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I hope so, I'm just 12 days away from the big 6-oh!
6 hours ago
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I envisage my partner telling me about the most salient feature of her hand; if my cue bid is at the 2-level (as it will usually be) then I have a second 3-level cue-bid to ask about a stopper.
March 23
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My cue bids are about as unassuming as they can be; they simply say “bid something useful p”. It could be extra length, delayed support, a side suit, or a stopper bid. I won't know until they bid.
March 23
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My system has 3 multis (2, 2, 2NT), a 2-way 1 opening plus a forcing 1 bucket bid (11+ hcp, no better bid); it is fully compliant with EBU level 4 (normal club/tournament level).
The 2NT bid is however WBF Brown Sticker.
March 22
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100% agree Steve.
I was fortunate to have a doting uncle who loved card games, I was playing cribbage before I was old enough for school.
March 22
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At the risk of being patronising: we teach them to play bridge not just how to turn cards over in sequence.

The don't even see a bidding box for the first 8 lessons, but they do learn about developing suits, simple finesses, what to lead and hand evaluation (all using minibridge).
Blackwood is in lesson 34 (of 35).

Each lesson is about 15-20 minutes followed by about 1hr 45 minutes of play using specially constructed hands.

The plus side is that when our students start playing in the clubs gentle duplicate session they don't come bottom.
March 21
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Young people don't have enough time to play Bridge. We occasionally get 20-somethings signing up to our Bridge lessons, they usually drop out within the first 10 weeks.
March 21
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NMTHQ, FTW is a phrase I often use during our teaching sessions to get students to bid weak long suits before shorter, stronger ones.

Most of them are old enough to have heard of the sitcom.
March 21
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I'm not averse to a bit of blue sky thinking but there remains a rather irritating fact. All of the mainstream bidding systems (SAYC, 2/1, Acol, Precision, Polish, Blue, even Benji) are remarkably good at bidding the majority of hands.

We all, at some time or another, embark upon the journey of building ‘the best bidding system ever’ before we realise that every decision we make is a compromise. I could build a system that is simply the best at bidding minor suit part scores, but it will almost certainly be rubbish at bidding NT contracts. Is it worth it, I doubt it.

So you need to set yourself goals, what do I hope to do better; but also be aware of the compromise, what am I content to do worse. You then need to track your results over a long period.
Are you happy to accept the occasional dreadful session score for the benefits you get when the hands fall more favourably for you?

For our part we compromised on slam bidding, particularly minor suits, in order to improve our part score and game bidding. We play mainly matchpointed pairs so this is acceptable; if we played more teams/imps it probably wouldn't be.

Good luck in your endeavours.
March 21
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It is from where I'm sitting.
March 21
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I have always considered bridge to be a partnership game and bidding to be a conversation. If my partner chooses to pass after I have made a minimum response to a forcing bid then I would deem it to have been a successful discussion.
March 21
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I can't see my partner's hand, they can. They forced me to bid and I made the weakest bid I can; what they do with that info is up to them.
March 21
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We occasionally get to play in 2 after the opps open 1NT but we do have an unusual defence (2 shows 4+ clubs and at least 3/2 in the majors).
March 19
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Pass, when you are in the brown and steamy stop digging.
March 19
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Bet it wasn't in div 1 or 2….
March 17
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Against any decent opps you won't get to play in 1NTxx anyway; unless, of course, its going DOWN.
March 17
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In my experience if you look as though you know what you are doing then good ops will bite the bullet and bid. Confidence is key.
March 16
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There are many escape mechanisms, fwiw here is mine:

After 1NT-X
Suit bids natural (5 card suit)
Redouble is Staymanic, bid better minor if no 4cM (guarantees at least a 4-3 fit if responder is 4333 shape).
Pass forces redouble, after which a suit bid is scrambling

After 1NT-p-p-X
Redouble by opener shows 4-4 in the majors
Minor suit bids by opener or responder show a 5 card suit (responder won't have a 5 card major)
Redouble by responder starts a scramble.

The aim of a scramble us to find at least a 4-3 fit.

Don't worry about ‘right-siding’ the contract, you have 2 more important objectives:
Not to play 1NTx
To persuade the opps that you are going to play in something sensible so they think they are better off declaring.

Besides, more is known about opener's hand (balanced 12-14) than about yours.
March 16
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…and others think X then 3M shows a solid self-sustaining suit.
March 16
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I don't control the site, I just happen to think its the best place to play online.

Are there things I would change, of course, but the upside is no bad behaviour, very little cheating, good camaraderie and no bots.
March 16
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