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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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I don't disagree with you but I think the problem is with John's phrase ‘circumventing the laws’. An illustration from my own experience.
I have two main partnerships. In one I play straight forward Acol. In the other Precision with lots of ‘bells & whistles’ - in particular ‘Alder’ pre empts(eg 3S is used to shows a 3NT opener).Now these have been around for years and are certainly not ‘home brew’.The question is do my partner and I think they are better than normal pre empts - the answer is NO,but I don't think ther're worse,I just think the pluses and minuses balance out.So why play something more complicated which I regard as no better technically in the long run?
Because they are ‘fun’ to play and the EBU and a lot of clubs(in their wisdom)allow them to be played.So it's perfectly understandable to me that a pair can sit down against us for 2 boards on a club night,hear one of us open 3D(3 level pre empt in hearts or spades)and think we're trying to obtain an ‘unfair advantage’
I know John fairly well and he sometimes plays at our club,perhaps I'm the kind of player he has in mind ? - I hope not!
March 6, 2015
Bill March edited this comment March 6, 2015
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Yuan - does your objection relate to the word ‘ frequently’ or do you think that no one uses hums for anything other than purely bridge reasons?
March 5, 2015
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What I actually play is that 1H shows bal gf with 1 stop, typically Axx or Kxx. INT bal gf with double stop. 2H bal gf no stop. 4441 hands(wherever the shortage) with the same 3 level jumps we currently use - finding a consistent and easy to remember set of principles over the myriad defensive options is something I find quite difficult.
Feb. 25, 2015
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I have methods but not sure if they are the best - what do you do with a bal GF and no H stop?
Feb. 25, 2015
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Those of you who play ‘system on’ eg 1H shows hearts - how do you play 1H over a 1D overcall that shows hearts?
Feb. 24, 2015
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As far as the UK is concerned my understanding(and I'm happy to be corrected on this) was that a lot of pairs simply didn't realise that journalist leads meant lowest from odd ,3rd from even. Rather, they saw the ‘required’ lead from 3,4,or 5 cards and wrongly thought it meant that you lead 3rd from 3 or 4 cards and 5th from 5 or more. Thus ‘3rd & 5th ’ was born - basically the bridge equivalent of ‘elementary my dear Watson’ ,it was never said but it's now part of the language.
Feb. 19, 2015
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A variation of this has been around for a while, check out ‘a new approach to bidding’ by John Drabble. A very interesting book for anyone interested in bidding theory.
Feb. 4, 2015
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Yuan - If interested in how the ‘simplest’ card combinations aren't simple at all then try Axxxx opp QJX and stiff 10 opp KQ98xx.
Jan. 26, 2015
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Since you don't mention N.Ireland you mean Gt Britain not UK!I knew Scotland was different, just assumed that for an American audience England and UK are all the same !!
Jan. 21, 2015
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Roger - The UK has been announcing stayman for a while now(not that everyone likes it!)
Jan. 20, 2015
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Though any lead could cost I wouldn't regard the Club Ace as passive(especially from at most a 5 card suit).
Even so, my inclination is that lho has a horrible choice of leads and holds the HQ(more likely doubleton) I don't accept that partner is automatically bust(witness the actual dummy) - it could easily be right(though not probable)to lead a heart from Qxx
Jan. 7, 2015
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I think you should follow the same approach as whatever you play a double of stayman as.
Nov. 14, 2014
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'Odd horror' I think you're being very generous Barry. The appeals archive on the ACBL site features(as you well know) many such horrors ,but does show that things are overall much better now.
Nov. 14, 2014
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You have more bids available than you need here - I am convinced that pass should be to play in 2Hx.
Nov. 7, 2014
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I did say my view was old fashioned - as for the OED, definitions are constantly changing,literally!
Oct. 3, 2014
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Meckwell
Levin/Weinstein
Lauria/Versace
Bocchi/Madala
Fantunes
Helgemo/Helness

For me personally this fairly ‘obvious’ selection are the very best .
Oct. 2, 2014
Bill March edited this comment Oct. 3, 2014
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Clearly I am out of sync here - having seen the term ‘world class’ turned into a joke re English football I have a very old fashioned view. It's who you would seriously consider for a world team against another planet,that's maybe 8 pairs at most - don't try and tell me that there are so many great players that a choice can't be made.
Oct. 2, 2014
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Though I have not posted on this topic previously I am a Dean ‘supporter’ - yes he has been offensive on several occasions for which he has been punished(rightly in my opinion), just because someone has done something idiotic(and who has not?) there is no requirement to call them an idiot(or worse). However as good as this site is there is on occasion an element of ‘hero worship’ of the top players - Dean's alternative view could be refreshing.
From this last post it's clear he has a real problem seeing the viewpoint of others,and I don't think it's got anything to do with language or culture - all a bit of a shame really.
Sept. 27, 2014
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Frances
In a correspondence with Jeremy Dhondy on a different matter I asked him what the EBU position was on a situation I'd recently come across in an American appeal which had generated strong opposing views. I can't recall the exact pips but basically dummy (4th to play) had Axx and declarer xxx. When rho led the suit declarer had to decide whether to duck the first round - but he did all his thinking before playing from hand.
Jeremy had not come across this before and said he would consult with other members of the L&E committee . I don't know what the result was.
Sept. 19, 2014
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