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QJ94 is not a flaw. We have KQJT98x of spades. Having a four card major is only a flaw if we might prefer that as a trump suit. Here we always want to play spades. Ok, 7 could be right on a 4-4, discarding club on spades, but QJ94 is no more a flaw for that than QJ94 would have been.
Feb. 18, 2014
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No thanks, no penalty doubles. I want to make a guggenheim double, which is how it should be played from either hand because of frequency and necessity.

Otherwise those 3-preempts are really going to be bad to us.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Abstain. If it is a guess then I think you know your partner better then me.
Feb. 18, 2014
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If this is not adequate for 3 being a PH, then what is? We are close to 3N if partner has a fit.
Feb. 18, 2014
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I would be delighted if partner had a penalty pass. I have a lot of defense.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Diamond for sure. Partner has a good hand but surely not solid hearts. There is an excellent chance of him having a diamond honour.
Feb. 18, 2014
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I can't pull to an empty suit at this level. Since bidding slam offering a choice is a clear overbid, I will pass and take the hopefully sure plus.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Escapes me how we can bid less than 5. Partner could have takeout doubled with 1354, so 0355 is likely.
Feb. 18, 2014
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In third seat 2 > pass.
Feb. 18, 2014
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I don't get that about the signal being more readable.

After we lay down ace and see dummy, partner will play one of the remaining spot cards.

It makes no difference, if the missing spot cards are say 4,5,6,7 or 2,3,8,9. In any case we would be examinating if partner's spot card was RELATIVELY big or small, while the absolute value doesn't matter.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Q runs to declarer's king too often.
Feb. 18, 2014
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4N. Voids are special. In principle 4N could never be better than X, since X caters to a trump stack also, but in practice partner will pass a double too often.
Feb. 18, 2014
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2 is a good hand, or we have no reasonable way to bid a good hand without making wild guesses. Surely pass now if partner has huddled.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Textbook double.
Feb. 18, 2014
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If I were to bid, I would double. Partner could easily have an indiscrete balance locked up, and they could even be in their shorter major fit. The chance of a penalty outweights the risk of ending in the wrong minor.
Feb. 18, 2014
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Why did partner double? Just taking a chance with a penalty double?
Feb. 17, 2014
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44-23-44
Feb. 17, 2014
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No I would pass and hope for an average dummy.
Feb. 16, 2014
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3. There is a good chance partner will be able to bid 3N.
Feb. 16, 2014
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On a tangent:

There is merit in playing transfer responses to a 2 cuebid:
(1)-X-(pass)-2, (pass):
2 = 4 hearts
2 = 4 spades
2 = no major, presumably diamond length

The point is to rest a the two level in a 4-4 fit with inv values opposite the double (advancer's accept is fit+NF). Accepting with 3M would be GF.

This can be extended to the actual sequence, where 2 is doubled:
XX = 4 hearts
2 = 4 spades.
Feb. 15, 2014
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