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What is this note-taking convention?

This is the XYZ convention. It applies when the partnership has made their first three bids at the 1 level. Briefly, 2D is an artificial game force and 2C is a relay to 2D, either to sign off or to ...
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What are the arguments for and against raising a "one over one" response with three to an honor?

To take off on Ruds' excellent answer, you should have bid game on your own, after 1NT (which promised at least two spades). The reason is that your hand is far stronger than its nominal strength ...
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Am I underestimating the differences between these two hands if I bid them the same way?

With the edits and the change in focus, my other answer (while still valid, and I will refer most of my arguments for what I state here, there) looks like it's a little odd. Mostly because it assumes ...
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What are the arguments for and against raising a "one over one" response with three to an honor?

There are really two questions in this question: first, what are the merits and demerits of "raising on three," as it's called, and second, what went wrong in the auction on the given hand? ...
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If a responder to a strong 1NT bid is 5-4 in the majors, would it make better sense to use Stayman rather than a transfer bid?

You have discovered the problem that the Smolen convention was invented to solve. If you agree to play Smolen, after the auction starts 1NT-2C-2D, a bid of three of a major shows 4 cards in that major,...
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Am I underestimating the differences between these two hands if I bid them the same way?

Short answers: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. That's what makes bridge interesting. There is no right answer(*). It depends on your partner, your partnership, your agreed system, your opponents, the state of ...
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Was it reasonable for me to pass my partner's 2NT bid?

I'm going to disagree with Mycroft here. Not because his analysis is unsound - it's great, in its proper place - but because his premise is. The nuances he discusses so well simply don't exist unless ...
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