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All comments by Wayne Burrows
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So 2NT is natural and not Lebensohl or both minors?
July 17
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This poll shows an insight into the difference between real life bridge and online bridge discussions.

In real life no one tells you the range for Michaels.

Here we get the range but no other information.
July 16
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Without discussion I would have assumed 5 denied a diamond control and 4 then 5 showed a diamond control. But there are other possible agreements.
July 16
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Three small hearts is bad. Everything else is good. But three small with no raise is so bad here. If partner has short hearts then since there was no heart raise they almost certainly have extra values and will be bidding again.
July 16
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I can't answer without knowing the methods.
July 16
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Third seat is more about the partscore than game compared with first or second seat. That suggests opening 1 which is better in the partscore battle when we belong in spades. But 1NT has wins there too for example when partner has five hearts.

On the other hand if I open 1 then often I will have no good rebid.

Another point is the efficiency of 1NT may depend on whether or not I have a method to find 5=3 spade fits (if partner does not have five hearts).
July 16
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I bid 3NT but that was dependent on my lack of information about what 3 showed. If I always bid 3 with four hearts then 3NT without a stopper is more problematic. If however I could have bid 2NT with 1=4=5=3 with a decent club stopper then partner should not expect much from 3NT now.
July 16
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My bidding box only had the 2 card available. I hope it is right.
July 16
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Seriously it is impossible to answer some of these questions without knowing the methods of the partnership.

It seems like you should be able to double for takeout at some point. But:

1. Some play all doubles penalties - an initial double showing penalty interest and a delayed double.

2. Even if you could double for takeout now partner has nowhere to go with 3=3=3=4 hands which are reasonably common but also 2=4=3=4 or 3=4=2=4 that do not want to penalise hearts.
July 16
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Very tempted to double one round earlier.

IMPs I think I have endplayed myself to pass now. MPs I think I have endplayed myself to double now.
July 16
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Why wouldn't the cue be more flexible and 6 be more insistent on clubs?

I don't follow the logic. It really seems if you have something non-standard then one needs to give details of the followups.
July 16
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And they would be entitled to know whether your preempt is on rubbish or sound - by which I mean the partnership agreement not the particular hand.

So if you disclose that you preempt on Jxxxx and out they are allowed to agree to play penalty doubles and if you disclose that your minimum is KQJTxxx they can agree takeout doubles.

You can't force them to tell you what they play over your bid without first telling them what your bid means. That would lead to an infinite loop otherwise.
July 15
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That is what I thought. The boundary of where such an excellent high card hand is what I thought I was interested in.
July 14
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I certainly redouble often in spots like this with maximum balanced hands. I thought the singleton diamond was a flaw but I wasn't convinced that it was a fatal flaw.

I will do some simulations to get a feel for how likely the stack is compared with a hand with around eight points and no heart fit. I too think the stack that was going to pass is relatively unlikely before looking at any large sample of hands consistent with this auction.
July 14
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You probably need a method to check for a five-card heart suit if 1NT can have five hearts reasonably often.
July 14
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I think I should be able to decide that
JT9, T98, KQJT9, KT
is worth 10 (or more) and that
K32, Q432, KJ32, KJ
is worth 12 (or less?)

This reasoning is flawed because if you can use your judgement to upgrade one sort of hand why can't I use a different judgement to upgrade completely different hands. Who says your judgement is better than another. The only fair way is to allow everyone's judgement good or bad. The scores will take care of whose judgement is good and whose is bad.

Different players have different tendencies about upgrades and downgrades; these could be checkboxes on a system card - never, occasional, frequent, very aggressive

Those checkboxes will not differentiate the myriad of different judgements that are employed.
July 14
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I am not sure about greater value which is hard to determine without knowing the rest of the structure but a weak hand with both minors is probably about 2:1 compared with a hand with extra values.
July 14
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I think 3 is wrong as it is needed as non-forcing. Opener can be distributional with clubs and responder will also usually have clubs.
July 14
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I think you can be less sure about a favourable first seat 4 opening than many other auctions. I think that is either not stating the obvious or a flaw in your argument Richard.
July 14
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Don't open 2 if you think this is a problem rebid.
July 14
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