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Did Cayne not agree, Jay?
Nov. 9, 2017
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My experience is that young peole are superb operators and older better as commenttators
Nov. 9, 2017
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Minisplinter looks fine to me, but why not use both 9-11 spl (3, 4 and 4) and concealed 12-14 spl (3 and 3nt? Voids are so rare and not too difficult to show by repeating the spl bid or a jump bid after trump agreement (not Exclusion just showing void). Ofc 2 (2+) for stronger hands or no fit hands.
I think 3-fit hands are much more tricky. Maybe 2 and 2NT responses should be used here? 8-11 hcp?
Oct. 10, 2017
Anders Ström edited this comment Oct. 10, 2017
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There are several good defence methods versus NT especially when you know that opener has no 4-card major. Thus I think this is not such a good idea.
Oct. 6, 2017
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Another “Bluhmer”: after low level trump agreement next bid is shortness (or no shortness). Then a raise of the short suit is “no wasted values” but else normal strength in actual context. You will find some super fits this way.
July 15, 2017
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Maybe you would be better off increasing strenght to 8-11.
March 21, 2017
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I like 5 or 6s plus 4Ms to be the ONLY alternative for a 2 opening. I know this goes against Meckwell and others but have you considered the advantages in constructive bidding? I.e. light reverses OK now, quick definition of exact distribution, better resistance versus interference, not to mention sensible bidding of hands including hearts as secondary suit!
I am sure that you (like me) can find another way to show sixcarders in clubs.
March 12, 2017
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ofc Gazzilli 2 and not 2nt be used
Feb. 13, 2017
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I skip Bergen and use 3m as invitational with a decent suit
Feb. 9, 2017
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Make a thorough study of Bill Jacobs book “Fantunes Reveaked” and consider the advantages of transfer bids, one of a suit forcing, weak no trump, unbalanced diamonds etc. Surely most of this is simple to apply in a 2/1 system and it is great fun to play!
Jan. 19, 2017
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Play weak Nt and 1 from 15+ with transfer bids. Then you can arrange to conceal the strong hand and have a system to show the responder´s hand. Also to split ranges of the opener´s hand. (15-18, 19-21 and 22+). Why tell opposition about the declarer´s hand?
Super article btw.
Jan. 11, 2017
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Agree with Phil 1NT - 2NT as a major 2-suiter with plenty of playing tricks. No misch-masch with double meanings like Crash and similar.
Dec. 21, 2016
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I am not in agreement at all. To strip opener´s hand and later have him as declarer cannot be right. Must be better to strip the probable dummy instead. I suggest 2NT to be a limited hand say 6-8 unbalanced and 3-fit or 9-11 balanced 4-fit or 9-11 pattern 5431. Opener asks with 3 and decides continuation; pass or whatever. Other hands can use splinter with 4-fit, either minisplinter 6-8 or 4-level splinter wtih 9-11. Splinters 12-14 via so called concealed splinter. All other Game Force hands start with 2 to have more space for slam search. More details can be used and designed by you yourself. (Very often the final bid can be decided by opener after first response to 3 after 2NT or after the splinter bid). Hands with less strength than above and 3-fit or 4-fit can start with 1NT and bad luck if opener passes but it will be rare.
Dec. 11, 2016
Anders Ström edited this comment Dec. 11, 2016
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running scores (if any) where to find them?
Dec. 3, 2016
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Pd is interested only in a high club - not any cuebid. If it can show shortness we are not on firm ground.
Nov. 18, 2016
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I vote like Gary Hann for forcing Stayman. Prefer a 1 15+ opening with smart responses to show 6-4 (yes it is 7-4 here) and then the strong hand is concealed.
Nov. 13, 2016
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I am surprised that Gazzilli is not more popular in US….
1 - 1
2 - 2 (Gazzilli - 8+ response)
2 - 3 (3-fit - new suit)
3 - 4 (6+ s - cue)
now RKC and 6
Oct. 20, 2016
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X = shapely (1-4-3-5 or similar), 2NT = good hand no suit, 3 and 3 = 5-5 s + actual minor, 3 = strong minor suit hand, 3NT = to play plus Leaping Michaels. No memory strain to talk about!
April 18, 2016
Anders Ström edited this comment April 18, 2016
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Prefer to start with a Fantunes strong club 16+ to avoid complications from starting the bidding a level higher.
Feb. 22, 2016
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There is an alternativ to make 1M-1NT > 2 ALWAYS strong:

open Roman 2M promising 5M4 or 5-5, 12-15 hcp. Simple!

You can also use 2 as strong Multi 6M, 12-15 hcp. Then 1M-1NT > 2M is 16+ or more (19+)if you include Roman openings.

Make your choice and add one of the two or even both!
Dec. 8, 2015
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