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Akqx aqxxx kx kx opposite jtx kx axxx axxx
4 hours ago
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I'm sure it does everything you advertise.

Is there some reason not to use the many programmes that already run Swiss teams from bridgemates, and have been doing so for years in countries outside the ACBL?
10 hours ago
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What are you talking about?
13 hours ago
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Every day I get the train to (and then from) Britain's busiest railway station.

https://www.cityam.com/london-waterloo-named-as-uks-busiest-rail-station/

Bridge events are minimal additional risk.
Feb. 27
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Other. 2d promises five and is interested in playing in a 5-3 fit.
Feb. 25
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You have more room over 2c to sort out responder’s shape if you need to.
Feb. 25
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I don't understand the idea that the double of 3 shows “essentially game forcing” values.

I'd double on Qx x AQxxx xxxxx and consider it completely normal (and I'd also raise to 5 on that hand)

If you wait until you have a game force opposite a 1-level overcall you are going to be waiting a long time before you ever get to double.
Feb. 25
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About half the time
Feb. 24
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4 was forcing? In what world? When partner makes a take-out double and you bid a suit that partner has shown, there's no way that is forcing.

ps saying that 4 was forcing and that 5 was weak is inconsistent with your previous statement that partner “freely raised” 4 to 5
Feb. 24
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I've got no idea.

At tables I play at, the only reason the table is late finishing a round (very rare) is because there's a very difficult board (bidding or play problem).

I don't know what happens at other tables.
Feb. 24
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Other: Depends on the auction

After an overcall of a (possibly short) 1 opening: weak at the two-level, fit at the 3-level or above, natural if game.

Fit after a natural 1 or 1M opening

…but in many auctions I play transfers, so I can at least get into my long weak suit without needing to pass, although without jumping
Feb. 24
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Most E/W pairs would play the 4 bid as forcing to 4 (it would be very unusual for E/W to be able to pass out 4)

If that is the case, then your (1) doesn't apply, because you weren't going to be able to play in 4

In fact I know many pairs who would play that the 4 bid set up a forcing pass for E/W over 5. There's something wrong if both pairs are in a forcing pass “from strength”

FWIW I wouldn't be in a force from either side here.

I can't see any need for N/S to be in a force.
South has already said during the auction that N/S aren't making 6, by bidding 5 rather than 4. In fact, if South wanted to be in a forcing pass, they had an easy 4 or 5 bid available, and didn't take it.

North has already limited their hand by bidding 4.

So on what auction are N or S going to bid 6? If you can't think of one, you don't need a forcing pass. Either N or S doubles if they think it is going off. If North doesn't think it's going off, then he passes, and if South wants to save over 5, he can.
Feb. 24
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BWS has no mention of pass opposite a 1NT opening either. Does that mean it is forcing?
Feb. 24
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How does partner know you have clubs?
Depending on partnership agreements, 2NT might be
- competitive in clubs
- competitive in hearts
- game forcing without a diamond stop
- game forcing with a diamond stop and a four card major

(and so on)
Feb. 21
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I've just invented 4 as a clever call.

4 would be pattern and imply a singleton heart. Certainly I can convert all club bids to NT, but partner won't evaluate correctly when in fact I have Kx. Same problem with 4.

4 sounds like better diamonds

4NT is non-forcing

So 4: too strong to do anything non-forcing, good spades. Has to be exactly a 4-card suit.

I'm going to get the ‘best bid hand’ award when partner has

AJ9
AQxx
Qx
Kxxx
Feb. 21
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That's a different auction.

I think everyone agrees that in 1970s Acol, rebidding your own suit after a 2NT rebid was non-forcing. Some still play that.

The OP is about bidding opener's suit.

I'm still not entirely sure why we're having a debate about what was standard in the 1970s, but it's always fun to look in the books at the back of my bookshelf.
Feb. 20
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Generally invitations don't exist without conventional help.
The principle is that opener has limited their hand, so you don't need a further invitation.

Just like in response to a 1NT opening bid: 2 of a major is a sign-off, 3 is a game force.

I bid 3 on a 5-4 game force.
I bid 2NT on all invitations; if opener chooses to bid on, they can show 4 hearts or 3 spades.

Opener is also allowed to raise 2 TO 3 on a super-maximum
Feb. 20
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I've played various different schemes, all of which work reasonably well (one of them being copyright Mike Bell, I admit)


The general theme is that you make 1NT either forcing or virtually forcing and put multiple hand types in it.

a) 1NT rebid is diamonds, weak NT or good-but-not-FG with hearts; 2C is natural, 2D rebid is both majors with some extra values, 2S a reverse. A 2D opening is both majors about 9-13 so I have 3 ranges.

b) 1NT rebid is either minor minimum or weak NT; 2C is 6 hearts or 18-19 balanced; 2D is both majors minimum or super strong; 2H both majors medium; 2S/2NT artificial strong with the linked minor.

c) 1NT is weak NT or reds non-FG; 2C natural, 2D 6+ hearts, 2H NF both majors, 2S nat reverse

d) 1NT is weak NT or reds or extras with 6 hearts, 2C natural NF, 2D both majors, 2H NAT NF, 2S FG with clubs
Feb. 20
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I suspect the answer to your question is yes, or virtually.
Feb. 20
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Aha! You are quoting the wrong bit of All About Acol. On page 135 of my copy of the 1978 fourth edition, under “Other Forcing Responder's Rebids” it says:

When opener's rebid has been 2NT, responder's return to his partner's suit at the three-level is unconditionally forcing. It offers opener the choice between going on in his first bid suit, rebidding 3NT or perhaps showing delayed response for responder's suit

It gives as an example hand for 1-1-2NT-3

AKQ9
J109
93
K1084
Feb. 19
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