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Gary - although the 3-3 splits(and false cards)mean that it is much better to play an honour on the 2nd round, your comment suggests that you think that if only 4-2 splits were considered then it would now be 50/50 what to play - it wouldn't, restricted choice applies and it would be 2 to 1 to play a low card. Apologies if I've misinterpreted.
June 3, 2015
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Are you 100% certain they weren't implying that they thought you were capable of finessing!
May 27, 2015
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In my student days playing with a strange partner against 2 LOLs my RHO opened a strong club. I bid 4C and partner alerted and said it was Gerber then bid 4H(though not holding any Aces) This was passed out - I didn't know I'd made an ethical bid,I just feared 5C would be taken as a King ask. It made no difference to our score as we were getting a bottom as soon as I bid 4C.At the end of the hand my RHO turned to me and said ‘it was strange you asking for Aces when I had all 4 myself!’
May 26, 2015
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Maybe you don't consider the UK as part of Europe.
May 26, 2015
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In a hole? - I don't think so.
Cease putting forward a point of view just because it's a minority one? - tell that to ‘______’(insert scientific or social reformer of choice)
I'm not suggesting that there's a silent majority out there secretly agreeing with James's view but there's been a lot of discussion in the UK in the aftermath of the General Election as to why the opinion polls got it wrong. One theory is that the ‘correct’ way to think tends to dominate in the establishment(pushed on by ‘social’ media),as a result ‘dissenters’ are cowed into not speaking out - discuss.
May 22, 2015
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Where is Dean when we need him? - there is nothing remotely troll like in any of the above. What we do have is the usual hyper sensitivity whenever there is a perceived criticism(however mild)of the top US players.
May 20, 2015
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Didn't Meckwell have a hand a few years ago that went 2NT 3H 3S 4NT(exclusion showing spade void!) and opener with a poor hand for H plus AKQJ10 of spades passed. I think this turned out to be right in theory.but wrong in practise.
May 5, 2015
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Thank you - I got in a muddle there.
May 4, 2015
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After the corrected revoke isn't the spade a penalty card - declarer can request a spade?
May 3, 2015
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Obviously, the addition of strong options reduces the efficiency of the bid whilst gaining in other parts of the system. The defenders of this style(of I am one)should just stick to these plusses and minuses rather than try to prove they can have their cake and eat it.
April 16, 2015
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Retransfer, weak - to play in 2H,3C,3D.
Other bids system on as if partner had completed the transfer with no double. I actually thought this was ‘std’!!
I gather a popular treatment now is for pass/2H over the double without/with a diamond stop then partner redoubles regardless if you pass then you complete the transfer - also applies after a double of stayman showing clubs.
April 9, 2015
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I am still bewildered, if 1NT is used as a ‘dustbin’ bid then you accept constructive bidding problems for the gains you make elsewhere. If you throw in a mechanism to uncover a singleton then you must lose out in other parts of the 1NT structure. I'm sure that on defence I'll be better off if I do know the singleton - so why do I need protection?
March 27, 2015
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I know rules are rules and the debate about ACBL convention restriction seems to be endless - but in all seriousness can someone(anyone?) please explain to me why systematically including a singleton in a 1NT opener is a problem for the opposition(at any level) and what difference it makes if they have methods to uncover it?
March 24, 2015
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Everyone seems to have forgotten that Meckwell did in fact play 2H as 4415 minus one card for many years. 2D was weak 2 in major, 2S a very week 3 level pre empt in any suit. When they changed back to the ‘normal’ 2D I thought(from some comments by Eric Rodwell) that they wanted to go back to weak 2H/S rather than being bothered by slight inefficiency in the 3 suited 2H opener. Happy to be corrected on this.
March 23, 2015
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2S = 2 Suited,spades + minor(weak)
2NT = both minors (weak)
March 23, 2015
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Why is there no ‘dislike’ option?
March 22, 2015
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Benoit/Robin
I sometimes worry about opening bal 11 counts, but the reasons have nothing to do with opposition bidding.The argument that you can now overcall with hands that couldn't open the bidding would be applicable whatever the strength of the 1D opener. We shall have to agree to disagree(translation;'this is bonkers')
March 16, 2015
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Hamish - I will take you at your word that you have never missed a slam with this 2NT opener, in which case can I have your lottery ticket?
March 11, 2015
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Thank you for that - it seems one should always look to the original source rather than believe what you're told. Mind you I do prefer the ‘modified’ version that I was told was ‘Alder’ to the original.
March 11, 2015
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In a previous thread I mentioned ‘Alder ’ pre empts - these include the 3nt bid you describe.These(I think) have been around since the 70's devised by the Englishman Philip Alder. A claim has been made that they should be called ‘Salisbury’ after a Welshman that Yuan may be familiar with.Whether they incorporated an already existing convention I don't know.
March 10, 2015
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