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Pass is not on my radar either but I am with Martin here stick it too them (hopefully) 3
Aug. 18
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Michael: Somewhere along the line declarer had played a dia to the King losing to the Ace.
July 14
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I started with 3 also. the Suit is just too bad for a Vul 4 and I refuse to pass. Opening 4 probably got a very bad result
July 11
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My hand with 6 cards to go 109x Qx x -
East xxx x x J I think.
July 11
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I was West he played low club to the 9 not the Q. He played AQ of clubs later leaving dummy with AJxx Q 10. He showed his hand saying KQ of spades and dummy is good. Neither I nor my partner recall hearing any comment about the jack of clubs dropping during the initial claim Not saying he did not but I do not recall hearing it.
July 11
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yes we boxed ourselves into this corner with the Dbl. I guess to bid 4H but its a GUESS!!! I should not have to make
July 9
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While I like the ace and King I feel this hand is much less that it might be.
July 4
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Pard had AQJxx Jxxx Kx Ax 4 made even with the K of Spades offsides.
July 4
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no explicit one I would think that 3S would be a signoff but no clear understanding of the differences between Pass or XX.
July 4
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Dbl is the winning action I was west and was allowed to play 2S which can be beaten double dummy but very hard to find
June 28
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I like 4 1 is very likely to make me make another guess and possibly even a 3rd guess. Let the opps make the last guess
June 9
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pass before things get ugli(er) if the balance now u can maybe get in.
June 9
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decent 5 card D suit but poor majors Qx Jxx not worth the upgrade. KNR has this hand at 13
June 8
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Pard rates to be broke we are about the defend a contract we can likely beat whereas making any # of diamonds > 3 seems unlikely
June 8
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take the sure plus I play this Dbl as cards bordering on T/O so it is highly unlikely pard will pass. How likely is game considering what passes for opening bids these days?
June 5
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Torture bid! I guess it should be a cue bid for Hearts but I would hate to bid it sans discussion.
June 5
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My regular pard and I do something similar. We bid as if they opened 1NT but dbl substitutes for our 2C overcall ( Dia's or some major/minor 2 suiter)

We play Dbl of 1nt as penalty where appropriate so when it is not, we break up the 2C overcall into two parts, Dbl = clubs or clubs and a major and 2C = Diamonds or dia and a major.

This concept can be extended over 2NT where Dbl is the clubs or clubs + a major and it can be extended to the strong 1C opening:
Play Mathe at the 1 level and our normal structure at the 2 level.
May 27
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I have been thinking about how to use XY BPH and how to differentiate between invite hands using 2 and 2. As we open decent to good 11's in 1st and 2nd, its hard to imagine a passed hand being good enough to force to game.

I think using them to show or not show support for the minor is easiest. Will work on more details now.
May 22
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I did open 1NT not sure if 1S is better with Qx of hearts ended up in 2H and with a little mis defense made it+
May 14
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bad things happen when u bid a 3 card major here
May 14
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