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Looks like my kite just got shot down! :-)
16 hours ago
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Oren: using inference.
If I don't support H or S but have made a 2C GF bid then I must have diamonds covered.

In any case, I was only flying a kite (I have never played 2/1 GF and hate strong NT).
March 28
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1S-2C-2H-3C-3NT.
March 27
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I never anticipated being a junior at my age!
March 27
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If you are unbalanced then 1NT-2C-2x-4D as natural.
All slam tries go via 2S, then 3M or 4m.
1NT-3m invites 3NT; 1NT-3M invites 4M.

However, please note that slam bidding is the weakest part of my methods, basically because I think slams are over rated..

Almost everyone I know plays weak NT; none of them play a GF 2D response.
March 25
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For me (opposite a weak NT) it is 6 diamonds and a 4 card major, non forcing. Just looking for the best place to play..
March 25
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I abstained because it depends what your agreements are, I would be surprised if you don't have an agreement for this common situation.
March 24
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X as takeout of spades
2S as takeout of hearts.
Either can be passed.

Versus Ekren- 2D, X is 12-14 balanced or strong
2H is takeout of spades
March 23
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They would have to be CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked to be allowed to teach schoolkids
March 23
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Losing tricks count
March 23
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I think the 2H version is much more difficult to counter than the original Ekren- 2D. Our experience is that it is more successful against decent opposition, the weaker players just decide it's a weak bid and bid without fear; sometimes they get lucky.
March 22
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Our bidding system is based on LTC, openings of 1 of a suit guarantee 7 or fewer loser; 1NT (12-14) usually has 8.
March 22
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I usually add a loser for an aceless hand.
March 22
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We have just completed week 7 of our first ever 'Bridge: First Steps" course, all using miniBridge.
Today we covered Losing Trick Count as a better way to decide whether to go for game in a suit contract. We can then use LTC when we do major suit raises later in the year.

However, our students average age is 60+.
March 21
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ROFL
March 21
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Clamp down on rudeness; don't tolerate it f2f and play in an online environment where it is actively discouraged.
March 21
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We actually did concede 1100 on the 2nd hand; I can't imagine many decent pairs missing slam.

This was a division 1 Swiss Pairs match on BridgeCLubLive so its a reasonable standard.
March 21
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Thanks for the advice guys; glad I started this thread now. :-)
March 21
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On inspection it doesn't look good to me either (except that it worked on the day).
I'm surprised my partner didn't open 1.
March 21
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Our experience is that its better to open 2 with (say)
J987 Q732 43 432
than it is with
A987 KQ32 43 432.

(Better as in scores well more often).

Besides, playing 3-11 is more fun!
March 21
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