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The Jorj club, I came across a pdf on the qld bridge website dated Nov 2014. Keen to see the latest!
Feb. 4, 2016
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Cool! I've found your Nov_2014.pdf and I'm working my way through it, is there anything more recent?
Feb. 4, 2016
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So you've got a great new system idea… cool, good for you. Play it with your partner and win a few things then teach a few more people. When they start winning too we'll be all be scrambling for the details.


Have you tried existing systems that have some of your concepts?
- 2-way club typically opens 11-13 balanced 1.
- XYZ allows many invitational hands to stop in 2M.
- Ron Klingers Power Acol recommends a 2C response to opening bids showing 10-12 so you can stop at the two level on invite hands.
- The MOSCITO system opens every 10 count.
- Played a forcing pass yet? Why stop at 10? Discover what opening on _every_ hand is really like.


Lots of these things have been tried - check them out!
Feb. 3, 2016
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3NT as anything but natural is too scary.


System I prefer: 2NT - 3 is Muppet Stayman (Puppet with swapped 3 & 3NT responses) so the auctions:

2NT - 3 - 3 - 3
2NT - 3

become very similar - responder is asking about minor suits. Take your pick on continuations but maybe this:

3NT = no m (or 4333 if via Muppet)
4 = one or both (both if via Muppet)
4 = 5 or 6 card diamonds
4 = 5 or 6 card clubs and 1 or 4 keycards
4 = 5 or 6 card clubs and 0 or 3 keycards
4N/5 = 2 without / 2 with
Feb. 2, 2016
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I play it but “constructive plus” which usually means ~10+ if partner hasn't passed and ~13+ if they have.

There's little point unless you got good chances of declaring.
Feb. 2, 2016
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@Rainer,

The advantages do outweigh the disadvantages provided your response structure is adjusted accordingly.

Playing a transfer system over 1C so you can make the 1NT rebid show 17-19 takes away most of the pain.
Jan. 24, 2016
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It's not all happiness and rainbows in the relay encampment.
Jan. 14, 2016
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This relay makes some sense (though captain would almost certainly have stopped asking…)

This is from the Crunch system which I've been learning:

Pass: any 0-6 or 15-20 balanced or 15-20 no Major
1: What have you got?
1: 15-17 balanced
1: Relay
1: No Major or 4333
1N: Relay
2: Any 4333
2: Relay
2: 4=3=3=3
2: How many controls?
2N: 4
3: where are your controls
3: None in spades or AKQ
3: Relay (Next DCB)
3: None in Hearts
3N: Relay (Next DCB)
4: None in Diamonds (Must now be AKQx ?xx ?xx Kxx)
4: Relay
4: No heart queen
4: Relay
4N: No diamond queen
5: Relay
5: No second club control
5: Relay
5: No spade Jack (this is getting silly)
5N: Relay
6: No heart Jack

The last ask is 5NT so we're out and the last bid better be natural!

Hand shown:
AKQx
xxx
?xx
KQ?

With at least one of the minor jacks to make up 15-17.

27 alertable calls in a row, hooray!

Jan. 13, 2016
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Just a bad suit in a reasonable hand,

AQ
Qxxxx
xxx
QJx

it seems right to try for a 10 trick game.
Dec. 20, 2015
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Agreed, this is my main problem with watching vugraph. All fun and games until one hand takes 15 minutes.

I don't want to eliminate the timing and make everything rigid because that's not how bridge is played. Plus it's fun part of watching - trying to put yourself in their shoes during that pause and predict what the expert will do.

What I propose is starting the vugraph broadcast a little after the match starts and limit the gaps between actions to say 30 seconds (45s? 1min?). So when the play is going fast or has small pauses we get the real time feel and we're watching live bridge but the worst silences are removed.
Nov. 30, 2015
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In the particular auction (1NT) 2C (2D) leave your transfers intact, double showing heart preference or even length and 2H for spades. (1NT) 2C (2H) X is more like pass or correct :)

Over 2C we play 2NT as asking
3C=any max,
—3D=ask
——3M=singl
——3N=both
3D=min both,
3M=min single


The 2D doesn't get bid much. Better suggestions? Natural diamonds?
Nov. 25, 2015
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Many of us Kiwis have been trying out Barton:

2C = one or both majors
2D = 3 suited mmM
2H/S = 4 card suit with a longer minor
X = penalties

After 2C, partner transfers to their preferred major.
Nov. 25, 2015
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Yep, good catch.
Nov. 23, 2015
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1S - 2NT
3C - 3H
4D

3C = min
(other options 3D=not min no shortage, 3H/S/N shortages)

3H = club shortage
(other options 3D=ask for short, 3S/N other shortages)

4D = cue showing slam interest
Nov. 23, 2015
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Agreed, it would be a shame if the innovation died for the sins of its founders. I played a variant for some time, and hope to again.

It was fun.

Sept. 14, 2015
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