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I didn't see in the OP where it said that the 1 opening was alerted, I believe it would need to be if you can have longer clubs.

Ref: EBU Blue Book 4H2(b)
12 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 9 hours ago
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Luckily for me we open 1 with 6C+5H so I think I can still give preference to hearts (and maybe even bid 3 if I dislike both of partner's suits).
Passing 3 is only an LA if you play canape or hafve longer clubs than hearts.
14 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 14 hours ago
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Most players who use Ogust play it opposite any weak 2 opener, which seems quite odd to me because our goals are different.

Opposite 2/ we are usually looking for a major suit game/slam so are interested in suit quality and playing strength. Ogust fits the bill nicely.

Opposite 2 we are usually looking for 3NT so are interested in suit quality and outside controls. Feature ask seems better here. It also makes sense (to me) to use 2 as the ask given you more responses to play with. I'll post a scheme later if I get the chance.

Poor suit, poor hand: bid 3.
Poor suit, good hand: show feature, 2, 2N=, 3
Good suit, good hand: show feature, 3, 3, 3N=
14 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 13 hours ago
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Good hand: 8 losers

But see below
14 hours ago
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So you never have a good hand with a good suit,,..
16 hours ago
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Mike: is why partner did what they did relevent?
Partner has passed our forcing bid, isn't it more likely that this was a mistake? I know I've done it.
18 hours ago
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I believe you are correct Steve, however, partner's pass is inconsistent with that.
I suspect that treating partner's pass as an aberation is the way to go (since we have no AI about whether partner alerted or not). This gets us back to where Kit is.
22 hours ago
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Except that many would open 1 with 6C and 5H.
22 hours ago
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I have on occasion been handed a rope; I have, so far, failed to hang myself.
23 hours ago
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Alerts are mandatory, partner isn't allowed to forget, so if they don't alert you know why.
However, Richard takes this one better, the fact that partner did or did not alert is UI to you. So you should assume they did, even if you know they didn't!
I suspect that the average club player would struggle with this concept.
23 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 23 hours ago
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So the lack of an intervening bid is your ‘get out of jail free’ card.
23 hours ago
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Easy way to remember option 1 is 1-2-1-2-3 for number of honours shown by each step.
23 hours ago
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..but can give preference to hearts as partner will normally have at least as many hearts than clubs.
May 24
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Its just a calculated risk, of course it goes pear shaped occasionally.
May 24
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If partner has a fistful of clubs and diamonds then it would be inappropriate. Protecting with the hand you gave looks routine to me.
May 24
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Yes.
We play mainly matchpoint pairs and compete agressively, our general rule is that the opps don't get to play in any contract below 2.
May 24
Ian Grant edited this comment May 24
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I trust my partner to protect if appropriate.
May 23
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Usually these sort of bids must have an anchor suit to be legal.
May 21
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OK in EBU but WBF brown sticker.
We play 2NT is normal pre-empt in clubs or a ‘constructive’ pre-empt in one of the other suits (2 of AKQ, outside entry if missing ace, can have some extras, good for 6 tricks opposite a small doubleton). 3C is constructive, 3D, 3H normal, 3S is gambling with long solid minor, 3NT is specific ace ask.
If opps interfere over 2NT then opener can bid or double to show a constructive holding.


This is definitely the best use of 2NT for us as it stopped a recurring argument. I like sound pre-empts in 1st/2nd seat, my wife prefers a more laissez-faire approach; we can now eat each other's cake!
May 21
Ian Grant edited this comment May 22
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In EBU land we have a worrying trend in that Seniors Congresses are flourishing at the expense of the Open ones. The seniors seem to not want to play against us youngsters and as a result are slowly killing the game off.

I'm pretty sure that green points (EBU top level) are easier to get at seniors only events, and that may be part of the reason. My solution would be to only award green points for Open events.
May 21
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