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I don't think it is legal (or indeed sensible to allow) an opening bid that covers a range of 5-22 points with a single-suited (unspecified) hand. The experts may be able to play against it but the novices won't have a Scooby.
Jan. 17
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There's a bit of difference between a hand that can take 9 tricks in hearts because they have a 5 count with 11 hearts, and a hand that can take 9 tricks in hearts because they have a 20 count with 5 hearts. Add in that Benji also includes a balanced option (usually 19-20 for reasons that escape me) and it becomes a nightmare to play against. Effectively they are saying they have 13 cards which might have a very long (unspecified) suit, or lots of high cards, or both; or sometimes a 16 count with 5-5 or 6-5.
There is no legal bid that covers such a wide range of options without full disclosure and usually at least one named suit.
Jan. 17
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Because ‘disclose in advance’ isn't the norm for most bridge played over here which is matchpointed pairs with 2-3 board rounds. Very few club players will have a CC, and many will have a posse of semi-regular partners ( e.g. they play with xyz on the second Thursday of every month). Their agreement might be ‘Benji and Dodds’ and very little else.
Jan. 17
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We found that ending up in 3NT (a likely destination after a 1 opener) minus a diamond stop a bit embarrassing!

Quite a few players over here actually play 5 card D/H/S, we only need KJxx or better.

I have been trying to persuade my partner to open 12-14 4441 (singleton club) with 1NT but to no avail.
Jan. 16
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I don't tend to use convention names; I usually tell people what my partner's bid means instead.
Jan. 16
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I personally think anything other than weak or strong should be alerted and not announced.
Jan. 16
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No but many of its members do when playing f2f; its more often f2f hands that generate messages on the comment board.
Jan. 16
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Dave: I can guarantee that playing against grumpy club would-be fun, we like to enjoy our bridge. :-)
Jan. 16
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That should have been Jean LeGrand obviously.
Jan. 16
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I hope no. 4 is an error, “weak to strong” seems an unhelpful announcement; but you may well be correct.
Jan. 16
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Eats, plants and leaves!
Jan. 16
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Kieran: I think you forget, or don't realise, that very few Bridge players will attain your level of expertise. For the rest of us tools such as LTC help to make up for the fact that we can't just look at a hand and instinctively know what to do.

My beginners learn LTC very early on before we even start bidding lessons. Do you know of a better way for minibridge players to judge whether to try for game or not? Remember these will be players who 4 weeks earlier didn't know what a finesse was.
Jan. 15
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BTW I am sorry Marshall for being so rude above; it was meant to be a general comment on many of the posts on this thread and was not targeted specifically at you. However, it was meant to include you, and apparently erroneously so, for that please accept my humble apologies.

Can I also echo Dave Waterman's comment above, I would enjoy reading your contributions even if I had no interest in the topic. Your writing style is a delight.
Jan. 15
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I believe the definition for strong as a K more than average is a WBF definition.
Jan. 15
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Traditional Benji normally has 9pt in a minor.
Jan. 15
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I played for almost 30 years before someone suggested LTC to me; I wish I had known about it earlier.
Jan. 15
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Corrected
Jan. 15
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If you can't be bothered to read and understand the regulations then your objections to them carry very little weight.
Jan. 14
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It's amazing how many BW contributors feel able to criticise the EBU regulations without actually knowing what they are.
Jan. 14
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As per the EBU teaching manual (book 2).
With 3+ cards in a suit then 3 - 1 for each of akq
With 2 then 2 - 1 for each of ak
With 1 then 1 unless it's the ace.

Easy to work out, easy to apply and taught to beginners.
Jan. 14
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