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Mollo and Reese are entertaining and instructive at the same time. None of the rest qualifies.
2 hours ago
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We are not going to stop below game after announcing a combined minimum of 24 HCP's.
To play 3 as a sign-off is a waste. What are you going to bid with the 7-11 point diamond hands?
16 hours ago
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With one partner I play both 2NT and 3 as invitational, non-forcing. Not that it is necessary, just for the sake of simplicity. With a sophisticated structure you can handle all hands from invitational up with 2.
Feb. 18
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Sometimes system gives me no choice. Why should I give up upon a choice also when system offers me one?
Feb. 17
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Where is 4 cards in the major, any number of diamonds? Or shall I rebid 2NT with xx, AQJx, AQxx, xxx?
Feb. 16
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Or a Meckwell-like approach.
Feb. 16
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Do we know if 2 is forcing to game?
Feb. 15
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Which is exactly what I do with one partner.
Feb. 15
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My experience shows that if we cannot make 3NT and we have no major suit to play and we have insufficient strength to undertake 5m then we are going down in 4m too.
Anyway, why cripple the system for such small targets?
Feb. 12
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I'm overwhelmed. I passed at the table and was greeted with this dummy: AKxx, 98xx, KQJx, x.
Feb. 12
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I'd vote for moderate extras but the answer depends heavily on what opener's rebid shows.
In the structure I recommended in a previous thread, opener bids step 1 with all minimum hands. Under those circumstances it would make no sense for responder to show strength so his 3NT should show a slam-unsuitable hand (and of course not enough strength to continue).
Feb. 10
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2. And it's not a lie, I promise only 2 in ‘my’ standard.

BTW, I have seen pairs playing 2 as a relay, not promising spades at all.
Feb. 4
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Feb. 4
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Well done. Now you only have to find a solution to the problem of finding your best suit. Clearly, you don't do that by bidding it.
Feb. 1
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There is only one logical answer: natural.

If you have a 6-card suit, you repeat it.
If you have support for one of opener's suits, you raise.
If you have stopper in the 4th suit, you bid 2NT.
If you have neither of the above, you temporize with 2 on your doubleton (assuming that 4 cards in the 4th suit constitutes a stopper, you must have at least 2 spades).
What remains is a 2-suiter and fortunately we also have a bid not used yet: the bid of the 4th suit!

Q.E.D.
Feb. 1
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If you really want something simple, bid 2 with all hands, and over the forced 2NT rebid continue as you would have continued over your 2NT opening.

A refinement to that is to bid 2 instead of 2 if you don't want to be declarer in spades (that is, when you have spades). Opener is once again obliged to bid 2NT, etc.

A further refinement lends itself, of course. When you are 44+ in the majors you bid 3

As you can see, an entirely logical response system practically builds itself step by step. In the end you arrive at something like Erik's system.
Feb. 1
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Feb. 1
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Erik, you do not have to have both majors in your Stayman if you use the following rebids by opener:
3, 3: as you play them now
3: both majors! Now you can sign off in either major via 4/4 transfers, and you can try for slam in either major via 3NT/4.
3NT: 4, no 4. This way you have positioned NT in case responder has hearts.

The advantage of all this is twofold:
1. You can bid Stayman without revealing your major for the opening leader.
2. You have more bidding room after 2-2M because you don't have to think of balanced hands not worth a slam try.
Jan. 31
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IMO, to include 5-card majors in 2 is unnecessary and harmful as well.
Unnecessary because you can bid 5M(332) hands easily via Gazzilli.
Harmful because you will need extra bidding sequences to find the major, thereby losing bidding space for other things.
Jan. 31
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That's what I'd recommend too but I think the restriction of at least 44 in the majors for the 3 response is unnecessary.
Jan. 31
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Opener is never going to bid on with that hand. Bidding 4 is resulting.
Jan. 30
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If step 1 were the obligatory bid with all minimum hands this poll could be restricted to the number of trumps required for the raise.
Jan. 30
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