maybe you can invite some decent nine counts if you're playing that style (opposite a fairly sound 15-17 i mean)
March 19, 2014
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xxx isnt' as bad a holding when partner has 5, if he has a pure hand with hearts and clubs i don't think game will be bad red at imps (AKJxx of hearts, AQJxx of clubs is great for instance)
March 17, 2014
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Yes, I definitely think it is if you have the agreement that low-level doubles are t/o this one should not be different whether partner's opened a club, a diamond, or a major (although i doubt you'll face many natural overcalls to a major).
March 17, 2014
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who knows what partner has or what he thinks you have? Sure slam might make but in as confused an auction as this, I'll just bid the game I think I can make. Partner probably doesn't intend 4s to be passable but maybe he does… Either way I'm not willing to do it, I'm happy to get out of this aucton playing 5c.

By the way, I agree the issue should have been just “how high in clubs” It seems like 4h over 2h describes my hand perfectly, maybe I'm wrong?
March 17, 2014
Kevin Rosenberg edited this comment March 17, 2014
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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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