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#1 User is offline   MickyB 

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Posted 2006-December-02, 10:48

You are playing with an expert pick-up partner, and the auction commences 1 (2) X (pass); What would you assume the approximate ranges and minimum suit lengths to be for opener's rebids? Would you play it any differently with a regular partner?

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Posted 2006-December-02, 10:59

Unlike a double of a major, I play this sequence as two places to play. It should ideally show a semi-balanced 8 count or better. 2 places to play include:

1. Both 4 card majors
2. One 4 card major and diamond support
3. One 4 card major and a club stop

Note that a single suited major passes first. This is one of the reasons why I drop the requirement a little to a real good 8 perhaps for a 2 of a major.

I wouldn't treat jump rebids as any stronger than 1 minor - 1 major - 3 major. 2 of a major should be 4 pieces and a minimum, however, you might be stuck bidding a 3 card major on xx AQx Axxx Qxxx.
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Posted 2006-December-02, 11:12

pclayton, on Dec 2 2006, 05:59 PM, said:

however, you might be stuck bidding a 3 card major on xx AQx Axxx Qxxx.

What about this hand makes it a 2 bid rather than a 2NT bid?
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Posted 2006-December-02, 11:19

minimum lengths: 2D 5, 2H 3, 2S 3.

minimum strengths: 2x minimum (including 2N) 3x extras, can be less than 1m 1M 3M. 4M more based on shape, cue then 4M more based on strength.
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Posted 2006-December-02, 12:23

Very depends on system you play.
Playing weak nt or or opening balanced hands via 1, my 2M bid always shows 4 because I can always rebid 2 having 5.
Mimimum hand for 3M is when I want to play 3nt against minimum partner with stopper in clubs and without fit.
Sorry, my english is not perfect :(
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Posted 2006-December-02, 12:39

MickyB, on Dec 2 2006, 09:12 AM, said:

pclayton, on Dec 2 2006, 05:59 PM, said:

however, you might be stuck bidding a 3 card major on  xx AQx Axxx Qxxx.

What about this hand makes it a 2 bid rather than a 2NT bid?

I'd want to take my chances in the 4-3 instead of 2N with the flaky club stop and no source of tricks. The 2344 has a ruffing value too.

Of course, I may be playing a mini-moysian too LOL.

Weak NT's anyone? :)
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