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Meanwhile, out in left field, East declares 6. If the “Raptor” 1NT overcall is used (1NT showing 4 hearts and a 5+ minor), then East continues 4NT over 4 spades (to avoid missing a possible 12-card club fit); perhaps one of them gets carried away with the momentum when South bids five spades…
June 12, 2013
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As I understand it, there was an appeal which the Lebi team lost; thus a tie ensued, requiring a playoff, which Lebi won.
June 4, 2013
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The first issue is whether one wants to be in a slam that is on a finesse. On this hand, it is truly a 50/50 proposition (a spade ruff is very unlikely). With “only” 26 HCP, you would probably lose more points by going down in a slam then you would gain by bidding a slam and making it (because not everyone will be there). So I would not want to be in 6H.

Having said that, North should probably give a forcing raise response to the 1H opening, perhaps Jacoby 2NT, if it is used. South would reply 4H to show a balanced minimum and that would be that.

Should North splinter with a 4D response? The hand is probably a little too strong for that. Moreover, the lack of a spade control is awkward, and the auction is very crowded - opener must decide then and there whether to go past the security level of 4H.

Playing “2 over 1”, a 2C response is possible, intending to bid a forcing 3H next. This would allow cue-bidding. Since neither player has a side source of tricks, and the controls are inadequate, that too should allow the auction to peter out in 4H.
May 14, 2013
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My regular partner, Jordan Cohen, and I have been playing a variation of Drury for years that is subtly different from Reverse Drury as described by Gavin.

A Two Diamond Rebid shows one of two hand types:
EITHER a hand that would not have opened the bidding in 1st or 2nd seat;
OR, a hand that will make a game try after Responder, almost invariably (having heard the bad news of opener's sub-minimum) retreats to 2 of the agreed Major. Use whatever game-try structure you typically use (I do have some views on that, too; perhaps another time)

Rebidding 2 of the Major shows a hand that would have opened in 1st or 2nd seat, but that has no interest in game opposite a typical limit raise. This is a critical difference, as it allows for two things: If the opponents now enter, Responder knows Opener has a full, albeit minimum, opening, and can compete accordingly.Secondly,Responder may make his own game try, with a super hand (perhaps including a 4th trump). In Reverse Drury, Responder does not know if Opener is merely minimum, or sub-minimum.

All of Opener's other rebids are natural and Game Forcing; He is either on a slam search, or possibly trying to bring 3NT into the picture. I think this is implied in the described Reverse Drury structure, but if it is not, this helps to narrow the focus on these auctions.

In sumary, Opener has 4 hand types:
1] Sub-minimum
2] Minimum, no game interest
3] Game interest
4] Game Force

In the scheme Gavin has presented, 1 and 2 are merged, while my Plan B splits those types.
June 24, 2010
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