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my club is great. They let me try out new methods. We use the proper alerts and give possible defense, etc. One particular problem with tournaments is that I have been playing (the once legal)Kaplan Inversion for over 40 years but it isn't allowed any more?!?
Dec. 13, 2015
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Tom,
If you are forced to play 1C as 15+, then you are forced to play 2C to show the weaker club hands. So you can no longer play “standard” and have to play Precision. This places a greater strain on 1C. Before it was clubs or 15-19 no trump, now it is any 15+ with any suit and any shape. and as you know the weakest point in precision is the wide ranging 1C
Dec. 13, 2015
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“the aforementioned novice duplicate”………….Huh?
Dec. 13, 2015
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This is a problem. That's why I rarely play in tournaments. There should be a way to test out new methods………..legally
Dec. 13, 2015
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sorry, didn't notice the typo. I don't think they let me correct it, Oh well
Dec. 13, 2015
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In my scheme, 1S asks opener to show his hand type (1N or 2C). By using 1S to basically show either a majorless balanced hand or clubs (weak or strong) gives me the transfer effect to show 2 strength ranges. Including the transfer jumps, I have 5 ways to show either minor. For clubs 1S shows 6-9 or 12-15; 2S shows <6 or 15+; 3C is intermediate 10-12. In diamonds, 2C = 6-9 or 12-15;2N = preemptive or slamming and 3D is invitational.

As far as the 1N response, it is made by a weak distributional 55+ major or minor two suiter that doesn't want to play in notrump or a strong balanced hand (15+).

Your example hand would bid 1S (balanced). Now if opener is balanced he will declare the no trump.
Dec. 13, 2015
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Phillippe, I bid as you do except my point count limits are different. 1S/1H = 6-15 and 1N/1H = 6+. I use weak jump shifts but I assume you play 2S/1H = 12+ and 5+ spades otherwise how do you show the stronger spade hands?
Dec. 12, 2015
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Though I am certainly no memory expert I find the following technique useful:

Start with your “hand number”. This is your distribution followed by your hcp. So with s xxx H kjx D xx C xxxxx your number would be 33-25-4 or 3 spades, 3 hearts,2 diamonds,5 clubs and 4 hcp. I even turn my cards over and “bid blind” as an exercise to help remember.

Once you know what you started with, don't count anything until someone shows out! Then start to figure out declarer's shape. From the bidding you should have an idea of what he has (a one or two suiter for example), so once someone shows out start to narrow down the distribution. Every time someone shows out, stop for a second or two to figure out what's left.

As far as distributional patterns are concerned, you can check with the Encyclopedia of Bridge for the exact probabilities, but in general missing odd cards break evenly and even cards break oddly (6 cards break 4-2 usually, not 3-3)

The only other thing that is important is the missing honors situation. If you have a key suit, keep track of the faces or whatever cards you need to know about like a count down (4 higher then 3 higher etc.).

Hope some of this is helpful
Dec. 7, 2015
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Is there a way for north to look for a heart control on the way to 5D? Might it not be possible to use 4H as a two way bid showing a control or asking for one/ With a control, responder does not bid one of the suits (in case opener has a solid spade suit)and makes the cheapest cue bid with a control, bidding 4N with a heart control but no other control to show. If this agreement were in place the auction could have gone:

1S - (3H) - 4D
4H - 5C (heart control and club ace)
5H (Could be used as key card)? - 5S (0/3)
5N (queen ?) - 6D (no Q)

As for a double Vs 4D isn't that more flexible. Since at this level it is a game force, why would opener jump in spades? If South had doubled the auction might continue:

1S - (3H) - X
4D - 4N
5H - 6D
Oct. 24, 2015
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A simple rule we use is that if a new suit is forcing then a jump in a new suit is a splinter (but in this case I wouldn't splinter with the K……too hard for partner to evaluate his hand)
Oct. 23, 2015
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Why shouldn't double be penalty? What does responder do with 5 diamonds and 7 ish points? If responder wants to takeout he can bid (4 card)suits up the line
Oct. 23, 2015
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