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All comments by Mike Richey
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Bid 2 first, then double back in if they have a fit. NV at matchpoints I have zero problem with overcalling a decent 5-card suit at the 2 level.

If the hand were weaker then this 2-step approach would be an overbid - then I'd have to pick between 2 followed by pass and double followed by pass.
Sept. 29
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Pass! Give them the last guess - I already did my job.
Sept. 9
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I often start with bidding a suit on hands like this, planning to double the next round, especially since partner normally will pick with equal length.

I was North at another table. My partner opened 2, which by agreement NV is a bad 6-card suit or a decent 5-card suit, regardless of seat (except 4th). West doubled, I was afraid they had a slam (if partner has less defense) or that and in our style we'd go down too much when they can make 5 (since I have no stiff), so I bid only 4 in order to give East (who's a passed hand) room to bid 4, which might be passed. However this does give West a 5 cue with a moose. This time East bid 4, partner led a high , and they made 6.
Sept. 9
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Partner knew we were fav when he bid 3, so I'm not going to oversave.
Sept. 7
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If my hand is merely competitive, I can pass initially, then double 3m for takeout. I'm not likely to have a pure penalty double of the minor responder chooses (an alternative meaning of the delayed double), and if I do maybe partner can double for takeout.
July 18
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I don't know what partner's doing. By bidding 5, I now have shown 9 of my 13 cards (6 trumps including top 3 plus 3 aces). If partner bids 5N asking, I can bid 6 to show another card. Other than the Q, I've now shown my entire hand, and I don't have a stiff that might be interesting. While I don't like this auction, it's better than me guessing what partner has.
June 28
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True, but I didn't assume kickback, so my plan is to bid 4, then if we have all the aces 5, then if partner shows a K 6 to invite 7 with a long club suit (since I don't have sophisticated asking bids after my less-than-once-per-year Gerber sequence).
June 19
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2 bullets & no Ks or Qs lean toward defense.
June 19
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You can't draw conclusions just by looking at the % votes. Players who are competitive in national events will vote differently from merely good players.
May 23
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I don't like methods that cause me to bid 1x-1y-2N light where the 1y response also might be light.
May 23
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If you're nervous about opening 11s, play 11+ to 14 vul, any 11 to 14 NV.
May 23
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I think 2nd seat doesn't necessarily mean you should have a stronger hand to open a preempt; it means you should have a normal hand - whatever that is for you. For example, I'd be reluctant to open 3 2nd seat favorable with Kx / x / xxx / KQJxxxx because normal for me would be a much weaker hand.
May 17
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I held this hand at the table and passed.
May 12
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I believe many play that after 1-(1), X shows both majors, hence 1 shows only 4.
May 3
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“Winter is coming.”
May 3
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I say 5. Let's start by showing first-round control of - at least that's what it'll mean when I bid 6 next. Note that I want to declare in case lefty has a void.
March 15
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I'd bid 2 the first time. This isn't a limit raise, but Axx / QJx / Qxxx / Qxx is.
March 3
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3rd seat favorable might be xx / QJTxxx / Qxxx / x.
March 3
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Agree - let's give them a chance to stop in the lower-scoring slam.
March 3
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2 aces are worth more than 8 HCP, so I'm inviting game regardless of partner's reply to Stayman. Vul at IMPs I'd force to game.
Feb. 20
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