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#1 User is offline   senor bert 

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Posted 2011-May-13, 18:11

How do you open with 5-5 in the minors of equal strength (or unequal strength)?
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Posted 2011-May-13, 18:43

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Most people also open that with 4-4 in the minors. I prefer 1 with 4-4 if balanced.

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Posted 2011-May-13, 18:47

of course bid 1
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Posted 2011-May-14, 05:54

I don't really think relative strength has much of a bearing. You have to show both suits to play in the best fit, and if partner has your weak suit then your good suit will play for a number of tricks as a side suit. Just open 1 and forget the relative strength.
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Posted 2011-May-14, 06:09

View PostHanoi5, on 2011-May-13, 18:43, said:

Most people also open that with 4-4 in the minors. I prefer 1 with 4-4 if balanced.

Absolutely.

In fact, if you play 5 card majors, consider taking it a step further and open 1 with any (semi-)balanced hand not the right strength for your 1NT (may be a doubleton club). Then the 1 opening guarantees either 6 diamonds or a shortage elswhere. The hand has to be in one of 3 categories - 3 suited, single suited in diamonds, or both minors.

This in turn means that 1 guarantees either 6 clubs, or at least a doubleton in every suit, making subsequent bidding over a minor opening so much easier.
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