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If this was a semi-serious question then kind of yes. I being one of the players (will not say which).

It is worth saying that we had not played properly together in 2 years and were thrown back together last minute. However, we both knew each other's style reasonably well and so I was somewhat surprised when this board came up. I don't think either of us is blameless fyi.
Jan. 30, 2018
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Yes our style is to jump shift very conservatively.
Jan. 30, 2018
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As a serious q what do you think 3 is? 3055/3064?
Jan. 30, 2018
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Do I need to re-write the polling options for you Kieran?
Jan. 30, 2018
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Regarding your key rule for slam bidding (which I agree with): what do you play 3 as?

I.e it is quite hard to define min/max for this bid as it is so defined already.
Jan. 30, 2018
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2 for us would have a balanced invite.
2NT would have been a good minor invite
Jan. 30, 2018
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Just glancing at this.

I would cash A, ruff a heart high seeing what happened. If West over-ruffs with the K I think I am cold unless spades were 4-0.

When West discards a spade to the Ace is probably the most sensible action but haven't thought it through yet.
Jan. 30, 2018
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I would imagine a lot of players might shift balanced ranges slightly vs an intermediate bid. I.e 14-16, 17-19, 20+.

I personally don't play Dixon doubles anymore though hence the ambiguity.

Interesting re the Leaping M stuff.
Jan. 25, 2018
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Best defence I have seen is from a BW book actually (Battling the Best).

X = Whatever your X of M2 is.
3 = Good 3 bid
3 = Poor 3 bid
Other = Natural

I think there is a lot of logic to this when you consider their main hand type is (34)15.
Jan. 23, 2018
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I would firstly suggest you change the title to play 4

My cardplay is somewhat simplistic so I am winning, spades and taking the ruffing hook. The deceptive duck is interesting but a diamond switch must be clear to East
Jan. 10, 2018
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Hey, thanks for the hands and hope you are keeping well.

Regarding the hands I remember watching the first one on vugraph:

Declarer 1: Got the switch and squeezed correctly for +400.
Declarer 2: Got the continuation. Drew some trumps and played the K and to the 8. West could now have beaten the simple squeeze but threw both of their spades away (oops).

The second hand is a trouble sometimes with psyches. This one is one of the more common ones and is partially why I changed my multi defence from X = 13-15 to X = T/O of .

On this board it works nicely as when it comes back to you, you must have:
a) T/O of
b) Strong hand

Thus double of 2 cannot be T/O.

Out of curiosity (probably more of a management question). How does/did someone like Lauritz, Stephen Kennedy or even myself get our articles in the featured section?
Jan. 10, 2018
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I was once told GF stood for something other than Game Force. I didn't believe them…
Jan. 9, 2018
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I agree with your assessment mostly. Over 5 I might have bid 6. Grand is not so far away as you say opposite a presumed monster and it is more helpful than 5 perhaps?

I think your 5 bid almost sums up your view on the hand. You were uncertain where you stood :-)

From a personal perspective, I have given my views above. My (very) limited experience tells me it is better to overstate slightly then follow up with lots of negatives hence 4 rather than 4. Much like upgrading to a NT (and yes=boringly normal for me too) I think I can control following auctions much better this way.
Jan. 9, 2018
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It seems Kit and I posted relatively similar things at the same time. (So much for my original comment :( )

@Robert: It is subjective as we are into partnership understandings and player preferences. Some people on this thread think 1NT = fine, ok, and terrible. The definition of subjective.

People whip K&R out (which is debatable when evaluating NTs anyway) as a proof/shield and seem to forget that most partnerships don't evaluate via K&R. If your partner knows when you sit down that you are ranking this hand as worth 12.5 = great. If they don't then it is probably worth more. Especially MP pairs.

@Bruce: The flaw in this wonderful idea is you are now into muddy waters. The whole purpose of a splinter is to evaluate your hand opposite. I.e

4/4 = Middling+ hand that doesn't want to commit past 4
4 = Terrible hand. Club wastage and not working well opposite SPL
Other = Great hand. Lets go partner

Your concept by comparison:

SPL hand: “Please evaluate your hand opposite a SPL”
Us: “I have a cue-bid in this suit”
SPL hand: “What?”
Jan. 9, 2018
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Everything has generally been said. The only point I would raise is that I am not certain North should bid 4 over 4.

Yes, you are minimum for your original 1NT (some are saying sub-minimum and that is subjective).

However, your hand has grown in value hugely after the SPL. You have almost minimal wastage and a 5th trump. Qx opposite 4 looks good also. A 4 bid is more of a hand like:

KQxx
Kxx
Qx
KQxx

I personally think the actual North hand is worth at least one move (4) but I might be bonkers.

Disclaimer: I have had quite a lot of experience in evaluating “sub-minimum” 1NT openings…. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing.
Jan. 8, 2018
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I think you need to define your 3NT bid further. I am not saying it is wrong. My understanding of this agreement is:

- 3NT is unsuitable for opening 1NT so should be at least 5224 and probably 5134
- Denies 4cards in the other major
- Indicate shortage in partners suit.

So probable shapes are 5(21)5, 5314 and perhaps 5224. Thus 4 is definitely natural for me and setting
Jan. 8, 2018
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I.e as per or similar to

P-(1)-P-(2)-2.

Yes this makes some sense. Also quite like the 3055 option people are proposing.
Jan. 8, 2018
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Both the example hands given would be opening hands for a lot of people. Myself included.

@Peg: My view on it is a pure T/O is 4144 etc. Offensive values might include some off-shape hands. Axxxx, x, Axxxx, xx for example where you don't want to bid 4 and go for a random penalty when 4 drifted 1 off.
Jan. 7, 2018
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6 is a push regardless. However, it is much easier to bid if East opens…..
Dec. 23, 2017
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I play system here so am not the person to ask. Would take 4 as SPL self agreeing diamonds without agreement.
Dec. 21, 2017
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