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Good bidders prefer to rebid in NT with any balanced or semi-balanced (ie no singleton) hand when a 4-card raise is unavailable. This quickly refines both range and distribution of the opener's hand, enabling more precise bidding by both partners. Only weak player's rush to either show 3-card support or to rebid 5-card suits. One exception to this rule is ...


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1) Standard American (or 2/1) is almost unique among systems in considering the 3 card raise (after 1-over-1) a normal bid. It's generally not allowed in Acol, SEF, or Forum D (the standard English, French, and German systems), although one occasionally has to do it as the least bad lie (when the alternatives are bidding 1N with a bad singleton, rebidding a ...


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Typically, with any strong hand (something like 17+) you should begin with a takeout double (if it's available — see below). In this case, your hand is even stronger than that, so you should probably cue bid hearts after almost any bid by partner: after 3S, 4C, or 4D, you have enough to insist on game with very little from partner, so cue bid 4H to ...


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The usual responese is known as a "big" (takeout) double. First of all, you can support play in any suit except hearts, so your double asks your partner to bid his best suit. If partner bids your "worst" suit, spades, you can correct to four diamonds. If partner bids one of the minor suits, you can go to five. Or you can "cue bid" four hearts (the opposing ...


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At the beginning of the auction, Responder is the captain responsible for both level and strain for the partnership. If Responder then completely describes her hand, she then cedes the captaincy to opener.


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Finesses, now as always, are worth half a trick (absent information about opponents' distributions). In IMPs scoring, it is usually appropriate to take a finesse if that is the most likely way to make your contract, and usually inappropriate to take a finesse if it risks the contract for a chance at an overtrick. Just because a contract is less likely to ...



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