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I don't mind the lead from Jxxx if they lead second highest.
7 hours ago
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1D response as
4+ hearts 0+
OR
5+ clubs GF might be workable.

We play 1C-2any as transfers showing a very weak hand and a 6-bagger or GF with 5+ cards in the target suit (2S-> clubs).
7 hours ago
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Fourth from a good suit, second from a bad one.

OR

Fourth from a suit you would like partner to lead back, second from one you wouldn't.

(My own preference is second from a poor suit, lowest from a good one).
20 hours ago
Ian Grant edited this comment 16 hours ago
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Convention names are a bane; just explain what you do.
20 hours ago
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RST = Red Suit Transfers (so D->H, H->S).
20 hours ago
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That's a 1NT opener?
Feb. 22
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I'm just bidding a direct 4; my hearts could be useless in a spade contract AND its my best chance of getting a spade lead.
Feb. 22
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I've got a class of 18 beginners on week 3 of card-play lessons using MiniBridge. Getting them to lead K from KQT73 wasn't easy; never mind trying to get their partner with A4 to overtake.

So I'm guessing that keeping cards based on obfuscation is going to be quite some way off.
Feb. 22
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Steve: ok so in this instance it may be the wrong thing to do; but beginners need simple rules that work at least 50% of the time.
Feb. 22
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We teach that, if in doubt, try to hang on to 4 card suits; so in this instance we discard spades.
Feb. 22
Ian Grant edited this comment Feb. 22
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All you need are pre-printed table cards for movement and boards to play; then any movement should be fool proof ( on a good day even bridge players might get it right).
Feb. 19
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Wow!
Feb. 16
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I much prefer 2NT as a good raise to 3M or better, occurs more often than GF. I can't really see a downside.
We only disclose more info when we are looking for slam opposite the 2NT bid, anything other than a raise of suit by opener. 3M shows a 7 loser hand, 4M a 6 loser.
3 level bids are a side suit usually KJx or better, 4C/D are splinters.

Note that the 2NT bid denies a shortage, would use a mini-splinter if that were the case.
Feb. 16
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Double usually turns out badly on single suited hands but maybe that's just me.
Feb. 15
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I abstained as I couldn't be bothered to work out what the options are.
Fwiw: the double means “I don't want to defend this contract unless you think it's going down partner”.
Feb. 13
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I wouldn-t play on BBO if you paid me to.
More than happy to pay to play on BCL where there is an active ethics team, no robots and a pleasant atmosphere. It's like your favourite f2f club online.
Looking forward to meeting around 50 or so members at a weekend get together in April.
Feb. 13
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The same as without the interference, 4 card support and exactly 9 losers. Pre-emptive towards the opps, constructive for partner.
Feb. 13
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Anything which uses point count when you have a major suit fit leaves me cold. All of our raises are based on LTC and assume opener has a 7 loser hand.
So with 4 card support ( we play 5cM)

2NT is 8 or fewer losers, no shortage
A jump shift is a mini-splinter also showing 8 or fewer losers.
After adjusting for the splinter ( or not if 2NT) opener rebids 3M with 7 losers, 4M with 6, bids a feature with 5 or less.

1M-3M is exactly 9 losers, so pre-empts the opps but not our partner.

1M-4M is 7 losers, no shortage, no Ace. ( If opener does bid rkcb it's for kings and the trump Q).

1M-2M is a shut up bid but opener can still invite with a 5 loser hand ( we might have 9 losers and only 3 card support).
Feb. 12
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It's hard to say what is the norm in the UK anymore, since responses to a 1-suit opening are pretty much unregulated people are free to develop their own methods.
Feb. 12
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Playing weak NT and 5cM
1D with KJxx or better
1C (forcing) as a bucket bid.
Feb. 11
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