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Thanks John, that's very good news.
Jan. 6, 2015
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This is exactly what I used to play with a certain partner. 2 was s or a balanced slam try.

And once a terrible thing happened: after 1NT-2 the opponents came in with 3 something. I passed, and after some hesitation partner reopened with a double. I took it as the slammish hand, the opp asked why and I could not explain. It did not went to TD but was a bit awkward.
Jan. 1, 2015
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It seems to me like 2 off.

Otherwise, I agree that 1NT is not likely to get passed out when I have a 3m hand.
However, if I bid 3m (or take a longer route to 3m) and I have a big fit, I practically force the opponents to bid game (LHO will have the strength and distribution to double after RHO has passed), while it is more difficult for them to find their game after a 2 Landy, when RHO will have to allow for the possibility of his partner having reopened on mediocre values. Defensive methods against a strong NT are not game oriented.
This would mean that I will have to preempt if I think they have no game, while I'd better pass if I think they have. And I have no way to know that.
Dec. 31, 2014
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I like your 3. If you had bid 4 I might disagree but I would certainly feel sympathy.
Dec. 30, 2014
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With some partners I do use 2 not promising a 4cM with inviting strength. However, I hate it.
Dec. 29, 2014
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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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