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As ruds points out in his answer, the expert treatment here holding game-forcing or better values is to play Smolen Transfers. In this case the auction has gone: 1NT pass 2C pass 2D pass ? and (with * indicating the alertable transfer calls): - 2H shows game-invitational (only) values with exactly 4 spades and 5+ hearts; - 2S shows game-invitational ...


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I would test the quality of partner's hand by bidding 2 clubs (Stayman), and hope NOT to hear 2 spades. My worst fear is that partner has wasted honors in spades. If I don't hear 2 spades, partner probably has, at most AQJ in spades. Missing the K (or more) or spades, he might be missing one of the following: A of hearts, A of clubs, or the heart and club ...


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The most common answer to this problem is called Smolen, which applies when you have game-forcing values. In Smolen, you start with Stayman. If partner shows a 4-card major, proceed as normal with that suit as trumps. If partner denies a major, you bid your 4-card major at the three level. Opener now chooses a strain. With less than game-forcing values, ...


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This is nonsensical reasoning. In any sort of team game you would be frequently doubling the opponents in to game (minus 530 or 730) for a long shot at a doubled set (of plus 100 or 200). To make matters worse, the double will just refine the ability of declarer to place defensive cards properly, which is already tuned by the 1NT opening. This is simply ...



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