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In the original post. 2NT: Forcing heart raise
April 16
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At the table

Partner and I got to 4 via 1 - 2N; 3 - 4. I got a diamond lead. Spades were 3-2 and diamonds 3-3 (queen offside) so wound up making 7. My partner and I were wondering if we should have gotten to slam had she started with 2 and continued with 3 over 3. We're still wondering.

Our teammates were not happy with us missing a “cold” slam. She said we should be bidding close slams at IMPs. I have heard of bidding close games, but close slams?

You'd have thought we lost the match on this board, but we actually gained 2 IMPs when our opponents also stopped in 4 and made only 5.

I think Michael Johnstone's suggestion upthread has merit and I plan to discuss it with my partner.
April 16
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Ed, the “why” is what I'm looking for. Going down in a slam when your opponents have stopped in game can lose IMPs just as can stopping in game when the opponents make slam.
April 16
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3 would have been ok with a running minor. Lacking one, I would have bid 3 instead of 3.
April 16
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So after South bids a game forcing 2NT, a bid of 3 is not forcing? Incredible!
April 16
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I like this. I'm going to suggest it to my partner. Thanks!
April 15
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What is 3?
April 15
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Could partner really have been expecting three keycards from us?

Not necessarily 3 keycards, but perhaps partner was hoping for 2 with the queen. Partner might have 2 aces and a singleton spade.
April 15
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If 2 showed 4 spades, I've got a well placed K, a working club honor, and a potentially useful QJ. Vulnerable at IMPs, I'm taking a shot at game.

Hi Eli!
April 15
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I agree with you. This partner likes this treatment, but I am trying to break her of this habit.
April 15
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How do you find a possible spade fit if you don't bid the suit when you have them?
April 14
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West dealer.
April 14
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Am I to assume that the bidding was 1 on my left and 3N on my right, partner passing?
April 14
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4H is Michaels, showing spades with a second suit.

Do you mean North's 4 is Michaels or had South bid 4 over 3 it would have been Michaels?
April 14
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“imprice my tolerance?” I'd appreciate a translation.

On the keyboard, ‘i’ is next to the ‘o’ and ‘c’ is next to the ‘v’. I assume it's “improve my tolerance”.
April 13
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At the table

West bid 4 which was not a success (down 3 for 1 MP out of 13).

Double fares better, with East bidding a making 5 (tie for top, 12 of 13).

6 of the NS pairs were in 4 (some doubled) going down 1 or 2.
EW +50 scored 6 and +100 scored 9.

South held 4 spades and at our table showed restraint by bidding only 3.
April 8
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One of the advantages of playing a strong club system is that you can bid game on this type of hand, fairly sure that there is no slam, and the opponents won't know if you're bidding to make or taking an advance sacrifice.
April 8
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What do you call an 8 card suit?
April 7
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Pass. Partner understands the concept of balancing, right?
April 7
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I'd rather show 9 of my cards rather than 6.
April 6
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