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All comments by Harald Berre Skjæran
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In s former partnership we played transfers after1 (2).
A negative doble promised two places to play. There's an article on this in BW, maybe 6-7 years ago.
June 26, 2012
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Just descriptive. Helping me to evaluate if opponenter bid once more.
June 24, 2012
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Agree, I'd definitely raise to 3 with this.
June 9, 2012
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I prefer Vinje leads, but nobody play that…. Thus, I use standard honor leads. From length I prefer Norwegian leads;lowest from odd number, 3rd from 4-card suit and 3rd lowest from 6 (or 8).
May 7, 2012
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Can't see a sequence to a diamond partial. 4S is easily defeated.
April 6, 2012
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Either 2S transfer to diamonds and pass 3C, negative.
Or 2S - minor suit Stayman, and 3D over 2NT ( diamond preference), pass over 3 C.
April 2, 2012
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I guess most people would lead the ten, as is also suggested by the comments here.

In these situations I'd try to figure out what's more important for partner to know. And I'm pretty sure that my number of spades in general will be the most important information for partner. So leading the 8 followed with the 9 is easy to read, as to my number of spades. I'd also lead the 8 from J98, of course. And might still mislead partner if he can't see the jack on the first two rounds of spades.

Anyway, leading the ten isn't a clear message either, since I'd also lead the ten from any Tx.

Totally agree with those who would bid 3S (or 2S earlier).
March 14, 2012
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Henry:
At what level do you want to be able to play in a major? Not at the 2-level, unless you can pass and balance with 2S natural over 2H-p-p I suppose.
March 14, 2012
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@Christina: Most experts today play this unassuming cuebid as INV+ with support for openers suit.

3C is a free bid, that's for sure. But it's far from obvious that it should force to game. If so, we'd not have this discussion.
March 13, 2012
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For me this sequence shows an invite with a good 5-bagger or a 6-card suit. With the example hand, opener have to pass 2H.

In most partnerships I play that 2C…2NT shows an invite with support for the opening suit, wheras the direct 2NT denies support. However, I'd prefer to have all invites going through 2C and let 2NT be a puppet to 3C. That allows me to show all 55+ GF hands by jumping to the 3-level and use the 2NT-puppet to 3C to drop dead in 3C or start to show some spesific slam invites. And thereby remove some hand types from the GF 2D.
March 13, 2012
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Not forcing beyond 3D IMO. Only promising interest in game, or even bidding out my hand to help partner if/when lefty bids again.
March 12, 2012
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I abstain from time to time, because I haven't formed an opinion yet, and want to se the comments.
March 12, 2012
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Quote from ECatsbridge.com (Anna Gudge):
“Negotiations are being held for the 2nd World Mind Sport Games which incorporate the 14th World Bridge Series to be staged in Lille, France, from 9th - 23rd August.”
March 8, 2012
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I've played both standard count and UDCA in several partnerships. Playing standard, we signal present count and playing UDCA we signal original count (thus playing the same card in both methods).

The reason is, as Henry said above, that this is easiest to read for partner.
March 6, 2012
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Lille is not official yet.

Quote from the WBF letter dated March 5th:
“We believe that Lille (France) would be a more suitable host city for the 14th World Bridge Games. We expect that a final agreement with the local Authorities will be signed in the next week or two.”
March 6, 2012
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The 2008 U21 and U26 championships wasn't really a part of the 2008 WMSG, they were just organized at the same place and time. The U28 wasn't planned as a part of the WMSG by the WBF either. The class was added at the time after a request by the Chinese organizers.
Jan. 31, 2012
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