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With unequal lengths you give preference.
What you do with equal lengths is why I prefer Ekren as a 2 bid, you simply pass which puts a lot of pressure on your lho.

Remember: this is a pre-empt, not a constructive bid.
5 hours ago
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My experience (5 years +) playing 2 as Ekren is that 6-4 is a bad idea, particularly if the 6 bagger is spades when you run the risk of playing in a 4-2 heart fit.

You also have the risk of partner taking out to a 6-0 minor fit when you have a 6-1 or 6-2 major fit.

The other hands to be wary of are 4432 hands in the 7-9 hcp range which have the wrong offence/defence ratio for a pre-emptive bid. Weaker 4-4 hands are OK assuming your points are in the majors.

I find it to be a very effective tool but you must be disciplined. The bonus is that your 1M openers are better defined.

2 is a little harder to defend than 2 (you have one less bid to play with) but partner may have to bid 3 instead of passing.
7 hours ago
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Usually 4/5 cards in each major and wide ranging but generally weak. We play it as 3-11 hcp.
7 hours ago
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Barry: how you devise your system with your partner is one thing, how you disclose it to the opps another.
17 hours ago
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MY partner has an 8 loser hand with at most a doubleton spade, so theoretically the hand posted is good enough. However, I am a bit worried about the trump suit so would like some insurance in diamonds.
Feb. 22
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If your partner wanted your opinion he would have asked for it!
Feb. 22
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The problem with system names is that they get used and abused, ‘systems’ are rarely fully described by the name ( notable exceptions are SAYC and Modern English Acol, but even then the word modified often gets appended).

All sorts of things can lurk in the depths of the CC, I know a ‘precision club’ pair where 1 is any 16-20 with stronger hands opened 2. But then they also play 4 card majors, m2 and Lucas 2s. (As you might imagine they are not a strong pair so nobody really cares).

I'm actually much more interested in whether you play short club/better minor/other with your 5 card majors and 15-17 NT than whether 1M-2m is GF or not. After all, you will alert won't you….
Feb. 22
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We get players on this side of the pond who describe their system as “2/1”; only when you dig further do you find multi-2D and Muiderberg 2s.
Feb. 22
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So is Old Maid if you want it to be.
Gamblers will bet on anything.
Feb. 21
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I play my own Grumpy 2/1 bids opposite a 1m opener; which are transfer bids showing either a very weak hand with a 6-bagger or GF with 5+ (in the target suit).
I have been working on something similar opposite a 1M opener.

There are multiple varieties of 2/1 bids not just 2/1 GF versus 1M.

What are you going to call the next system? Double? Jump Bid?
Feb. 21
Ian Grant edited this comment Feb. 21
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If a low diamond is wrong my partner shouldn't have doubled…
Feb. 20
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No player shall touch another player's cards.
Feb. 20
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A good strat is one which is used to give prizes to weaker players who have done well relative to their peers.

A bad strat is one which is used to give more master points to weaker players than to stronger players who have finished higher up the field.

But I guess that's not what you were after.
Feb. 20
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2/1: a terrible name for a system.

Call it something else such as MAST (Modern American STandard)
or Orange Card or Dvorak (New World).
Feb. 20
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But there is a better than 50% chance that you will be on lead; and, if not, there's a chance partner might lead a heart anyway.
Feb. 20
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with the 3532 GF hand I just bid 3NT.
Feb. 20
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Does 1C show clubs (3+,4+) or can it be short?
If short XX could confirm 4+.

Might also consider playing it as automatic, so freeing up partners actions.
Feb. 20
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No need for it to be natural, simply double instead.
Feb. 19
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….and most of the new winter sports look extremely safe….
Feb. 19
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I think sports require an element of physical prowess; even if its only hand-eye coordination as in shooting, darts or snooker.

Rather than trying (and failing) to get ‘Mind Sports’ to be recognised as “sport” we should try to get similar legal/tax/etc. advantages for ‘Mind Sports’ that ‘Physical Sports’ enjoy.
Feb. 18
Ian Grant edited this comment Feb. 18
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