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Interesting that you would use a non-forcing bid to force.

I understand your logic, but . . .

If I were worried that my novice partner (possibly being unaware that an artificial 2 was forcing) might pass – I would just bid game with 4. I do not know of any “Standard American” based system such as SAYC or 2/1 where 3 would force. It would scare me to trot out a non-forcing bid to force.
April 7
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“I would consider a jump rebid by responder (3♠ in this case) to be forcing . . . ”

So you don't play 4th Suit Forcing?
April 7
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Actually, by incorporating a fitness program into ACBL events, we could prolong the lives of the core membership.

It seems that everyone laments the lack of junior participation in bridge. But, thinking outside the box, why not attack the problem from the other end . . . by extending the lives of current members! :)
April 2
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BWS 2017
G. After Our Major-Suit Opening:
After a two-over-one response, . . . two notrump . . . may be based on a minimum hand.
Feb. 14
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I, too, learned about the Principle of Fast Arrival in Bridge 102.

Then I moved on to Bridge 103 and discovered the superiority of this auction showing extras.

Think about it.
Feb. 8
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What day of the week is it?
If it's a Friday, then yes! Always slam on Friday.
Feb. 6
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Although it should be fairly obvious, especially in light of previous polls, perhaps reword the OP to specify “after responder's 2/1 GF.”
Jan. 8
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Okay, your preference for doubling first comes through loud and clear. But help me to understand how doubling first helps. If the auction instead proceeds like this:

(1) - P - (2) - X - (P) - 3 - (P) - ??

Now what?
Jan. 5
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While 3 next specifies your suits (with both reds we presumably hear some bid) is it forcing?
I would think it (3) to be forward going with primary s. But it undersells the hand, in my opinion.
Jan. 5
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Jump-shift with 17? A hand (5332 presumably) that many would open 1NT?
I don't see how forcing game with a 3 card jump-shift is furthering the accuracy of describing your hand. A 2NT rebid, however, I can understand.
Jan. 3
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“Deduct masterpoints if one player declares 73% to partner's 27%.”

Peg, now you've done it. Giving them ideas like this in an open forum only invites disaster. Wait to see it at the next NABC.
Dec. 22, 2017
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No bet, but you're close. We did predict 99%, which appears to be an underbid.

This was a teaching environment on BBO. The auction started as shown above (the rest of the auction is immaterial) and afterwards, a student asked about whether the 2 overcall was forcing.

Teacher: “I think we should all play 2 as at least one round forcing.”

Students then asked for clarification: “Did u say 2 bid is 1 round forcing. That can't be standard.”

Teacher: “Okay, so here’s what I will say, it’s very normal to play overcalls as forcing, at least one round. Okay? I’m going to toss that out there. . . .”

Then later,

Teacher: “The majority play it forcing.”

We were curious about just what sort of “majority” percentage would agree with that.

*** Apologies to the cognoscenti for the question.

*** Names will not be revealed. No need for it.
Nov. 3, 2017
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You would think so wouldn't you?

The opening bidder questioned his partner about his 2NT (natural invite) response.

Responder, a “BBO Expert,” replied with an exasperated, “sigh, I suppose I have to spell it out, if ur max and have 1 intermediate 3n is making, anyways…next.”
Oct. 27, 2017
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The “fake news” post-mortems could be disseminated via the internet and accessed with cell phones.

I like it!
Aug. 10, 2017
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If partner thinks it's a weak jump-shift, introduce her to checkers.
June 23, 2017
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Not in the least.
The BBO “expert” in the room–teaching–stated the following:

“East’s 4 indicates he is willing to sacrifice vul vs. not. Therefore, South knows they likely have game. At an “expert” table, sitting South, I would bid 5 all day long.”

A couple of us were curious just how nuts that statement really was.
May 30, 2017
Bob Okker edited this comment May 30, 2017
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I agree with calling them “control bids,” but also understand the original–and still common–name of “cue bid.”
At some point Rubens' nomenclature may become universal. Until then we live with both.
May 26, 2017
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1. Control. agreed. Not 5-5 in the blacks, as I believe 4 would be “shaping out.”
2. Lacking agreements to the contrary, 2. Though I also play 2NT as promising 6+ here.
3. Pass. Regretting my choice (which I would not choose) of 3 . . . why add to the problem?
May 26, 2017
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Steve,
What if you do not have 2-way NMF or XYNT available? All you play is vanilla NMF.
April 7, 2017
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