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Paul Hightower
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June 28, 2016
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Good club player, can't afford travel or tournaments. Long time contributor at

United States of America

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Inviting to 3NT w/o a Four-Card Major by Using Stayman: A Current Problem and a Proposed Solution
Can't find that sim at . There's a lot of stuff about whether to blast 3NT or use Stayman with 4333, but I don't see anything about inviting 3NT.
Inviting to 3NT w/o a Four-Card Major by Using Stayman: A Current Problem and a Proposed Solution
Christopher, multiple sims over the years have supported the claim that notrump invitations have low to negative utility. By far the simplest solution if you've decided to use 1NT-2NT for other things is "Pass or Blast." Responder, lacking a major suit, passes 1NT with 8 and bids 3NT with ...
And I Wanted To ..... (Partner Revenge Fantasies)
Marty, what contract would you like to be in with South's hand opposite Axx xxxx Ax AKxx ? A mild slam try looks right to me.
David Wetzel's bidding problem: AJT92 AT9 T2 AT9
The hand values to more than 15 at notrump, so 1NT is acceptable, but opening 1 is often best anyway, and there is the obvious weakness in diamonds.
Charles Blair's bidding problem: 2 A32 A32 765432
Changed my vote to pass -- I had overlooked that partner opened in third seat.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: T63 AT6 6532 976
Either major is all too likely to get raised, 2 less so, but the problem is we're vulnerable and partner could have as few as two clubs. Anyway we slice it we are likely to play a non-fit at the two level, might as well play in our ...
Charles Blair's bidding problem: 2 A32 A32 765432
4 rates to be down two, but we could easily have a big club fit and a double game swing. To guard against that I'd like to have bid 3 the previous round, but at that point we were uncertain of their fit and 3 could ...
Followups after shape resolution
Perhaps you have agreed North has shown at least mild slam interest: Option 2: South bids 4 to suggest that strain for slam, proceed with 4 as you describe.
Followups after shape resolution
South knows North's precise shape, but what about strength? Polls here favor showing a singleton below 3NT with mere game-going strength, so North could have 9+. On that basis: Option 1: South bids 3NT, prepared to drive to slam if partner makes a move. With the known spade fit ...
Ercan Cem's bidding problem: K9 AK32 AQJ92 32
Why would partner take 3 as anything but a strong 5-6? Body language? Break in tempo?

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