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Isn't this just regular 5-card stayman with Smolen-esque follow-ups after 2N-3C; 3D and 2N-3C; 3D-3N shows both majors?
Nov. 8
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At matchpoints, following Barry Crane's rules is sound advice: open all 11- or 12- counts with an ace or king. At imps, Vul I pass if I can't stand a 3-level penalty double by partner with KJT9 of trumps and about 10 misfitting points.
Nov. 5
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South bid 4H in response to the 4D keycard ask to show 1 keycard (his ace of spades). North made the strange keycard/kickback ask with a void in spades, so when I doubled, he redoubled when he thought I was showing the spade ace.
Oct. 24
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I am the Lightner doubler. I had KQT9xx xx Axxx x. A minor lead sets the contrlact. After the hand, (despite knowing that my double asked for dummy's first bid suit,) I was impressed that my partner found the low club lead which limited dummy's heart ruffs, and left declarer one trick short. (I will switch to a trump if my partner had led a diamond.)
Oct. 23
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I was the 5D bidder. North (normally a deliberate bidder) quickly bid 5H. Even my partner said North bid unusually fast (for him). On defense we collected the diamond and spade aces to set 6H. After the hand, we weren't sure if the South player was swayed by his partner's fast tempo. And now you know the rest of the story…
Oct. 22
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When I tried Paul's link, it didn't work.
So, I found this other link: https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20190509/news/305099845/
May 9
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I know most of my local club players play it as a splinter; I play it as 5-5 with strong suits. So, I would never make it without discussion. (Most of my fellow club players also play fast arrival - I play picture bids.)
May 8
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what about the confident No Trump bid with no stopper? This especially happens at the one-level, like 1C-(1S)-1N.
March 21
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Playing at the lower levels (club games) in San Antonio, many of my partners told me these showed the black suits after 1-p-1:
dbl
1N
2
2
2N
I convinced my three regular partners that you don't need 5 bids to show two hand types. Now, we use dbl = values, takeout, possibly both black suits, 2N = distributional takeout for the black suits; and all other bids are natural.
Jan. 24
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If the novice kibitzing the table says, “That bids seems unusual…”
Dec. 21, 2018
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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, 2018
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I heard this as a Ewen double (at least, that was the author's name on the book).
April 23, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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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