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All comments by Nigel Kearney
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Not when you hold this hand. But if you had the king of diamonds instead of the ace, partner's queen might be important. For example, you would need to play a diamond when declarer has AKQ10xxx Qxx Ax x but not when he has AKQxxxx Qxx AQ x.
2 hours ago
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Since partner didn't raise diamonds I would place declarer with something like AKQxxxx Q10xx Kx -. Even that gives partner 10x KJxx Qxx xxxx which some people might raise with. It looks best to exit with a trump and wait for our tricks.
5 hours ago
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Opener wants to defend unless responder has a singleton spade. Don't know whether that is ‘penalty’ or ‘co-operative penalty’.
10 hours ago
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Yes. 3 says you prefer 4 to 3NT when partner has a six card heart suit. 3 says you prefer 4 to 3NT when partner has a doubleton spade. The exact limits of what you might hold in those suits depends on your entire hand.
10 hours ago
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Very likely it will turn out the double suggests opening values or better and says nothing in particular about shape. You should not expect redress if you pass and that ends the auction.

If they are the sort of people who might someday learn to explain their methods better then it might be worth calling the director.

On the given hand I would definitely be running to 2.
July 16
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Definitely 3 not 3NT. The number of hands where 3NT is right and partner cannot either bid it or punt with 3 is smaller than you think.

Then over East's 3, West can cue bid 4 and it should not be hard from there.
July 15
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1. First choice pass. Second choice 3NT. Third choice 4. Would never even consider double with a singleton heart.

If North passes, either 3 or double with South is fine.

2. Over 4 I would bid 4 with South then pass 5 from North.
July 15
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Seems to me using negative doubles you can still penalize them and have a better chance of landing in your best suit when you don't.
July 15
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Yes. Someone should ask how many people they have filmed in the toilet who turned out not to be cheating.
July 14
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It's fairly common that slams that are bad single dummy and would not be bid or made with normal play, turn out to have some double dummy line that works.

This can happen for any contract but is more significant for slams and is going to mean big minuses for absolutely normal results and possibly people bidding bad slams on purpose and just hoping to get lucky because that's then only way to avoid a loss.
July 14
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I raise to 4. If partner bids 4 that is a six card suit and I pass. If not we are playing in either 5 or 6 and if we decide to stop in 5 when 3NT would have been better that's too bad.
July 12
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My suggestions would be:

1. It is always at least 5-5
2. It can be weak, strong, or in between. If strong, bid Michaels then double or bid again next time.
3. It applies over any 1 opening in a natural system or any 1 or 2 opening in a strong club system.
4. It does not apply over a strong artificial 1 or 2.
5. If opponents have bid two suits, e.g. (1)-P-(1), a bid of LHO's suit is a cue bid and a bid of RHO's suit is natural.

Most of these are debatable and I doubt there is any standard. You need an agreement.
July 10
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Transfers starting at two of opener's suit are a good option. Even more so if it is 1-(2). You want to get your suit in immediately regardless of hand strength, in case they raise. If you want to raise opener's suit to two, raise it to three instead :)
July 10
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The likelihood of a fit in one of the suits means that it is logical to bid the same as you would with two five card suits and no double.

If there is an eight card fit partner will not be introducing the suit themselves. So it is more effective to start with the higher ranking suit so partner can give preference at the two level.
July 10
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I understand that a slower card may suggest partner is unsure what the signal should mean. I don't understand why a slow card suggests partner has resolved that uncertainty by deciding that his signal should indicate suit preference.
July 9
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2 should set up a game force. If you have an invite with no good bid, you have to invent something.

Even if 2 is not GF, I definitely would not pass 3 as North. I might wonder where nine tricks are coming from but partner strongly invited and I have an extra king.
July 9
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If they overcall 2, double shows hearts. If they overcall anything else, double is penalty.
July 9
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Just treat it as any other UI situation. You can bid on if you decide that passing is not a logical alternative. There are various ways this might be the case. It is a judgment call that depends on the hand and auction.
July 9
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Not sure what you are driving at, but some things I would do are:

1. Wonder why partner didn't play the 10 in tempo since he clearly wanted a diamond and I would be looking for a SP signal.

2. Make a mental note to talk about Lightner doubles

3. Be somewhat interested in what partner's full hand might be.
July 9
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I'd interpret the 10 as suit preference. The UI suggests partner wasn't too sure he wanted a diamond. So I would say a diamond is the one lead that is not suggested by the UI. You can definitely choose that.

There might be cases where a defender plays very slowly or deliberately and maybe draws attention to a signal their partner might not have noticed otherwise. But that shouldn't be an issue at trick one against a slam.
July 8
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