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Hardy's raises work pretty well:
1M-2M three or four card single raise
1M-2N four plus card balanced game-force (Jacoby)
1H-3D under jump shift: 9-12, four card raise, undisclosed splinter
1S-3H under jump shift: 9-12, four card raise, undisclosed splinter
1M-3M limit raise: 10-12, four trumps or three trumps with splinter. Next step is MAB (Mathe Asking bid): return to 4M shows 4-carder; otherwise, show singleton
1H-3S over jump shift: 12-15, four card raise, undisclosed splinter
1S-3N over jump shift: 12-15, four card raise, undisclosed splinter
1M-3N 13-15, three card balanced game-force
1M-4C inverted trump swiss: 12-15, balanced, good trumps (HHxx or A/Kxxxx)
1M-4D inverted trump swiss: 12-15, balanced, lesser trumps than 4C
1M-4M 0-6, five or more trumps
I think most people don't play them because they are hidden in his tome on Two-Over-One.
July 3
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I heard this as a Ewen double (at least, that was the author's name on the book).
April 23
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Oops, you're right. I read the bidding too fast, but partner does seem to be sitting on a good overcall, without trumps, that wants to compete - a Pseudo Maximal situtation.
Feb. 23
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Isn't a double here maximal, without extra trumps? But with just 8+8 = 16 total trumps, if we can make 10 or 9 tricks, they are going off 3 or 2 tricks, doubled.
Feb. 22
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At the table, I bid 2NT and played it there. The opening lead was a low diamond and dummy had Jxx T9x JT8xx T9. 2NT was makeable, but I didn't keep track of the carding well enough and went down.
Jan. 27
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paage 5 typo: “until iT is clear”
Dec. 10, 2017
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Directing or if the movement includes an awfully slow pair: Mitchell.
Dec. 3, 2017
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deleted. misread the topic.
Sept. 16, 2017
Hank Eng edited this comment Sept. 16, 2017
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Am I the only one who thought the article was going to be about Joel Wooldridge being in direct contact with higher powers?
Sept. 13, 2017
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I also use it after a 2 rebid. Now, a raise to 3 shows a doubleton, but a 2 rebid shows the actual 3-card invitational hand.
Sept. 4, 2017
Hank Eng edited this comment Sept. 4, 2017
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The responder is a very weak (almost novice) player.
Aug. 9, 2017
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Aces Scientific used the method Gordon first described: if weak, pick one and transfer to it; if inv, 2D(transfer) then 2S; if strong, 2H(transfer) then 3H.
Dec. 18, 2016
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I think this was called Weissberger at some point.
Dec. 18, 2016
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I've seen 3rd/5th play your way with different players, so now when I hear “3rd & 5th,” I'll often ask, “3rd from even?” which is the way I learned it in Rosler & Rubens' Journalist Leads.

I also ask, “In the middle of the hand, too?” which has gotten a few yes's and probably's.
Nov. 29, 2016
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“You are E and lead your systematic low spade… You play 3rd/5th leads…”

Just making sure, that means you led the 8 to show an even number, right? If so, then partner knows declarer has at most a singleton, and his 5 is suit preference. If you led the 3 to show 5 or 6, then partner (with a three card spade suit) is giving attitude and showing the J.
Nov. 29, 2016
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When I play with a weak defensive player, I play suit preference.

When I play with a strong defensive player, I follow what John Miller stated: attitude when a tap is possible; otherwise, suit preference.
Nov. 18, 2016
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I'm willing to bring a new deck of cards to an NABC if the price is brought back to a reasonable $15 per session.
Nov. 15, 2016
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Thanks everyone for voting and comments. I polled this hand because at the table, the opener did not alert 3C (in ACBL-land), broke tempo, and rebid 3N. She did alert *after* responder rebid 4S.

After I led and saw the dummy, I called the director. Holding a balanced near maximum, I said some people might try for a matchpoint top and pass 3N, which goes down 1. The director polled 3 players and all 3 said they would bid 4S, so he claimed passing was not a logical alternative and let the result stand (4S making).

A side known fact at the club: responder is known to play this 3C response with most of his partners, and opener is known to not play conventional major raises with any of her partners.
Nov. 14, 2016
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I recently had a discussion about this topic. My partner and I agreed that a direct 3N was a hand with no good slam cards for opener's suits, while a 2N then 3N showed a hand with possible slam cards for opener's suits.
Oct. 21, 2016
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When my partner and I were just starting, she kept forgetting what our 2NT opening was (20-21, 20-22, 22-24?). On one hand she looked at the opponent's convention card before opening 2NT. At some point, an opponent asked me the range for the 2NT opening, so I picked up the opponent's card and announced 20-21.
Oct. 20, 2016
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