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No, I was asked about this hand by a newcomer while directing at the club today. She passed and was trying to understand why it was a 0 and whether passing was right or not; and, if not, what the correct response would be and why.
May 19, 2016
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I direct part-time at The Bridge Connection in Southfield, MI and we have a similar situation to yours. We have several pairs that request stationary (N-S) assignments. What we typically do is to grant these requests and balance the remainder of the field. Most of the pairs making these requests are B or C flight pairs with a few A pairs also making requests. In the case where this causes problems - i.e. it makes the field stacked with A or C pairs either N-S or E-W - we try to find volunteers to switch (those who are willing are typically already known), otherwise we don't worry about it. I would recommend asking the pairs that request a stationary assignment if they would be willing to ‘give’ it up to help balance the field when they make the request. If they aren't, then we typically just end up with an unbalanced field and people typically don't complain. Fortunately, our board does not insist on having a perfectly balanced field.
May 19, 2016
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I like to play a passed hand jump to 2NT shows this hand while a jump to 3C is a fit jump. 2D as drury makes more sense over a 1S opening so opener can make an artificial ‘noise’ with 2H, but that step isn't available after 1H-2D as drury.
March 5, 2016
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I didn't play this hand, but was asked about it. I suggested that if you have the agreement you might open 4NT specific ace ask which would get you to 7NT opposite the 2 ace response and that opening 7 may push the opponents to bid 7 or if you open at a lower level allow a cheaper spade overcall making it easier for them to sacrifice.
Nov. 12, 2015
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I think it's close, I'll probably bid 5. Why didn't partner bid 3? I hope it's because he has a void rather than a singleton. Like others have said, why can't partner have AKxxxx — AJxx Axx or similar?
Nov. 11, 2015
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At IMPs I would pass because I may go for a number or partner may reasonably expect me to have something more reasonable and overbid. However, partner should be more cautious at matchpoints and realize that I might be bidding his hand since I'm in balancing seats. Also, I'm a passed hand which adds some security that partner won't hang me.
Nov. 11, 2015
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This is very close, unfortunately (on this hand) pass isn't forcing.
Nov. 11, 2015
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Don't see what else to do. If the opponents double, I'll probably run to 5C
Nov. 11, 2015
ATB
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I am fine with North's re-opening X; however, they must bid again over 2. 5 is a fine contract opposite a hypothetical south hand that includes Axxx of and xx of . Maybe something like xxxxx xx xx Axxx. If north advances with 2, I expect South to bid 2 and north to possibly either bid 2NT or 3 over that. Either way, South should drive to game over a 2 advance although slam seems difficult to reach.
Aug. 22, 2015
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I agree with Adam and David in that a 2 opening showing 6+ is good (~10-15 HCP). This makes the 1 opening either balanced outside of range for 1NT or unbalanced with 0-5. This gets you a nice gain with the 2 re-bid - for example 1-1 // 2 shows 5+ 4+ and 2M-1 can show a 3-card raise (I prefer unbalanced also and re-bid 1NT with nearly all balanced hands).

The other good way is to alter both 2m openings to show 6+m or 5+m 4+om (without 4MAJ in either case) and ~10-15 HCP (opening 2 with 5-5 minors). This makes the 1 opening either: a) balanced outside of range for 1NT or b) unbalanced 4+M 4+m (not both minors). Therefore, auctions like 1-1 // 2 shows 5+ 4+ (since must be unbal, not 1-suited, and not both minors). This is the opening structure that was played by Bertheau-Nystrom. Also, the 2m openings preempt the opponents major(s), partner know that you don't have 4/, and can put you in a good competitive situation.

However, the style that I play most frequently is for a 2 opening to show a 3-suiter short in (with 2 opening showing 6+ may or may not have a major). This is the style I have played for 10 years and has worked well for me.

If I were to change my 2 opening bid to show something other than 3-suiter short , I would prefer to play 2 shows 6+ (no 4MAJ) and 2 shows 6+ (may or may not have a major. This gives you added safety and preemption. I have also played this a fair amount and, when this bid came up, it was a net winner for us. Also, it is more frequent than 3-suited short .

Edit: Also, the structure where 2m shows an unbalanced hand 5+m 4+om or 6+m leads to some auctions that aren't totally clear as to their meaning such as: 1 - 1 // 2m, these bids are not clearly defined since you can't have a 1-suiter in m, nor a 2-suiter with both minors, so significant discussion would be necessary. However, 1-1 // 2m = 5+m 4+ which is a bonus.
Feb. 2, 2015
Owen Lien edited this comment Feb. 2, 2015
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I play very few forcing passes, but I think this one should be forcing. Although it's strange that I couldn't find a call over 3 and now want to involve partner in what is effectively a X or 4NT situation. But I agree with Benoit that to play that we can sell out to 4 after partner presumably bid 3NT to make is inconsistent. However, if I make an ambiguous pass and my partner passes, I'm probably not disappointed. I mean, if I have KQxxxx of and out, I want to invite partner to bid 4NT
May 21, 2014
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Partner's hand was xx xxx x kt8xxxx.
April 21, 2014
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Personally, opposite 3 and/or 3, I would bid 3. After a 2 overcall, 3 is less attractive as partner doesn't know which suit I want help in, but def clear opposite a overcall. But, I am 5-5 with two decent suits. This would be more comfortable in a precision context. After a 2 overcall, I think its an automatic sign-off.

Also, I would never force to game regardless of which suit they overcall.
Sept. 7, 2013
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I ended up choosing 3NT. I really don't know what to bid. We could miss an easy 6 with this bid while passing seems inadequate, even if it doesn't fetch. Still not sure what's best. Hope partner has some juice
Sept. 5, 2013
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I haven't voted yet, nor read any of the comments. I might abstain for the first time. I really don't know what to vote. This is a great problem! I will think it over and get back to this.
Sept. 4, 2013
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Richard, by your argument that the 2 bid as played by Larry is not allowed, then a strong and artificial 2 opening is also not allowed as that would also be a multi.
Aug. 21, 2013
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When playing a 2NT opening as ~22-23, I've played “reverse Kokish.” Which is a pretty simplistic way to play this:

2 - 2 // 2 = 20-21 BAL or Natural GF. Responder can now show weird, minor-oriented hands with 2NT/3m bids over this or make the normal puppet bid of 2. I haven't yet experienced any hands where this has made a significant difference, but you are already ahead in that the more frequent range of 20-21 is being opened with a lower bid. There are some transfer-based schemes out there like the following:

http://www.zeut.net/bridge/system_notes/carnage/carnage.pdf

Starting on page 39.
April 4, 2013
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Two points:

1) I have surpassed my drinking age already

2) I passed 7C-XX much too quickly, should've NOT stuck to my guns and run.

3) I have NEVER psyched ERKC. Not even for fun because I've never had a hand that I felt was appropriate. Although this dummy is pretty damn close.

Adam made a fantastic bid of 5H which made sacrificing over 6C very easy. As can be seen, 7D is a relatively cheap sacrifice against 7C (or even 6C).
April 2, 2013
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The two methods versus a penalty double that I like are as follows:

Option 1:
Pass = non-commital
XX = penalty
2C = natural or scrambling
2D/M = 5+ Suit, not forward going

Option 2:
Pass = force XX or touching suits
XX = any one suit, if a major, then weak
2C = C + Major
2D = D + S
2M = natural with competitive values

As for 3-level bids, I recommend either weak or, distributional invite
Jan. 19, 2013
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I find it amusing that there is discussion about not preempting due to the side 4-card suit. I would think the primary reason for not preempting this hand was that you had only 5, and the suit quality isn't right.
Jan. 8, 2013
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