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“Sikkoh.” (Scrambled Kokish.) 2C-2D-2H-2S: then
2N=GF bal
3C=just hearts (3D second neg, waiting)
3D=hearts and spades
3H=hearts and clubs
3S=hearts and diamonds

(I think this is barely worth a 2C opener which, with a 3S rebid, does not serve to be a poster child for the methods.)
Nov. 6
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Playing standard, I like transfers after 1X-1Y-2N. But playing precision, 1H-1S-2N can be used to show the dreaded 3=6 hand or a 2.5 raise with 4=5 (3m are asks).
Nov. 4
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I don't see how it is affected at all. After 1H-1S-1N, system is on, including 2 way new minor. 2S is non forcing (perhaps responder is 5=1=5=2) which is the death hand in these methods. (Note, we would not rebid 1N with a 1=5-4-3.)
Nov. 4
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The reason I think you need 4N as quant is that 3N is very ill-defined. It is not simply 15-17 balanced. For example, it could be a stiff spade, a heart stopper and a running minor. It also allows overcaller's subsequent bid to be natural. (I would reach the same conclusion if 4H was a cuebid and 4S showed 4+ spades. FYI, we transfer around hearts and 4H is a cue.)
Nov. 4
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I doubt their ability to make 7 tricks with hearts as trump.
Nov. 3
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Not the same hand but I thought of Ian Fleming's James Bond hand to the same effect. There was a time when bridge played a role in popular novels. Alas…
Nov. 2
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A slight improvement is ordering 24689753. That way you are likely to use small spots either to encourage or discourage. “Keep winners, throw losers.”
Nov. 2
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Please don't let my juniors see that Kit considers 3C “reasonable.” But then this is matchpoints. I suck at matchpoints. I know it is wrong at imps.
Nov. 2
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What is 2D? Depends on agreements. Playing where 2D is not available, then yes. AT FAVORABLE YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BE A LITTLE BIT CRAZY.
Nov. 1
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I did. I bid 3N. But I was trying to imagine a discussion between you and Oren. He bids more than you do. (“You can take them out of the juniors but you can't take the junior out of them.” Sorry Oren, but I just came up with that, liked it, and didn't want it to go to waste.)
Nov. 1
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Danny, for those who think this is keycard (I do), you need to state the responses.
Nov. 1
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I like 2S here to be “an offensive oriented minimum.” It invites partner to compete. I don't worry about showing a real opening bid, if I psyched I don't bid. (Why am I psyching third chair hot?) On the given hand, I pass. I am 5332. I don't have enough to RDB. If partner has 3 trump, I will trust the law and defend.
Nov. 1
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4C, nonforcing, both minors.
Nov. 1
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Curious. “Bad” because he should have led an interior card, or “bad” because you don't think it is a suit one should lead into a 1N opener and stayman responder?
Nov. 1
David Caprera edited this comment Nov. 1
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IMO, this is bullshit. If someone wants to open 1N with an 8221 hand, they should be allowed to do so (not that I think it is a good bid.). I assume this is a gross deviation from their partnership agreements.
Nov. 1
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James was gracious enough to have lunch with about 40 juniors in Vegas at the summer nationals, sponsored by the ACBL. It was a fun event and he was most engaging. He spoke a bit and then entertained questions from the crowd. (“What is your favorite convention?”) I know this thought is bittersweet but I imagined him taking over for Trebeck.
Nov. 1
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If a new suit is nonforcing when the opponent doesn't bid (yes, that is our agreement, coming: 2S-3C showing hearts, 3H=C), why would you ever have it forcing if they did.

“When the auction is competitive, show your suit.”
Oct. 31
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This is a perfecto but keycard by south is certainly reasonable.
Oct. 30
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Chris Compton, one of my gurus, describes Gazzilli as “strong club where you bid your best suit first. ”
Oct. 30
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On this deal, attitude is not needed. You have enough clues to see why.
Oct. 30
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