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When in doubt, check the regs. If still unsure check with someone you trust to give you a sensible reply.
Willy-nilly alerting is not the answer.

Some players on BCL alert weak 2 openings (wrongly); this leads to some opps thinking our Ekren-style 2 opening is simply a weak 2.
7 hours ago
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My feeling is that the redouble would not require an alert in EBUland, it's effectively a t/o redouble which isn't that unusual.
7 hours ago
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@Dave: it was the showing of the useless doubleton I thought odd; great if it keeps you out of 3NT but only if the opps are leading that suit…

2 as range ask/minor suit t/o is very popular here. We teach it to our beginners and its actually the first convention they learn (lesson 1: opening 1NT and limit raises) although they don't find out about the t/o option till later (some of the sharper ones ask why they bid 3 with a max and not 3NT)
7 hours ago
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Nice.
8 hours ago
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Not interested in stopping at the 2-level; but do want to be able to play in 3m opposite a 1NT opener.
9 hours ago
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So its a lead-directing method for the opps?
9 hours ago
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In the UK McKendrick is quite common; this uses 1NT-2 as a range ask (2NT min, 3 max) but responder can also use it as a weak takeout to a minor (not invitational).

We have amended it (GEM = Grumpy Extended McKendrick) so that we can only use it as a weak t/o to clubs. A 3 rebid by responder is Staymanic (3NT denies) which gives us the ability to determine opener's strength as well as if they have a 4 card major.
Our slam tries in a major also go via the 2 GEM bid.

We don't have a specific slam try in a minor after a 1NT opening, they are too rare to devote bids to. We would usually bid 2; follow up with a 4 ace ask and then punt a minor or NT slam.

Our ‘escape’ to 3 after a 1NT opening goes via 2NT which is ostensibly ‘pick-a-minor’ (pass or convert with long diamonds).

This leaves us all the 3-level bids free for other purposes.
1NT-3M invites 4M (but not 3NT); also has pre-emptive value.
1NT-3m invites 3NT (responder will have about a 10 count and a 6 card minor).
9 hours ago
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So what's wrong with 2C-2D-2H-4NT as a 2 way bid
A) rkcb for hearts if opener has hearts
B) quant if opener is balanced
21 hours ago
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I don't think it's unusual; shows a hand that wants to compete but doesn't have primary heart support or a biddable suit of their own.
21 hours ago
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I suspect I messed up rotating the hand to make my hand South. :-(
May 26
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Corrected, thanks
May 25
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One has to be careful how one describes the actions of one's Mrs.

I can't complain, I think I once said “all you need to overcall 1/ with 1 is 5 spades and a pulse…”
May 25
Ian Grant edited this comment May 25
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If you don't abide by the laws then you ain't playing Bridge.

I've often wondered why we even have ‘Seniors’ events these days since they simply exclude about 5% of the Bridge playing populace. The number of masterpoints awarded for a restricted entry event also concerns me; if the masterpoints are easier to win in a Seniors event (and I'm pretty sure they are in the UK at least) then there should be considerably less of them.
May 25
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Even ruder would have been asking our teammates how they got into such an awful contract….

I don't think I know them well enough to do that! :-)
May 25
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I believe that the EBU regs that you don't alert above 3NT unless the bid is highly unusual.
May 21
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Unlikely that I will ever play with screens; we don't have delayed alerts in EBUland.
May 20
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For info:
2 is one of:

6 diamonds with 8-12 hcp (can have 4cM)
Balanced 23+
4 loser hand with 5+ hearts; single suited or 2-suited (at least 5-5).
May 20
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Having discussed this with my partner I changed my vote to UNT.
May 20
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My mind is playing tricks, first thought is why can I see the west hand and be asked to work out what south should bid? Then I see I'm being asked what I think about East's overcall…

So either I'm crazy or everyone else is (what I usually think!)
May 20
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I'd like my partner to have at least 7 spades to bid 3NT to play after I open 3.
May 20
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