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FWIW : opener's hand AKxxx 10x Kxxx xx
3 bidder 109 AKxx A109xxx 10
5 bidder Qx Q9x QJx KJxxx
Sept. 25
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The way I've been playing it for years, introducing a small tweak in the +/- classic Gazzilli version :

I play 2 as either 3+ 16-18 (or 16+ if you put 19+ hands also in Gazzilli which I don't cos it's too difficult overall to manage) or exactly 5314 (13+)14-15 hcp.

So 2 becomes a 1RF bid.

The tweak I thought of to manage the following sequences is for responder to follow with some transferwise bids, opener rectifying the transfer with the below 16hcp hand :

on 2, responder bids :

2 is a preference with 8-9 hcp
2NT : 4+ 8+hcp
3 : 4+, 10-11 hcp hand with no clear direction (subsequent bids lack a bit of precision, but it came up once in 7+ years)
3 : 5 10-11
3 : 5(6) 8-9
3&3NT : special meanings can be assigned

This scheme is handy to find back the fit and stop at the right level, it has been very usefull on numerous occasions.
April 12
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Nice one. As you David, don't recall ever reading about it let encounter at the table. You do need to be sure of the 5-2 hidden distribution.
March 25
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Use the Kaplan inversion :
1 : 0-4, usually 5 to 12 hcp
1NT : 5+, 5+hcp

This way one has some space to put 2.& 3. in the 1NT rebid.
Oct. 21, 2018
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Indeed, 1NT on 1st round was an option. I decided to pass bcs handshape and stopper orientation weren't tempting.

I decided to dbl on 2, even though they would escape in 2, as advancer did, giving p some values across. I was wondering if this hand suits enough for a dbl or if this dbl is (nearly) always a penalty one based on .

The poll (77% of passes and only 8% for dbls at the time) tends to indicate a dbl isn't appropriate.
Aug. 9, 2018
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In the system I usually play, it goes like in a dream :

- (P)
1 1* *0-4 up to 11, no fit
2** 2* ** Gazzilli *2 8-11
2 2*** *** 4+ 10-11 (3 would typically show 8-10&5)
3* 3** * most pbbly 6-4 forward going
4** 4** **ctrl
4NT(1430) 5
6
Dec. 24, 2017
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This board haunted me for quite a while.

At my table (transnational), West bid 1NT, dbld by my p which I passed.

West then bid 2 revealing a probable babypsych.

P passed, I bid 3 sort of bluhmer (4 might hv been best but would hv put a lot of pressure on p to take pbbly the final move), to spare some biddingspace (p would not have taken dbl as a take out).

P bid 4 on 3, 4, 4, 5 end; a bit of a murky sequence at the end.

I thought of bidding 5NT “pick a slam” on 4, as I was still not sure which was our m fit, but wasn't sure p would understand it that way and also bcs I've found it too bold (sometimes they don't play game in the other room). So I settled for 5, confident p would rectify in with a 1444 shape.

Maybe if p had bid 3 freely on 2, we would have reached it.

Still a very tricky sequence depending a lot of one another's style for reaching the best level.
Nov. 14, 2017
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Better is to play straight away.
If declarer takes p's trumps, he will be shortened.
So he needs to play (open cards line maybe but no downside if declarer has QJ109xx). After K and ruff (directly or after another play), p will then know whether he can safely continue shorten declarer (if one of his is at least the 9) or if he needs to play a back to prevent the crossruff.
Nov. 2, 2017
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see http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-znp2u8mg5n/

Preemptor's actual hand was x - AJ108th J10xx facing J10x KQ6th xx Ax

4♦/X was 1 down on a black lead, just made on a red one, with 10/11 tricks in 4♠
Oct. 31, 2017
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Didn't think choice for dbl would be close to unanimous (86% after 22 votes)

The void and the honnorconcentration+6th both advocate against the dbl, as preemptor is often short in opener's suit.

Flexibility of the dbl is, of course, a big advantage.

On the actual board, 4/X was 1 down on a black lead, just made on a red one, with 10/11 tricks in 4

see http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lead-problem-2-e9hgfyuhy4/
Oct. 31, 2017
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Too strong for a splinter, which I play limited. A grand cld be laydown with less than a 1NT opening.

Best is to bid to try to extract the most important information : whether p has 3(4) spades or not.
Oct. 30, 2017
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Partner had http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-51qj4rsgn9/
which makes 7's odds above 70%
April 20, 2017
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It looks like dbl was not best, see http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-7agh2zcg1k/
April 20, 2017
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even red vs white?
April 16, 2017
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Why does Jola B. not come up with “sound” arguments to defend B-Z?

Has her BW account been muted?

Those guys have made such a mess, it is to hope the sickness involved will harm as less as possible this great mindsport we root for, as we won't forget the havoc they caused but I hope people will forget their names the quicker the better.
March 10, 2017
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5 was the last winning contract bcs of the 2-2 distribution.
p's hand Jxx xxxx xxx xxx
Opener's x AJ AKQJ10xxx xx
Dec. 8, 2016
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Duck the ducked lead and suit is dead

3NT is fortunate but makes
Oct. 26, 2016
Patrick Bocken edited this comment Oct. 26, 2016
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P had Kxx KQ8xx xxx Ax (opener : AQJ10xx 9xx Q10 xx)
3 & 3NT make 9 tricks
Oct. 26, 2016
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Between std and strong club, there is at least a third way between..
1 - 1 (like a natural 1NT with 4 possible)
2 (gaz) - 2 (8-11)
2 (3/4, 16+ GF) - 2NT (asks)
4 (6 single , 18-21) - won't stop short of 6 (7 managable with Axx AKxxxx AKx x)
Oct. 17, 2016
Patrick Bocken edited this comment Oct. 17, 2016
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Remember the second maxim : “Don't feed the trolls”
Sept. 25, 2016
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