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In addition to me not looking at the card, I place it on the table so it's right-side up for my opponents, hence upside-down to me.
June 28
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If partner thinks we can set 4, I agree. Can we make 5? No way to tell.
June 20
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Playing psycho-suction NV (1 = or , 1 = or , etc.), I suggested to my partners that our X of their 1 should be 5-5 majors with game interest (perhaps an opening hand without wastage) in spite of the big-club opener.

What if responder doubles my psycho-suction bid? Then suit bids still are pass/correct, except for the suit I can't have. Redouble shows a 1-suiter that aligns with my potential 2-suiter (that I probably don't have this time) - for example (1)-1-(X)-XX shows or . We could get clever and use NT bids over the double for something, but we don't.
June 6
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Partner might even have a stiff for a 1N overcall.
June 6
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1 lead directing. switch the red suits and I'd bid 2 with this bad hand.
June 6
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At these colors partner might have 6 or 7 , so I'm going to lie and lead the 2 (assuming 3/5 or 3/low leads). Sure, you can make up hands where partner needs the count, but I'd rather confuse declarer.
May 24
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While not a great suit, the T98 are helpful fillers. Switch & and I might pass or open 2. Void in the boss suit, I'll get in there with 3 now - hearts schmarts. Except with one of my partners, with whom I have the agreement that 1st & 2nd vul, 3 or 3 shows 2 of top 3 so partner can bid 3N light.
May 24
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I bid 2. Advantage of Precision is that I'm in control of this auction, so I can just drop us short of game if there's no fit. In Standard I'd have to worry about partner having a good hand. Alternative is dbl, which can lead to a 4-3 fit, float and try for +200 (in which case I'd rather have an ace as part of my 9 HCP), etc.
May 16
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Back in the 90s, when clubs went from shuffle and deal to hand records for matchpoints, more than a few people complained about the wilder distributions of the computer-dealt hands. Then some theorized that imperfect shuffling followed by dealing one at a time led to flatter distributions.
May 16
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If 3 shows 0-6, then I'm not bidding it. If there's no other way to show a mixed raise, then I'm deciding between 1 & 1N. If 3 shows a mixed raise (which I've played, especially when vul), then I'm bidding that, paying off to 4432. If the range on 3 is 0-9, then you're stuck.
May 14
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3 is an interesting idea, a help-suit game try. I didn't think of that.

I chose 3. Partner knew we were vul at imps when he invited. While we have nice trumps, have to draw the line somewhere. I wouldn't criticize bidding 4 if it was due to hand evaluation. I would criticize it if it was because we're vul at imps.
May 13
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I abstained. You don't say whether 1-3 is a mixed raise, or if it denies a mixed raise (i. e., weaker). If you don't know, then you deserve to have a misunderstanding.
May 13
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I voted 3 - when it's close, make the more descriptive bid. But I really wanted to know what your trump spots were.
May 13
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I recall roughly 15 years ago my opponent, who's almost a Platinum LM now, held 0-3-10-0 against me in a top-bracket regional KO. Being NV vs. V, my opponent bid the minimum number of each turn, figuring we'd bid to our correct level and he'd save over that, rather than pushing us to a random spot first.

My partner and I bid our so-so slam whereas my opponents' teammates stopped in game. Of course the freak hand saved over both of these. At both tables, the defenders took their 3 tricks, so we were +500 for 7X -3 vs. +100 for 5X -1. But we lost the match.

This might not fit the poster's criteria because it's almost certain the cards were shuffled manually rather than computer-dealt. But we have no reason to think someone under-shuffled, stacked the deck, etc.
May 13
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Why did I hit 6? I have first-round control of both of their suits. My values are well-placed for offense: aces in their suit, king in the unbid suit. I should have passed and let partner decide.
May 2
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I have 5 and a good hand so bid 2. I could get doubled and go down, but at these colors it won't be a disaster - vul would be a tougher problem. If they raise to 2 after my 2, doubles describes this hand well.
May 2
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Partner bid 6 missing my high hearts; he must have everything else, so 7.
May 2
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Pass over 2 is what to do with values and no suit to show. 3 clearly better in order to start probing for slam - the jump to 4 isn't exactly a surprise.

Once I've shown GF by my pass, doubles are penalty; passes are takeout. So I'm bidding something here, but I don't know what since I've hamstrung myself with my initial pass.
May 2
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If I had any other number of I might bid, but with exactly 2 we're likely to have 2 losers, so I don't think we're making 5 - and saving at these colors requires something special.
April 19
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What do you think of East's 1N bid? East has 2 aces, a king, and good spots. Seems like a serious underbid. Was a natural inv 2N available?
April 19
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