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Another (simpler?) way to look at this might be to consider it as parallel to the eight ever/nine never situation. and lets assume that QJ98x are visible in dummy and the auction has promised declarer has four cards precisely in the suit.

It is the same maths as tells you to play for the drop missing four to the queen rather than finesse the queen. BUT as in that case too, just as earlier posters have indicated, any lengths known in side-suits will influence the situation quite heavily.

For example any one card disparity in a side-suit where the partner of the player who holds the king has one more such cards means it is now an even-money guess. A two card disparity makes the finesse a favorite.

So in the auction

1NT–P-2-2
3-P-4-P

Where this is trumps:

QJ932

A854

You are missing nine spades and the heart queen from dummy is covered all round. Finesse on the second round; your LHO probably has three spades and RHO six so the vacant spaces argue for finessing.
Jan. 21
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Richard you beat me to it!

Yes we picked up quite big swings (I think about a total of 15-20 IMPs. I think it was Merbourne and Braid at the other table…but also did you remember that Lodge and I had been intending to play TRS but John Williams carefully did not lodge the system in time to achieve the ?desired? result we couldn't play it. had we played it we probably would not have gained these IMPs here.
Jan. 14
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I played TRS with Steve lodge in the Junior Europeans in 1981 and with Peter Czerniewski in the later stages of English events. Lots of fun too!
Pass in 1/2 0-6/17+,
1 in 1/2nd was 7-10, 1 in 3/4 weak or strong. In response to 1 you bid 1 with 16+ or natural NF other calls.
My favorite auction:

Pass-Pass-Pass-1C (0-6/17+)
1H-Pass-5NT-Pass
6H

Andy Robson in 3rd seat passed a 2 opener trying to catch us for penalty but Oliver Segal spoilt his fun for him. They missed a grand.
Jan. 13
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The hand does raise the interesting question of whether if you don't bid 2NT your plan is hearts then diamonds, or diamonds then hearts. If the former, how would you feel with AKJxx/KJ10xxx….. or AK10xx/KQxxxxx.
Personally I think all three decisions are rather close. But I could lean to towards bidding hearts in the actual example, diamonds in the third example and going either way on the middle hand.
Jan. 13
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The most interesting systems I saw without restrictions from licensers were IIRC:
Pazur/Zawislak and Fallenius/Nilsland who each at one point played a style where they had a way to open both weak and strong in each of the majors. Lots of relays with good hands, lots of obstruction with the light openers – majors were 3+ cards though, so the authorities didn't like it in the case of the Swedes. The Poles had a good WC maybe 10 years ago (they lost to a strong Italy team and it wasn't their fault) so I was surprised they didn't continue together.

Regres of course was the most fun to watch if not play against. any system that allows you to open all 8-12 hands and makes it hard for the opponents is a great start.

It has been a while since I saw either pair in action so apologies if I've misdescribed the methods; but they had something in common with Little Major, which I never saw in action successfully.
Jan. 13
ATB
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I'm glad when hands like West's come along for other people. I couldn't bid 4 over 3 even if I wanted to since I play that as clubs plus spades. Let other people get those bad results and it lets me get the good ones…
Jan. 13
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Thumbs up from me for this comment!
Jan. 13
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Two frivolous thoughts occur re Figgins. No relation to the Archer TV series Cyril Figgis? And secondly I know Glyn Liggins is a bridge writer but he isn't quite that old I suspect. Still the coincidence of letters is an odd one…
Jan. 13
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Unplayable; you mean standard?
Horses for courses.

BTW I meant to answer Gerber flippantly without looking at the sequence; imagine my surprise when it was the first option.
The answer to what 4 is as ‘Never Gerber’ even if you have it on the card would probably be a good BOLS tip.

If 3NT is 15-17 one could argue for Mulberry/Berk or whatever one calls the …'puppet 4 to invite slam in clubs or hearts'
Jan. 8
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Transfer responses are a lot of fun, as I'm sure DD is (I haven't played it). What I like is the 1 opening unbalanced, the convenient way to deal with 18-19 by the 1NT rebid, and the transfers by opener after 1-1M-1NT+, and 1-1, which allow for opener to deal with all good hands in an improved way over standard I believe.
Sequences like 1-1-1 as guaranteed unbalanced, and the jump to 2NT for forcing one suiters and club one-suiters over all opening bids is a huge plus.

DD may also cater for all of these, but they do all require work. One huge plus is that no sequence is ‘automatic’ anymore. You have to think about them all; that is tough on concentration good in the short term though.
Jan. 8
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No David the ‘also’ meant the one level passes are for rescue not to play.
Jan. 8
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Passing a support xx is also ‘get me out of here’…yes you may have the penalty pass but odds are since you passed at the first turn, you don't.
All other passes of xx are defined as to play in our agreement file.
Jan. 7
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Curiously, this deal has the same basic solution as the last DD puzzle I posted, about 4 months ago, I'd guess.
'You shot my par!'
Jan. 5
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Yes; check out ‘divide and conquer’ if Bridge Today articles are available somewhere. Hence limit+ raises really don't work if they show limit or balanced GF or slam tries.
Jan. 5
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those fives sure look like 6s (and vice versa) after the second pint.
Jan. 3
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I agree with Cornelia re 16 HCP. But you could sell me that a had with all its honors in two suits (even AQxxx/Jx/xxx/AKq might be best handled by 1S-1NT-2C. If you play BART the 2 rebid ought not to lead to missed games.
Even 1-1NT-2 allows responder to get to 2 in two ways. If partner shows 8-10 I bid 2NT now and all is well.
Jan. 3
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Hey; my first ‘other’, I think!
No support x of 1NT. That just means a good hand. I think Kokish uses a cheap cuebid to be three trump and a decent hand there but someone else might be able to expound.

ie

1-P-1-1NT
2
Jan. 3
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One definition of extras might be to say ‘extras’ in HCP or shape terms constitutes an accept of a NF 2/1 bid plus rebid by responder.

So after 1-2 you might bid 3 with the 5431 and short hearts but 2 with 5431 short diamonds.
Jan. 2
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My files include a few of these but far and away the best comic article I've read on this theme came in a relatively short lived California magazine with a name like popular bridge? Maybe it ran in 191-1983 and when Marc Franklin was in London in 1984 I read them and haven't seen them since.
Again my memory is failing me but there were a series of comic articles by a man whose name might have been…Denis Young/ Or not. One of them was about the score of the general and the subaltern and the score of 1110 – alas no doubt not possible now.
Can anyone fill in the gaps in my faulty memory. The deal I'm referring to here was a play problem in 4.
Jan. 2
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Esko your 5-6 hand where you bid spades twice.
Maybe playing good bad 2NT lets you get invites across with 3 and forcing hands go through x/2NT?
Jan. 1
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