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## Pesky preempts

### #1Cyberyeti

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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:36

If you double
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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:42

Cyberyeti, on 2015-May-26, 09:36, said:

IMO 6 = 10, Double = 9. 4 = 8, 4 = 7. 6 might be a poor contract but probably better on a blind lead. Science is unlikely to help.
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### #3mike777

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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:44

4s

give up on slam

option2=6s
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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:45

Double is out of the question. Not only could it go all pass, but partner might just assume that our diamond holding is a little more robust than a void and insist on playing in diamonds.

4 insures a plus score against all but the most horrendous layouts of the cards. 5 might get partner to bid 6 with a trick. Unfortunately, he might assume that the A is a trick.

There is no way to be sure about this. I think that 5 is the practical bid, as I just can't see bidding 4 with what looks like 11 tricks in hand. It may not work, but it is worth a try.

By the way, if you bid 6 over 3, how are you going to explain to partner that his holding the A and the K is not enough to bid 7?
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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:50

Shows why NLM is good even when it does not come.Perhaps we can use 4 for that type of hand then.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:52

MrAce, on 2015-May-26, 09:50, said:

Shows why NLM is good even when it does not come.Perhaps we can use 4 for that type of hand then.

You have not convinced me. I like to be able to bid suits at the 4 level naturally over a 3 of a major preempt.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:53

ArtK78, on 2015-May-26, 09:45, said:

By the way, if you bid 6 over 3, how are you going to explain to partner that his A and K is not enough to bid 7?

You're not, since you're still off the HA

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Posted 2015-May-26, 09:54

ArtK78, on 2015-May-26, 09:52, said:

You have not convinced me.

I was not trying to. I gave up on trying to convince people in BBF long time ago. Otoh, I am not even using NLM myself yet.

Also playing 4m natural is targeting to play 4m only. With minor hands you could start 3 NT, or 5m or 4.
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### #9Cyberyeti

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Posted 2015-May-26, 10:11

ahydra, on 2015-May-26, 09:53, said:

You're not, since you're still off the HA

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That's the point, if partner holds A(K) and K and bids 7, he's going to be disappointed, unless LHO decides you were prepared for a heart lead and does something else.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 11:08

MrAce, on 2015-May-26, 09:54, said:

I was not trying to. I gave up on trying to convince people in BBF long time ago. Otoh, I am not even using NLM myself yet.

Also playing 4m natural is targeting to play 4m only. With minor hands you could start 3 NT, or 5m or 4.

I disagree. Overcalling 4m naturally allows you to play in 4m if partner chooses to pass, but it is not a stop bid. Partner is free to bid more, as your bid shows a very good hand.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 11:13

I don't know what 5S means, but I'm going to try it. A good partner will have at least the CT.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 11:15

A and K only cards that matter. Anyone got a bidding method that can find that out starting at 3-level while stopping at 5 without and being able to be bid normal hands too. If they do they should patent it, otherwise take your best guess.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 11:27

ArtK78, on 2015-May-26, 11:08, said:

I disagree. Overcalling 4m naturally allows you to play in 4m if partner chooses to pass, but it is not a stop bid. Partner is free to bid more, as your bid shows a very good hand.

Fair enough re disagreement but we already discussed the merits of 4m natural overcall in past. Everyone told their opinion. There are a lot of good players here who plays it one way and a lot of other good players who plays it otherwise. There is no need to debate it again here, in order to prevent hijacking. As I said, I still play 4m natural. But due to a lot of hands i have been dealt recently, I am reconsidering my choice on this seriously.

Despite the fact that yours and my styles/opinions/approach about bidding are fundamentally opposite to each other, I like your posts and enjoy debating with you. You are a fine player regardless of what you choose to play or not.
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### #14ArtK78

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Posted 2015-May-26, 11:30

Just as a follow up to some of the earlier discussion, I wonder how partner will react to our 5 or 6 bid if he holds:

xxx

x

AKQJTx

Kxx

By the way, does anyone know why I can't eliminate the extra line space between the lines of cards anymore? I used to be able to do that.
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Posted 2015-May-26, 12:41

Some people are worried about PD bidding 7 when lacking Ace. What would 6 be on this auction? What about 5?
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Posted 2015-May-26, 13:39

Isn't 5S sth like "I have a monster but lack H control, bid 6 if you have it"?
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Posted 2015-May-26, 14:01

apollo1201, on 2015-May-26, 13:39, said:

Isn't 5S sth like "I have a monster but lack H control, bid 6 if you have it"?

Yes, it asks for control. For some it is invitation to slam w/o control so responder can still bid 5 despite the control and this seems very popular among good players in BBF. I don't like it personally. Too much passing the ball imo. For some others like myself, it asks to bid slam when pd has control. But regardless of which fruit you choose, 5 is about control. In the old days it was about trump quality

It does not mean I have some freak hand, with or without control, figure it out and bid slam or pass. So 5 with this hand sounds awfully wrong to me. Why would anyone do this to his pd intentionally escapes me. As he said himself, pd will never know whether his K is a trick or not, or AK diamond worth zero tricks. It is just simply unplayable method imo.
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### #18ArtK78

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Posted 2015-May-26, 14:51

apollo1201, on 2015-May-26, 13:39, said:

Isn't 5S sth like "I have a monster but lack H control, bid 6 if you have it"?

Not on this auction. If this were a slam investigating auction consisting of several bids after the opponent's call, then a jump to 5 would be asking about second round control in the opponent's suit. But this is a direct bid over 3. It can't mean that all I need for slam is control of their suit. It can only show an 11 trick hand needing a 12th trick.

As I said above, unfortunately partner is going to look at the A and believe it is a 12th trick (which it would be if the opps lead a diamond). But I just can't bring myself to bid only 4 on this monster, and I am not going to make a takeout double if there is any chance that it may be passed out.

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Posted 2015-May-26, 14:53

5 spades seem totally pointless as partner has no idea which cards are valuable

seems like a pure guess between 4 and 6 and today i'm an optimist
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Posted 2015-May-27, 07:34

Cyberyeti, on 2015-May-26, 09:36, said:

If you double
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I would pray....and then bid 6
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