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Richard has somewhat illustrated my point. To my mind, you bid 3N primarily to hear shortages from partner and evaluate accordingly. If partner bids 4 you will want to do 2 things:

a) Stop in 4 as you needed shortage from partner
b) Make another slam try.

Since I know Frances puts a lot of work into her system, I was curious. My initial guess was:
3N-4
4 = Slam try with or Sign-off in 4

then:
4 = Which was it please?
4 = No interest opposite either

This also works over 1-3 assuming 3 is now the ask. There are other solutions but this seemed to fit most easily into the above structure.
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So on the particular hand if we can bid 3N “free of charge” then we definitely should since some days partner will show shortage which is great for us. To my mind then the problem becomes what to do over 3N-4.

Assuming we have no sign-off option and we have bid 3N, I would probably make a slam try in over 4. Partner is often 4=3=4=2 or 4=2=4=3 so I have reasonable chances of making all 4 regardless of their club holding. Therefore it makes sense to get them to evaluate for .

(Sorry btw about not reading the problem properly but was rushing out)
Aug. 17, 2017
Will Roper edited this comment Aug. 17, 2017
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Also 4 over 4 after 3N. Is this natural or could it also be a sign-off?
Aug. 17, 2017
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Hovering between 3N and a sign-off. Nothing else is really in the equation for me.
Aug. 17, 2017
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Cool hand. Thanks for posting
Aug. 1, 2017
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More likely some opened 3 on the East cards.
July 25, 2017
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Would like to see Jolly in action as I think they deserve it. Also from a European/English perspective would like to see Lavazza vs Bowley.

Not so bothered about the other two. Gupta vs Lebowitz could be a cracker as could Rigal vs Fireman.

Thanks for all the great work you do.
July 25, 2017
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In the interview he comes across as patriotic in several places. I think this is slightly different to the NBA…

Note, I am not criticising them or viewing the move negatively. In fact as mentioned, the situation in Italy makes it rather understandable. The surprise comes from my personal view that if you are patriotic, it is not something that changes easily.
June 27, 2017
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“How do you feel when you see two Italians who have gone to play under a foreign flag?”

Lauria: “I would never have done this.”

In light of this, I feel slightly bemused. Tbf to L-V, there has been a somewhat seismic shift in Italian bridge over the last few years. Still surprised though.

Reference: http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/eng/lorenzo-lauria-i-like-competitive-bridge-interview.html
June 26, 2017
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T/O, values whatever you want to call it.

They don't have KQxx at any rate.
May 14, 2017
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One note worth mentioning is the pips at T1. Declarer can have 2 or 62. With the quality of opposition I would say that they play the 6 from the latter holding most days. This should help towards the correct defence.

As to the bidding. I am not a strong club player so cannot comment with certainty and will defer to your experience. My thoughts were that I would have doubled 1N on the principle that I haven't ruled game out completely. If the other table has opened 2/2N then they might be having a smoother auction. If the hands are shapely then the opponents are likely to overbid as seen at the other table. Also 1/10 times you are running into 6 on your right. But, then I am a “bid 3N, ask questions later” player.
May 13, 2017
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Well there are 5 options on the table and at least 4 of them have some merit. That should tell you that this is an area that needs work.

As to my option of 3. My view in these tricky areas is to take the most pragmatic approach. Don't have to win them all.
May 13, 2017
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I didn't say it was a bad thing? Like me you often tend to focus too much on the bad rather than the good.
May 12, 2017
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Steve never puts up hands he is happy with….period
May 12, 2017
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If Niall was N then I very much doubt this is a Pass vs Bid problem. More likely to be “is 3N a viable option”.
May 9, 2017
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Both of the opponents bids in that sequence can mean different things at different times Paul :)
May 8, 2017
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Was discussing this last night as it came up in the USBF.

Yes I do think it is better either to play this or some form of transfer advance. You shouldn't play stuff after a 1N overcall though. I.e

(1)-1-(1)-? You should play whatever you play over 1-(1)
(1)-1-(1N)-? There is a big difference between this auction and 1-(1N). In one sequence you probably play double = T/O and the other = penalties.

The interesting sequence is:
(1)-1-(X)-2 = Does this show diamonds? Even if 1 promises 4 or 5
May 7, 2017
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;-)
April 30, 2017
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Lol. I was guessing on the reverse Richard. i.e 6 to beat 3 and 5 to beat 4.
April 30, 2017
Will Roper edited this comment April 30, 2017
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I clicked on this assuming I was going to get a Fisher-Schwartz clip….
April 29, 2017
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Not to mention nasty crunch matches between 3-6 and 4-5
April 29, 2017
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