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Posted 2021-May-12, 06:00



IMPs, strong field.

12-14 nt, your system is;
2 invitational stayman
2 gf artificial - opener will respond with 4cM
2/2 to play
2N - 3/3
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Posted 2021-May-12, 06:34

Pass
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Posted 2021-May-12, 07:31

2 - you have a potential a game vs a max. NT opening

I should have added I'm looking for partner to respond positively in either or and if max end up in 4/3NT vs or 3NT vs
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Posted 2021-May-12, 08:08

2C, only because you want to play in H if you have a fit.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 08:08

2C, only because you want to play in H if you have a fit.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 08:58

Would prefer to have 2 as transfer, but as it is I bid 2. Not going to pass or signout, vulnerable at IMPs.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 08:58

JillyBean
'IMPs, strong field. 12-14 nt, your system is;
2 invitational stayman
2 gf artificial - opener will respond with 4cM
2/2 to play
++++++++++++++++++++
I rank
1. 2 = S/O. A 5-3 or better fit is likely. You don't mind if opponents compete.
2. Pass.
3. 2 = INV Stayman but 2 might not be an improvement.

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Posted 2021-May-12, 12:01

Change my system. Not having transfers available is nigh unplayable in anything above a novice game opp. 12-14.

Failing that... it's IMPs and we're red. Invite (at least) seems mandatory. I'd rather just shootout 3N than make a non-forcing bid.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 12:19

View Postnige1, on 2021-May-12, 08:58, said:

JillyBean
'IMPs, strong field. 12-14 nt, your system is;
2 invitational stayman
2 gf artificial - opener will respond with 4cM
2/2 to play
++++++++++++++++++++
I rank
1. 2 = S/O. A 5-3 or better fit is likely. You don't mind if opponents compete.
2. Pass.
3. 2 = INV Stayman but 2 might not be an improvement.



agree completely. 5-3/5-4 contract more usual than 5-2, and partner more like to have 12-13 than 14 max. without transfer partner cannot show 5-4 fit as supermax (3) then I would bid 4 so I will go with second best with the system we have available.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 12:22

I'd prefer to transfer then bid 2NT. Failing that, Stayman.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 12:59

Ah, while I've switched, 2-way is perfectly playable. These hands suck for it, but every system has those. Mine means I don't get garbage stayman.

If I think this is invitational (basically, if we invite light and accept heavy), then 2, then hearts over any response (possibly 4 over 2).
If not, 2 and bait them to come in (because I'd do the same thing with the same hand and AKQ less). Sure, vul at IMPs, but this is an awful 11.

Yes, that means we can get to 3, but a transfer system will get you to 3 (or 2NT, is that any better?) too.

Take your pick, and do that, and pay off to system; and take your wins when they show up (like the next hand where you have KJxxx and out and it goes 1NT-p-2 at our table, and 1NT-p-2-X; (and then 2-3-p-4) at yours).
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Posted 2021-May-12, 16:52

2C for one reason only - if partner holds 4 or 5 hearts, we need to be in our vulnerable game.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 17:08

View PostWinstonm, on 2021-May-12, 16:52, said:

2C for one reason only - if partner holds 4 or 5 hearts, we need to be in our vulnerable game.


Are you sure you have a vulnerable game ? there are 16 counts with 4 hearts where you can't make 3 without any terrible breaks and partner doesn't have that much, and you're on a blind guess whether he will have the right cards. I would probably only raise to 3 if partner shows hearts to stayman.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 17:41

View PostCyberyeti, on 2021-May-12, 17:08, said:

Are you sure you have a vulnerable game ? there are 16 counts with 4 hearts where you can't make 3 without any terrible breaks and partner doesn't have that much, and you're on a blind guess whether he will have the right cards. I would probably only raise to 3 if partner shows hearts to stayman.


I said we need to be in it - not that we would make it. But if partner shows 4+ hearts he will have the chance to make it because I will not invite vulnerable with mostly prime cards.
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Posted 2021-May-12, 19:59


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Posted 2021-May-12, 20:29

2N, what else?
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Posted 2021-May-13, 04:26

View PostTylerE, on 2021-May-12, 20:29, said:

2N, what else?


At IMPs yes, at MPs I might consider pass. Not sure what 3 is in this auction having started with invitational stayman with the forcing version available, inv 5 bad hearts ?
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Posted 2021-May-13, 15:01



-2, everyone, except our team mates!, are in 3nt -1or2.
It was an awkward hand to bid, over 2 I have to make an invitation, at MPs I pass.
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Posted 2021-May-13, 17:14

If you are going to bid stayman in a 2-way stayman structure, you should be bidding 2nt over 2s, not 3H. 3H should be a 6+ bagger inv. If you bid 3H, you are giving partner with a misfitting min a choice between letting you play a lousy 5-2 fit at the 3 level, or 3nt on 12 vs 11.

I think passing 1nt is probably best in the long run because your points are in short suits, worth less than if the honors were in hearts. If your club honors were heart honors instead at least then you'd have a chance on 3-3 hearts to make after the opps take the first 4 clubs.

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Posted 2021-May-14, 03:45

View PostStephen Tu, on 2021-May-13, 17:14, said:

If you are going to bid stayman in a 2-way stayman structure, you should be bidding 2nt over 2s, not 3H. 3H should be a 6+ bagger inv. If you bid 3H, you are giving partner with a misfitting min a choice between letting you play a lousy 5-2 fit at the 3 level, or 3nt on 12 vs 11.

I think passing 1nt is probably best in the long run because your points are in short suits, worth less than if the honors were in hearts. If your club honors were heart honors instead at least then you'd have a chance on 3-3 hearts to make after the opps take the first 4 clubs.


When I pass, partner has 4 hearts, I don't have an issue with stayman and pass 2 or stayman and 2N, bear in mind partner has a maximum and everything is wrong, but you still don't want to be in game.

What stayman and 3 is depends on what 1N-3 is, 6 bagger inv is not impossible.

You are right that this is not worth 11 points and partner will need something that fits perfectly to make game good, something like Ax, xxx, AJxxx, Kxx. YOu actually stand much more chance of making game if partner DOESN'T have 4 spades, hence why I'd consider stayman and passing 2 but invite over 2 or 2.
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