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Yes, playing criss-cross with 1m-2m game forcing, it is common to play 1C-2D as LR in clubs. Since I am very old school about Strong Jumpshifts, My partners have agreed to play 1C-2D as EITHER a LR in clubs OR a Soloway JS in Diamonds (to be clarified on next bid). To my knowledge no one else has ever mentioned or played this as both, so I’m guilty of “inventing” this to maintain some connection to old world style. I Do play 1any-3 lower as 6 card invite (my concession to the 21St century) but 1C/1D-2M is old school Soloway Jump.
Nov. 4
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did you mistype Richard? It looks like you voted for the centrist bid, 2NT.
Nov. 4
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Phil: I think what you are saying is that you are worried less about any penalty in 3D that you are with partner taking a phantom sac expecting you to have less defense, e.g. x xx KQT9xx J9xx, where the sac is less likely to be phantom. Is that correct?
Nov. 3
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John: 3D might be par, but you might not be able to stop in 3D, Even if 5D is ok here, partner will move over 3D with less. I’d be much more comfortable with a 3D call by West holding JTx AQxxx AKQxx void and playing Flannery. An awful lot of ruffing to do in 5D and with D 3-1 East may have entry problems.
Nov. 3
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Are you sure that 7222 is legal?
Nov. 2
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Michael: If you are not playing Gazilli, what better methods? I don’t think the West hand had a 3D bid, no fit yet, and yes East can make a “courtesy raise” but passing 2D will often be OK. Seems unlucky and 4S doesn't seem that great.
Nov. 2
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What is the story (legality, frequency of usage, other) of VINJE signals ( generally to show 3 evens and one odd, or 3 odds and one even).
Nov. 1
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I believe most use Stayman with 6-4 or 4-6, then either follow with Smolen as if 4-5/5-4 and then correct 3NT to the obvious 4M. Otherwise they jump over 2D to 4D for 4-6 and 4H for 6/4, but better not forget the latter!
Nov. 1
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If weak 2D available, why not. However if playiing Flannery or something else where 2D isnt weak D, then 3D W vs. Red seems better than Pass, maybe?!
Nov. 1
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In the second case North needs trump higher than West’s lower trump, hence this form of Coup en passant would also be called a rank elopement play. There are also plenty of positions where the rank of North’s trump or trumps is irrelevant and the corresponding coup en passant would then be called a Pure Elopement. Much of this was covered, I think, in Geza Ottlik’s famous Bridge World series from the 1970s, “The Way it Is”.
Nov. 1
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Just as a guide, the average 1NT opener has about 5.4 controls, so 6 is a bit above average and 7 is control rich. Add that to the trump support and that will usually provide a decent guide.
Nov. 1
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I must admit that I slavishly follow the old Goren rule of treating 4 aces as 17 hcp. And with the two tens in 4 card suits I’d view this as closer to 19 than 17. Of course I’ve been down on this overbidding before and likely will again. Would 1D have been passed out?
Nov. 1
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As a passed hand this is worth showing spades only because of the excellent diamond fit. I’d expect partner to pass with 2S in most normal hands and pull to 3D (or 3C) with less, and I’d expect to score 110.

AND: If you play fit showing jumps by advancer, especially valuable at 3 level by a passed hand, a slightly better hand might consider 3S with, say QJxxxx Xx AJ9x x as this hand is likely worth a 4D call anyway.
Nov. 1
Leonard Helfgott edited this comment Nov. 1
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One generic question I would have is, assuming the majority (now 20:9) has chosen not to pass, ergo to presumably compete to 3H in some matter, what would a skilled and experienced partnership consider the difference between 3H, Dbl, and the 2NT or 3m choices. I have my ideas, but would like to hear from the expert crowd.
Nov. 1
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One could argue that if North could not bid 2C over 1D, then North’s 3C over 2S could be a game try in spades opposite a known good 6 card suit. Then South could try 3H and get to 4H. Likely better than 4S. Wishful thinking?
Oct. 31
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How about Axx Axxx Axx Axx is a 52% game, and that’s a flat 16 count (well, 17 to me.:))
Oct. 31
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Wouldn’t 1H-2S-3D be less awkward, and natural unless you play NFBs. You may get wires crossed and wind up in 6D instead of 6H, but you’ll have reached a cold slam.
Oct. 31
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2 cover cards. Hence 4H. I also like getting in quickly with the “light” 1NT. Reduces decisions down the line, and this is a full spade stop!
Oct. 28
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I would think 4C KC Gerber was identical to 4C KCB. Semantics?
Oct. 27
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And just for the record, the other abstainer for this problem was my partner at the time, Nicholas France, and he suggested I post it on BW as a lead problem.
Oct. 27
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