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All comments by Michael Murphy
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Partner has 5+, 1-(4/3)-5-(4/3) would be reasonable. With as little as Qx xxxx KQxxx Ax 3 should come in easily, and this is a badly distributed hand in the bottom of partner's HCP range.

“My” methods include a bid, 3, that very precisely describes my hand, especially considering the colors. Why not use it? Shape is the key feature of my hand, and while it is at the top of the 3 range it does not seem above it. I will know to respond positively if partner advances.
May 1, 2013
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I passed; preempts work. 4 seems like an incredibly aggressive action with huge potential downside. I am sympathetic to x but am not terribly enthusiastic about playing in our 3-5 fit at the four level.
April 30, 2013
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I bid 4. Partner has, at the most balanced, a 3523 hand and may well have more shape with 2524 or better. I have only one control in each of partner's short suits; why do I want to bid 3NT when we have a fit? Is partner meant to correct with 2533?

The 3 plan interests me, but I don't think I am good enough to bid towards slam when partner makes a positive response, with 4 and 4 being the most problematic. If partner wants to continue over 4 I am fine with that. If not, 4 gives up the least information to the defense.
April 30, 2013
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Like Tom, my answer depends on how you define the buckets. If I am rating myself to try to be of the same skill level of BBO pick-up players who rate themselves in the category I choose, Advanced at the lowest. Using Tom's more realistic rating scheme, Intermediate is probably right for me.

1) Intermediate
2) NLM
3) None
April 29, 2013
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With both the negative x, partner's rebid, and your three , south likely has 1 on average. It looks like they have 1 loser with your partner having wasted HCP in . Moreover, N looks likely to be short in after the negative x and your long . Given this, 4 is looking pretty good for opponents; I don't want to sit for 4= when we have 4-1 or =.
April 29, 2013
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I chose A because of the inference that declarer lacked a NT stopper (“the second double by Meck was just values takeout…”). A is unlikely to cost and gives me a good chance to make the right play at trick two. Moreover, there are chances for declarer to sluff on a black suit given my hand. If we need to take a trick or two quickly A accomplishes that.
April 29, 2013
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Agreed, insightful post. The second example really hits home; I have been burned a couple of times by raising partner's preempt when leaving it alone would have been sufficient.
April 24, 2013
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3D now feels like a big underbid after passing 2D. Is either 2S or 3C clearly a cue?
Aug. 5, 2012
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Is 4N keycard? If we are interested in slam (thinking trumps will break, thinking that venturing to 5 level is safe), all we care about is AKQS, AH, AD?
July 15, 2012
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This hand seems only marginally better than xxx xxxx xx xxxx. Is anyone bidding with that?
July 12, 2012
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Thanks for the helpful response. Given this treatment, 3H seems clear, even at MPs (IMPs 3H seems clear even if invitational).
July 7, 2012
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Nine plus tricks seems likely. However, what hands do we expect partner to bid on with? Won't partner have ugly spade honors or lack the specific cards we need much of the time?
July 6, 2012
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