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Okay, so you will need your partner to open 1NT 70 000 times before your minor invite lands you into a game? And you invite roughly once every 12 000 1NT openings? That seems a little low to me.
6 minutes ago
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Are you asking me or are you making a general question about normal forcing pass? In any case this illustrates an advantage of pass-double inversion.

In my agreements, if I double and partner bids 5, I could correct to 5 without it being slam invitational.
To make a slam invite, I pass, and I bid over partner's essentially forced double. (Partner can only bid something else than a double if he would have chosen to pull a penalty double. In this case he rates to have a very offensive hand and we can just bid the slam.)

But in the “standard” agreements, of course, there is a big problem. If I pass, partner decides to compete to 5 and I bid 5, that might well be construed as a slam invite. Or it's not. You can't have both the slam invite and the competitive raise to 5. If I pass and partner decides to double, pulling would definitely be slam invitational, though…
9 hours ago
Martin Lindfors edited this comment 9 hours ago
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Board 16 (I think Richard erroneously referred to this as board 17): Good to see a fellow pair which opens so light that responder, with 13 points, has enough to invite. I would not accept, though.

Board 19: North could have jumped to 4 (fit jump) first round. That seems to be a perfect first-round description of the hand, and E/W would be hard pressed to find the profitable sacrifice thanks to the call's preemptive value.
18 hours ago
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I'm sure that's what you play but I think my treatment is superior. As Richard says, why is it so important to know if partner has 2 or 3 right away? You will figure that out later.

Redouble is just natural and invites playing the current contract.
Aug. 18
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Audio commentary at: https://www.twitch.tv/lucbellicaud
Aug. 18
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Fairly close but I would like an ace to bid 2 with this shape and points. Aceless, 3.
Aug. 18
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3 should show some help in clubs when the straightforward 3, emphasizing diamond support and showing a normal minimum cue raise, is available.
Aug. 18
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1 - 1 - 2 (*) - 2 (**) - 4

* Gazzilli: 4+ with a minimum hand or 16+ most hands

** 5+, no tolerance, less than game-going strength opposite 16+
Aug. 18
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What would 3 mean? If that would be a stopper ask, it might be a reasonable choice. If it was a heart slam try, probably not. Passing with 14 points and AK in partner's suit seems overly conservative, though.
Aug. 17
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Doesn't matter what the double is, pulling it with a flat hand is asking for it.
Aug. 17
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I hope partner does not have a tendency to bid 2 with 4-4-3-2 shape.

I think the people bidding 5 are undervaluing their hand, which is perfectly slam-worthy. After 4 (obviously setting trumps), we are happy if partner cues in diamonds, and can go for slam. If partner cues hearts, I plan on following up with 5. And if partner denies red suit cues with 4 (quite unlikely), he still has a fair hand for slam.
Aug. 15
Martin Lindfors edited this comment Aug. 15
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Prefer 3 natural and invitational on the first round if available.
Aug. 15
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Yes - either the delayed raise to 3M shows three cards or it shows honor-doubleton. You have to make an agreement - my last comment was simply a suggestion on a way to differentiate the two, if you really want to.
Aug. 15
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We don't have an agreement as to the exact difference.

It's mostly a question if responder wants to be in control (rebid 2, and after a non-2M rebid you can find out a lot about opener's shape) or let opener be in control (rebid 3M).

A good rule of thumb is of course to let the stronger hand take control. This principle would suggest that responder should show the limit raise directly and, if opener is strong, they should be reasonably well placed to judge whether there is a slam. However, if responder has a very shapely hand, perhaps they have a better chance of making the slam call (thus start with a 2 rebid and relay out opener's shape if strong).

If you really want to define a difference, the sequence 1M - 1NT - 2 - 2 - 2M - 3M could instead show an honor doubleton in the major in a balanced hand with weakness in an unbid suit.
Aug. 15
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In a context where 1 denies a balanced hand: you rebid 2 playing transfer rebids, or 1NT playing a Gazzilli variant (1NT = 6+ or 16+ points many shapes).
Aug. 14
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I like rebidding 1NT if that shows a 12-14 balanced hand. I like rebidding 2 if that (my preferred system) shows at least 4-5 in the reds.
Aug. 14
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I don't like playing 3-3 fits so I pass. At least we aren't doubling them into game.
Aug. 12
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3 is game forcing and so sets up a forcing pass. Thus, my action depends on what our forcing pass agreements are. In my agreements double is invitational to the five level.
Aug. 12
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As for me, I never feel any tension. I just feel excited to make some noise and ruin the auction for the opponents. :-D
Aug. 12
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The odds change after an opening on your right. With this information about the distribution of the high cards, the chance that your side has a game fall by a lot. That's a good reason to play more aggressive overcalls than openings.

WIth that said, 3 seems like a reasonable conservative choice with this hand as an opening too. With 6 losers, 2 is an underbid.

I might bid 4 at favorable or third seat. That's what I call freewheeling.
Aug. 12
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