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Difference of Opinion

Poll: Difference of Opinion (38 member(s) have cast votes)

Best Bid After Partner Opens Two Clubs

  1. Two Diamonds (Waiting) (22 votes [57.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.89%

  2. Two Spades (Bid Poor Suit) (9 votes [23.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.68%

  3. Two No Trumps (Downvalue Slightly) (2 votes [5.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.26%

  4. Three No Trumps (5 votes [13.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.16%

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#1 User is offline   FelicityR 

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Posted 2019-June-05, 18:02

On the first board of the evening, at love all playing MPs, my partner - who slightly overvalues hands occasionally - opens 2 strong. Next hand passes. I have a positive response in my hand but feel I can respond in a number of different ways to show my hand. Here's how we play:-

2(Waiting) - Can be a poor hand (0-6) or a positive hand (7+) where responder saves bidding space by 'Waiting'.

2 - Shows a 5 or longer card suit in a positive hand.

2NT - Shows 8-10 balanced.

3NT - Shows 11-12 balanced.

My thought processes were as follows:

a) 2 saves space but it might be hard to catch up later in the auction. If you bid 2 partner bids 3.
b) 2 shows a 5 card suit but the suit is poor but it does have an honour, but the hand is balanced so partner might expect a better suit, and/or a more unbalanced hand. Again, if you bid 2, partner says 3 next.
c) 2NT - Downgrade the hand slightly due to the number of small cards.
d) 3NT - It's a balanced 11 count with an honour in each suit, so the bid is descriptive and meets our criteria.

What do you feel is the best bid given the circumstances? And as always, thank you for your replies in advance. Here is the hand:-



EDIT: We're playing basic 2/1 (three weak twos) with the 2 opening bid as a virtually unconditional Game Force, requiring responder to have very little to make game.
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#2 User is offline   TylerE 

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Posted 2019-June-05, 18:18

If you don't bid 3N on this hand take all that crap off your card. I don't really see the problem here.

A sound general principle is that making a general bid when more specific bids are readily available denies having a hand one of the more specific bids would show. So your 2 should be balanced only if <7 or >12

But really find some better 2 responses.
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Posted 2019-June-05, 18:43

FelicityR writes 'On the first board of the evening, at love all playing MPs, my partner - who slightly overvalues hands occasionally - opens 2 strong. Next hand passes. I have a positive response in my hand but feel I can respond in a number of different ways to show my hand. Here's how we play:-
-- 2(Waiting) - Can be a poor hand (0-6) or a positive hand (7+) where responder saves bidding space by 'Waiting'.
-- 2 - Shows a 5 or longer card suit in a positive hand.
-- 2NT - Shows 8-10 balanced.
-- 3NT - Shows 11-12 balanced.'
I rank
1. 2 = NAT, descriptive, and economical.
2. 3NT = NAT and descriptive. Consumes more space but is fine if we can still find a 5-3 fit
3. 2NT = NAT but a master-minding underbid.
4. 2 = ART Waiting. But we seem to have no compelling reason to take control.

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Posted 2019-June-05, 19:15

I would bid 2 and see what partner has to say. If partner finds a natural 2 rebid, then you have an easy maximum 3 raise. If partner finds a 2 NT rebid, you can still show your suit via a transfer and subsequent NT bid.

But I will admit a very strong prejudice toward disciplined responding to 2 bids. With my partners, a positive M response shows 5+ to 2 honors and 1 1/2 QTs, while a 3 level positive m response shows 5+ to 2 of top 3 honors and 2 QTs. So when we make a positive response, 2 opener gets some important information about responder's hand.

If you don't like 2 , then 3 NT should be your response. Let partner try to figure it out from there. Be true to your agreements whatever they are.
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Posted 2019-June-05, 19:37

The only thing I've ever seen bidding notrumps in response to 2 do is make it far harder for partner to describe their hand and find the correct contract. I would never do it.
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Posted 2019-June-05, 19:49

View Postsmerriman, on 2019-June-05, 19:37, said:

The only thing I've ever seen bidding notrumps in response to 2 do is make it far harder for partner to describe their hand and find the correct contract. I would never do it.


Normally I'd agree, but I mean, we're playing this dumb system and we have the hand, so we should. Not making the bid should deny the hand. If partner can't figure out what do to when I've shown strength in such a narrow range what we bid doesn't really matter.
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Posted 2019-June-05, 23:24

Although you have described responses, you have not explained your 2C requirements other than "strong". Without knowing that, it is impossible to know what to respond.
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Posted 2019-June-06, 00:44

View PostWinstonm, on 2019-June-05, 23:24, said:

Although you have described responses, you have not explained your 2C requirements other than "strong". Without knowing that, it is impossible to know what to respond.


The original post has been edited to reflect our system on the night. My apologies.
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Posted 2019-June-06, 00:57

View PostTylerE, on 2019-June-05, 18:18, said:

If you don't bid 3N on this hand take all that crap off your card. I don't really see the problem here.

The problem here is finding spades when you need to.
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Posted 2019-June-06, 01:49

If your agreement includes 3NT as a response showing 11-12, then I hope you also have agreed continuations that follow a 3NT bid.

