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We currently play a modified Roman response to a 4 enquiry:
4: 0 or 3
4: 1 or 4
4: 2 same colour
4NT: 2 other
This then allows 5 as a King enquiry but the 5 response shows any 2.
We have discussed converting it to RKCB responses when we have agreed a suit but are happy to stay as above.

4 for us is always an ace enquiry unless either of us have bid a natural 3 as our immediately preceding bid OR we are in a competitive auction where it is obviously natural.

We will occasionally find a slam that others don't simply because we have a safe way of asking and still be able to stay at the 4-level. We will obviously miss some slams that cue-bidding will find; but its usually missing grands rather than small slams. As primarily MPS players we are willing to live with this.
14 hours ago
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If partner signals an even number they have 1,2 or 4 cards in the suit.
If they signal an odd number they have 1 or 3.
Occasionally they might have a combination where its hard to tell what they are signalling.

So, absent any F-N style signal enhancement, I'm not sold on this method.
Jan. 15
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Ruling principles:
Ascertain all of the facts
State them clearly
Jan. 15
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It depends on what north holds.
Do they have extra spades such that the ace is unlikely to be a defensive trick?
Do they have a heart void?
Jan. 14
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I think Mike is asking us whether we would double with the North hand given the prescribed meaning; and in various contexts.

For me: only in the pass-out seat.
At IMPs must be Non-vul also.
Jan. 12
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6 looks like “I overheard someone saying that 6 makes”; looks like they were talking about a different hand!
Jan. 11
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We play:

Multi-2
8-12 hcp with 6 diamonds (can have a 4 card major)
or
23-24 balanced
or
GF with at least 5 hearts (can be single or 2-suited)

Responder bids 2 or 2 depending on whether they want to play in 2 or aim for game when opener has the weaker option.


Multi-2
5-9 hcp with 6 hearts
or
20-22 balanced
or
GF with at least 5 spades (can be single or 2-suited)

Responder bids 2 or 2 depending on whether they want to play in 2 or aim for game when opener has the weaker option.


Full details of continuations available on request.

(2 is Ekren-style, 2 is normal weak 2 in spades)
Jan. 10
Ian Grant edited this comment Jan. 10
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Me neither.

My advice is to make an ‘informed’ guess and then blame your partner's terrible lead when it goes wrong; unless you are married to them in which case you shrug and blame the system.
Jan. 9
Ian Grant edited this comment Jan. 9
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Think of cross-imps as a mad multiple teams event where you get to score up with every other pair sitting the same way as your current opps. You then take an average of those scores.

Butler takes an average of all the pairs scores sitting your way (including yours but excluding the extreme scores) and you score up against that.
Jan. 9
Ian Grant edited this comment Jan. 9
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Cross-imps are much better but any IMPed scored pairs event is an abomination in my eyes.
Jan. 9
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Almost as Paul. A or Q asks for (reverse) attitude, anything else for (upside down) count.
Obviously if partner leads a small card you may have to play a high one and so can't give count.
Also dummy's holding might indicate a suit pref signal instead.
Jan. 8
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…and a happy new year to you too.
Jan. 7
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Anything that doesn't use double, even the weakest Precision players can exploit your double.

We play our Grumpy defence:
1 majors
1 hearts + a minor
1 soadds + a minor
1NT minors
2any natural, single suited
Jan. 6
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If this was posted as a lead problem I could actually pick the card I want to play.
Jan. 5
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…and I voted other, other…
Jan. 2
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Well when I said att/count I actully meant rev Att, Upside-down count…
Jan. 2
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A or Q for attitude, K for count.
Might not be optimal but is simple.
Jan. 2
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We describe our 1 opening as: can be as few as 1, is forcing if you pass, 11+ hcp no better bid.
Jan. 2
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Whatever shows a weak hand with spade support, could be 3 or 4 (fast arrival) depending on your agreements.
Dec. 31, 2018
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Where is the ‘always’ option?
Dec. 31, 2018
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