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Yes, I did not state my arguments for bidding redouble, you are right and I do have more information. I still think partner should always bid 3 with 5 clubs when I redouble. What I wanted to say is that I know that partner will never bid 1NT had, even if I don't know what is the lower bound for my opponents points.

With your second point I completely agree, that is why I don't want to guess if my partner has 3 or 5 clubs and my opponent bid 2 just to put us level up possibly.

When I say no special meaning, I thought about “no special meaning except what is usual”. I am not sure that this is usual, but I can make another poll. What would you bid on 2?

I think that north might double with some of 6331 hands as well as that south may bid 2 with let's say Kx xxxx xxx xxxx. I am not saying it is usual, I am just saying that it is possible. I am talking about them not having fit and their final contracts being 2 and 2.
Oct. 9
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I agree with idea that redouble should be clear but I thought this redouble is clear. The thing is that I am still not sure neither that partner bids 3 always with four cards nor that my partner still can't have something like 6133 and absolute zero. The longer the spades are, the greater probability that he could pass 1 doubled with good spades and hand like this so I expect to see AKQJx in dummy. Also if south has something like 2434 I would expect him to bid 2 with zero.

Actual board was:

N: AKQxx A9x Kx Q9x
S: Jxx QJxxx xxx Jx

So 2 is making on a heart lead. Or you do blame your partner for not bidding 3 (or not leading spade/diamond).
Oct. 9
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For me 1NT seems like impossible bid. Double from north is likely to be 16+, knowing my RHO really well, she probably has 18+ (:

So imo probability that partner has more than 4-5 points tends to zero, especially when partner is a conservative player as mine was.

I didn't like 3 bid immediately as partner can easily have 6223, and 3 doesn't promise any points. I didn't like 2 as I don't feel that strong (yes, sounds impossible when you have my hand).

In that moment I supposed rdbl shows that I can stand playing 2 (I don't think that I can but I wanted to show that) and that I have points so partner can decide what is right. I think redoubles shows close to what I have and 2 can be from 3 to 5 cards so I am asking partner to bid with 5, decide with 4 and pass with 3.
Oct. 9
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I completely agree.
Oct. 6
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Michal, I only said that with 4 spades and 5-6 clubs South can start with double. I think a lot of people use this approach. And I didn't say everything is forcing, but everything is forcing after partner bids 3.
Oct. 4
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I thought you play something like that but what do you do with 1363 without a heart stopper or too strong hand to bid 3NT, no solid diamonds. If you start with 3, what does partner do with 4324 and no heart stopper as well?
Oct. 4
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I am not the one supporting that x promises 4 cards, but the other method has as many disadvantages as this one.
Oct. 4
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I agree with that, but does any of those bids set diamonds as trumps?
Oct. 3
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I have the same question for you as I mentioned above, how do you bid hand A xxx AKT9xx AQx opposite KJTx x(x) Qx(x) Kxxxx 4135 or 4225?
Oct. 3
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I disagree. If South begins with 3 should North bid 3NT with both heart stopper and 4 spades or 3? If he bids 3 partner will not bid 3NT without a stopper. This also answers your second question. If he has Qx or Qxx in diamonds and 5 clubs and if he can't be sure about number of diamonds his partner has, why would he bid 4 rather than showing a 5 card suit in which they might have fit.
Oct. 3
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I agree with first part. And when I wrote last train for spades I thought it is obvious that I mean spades/diamonds or clubs as diamonds and clubs are two other options.
Oct. 3
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Yes, I will probably put that as a next problem. I was thinking if someone plays this as a pass because double posts problem with 3-P-P which I don't know how to solve (in this situation 3 comes as only option I like for those who play 3/3 as 5+ cards in hearts GF but in this situation there is option on third level, in others not really).
Oct. 3
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Yes, I knew you would say that. That's why I offered other hand. I mean I am trying to find out what is difference between bidding 4 on double and 3 followed by 4. I don't think both should be “really good diamonds”.
Oct. 3
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What should North bid with x Axx AKT9xx AQx if partner can open any suit with 4-4 in minors or (as here he can try 3NT here) what should s/he bid with A xxx AKT9xx AQx?
Oct. 3
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No kickback or minorwood available if that is a question. 4 would probably be singleton, void or strong hand.
Sept. 23
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There is almost no difference between 2 and 2 as weak twos in hearts as there is still preemptive effect on 4th seat player and auctions like 2-4 etc. The only minus is that person in direct seat can pass with bad 10-12 count and three-suited hand with singleton heart.
Sept. 4
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I have played Ekren as 5-4 or better and not trying to make opponents fools but trying to either preeempt one in 4th seat or make them play 3NT with 23-25HCP and Ax as only stopper in one major. Player after 2 opening bid bids 2NT normally with single or even no stopper in major and one that is on lead is the only person that knows for fit. Yes, that doesn't gain always as mostly person bidding 2NT opens 1NT on the other tables.
Sept. 4
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That is true. But I have never played that because I really like weak twos the way they are. And actually, I thought about playing what you suggested combining it with 2 = weak two in diamonds or weak two in hearts. I guess it is a brown sticker and Lauria-Versace as well as Helgemo played that some years ago but I am not sure where I am allowed to play that.
Sept. 4
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That is its biggest disadvantage for sure. I have never agreed to play multi so far, not even a single board, because every opponent has billion chances to bid.
Sept. 3
Selena Pepić edited this comment Sept. 3
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I am not saying that it should not be pure penalty, I only disagree with idea that it can be any penalty. The thing is that there are hands that can be bid like classic reverse hands, but people like to double with those because 1NT will probably go down.
Aug. 25
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