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You want to say that partner raised 2NT to 3NT on this magnificent hand?
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April 9
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I bid 2 the previous round.
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April 9
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I acted on the first round.
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April 9
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I dont q shortness in partner's primary suit. That applies to void answers as well.
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April 9
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It's a matter of agreements. Mine that lead direction bellow 3NT requires length and suggests sac. Do i could doubke 4 but not 3…..
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April 9
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“What makes you so sure partner won't bid 5♦ on his ♦ void?”
Partner has exactly 3 spades, a diamond void, at most 4 hearts (otherwise 2) and 6+ clubs and is not excited enough about A to bid more than game? Sorry, I don't think partner having diamond void is even 10:1 to having diamond king.
But let's say he does - you bid 5 over 5 and show that you are looking for heart control.

“Also, since the OP specified 4♥ was Last Train, 5♠ as looking for a ♥ control is pretty standard.”
Don't know about standard, but not the way I would interpret it - especially since there is pretty clear way to ask for heart control. Standard is not very uniform, and this particular one does not necessarily sound like the obvious to me.

:)Yu
March 23
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“I know you are joking, but of course that's the issue. None of David Gold's peers would even consider passing. ” Arend thank you for the compliment, but I am as close to being David Gold's peer as I am to getting a Nobel prize.

“Yet when I see ”weak opponents“ at the club bid 3♦ in this auction, I'd give you 3:1 odds that they have a strong NT with 5 diamonds, rather than a 13-count with a singleton in clubs.” - this just might be because the strong NT with reasonable 5 diamonds is a more frequent hand than 13 count with solid suit and club singleton.

“Thus, they wouldn't be permitted to bid 3♦ after the hesitation if we followed the bridge laws.” - they would be permitted to make any bid, and their opponents can call a director. The crux is that we do not play what would happen in an alternative universe game - we don't know. Next time their partner will pass in tempo.

“There does seem something unfair about making a bid that my opponents wouldn't be allowed to make (if we were to enforce the laws against them, which I personally wouldn't).” - there is nothing unfair about it. In my last game in LA (teams) we played a pair of LOLs. I open 1, LHO doubles partner bids 2 which ends the auction. spades broke 4-1, with the singleton being with RHO…… next hand I open 1, LHO X, we end up in 3 and again LHO is the one with heart length - at least this time I was not surprised. So after the second hand I politely ask what is their agreement about the X they tell me “oh it just shows an opening hand!”. There seems to be something unfair that the weak players are allowed to pull stuff you would never see at a good table…. (true, it usually benefits their opponents, but still).

Against weak opponents I would reserve the rights, then look at the hand and if believe it was reasonable call I let it go. If I think it is not, I call the director back.
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March 22
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I play that q-bids bellow game are 1st or 2nd round. Q-bids above game are specifically 1st. 5 would sound like my club q was K or singleton; partner is not going to qbid 5 because he does not have the A. 5 sounds like you are looking for trump honors.
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March 22
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I don't know what partner is after, but this is very close to max I can have and partner qed. I believe I can afford a 5. If partner can't produce 5 we are in 5. If he can we will be in 6.
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March 22
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Several reasons:
1. It is excellent for suit play, but they still give game bonuses - and my suit requires us to contract for 11 tricks versus 9 in NT. I don't see a lot of ruffs in the short hand.
2. I think this hand is too good for 1NT opener - it has too many tricks (if you make it slightly worse, I would happily open 1NT).
3. If I rebid 2NT partner will still be able to show 6+hearts and will be able to judge diamonds as a plus, but won't expect me to have shape. My extra diamond length compensates for the missing Q.
4. MPs. In IMPs I would probably want to emphasize diamonds to get to slam when possible. Here I just want to be in 3NT rather 5minor.
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March 22
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I like the format, but what is even better is that you see all those top players - having vastly different evaluation. Thanks Phil!
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March 22
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I don't see where you defined 11-14 range prior to 3NT bid. 2 was a default, but it does not preclude some stronger hands not suitable to bid NT or jump rebid.
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March 22
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Alan - they were not disqualified. Their results from the session with the sub were removed - 100% of them. These are two very different things.
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March 22
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I would argue that anyone considering pass with this hand is not my peer ;)
I bid 3, acknowledge the hesitation and against weak opponents call the director at the end of the hand (whatever the result is).
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March 22
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I open 1, but really want to rebid 2NT.
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March 22
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I would definitely bid 3NT, 4 is “P I am sorry, it was a joke”. My hand is pretty close to serious q, but the shape and texture make it 8.5. I prefer to be the top of my limit than the bottom, ao if partner makes a move after 3NT - I have a slam drive.

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March 22
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“Meckstroth is still on the committee” - Ed Reppert, upthread
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March 21
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“…this is a very good hand for 3♦ NF.”
Is it ? I think we are likely in a misfit auction. LHO has 5-6 clubs, RHO did not raise. I imagine partner holds something like 2=6=1=4, and will bid with extras - but I don't like hanging partner for bidding light or stretching it with a good suit.

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March 21
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If partner had both majors he would X.
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March 21
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Ray, his partner for SD shared an airbnb with 2 other players. Jim has relatives close enough to SD.
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March 21
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