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Double is right on playing strength but is too risky for me as my partners keep bidding higher ranking suits:( so I bid a “pragmatic” 3NT and hope for the best
May 31, 2013
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Like 3NT - especially if the partnership is playing that 4C by partner over 3NT is artificial, asking what kind of 3NT bid I have
March 24, 2013
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Opener's actual hand? S:KJxxx H:Qxx D:A C:AKQx and with club splitting, the heart finesse onside, if you guess that East has the spade queen third, 7C could be made. However bidding and making 6C would be good enough - a 9 IMP pick-up.
Oct. 24, 2012
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Perhaps it is best to bid 3S with only game-going interest and raise clubs with slam interest (just in case partner really has clubs!). However even with slam interest if you bid 3S, it gives opener a chance to cue-bid 4D and that is surely what responder would like to hear. In this particular partnership, a jump to 4D after 3C would have been Kickback Roman Key-card but with xxxx in diamonds that doesn't seem a good choice.
Oct. 22, 2012
Mike Savage edited this comment Oct. 22, 2012
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On the actual hand if a game try is made, partner would probably accept and after the opponents cash 1 heart and 2 clubs, making 4S rests on the diamond finesse for the king into the opener's hand. The A-J of diamonds 6th is in dummy as well as the spade king and the (dbltn) heart king - and the diamond finesse happens to fail.
May 17, 2012
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Scary overcall but you have a shapely hand and and probably should protect partner who might well be more balanced w/o a bid - so bid 3S and pray not to hear a double! The chances for a vulnerable game probably outweigh the danger. This time on BBO partner had: AQJx QJx 109xx Qx.
March 24, 2012
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My preferred auction is: P-1H 2C-2S 4H RKC-response 6H. Opener asked about spades and four trumps and the singleton spade king is great - perhaps even good enough to cue-bid 3S
March 5, 2012
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Adam, I guess you are right and should have just posted the hand, not made it a poll. I wanted to see how others would bid this hand after a 1H opener, followed by 2C. Slam is indeed not that great but is one that I would be pleased to reach.
March 5, 2012
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Our actual auction was P-1H 2C-2S 3D-4H
March 5, 2012
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In my serious partnerships, I play that three of the other major shows a singleton somewhere and step response asks where, so that is what I would do with this hand - and let partner investigate slam if he is interested or sign off if he is not. Given that 4H is the splinter bid, I would chose that over the other two choices
March 5, 2012
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I would have opened 1C to begin with as I would like to emphasize clubs and am reluctant to make a high reverse over a 2H response by partner. Also bidding clubs first will usually enable me to complete the description of a two-suiter a level lower. Given a 1S opener and a 3D overcall I have no expectations that partner had a penalty pass and committing to at least the 4-level is too risky with this hand. Reserving opening 1C and rebidding spades twice to guarantee the rare 5-6 seems to me not to be the best strategy - especially when you have good clubs and middling or poor spades.
March 5, 2012
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Jeff, as to whether to use a cue-bid in the pass-out seat to show a good two suiter as opposed to showing a big hand that doesn't want partner to pass a double or a jump bid, it comes down to frequency of occurrence. How often will you have a hand that a balancing jump into a new suit will be so strong that a game might be missed or that your partner would pass a balancing double - vs having a nice two-suiter with game interest?
Perhaps it is more a partnership issue than one method is significantly more efficacious than the other.

Alberto has a well reasoned idea for a variance of my suggested methods and its possible that his method might give the best overall benefit.
March 3, 2012
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Neither bid is perfect. Bidding 1NT with a short spade stopper is a minus for bidding 1NT and may land you in the wrong part-score. However a double leaves you badly placed if partner responds 2C as 2NT now is a big overbid with a short spade stopper and few tricks while if you pass, you might miss a game. Being IMP oriented, I would opt for the flawed 1NT overcall as game should be reached if we belong there and a 4-4 heart fit can still be found.
Feb. 24, 2012
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