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I think those who play this way play xfer lebensohl because in xfer leb you don't have a way to invite with clubs.
Sept. 5, 2018
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Books and softwares culture is very different from one game to another. For example in Shogi (japanese chess) you have books written in the early 18th century (Musou and Zukou problems compilation circa 1730) that make “Adventures in card play” look like a children book, however its tough to get decent software and you will still find pre-2000 websites and software.

In Korean chess there is very few books about combinations and just a few about openings yet apps and online community is very much active.

In go in know at least 20 books that are tranlated to english and that I consider more important than the Rodwell files wich i consider a bridge masterpiece.

Imo its a bit hard to sell bridge to younger players when the online servers, the softwares and the books are rather meh.
Sept. 4, 2018
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If you play xfer lebensohl and you dont play ELC I think 3 as a super-accept of is significantly more valuable than 3 as double and bid. When you play xfer lebensohl where responder got no ways to show invitationnal with clubs.
Sept. 4, 2018
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In that case maybe north should bid 4H splinter instead As Danny S. suggested. If you show slam interest and a singleton south hand with 2keycards+Q is starting to be a decent hand.
Sept. 3, 2018
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X is medium interest in defending & medium interest in bidding 4S so in a sense it is encouraging since it suggest to bid game rather than defend.

5314 and KJx I would pass to show a strong desire to defend (penalty double) or a slammish hand.

I think north can simply raise to 5S (general slam try for me) unless you play this as asking for a control.

Also something that you didnt defined….is 4 a slam try or its just a way to show your shape so that your side is ready when opps bid 5 ?
Sept. 3, 2018
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Especially at MP where 4NT regressive is often the winning bid.
Sept. 2, 2018
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Let's compare GB to better minor lebensohl.

GB2nt…………………..bml
INV…………..3H………. inv =showign values
INV…………..3D………..inv
INV…………..3C………..may or may not we have light inv values
relay to 3…2Nt……….ask for better minor
neg……………X………..show values for 2Nt not short in

So reg gb2nt allow to show or deny values in clubs by having 2way to bid clubs.

By using 2NT as an ask for better minor you wont double with shortness anymore so the X can now be a value bid aka DSIP double.
Sept. 2, 2018
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If responder got a stopper he can ask for a stopper or make a value double but he cannot force opener to bid 3Nt.

We do that when its
1—(1M)—3 wich is I have a xfer to a 3Nt bid.
Sept. 2, 2018
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1C—(2S)—?? (1C is 15+ but often balanced, some 15+ unbalanced hand are open 1 in a suit so that why our 1C tend to be balanced hand more often than unbalanced hand)

X values not short in spades
2NT= to compete in 3 something or clubs
3C= D at least inv
3D = H at least inv
3H staymanish short in
3S = long ask for stop. (if you start with 2NT with clubs it tend to wrongside 3Nt)

Note that xfer is INV with 6 card suit or GF but can be only 5 card suit.
Sept. 2, 2018
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We play xfer lebensohl when responder can have a slammish hand.

The way we play is a xfer to minor always deny a fit, so xfer followed by 3H isnt really a raise its more a GF hand with a long minor clubs and xx or Hx in .

So in xfer leb 2NT-3C-3H (2NT is clubs or to play 3m)
Is the equivalent of

1H–(2S)–3C (nat GF)
3D——–3H wich is normally jsut a preference.

3C-3D-3H (3C = promise INV or better values)
3H is GF with long and only 2 card support.

If we are INV+ with support we bid 3D directly (xfer to ) so 2NT/3C always deny a fit.

Note we play a strong club where we open 1C with any 15+ bal so over our 1C openign we play xfer leb as if we have opened 1Nt except that we sometimes need 6 card suit or at least a great 5 card suit since opener isnt always balanced.
Sept. 2, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Sept. 2, 2018
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I prefer 1 to 2, because I prefer to make life difficult for partner and easier for myself than the other way around.

2Hx leisurely aiming at -2 to -4 (vs a making game) is very easy for defenders. Usually when your in the -1 to -3 territory game is not even cold.
Sept. 2, 2018
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I would say the main flaw of this method is when you have a weakish H raise and the opps jam it up to 4S than maybe your side had a good 5H sacrifice.

When I bid 2NT with a H raise and opps bid 3S and opener cannot move is fairly rare that 4H would be the winning spot but it could happen.
Sept. 2, 2018
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Whenever I can I like to do exactly as if we open 1Nt.

Xfer leb or scrambling lebensohl by a passed hand.

Scrambling lebensolh in general give you a good tradeoff.
You can invite by bidding 3H/3D directly (no way to invite with clubs)
you can compete in a suit by bidding 3C or 2Nt followed by 3red
You can show some interest in 3Nt/defending by doubling, double tend to replace 2NT natural.
You can scramble with 2nt directly, 2Nt scramblign tend to replace the negative double (54 in the minors, 5minor and 2H)
Sept. 2, 2018
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I think its north that need to reevaluated his hand, opener hadnt any desire in defending so he probably got one or 2 good features …

list of common good features

6
singleton
fit
pure hand (pts in the right suits)

North did a mistake when he passed 4S.
Sept. 2, 2018
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Because of the FP south got 2 ways to bid 4S and 2 ways to suggest penalty.

What I play is sometimes called double–pass inversion so

pass = penalty or slammish
X medium interest in penalty
4S direct non slammish.

So if you think 4Hx might be the best spot you double when your not sure (allowing responder to decided) and you pass where you really want to play 4Hx. Responder is expected to double unless hes got a lot of extra shape.

If you think you want to play in spades you bid 4S when your not slammish and pass when your slammish.

Here south hand becasue of the double fit insnt really interested in defending but its not a slammish hand so 4S look normal.
Sept. 2, 2018
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Normally you have to be very careful and avoid jumping to 3M with xxx/Hx in responder suit. Even a suit like AQJT9xxx can lead to 6H going down while 6C make. Sometimes 6H does make but 7C is also making. KQJTxxx is unlikely to have the same problem.
3H aslo greatly simplify the auction and this is likely to be adequate compensation for the very rare case when play better than .

Responder got a void, you can take a ruffing finesse and a last entry to enjoy the is quite unlikely.
Aug. 31, 2018
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if partner had AK and A I hope he would lead the K. I dont really care if the K is AK or KQ in both case giving count look normal, imo its pretty standard in those I raised the suit situation since giving attitude over a K is just plain pointless.

If you play rusinow than after a K lead there is a case to show a Q for a underlead but giving count is just way better than attitude imo. Even SP is better than attitude vs a 5 level contract when the suit is raised.
Aug. 30, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 30, 2018
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yes, it was not neg free bids.
Aug. 29, 2018
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Yes agree, when the hand is slammish its a different problem.
Aug. 29, 2018
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“To think this way is to adopt the same mindset that caused East to err at trick two. In signaling, as well as in choosing a line of defense, one must consider the entire hand, not just one suit.”

Agree 100% and its exactly why west should discourage. How can east go wrong after a discouraging “2” if he underlead his K declarer got a singleton ace.
Aug. 29, 2018
Benoit Lessard edited this comment Aug. 29, 2018
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