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Originally I did not intended to go into details about this. My goal is to build a responding structure which can fulfil the following tasks (other than the obvious):
- Has a bid for inviting to 3NT without having a major, such as the traditional 2NT.
- Has a puppet stayman bid to locate 5-3 (and 4-4) major suit fits. I take it as obvious that 1NT will often contain a 5-card major. At the same time I'd like to avoid bidding out opener's shape if possible (as with regular Stayman). A nice solution of pupstay was described once by Justin Lall on his site, I used it with one partner efficiently.
- Has a bid for minor one-suiters.

The scheme with 4-suit transfers has no invitational NT bid. To circumvent that, you can play that 2 is either a game invitation in NT or a club suit. It is a range ask and then responder clarifies. However, after a 3M intervention, it may be difficult to sort out various types and strengths. That's why I had the idea that maybe weak hands with a long minor suit may be gotten rid of.

Anyway, thank you for taking me seriously.
Dec. 29, 2014
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Nick:
I can think of more than one system of responses based on disregarding the weak minor hands. The point is whether such a system is justified.
Maybe I should have asked whether anyone has experience with those runouts. I myself recall two cases, in one I was doubled in 3 and went down 2 (opps had nothing), in another one I was not doubled but running did not improve the contract.
I have played for 40 years now and I simply don't remember ever having a hand in which I bought the contract in 3m and it was good.
People playing ten thousand hands in one year may have a say based on statistical experience. I am not such a player.
Dec. 28, 2014
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Fine problem. I gave up after 4 tries although I have already known the full hand by then.
Maybe tomorrow.
Dec. 28, 2014
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Thanks.
Dec. 28, 2014
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I don't expect 1NT to be the final contract when I have a hand suitable for a 3m signoff.
Dec. 28, 2014
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Of course it is forcing. Preempting here would be totally pointless, we have the balance of power.
Besides, we could have passed with long hearts and bid a number of hearts later so the only sensible reason why we did not do so seems to be solid hearts.
Dec. 25, 2014
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During my early bridge years I used to see that 2NT reopener several times, even without a slow pass by partner. Openers simply could not pass having 17 HCP's (or even less, for that matter), regardless that they had already announced their strength. Uneducation, I would say.
Dec. 13, 2014
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Frances: we play 1♦-1♠-2♠-3m as canapé non-forcing invitational

I have always wondered if this treatment is feasible. To me it seems that in most cases you trade a 4-3 at the 2-level with a 5-2 at the 3-level.
Dec. 13, 2014
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What program do you use for simulation?
Dec. 12, 2014
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The vulnerable game bonus is paid only for fulfilled games. To justify bidding a vulnerable game you will need 38 % odds. I don't think you can expect that much here.
Dec. 12, 2014
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Clear pass. Anyway, if your 1NT rebid is 11-14, it is in fact 11-13, is it not?
Dec. 11, 2014
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Let me add that always playing forcing pass in a 5-level competitive situation has the advantage that you will never have to face a TD decision after a long huddle.
Dec. 6, 2014
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I'd play it forcing to 3m even at matchpoints. I have found that playing 2NT under these circumstances is hardly right. Moreover, the forcing 2NT makes it possible for responder to try to bail out at 3, over which opener can still accept the invitation.
I'd prefer to use 2M rebids show some shape or at least concentrated values, a hand with character.
Or there is my favourite Meckwell convention, the 2 rebid with balanced hands. Over that, responder can bid up to 3m with an invitation, in the meantime reserving 2 as a puppet to 2NT with game forcing hands.
Dec. 5, 2014
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This is exactly what happened to us the other day. Only we opened a precision 2, thereby being in a more confined environment, at least theoretically.
My partner thought the situation was forcing, I thought otherwise.
I could be convinced to play every 5-level situation as forcing, on the basis that it is most unlikely that their contract is making and we cannot bid over it profitably.
Dec. 5, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Dec. 6, 2014
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Tell this to Stewart.
2014 Baze seniors KO SF, segment 2, board 30 (alas, I don't know how to give a link, maybe someone can help)

Also, look what Kasle is doing in the same tournament, QF 1st segment, Bd8.
Dec. 3, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Dec. 3, 2014
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No need to open sub-light. Light is enough, then you can survive 2NT. If you are sub-light, you can pass, you have the same strength as the opponents.
With your example hand I open 2.

BTW, let's say you open those 12-13 HCP flats. Now what do your passed hand 2NT's mean? If they mean you were just short of an opening bid (exactly 11 HCP's), you are guaranteed to get overboard even if your partner opens only a bit light. You will have 20-21 HCP's to my 22-23. Or you don't use the 2NT bid by a PH at all, which seems to place a very great burden on the PH 1NT response.
Nov. 18, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 18, 2014
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“The most successful pairs who play a wide range NT somehow manage to never, ever play 2N (ie only inviting when partner is accepting).”

That is of course a joke. Anyway, no good pair I know plays a wide range NT.
Nov. 17, 2014
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I played a 11-16 NT up until about 2 weeks ago. In one match, where the opponents played a weak NT, there were 12 1NT openings (Mostly by our side). It was driving me mad. I'd prefer a different opening bid on each hand if possible.

Also, nobody speaks about the downsides of the wide range NT. E.g. either you miss a game or you play in 2NT where you should be in 1. When the opps compete you never know if it is safe to compete or double, so even if they are wrong they often get away with it.

I play 12-15 now and I am still not comfortable. I'd prefer if 1NT and 1 overlap slightly, so that I never feel a hand too strong for 1NT and too weak for 1 at the same time. The other day I held: KJx, Q109, AKJ10x, Jx. Is that a strong club? Is it not too strong for 1NT? AS we were not vulnerable, I went for 1NT but we still lost a game.
Nov. 17, 2014
Gábor Szőts edited this comment Nov. 17, 2014
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The notion of partner having to cater for opening values when contemplating his action has avoided me, to tell the truth.
Nov. 17, 2014
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The opponents were top players but had no agreement about the double. Opening leader took it as a heart stack and he led Q.
Yes, the main reason West passed out the double was that he hoped it would be interpreted as suggesting a spade lead.
Oct. 23, 2014
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