Surely 3NT is forcing on opener as you are in slam territory so what are opener's choices with balanced hand OR a strong single suited hand (not clubs) OR strong with good club suit?
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Posted 2019-June-06, 03:17

I will add my agreement to Tyler's initial sentiment. Extract the language and a powerful argument remains. Your methods must be holistic, and where you have multiple choice bids you need to have mapped continuations. I can't see how it helps to start constructive bidding at 3NT, but you haven't given us that part of the system yet.
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Posted 2019-June-06, 04:44

Hi,

2D.

2S should show a better suit, 2D still allowes to find a possible 53 fit,
assuming partner rebids 2NT.
2NT has the advantage, that is showes the bal. nature of your hand, and
if partner has a single suiter, he knowes, he has a fit.

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PS: I understand, that the system bid is 3NT, but 3NT buries the spade fit.
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Posted 2019-June-06, 05:46

Obvious 2

rmnka447 said it best
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Posted 2019-June-06, 07:15

View Postsmerriman, on 2019-June-05, 19:37, said:

The only thing I've ever seen bidding notrumps in response to 2 do is make it far harder for partner to describe their hand and find the correct contract. I would never do it.


I had a partner who felt the same way. We finally agreed that 2-2NT meant three kings and nothing else. :rolleyes:
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Posted 2019-June-06, 07:27

View Postdanhputnam, on 2019-June-06, 07:15, said:

I had a partner who felt the same way. We finally agreed that 2-2NT meant three kings and nothing else. :rolleyes:


Sabine Auken's convention card once listed this sequence as meaning "I don't want to play in this partnership any longer".
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Posted 2019-June-06, 07:36

I would respond 2. There is no way that I'm going to be able to get over that I have 5 spades to a top honour and 11 points if I don't (but I'm not used to the sequences after a waiting 2, we play it negative and although can be better than most if bal, not as good as this).

Over 3 I bid 3N (which for us is natural but forcing to 4N unless a suit is known to be open)
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Posted 2019-June-06, 10:19

I have to admit I hate your treatments over 2C. Simply awful. Get some better ones.

That being said, most hands should respond 2D waiting over a 2C bid. A bid other than 2D should show something very specific. Much of the time the 2C bidder has the 22+ balanced hand, and you want to retain your system over 2NT. The rest of the time, the opener generally has a long major, and you don't want to bid 2NT and have to start at the 3-level.

I would respond 2D here. If partner bids 2H or 2S, you have an easy raise to 3 and will end up in slam. Same if partner bids 3D. Just raise to 4D and proceed from there. If partner bids 2NT, you can transfer to spades and then bid 5NT, telling partner to pick a slam.

As it is, you said partner bids 3C. Not what we really wanted to hear, but just bid 3S. Partner knows you don't have a great spade suit, because you didn't make a positive response. So if he doesn't raise, then support clubs and see what happens. Probably you end up in 6NT.

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Posted 2019-June-06, 10:59

View Postmiamijd, on 2019-June-06, 10:19, said:

I have to admit I hate your treatments over 2C. Simply awful. Get some better ones.

That being said, most hands should respond 2D waiting over a 2C bid. A bid other than 2D should show something very specific. Much of the time the 2C bidder has the 22+ balanced hand, and you want to retain your system over 2NT. The rest of the time, the opener generally has a long major, and you don't want to bid 2NT and have to start at the 3-level.

I would respond 2D here. If partner bids 2H or 2S, you have an easy raise to 3 and will end up in slam. Same if partner bids 3D. Just raise to 4D and proceed from there. If partner bids 2NT, you can transfer to spades and then bid 5NT, telling partner to pick a slam.

As it is, you said partner bids 3C. Not what we really wanted to hear, but just bid 3S. Partner knows you don't have a great spade suit, because you didn't make a positive response. So if he doesn't raise, then support clubs and see what happens. Probably you end up in 6NT.

Cheers,
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I find this reply interesting. I suppose it's a different style, my approach is to bid 2 first and then bid 3N (forcing for us, we play after a positive to 2, the auction is F4N unless a suit is known to be open) over 2N. To me this shows an indifferent but not terrible 5 card spade suit in a 5332 most of the time.

Btw do most people play 2-2-2N-3 as clubs or asking ?
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Posted 2019-June-06, 15:09

2 D keeps the bidding low allows pard to bid his suit, warns him that when u bid spades on ur second bid that the suit is ragged and leaves room to find a fit before u settle for no trump. What could go wrong?
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Posted 2019-June-06, 15:37

View Postacfromatl, on 2019-June-06, 15:09, said:

2 D keeps the bidding low allows pard to bid his suit, warns him that when u bid spades on ur second bid that the suit is ragged and leaves room to find a fit before u settle for no trump. What could go wrong?

I don't see that 3 shows 5.

Do you play a second negative over 3 ? you probably should if 2 can be 0-11 and that is almost certainly 3.

What do you bid with KQxx, xxx, xxx, xxx where 3N is an option but only if partner has the spades open not a red suit or KQxx, xxx, xxxxx, x where anything could be right and you're snookered if 3 is unavailable.
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