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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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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
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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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