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I think many teachers are just pleased when the students count out the lesson fee correctly.
3 hours ago
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Obviously you count losers from the long hand's point of view; my point is that calling them dummy points or declarer points is going to cause confusion.
June 14
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There are many hands which I wouldn't open but would want to force.
I know I'm weird, but not that weird.
June 13
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Agree.
On the bidding as shown why didn't North bid 4 once South shows they have six?
June 13
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Q1: if 2 isn't natural then why don't I want to play in 2x?
June 12
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If it works for you…

You do need to be careful with terminology though; dummy points and declarer points doesn't work if dummy has the longer trumps (after a transfer say).

We have based our entire bidding lessons on LTC, so we are a bit entrenched! I still think its easier than trying to get them to memorise 2 tables of adjustments to MWC.
June 12
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“10+ hcp and 7 or fewer losers” replaces ro20 and automatically devalues isolated quacks.
June 11
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Our beginners struggle with Ro14 so would have no chance remembering all of those adjustments.

(Ro14: hcp + cards for a 2-level change of suit response in Acol. E.g. need 9+ hcp to respond 2 with a 5 card suit).
June 11
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LTC doesn't seem artificial to me, it simply generates a value that takes account of high cards and distribution.

It is much less artificial than the Milton Work Count even before you start making adjustments.

LTC often lets responded make a sensible natural raise (by assuming opener has a 7 loser hand) rather than artificial Bergen raise to describe their hand, a response which often leaves opener on a guess.

I have yet to see a hand evaluation method that makes beginners better declarers.
June 11
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We do the opposite!
We teach LTC and if anyone preaches length/shortage points to them they should kick them in the nuts and run away…

However, we teach LTC using miniBridge where it is more obvious that it works much better than an hcp based method (since they can see both hands).
June 11
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“It also gives each board the same weight which is undesirable…”

Not in my opinion. If you disagree with me then why not simply roll a die before each board to see how many VPs you are playing for, would be much fairer than imped pairs.
June 9
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One of the gents on the Bridge circuit, I shall miss playing against him. Once said to my wife “don't you ever pass?” and got away unscathed!
I believe Rhona and Bernard sponsored the Killarney Congress, we never managed to get there though they kept trying to persuade us to.
June 7
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Louis: if similar hands appeared on consecutive deals and you would bid the same way then you do need to alert.

1000 deals isn't a massive number; about 3 months for the average player?

I agree that it is unusual, though some seem to think it is ‘just Bridge’; I doubt anyone at Barnsley Bridge Club would do it (I used to be a member).
June 5
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Alex: I think that Law 40C1 is more appropriate to this situation since bidding a suit shorter than 3 cards is normally considered to be a psyche.
June 5
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We don't have a a weak 2 available but include an intermediate hand (8-12 hcp) with 6 diamonds (i2D hand) in our 2 multi; it can also have a 4 card major. However, we might still play in a diamond part-score with a 4-4 major suit fit as we only investigate that if partner has a game-going hand opposite our presumed i2D opener.

This is the most complex part of our system; partner will normally respond 2 and I will pass with an i2D hand. If partner shows game interest by responding 2 then I rebid 2 if I have a 4-card major, 2NT if not.

After 2-2-2 a bid of 2NT elicits a response of:
3 min with 4 hearts
3 min with 4 spades
3 max with 4 hearts
3 max with 4 spades

After 2-2-2NT a bid of 3 is Ogust (with just one weak option).
June 5
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In EBUland I believe the answer is once; especially if you think it is ‘just bridge’.
June 4
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Supplementary question: how many times can you reverse into a 2 card suit before your partner has to start alerting these bids?
June 4
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Especially as I haven't actually bid clubs yet (1 could be as few as one club for me).
June 4
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I like sound pre-empts,my wife likes to be a little more flexible. So we have 2 ways to pre-empt.

2NT is a weak pre-empt in clubs OR a good pre-empt in another suit.

3 is a good pre-empt in clubs.
3, 3 are weak.
3 is a gambling 3NT type hand (with a poor 7 card spade suit we open 2).
June 4
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Much easier to see once dummy hits the deck…
June 3
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