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All comments by Harald Berre Skjæran
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See my comment to Hanan below. The spots in the BB are allotted to the WBF zones, not member countries.
July 25, 2013
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Population should not be considered; membership is what should be considered. And Europe have 393,000 members, compared to ACBL's 161,000. Both zones are underrepresented in the BB if you consider membership.

Each zone in the WBF is allotted a number of spots in the BB; EBL 6, ACBL 3, CSB 2 (4,400 members), BFAME 3 (9,200), CACBF 1 (1,400), APBF 3 (71,000), SPBF 2 (47,000) and ABF 2 (6,400). The 22nd spot goes to the host nation.

ACBL consist of 3 member countries; Canada, USA and Mexico, with USA having 88.6 % of the members, Canada 12,3 % and Mexico 0.25 %. Thus, giving two of the three spots in the BB to USA is fair. Maybe USA even should have a shot at the third place as well.

If all zones were allotted a minimum of 1 spot, and the rest according to membership, the numbers should be something like 9, 4, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1.

The WBF has obviously (correctly IMO) given the smaller (membership) zones extra spots in the BB.
July 25, 2013
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It should be, Phil.
July 24, 2013
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1NT would be natural for me. That's standard here.

I know that 2x is natural for most Americans, but the bridge world comprise more than America. Over here standard is: 1NT=natural, 2x shows the unbid suits and 2y=natural.
July 24, 2013
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In standard methods, both 2 and 3 are NF. Logic dictates that also 4 is NF. Of course there are hands where 5 is cold and 6 is a good bet. I doubt the bidding will end in 4 then, even if it's NF.
July 24, 2013
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2 wouldn't be natural to me, rather show the reds over 1. 2 would be natural.
July 24, 2013
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With AQT it's obvious for partner to return the Q earlier. I won't base my defence on partner having made a clear blunder.
July 22, 2013
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And you lost me when you bid over 1….
July 22, 2013
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That makes a splinter last round even more clear.

After splintering last round I'd have an easy pass over 3NT. Now I've painted myself into a corner….
July 19, 2013
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How many clubs did 2 show?
July 19, 2013
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That's a clear understatement!
July 19, 2013
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3 over 2 would show three small for me. (4243 with no high honor in the rounded suits.)

3 is natural and slammish for me. It shows 4 spades.

4 over 1 shows a void where I play.

I'm not sure the hand is strong enough to bid anything than 4 directly over 1.
July 16, 2013
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This is a style question.

Playing with a conservative partner, this is an easy raise to game. Playing with myself, a single raise is sufficient.
July 15, 2013
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Do we play inverted minors? Could partner be 3343? Does 2 promise another bid?
July 11, 2013
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Kxxxxx x AKQx Ax/Kxxxxx x AKx AK both make 7. Partner might have bid different with both hands, but they're possiblle.
July 11, 2013
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19-21 for me.
July 11, 2013
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Partner might cue a club void orK with a serious slam try. He'll bid 3NT if non-serious.
July 9, 2013
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Still a simple raise to 2 IMO.
July 9, 2013
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And you allow partner to distinguish between a non- serious (3NT) and serious slam try, which is helpful.
July 8, 2013
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My partners always respond with 6 hcp.

What do you think partner will bid over 2 with say xx JTxx Qxx Kxxx? Take always the K from that hand, and I would still want to be in game.

As long as I can't show my heart suit and be able to rebid my spades and make a strong invite (which I could, playing my prefered transfers here), forcing to game is my only reasonable choise. And then I strongly prefer 2NT over 3, which should show 5-5.
July 8, 2013
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