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I really don't understand why natural isn't an option here. I voted lebensohl (GB2N is a better name). Scramble wouldn't be an option here for me, using responsive doubles. With hearts and a minor, I bid hearts.

A natural 2NT would be my second option.
May 6, 2013
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I'm sorry Sabine - I forgot to congratulate you with your great achievement in the Vanderbilt. That was truely a great effort for you and your team!
May 2, 2013
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You've got this about Norway wrong, Sabine. There was no women competitions at all in Norway back then, or earlier. Norway withdrew from international women competition, and that happened earlier, around 1980, if I remember correctly. The decline in membership had nothing to do with this. And it didn't happen over the night, it dropped over time from around 16,000 members in the mid-80's to less than 10,000 today. It seems like the trend has stopped now, and we're looking at a slightly increasing number of members this year.
May 2, 2013
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Splinter (void) for me, NOT keycard asking.
May 1, 2013
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April 29, 2013
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Absolutely! Good suit and 7-loser hand.
April 25, 2013
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment May 9, 2013
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That's very strange, if true. There's nothing encrypted in Vinje's signals.
April 21, 2013
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I'd never announce the revoke.
However, if I noticed it, I'd never do anything to hide it, like make another revoke in the same suit, claim or things like that. I'd just play out the hand and admit to the revoke if asked.
April 21, 2013
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As said above, it's called the Vinje trump signal. Named after it's inventor, Helge Vinje.

Vinje wrote two books on signaling? The first in 1957 called “the Norwegian count signal” where what is universally known as standard count was first described.

The trump signal was described in a later book called “Precision defence at bridge” released in the mid seventies if I recall correctly.
In that book he also described new ideal on honor leads. I never used the trump signal. But ilder a period of 7 years from the mid eightiies I used the honor leads and signslling methods incorporated with them. And that works great. Unfortunatrly Vinje's ideas never became popular - his honor leads are much better than what i in use by most players.
April 18, 2013
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment April 18, 2013
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Don't need much more to bid 4NT(nat).
April 18, 2013
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What methods do we play?
Hard to do anything intelligent without knowing.
If 3 is slammish with no shortness (as I used to play 20+ years ago), that's a possible bid, but if it's a splinter bid, I can't bid that, etc.
April 15, 2013
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I'm bidding 2 now. When (if allowed) i bid 3 next, I've shown my hand. XX now and 4 (over i.e. 3) would show a stronger hand. Skipping the redouble doesn't absolutely deny 3-card support, although it strongly suggest you don't have it.
April 13, 2013
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I can't double now, that shows a much stronger hand, when balanced. And I won't rebid 2 with such a “weak” hand and only a 5-card suit. If partner can't scrape up a bid in the balancing posision, we're fine defending.
April 13, 2013
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I'd have bid last round.
April 13, 2013
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Agree with Bob about LM in this sequence. I would, however, not bid 4 with this hand, since it really overstates the strength of the hand.
April 13, 2013
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So both had the 9?
April 10, 2013
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Then it seems like we have spades double stopped, but lack a heart stopper. Game is a real long shot then, unless partner have extra shape and/or strength. I just bid 3 now, need another diamond to bid them. 2NT should be natural here, promising a heart stopper, and I'm too light to cue 3 with such a balanced hand.
April 9, 2013
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1 showing 0-7 is what lacks accuracy, whereas 3! showing 8-10 is doing the hand justice. I abstain.
April 9, 2013
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I suppose there's a typo, and that the explanation given should read 2= stopper etc.
April 9, 2013
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Nothing wrong here IMO. West MIGHT raise to 3, but passing is far from being a mistake.
April 9, 2013
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