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For me - double of a minor opening is major oriented and does not say anything for the minor. So in this sense it really does not matter how many cards in the minor it shows.
Dec. 28, 2018
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Our local club uses Doodle for this.
Jan. 13, 2018
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Quite common in the Baltic states as well
Jan. 13, 2018
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Well you should be playing your Checkback structure -
Obviouly transfer checkback stayman works
Aug. 5, 2017
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Earlier this years Heads up NL Holdem was beaten by computers.
Bots name was Libratus
July 11, 2017
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Like bidding, dislike 3C
July 4, 2017
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With the 3=3=2=5 you can fake a 1H response, I suppose.
If p raises on 4, it is fine, if p raises on 3, well pass out 2D.

As for memory strain - a way to try and remember it is that, over 1D you mostly use the same system but instead of C as gf, you use nt.
If you compare 1D-1M, 1N to 1M-1N, 2C
and 1D-1N to 1M-2C you notice the pattern
June 15, 2017
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I would remove the need to show 6D-3M/4M unbalaced extras and put those in 2N
June 5, 2017
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Well when 1H-(2C)-2H is transfer to spades, it does not make much sense do it
May 30, 2017
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The answer to this question is like a sine function, at some time period it is a clear yes, at some it is a clear no. Currently I am on the clear no side of things.
May 23, 2017
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Gut feeling says to pass - although have to put partner on some hand. If he chooses 5D over 3N, he is shapely with 5+D?, say singleton heart. If he actually has that and then queen of diamonds + a black king, 6D makes if everything brakes.
Probably best answer is to make a sim with some specifications along this lines and look at how many tricks we have in diamonds.
May 16, 2017
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By default, if opponents bid a suit, then jump cue in his suit is splinter, other jump bids are natural `support
April 28, 2017
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Hi Jeff, which pairs are the ones you like to kibbitz the most when you are not playing? Your own teammates do not count, as that would be a bit of cheating…

Also, do you have any fun stories from your junior days?
March 29, 2017
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W.o. any agreements, would assume 5D 4M(Or other major) and GF looking to describe his hand.
March 25, 2017
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By the way none of those hands are what you say they are. In MLTC: Missing A = 1.5, K = 1, Q = 0.5 losers. so OP hand is 7 losers(although the wikipedia link says xx = 2.5 so actually even 8) while the hand in this comment is 6.
March 23, 2017
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Showing full shape over Jacoby does not seem efficient - if you want to use full shape relays, id rather go with 1N/2C as the starting question, and keep 2N for different purpose, as in just invite/set major and trump and check if we have a slam due to fitting shortness/5-5 suit.
Feb. 2, 2017
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From what I have noticed - playing some strong club might be easier for beginner players, but as mentioned above, you can mostly get the advantages of strong club in a natural framework(Light openings, defined ranges and so on), although the partnership needs some disciple. Some examples of this is Gazilli.

Or if you look at how Auken-Welland open for example - im close to sure their openings are not what you would call sound(or maybe even light).

What does the strong club gain is the loss of reverses, which makes it more simple, and making the 17-19 or similar range as a one-bid hand instead of a two-bid hand, meaning that when the opponents jam to level 3, partner knows what to expect, although you can even see from the Italians that they play their 18-19 Mexican or something similar.
Jan. 18, 2017
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In this situation and similar I believe opener's double is take out. Most of the time it overlaps with the support double, although partner does not neceserally need to have 3 card support, but he might have say 6 clubs - 4 OM 2 p suit - 1 singleton and extras, or similar strong hand types like 5-5 types.
The idea why this should be the case is this. Refer to the inventor of the support double - Mr.Rodwell, who plays strong club. In that context obviously you have no strong options, so it makes more sense to play support doubles, while in context where you can be strong as well, take out makes more sense.
Jan. 13, 2017
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Agree with the part on motivation. After AlphaGo winning the match, im somewhat convinced that if the Deep Mind team would put in the same resources in bridge, they would achieve sucess, but the question, is why should they?
Likely they have nothing to prove - the only ones who would care about it up to some extent would be the bridge playing community, but to the outside it is not so relevant.
The thing with go is that it was a huge AI milestone, and is of larger significance, so obviously they beat that.
Jan. 13, 2017
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It depends on what partner opens 2 on here. It is quite possible that partner has opened on the hand Eric has shows, in which case it swings more to 2, but I think my hand is too soft anyway
Nov. 21, 2016
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