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I think ‘have to’ is nearer the mark; doesn't mean I have to like it.
19 hours ago
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You can't pass 2 after 1-(p)-2 though, can you?
19 hours ago
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Make 1 forcing and you have to alert not announce it, think of it as a palate cleanser.

You're welcome :-)
20 hours ago
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In the olď days when L3 was the norm we had to alter our 2-level openings, it was a right pain!

We could however play them online except for the 2NT bid which is EBU L4 compliant but WBF Brown Sticker. However BCL now allow EBU L4 or WBF.
20 hours ago
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The rebid problem you have demonstrated plus the probability of defending a spade contract plus the certainty that I have some peculiar ideas!

I'm also very much pairs orientated where missing the odd game isn't a disaster. We also open a lot of 9+ point hands in first seat.
20 hours ago
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But L5 is irrelevant for the majority of bridge players.
Even if you do play in the odd L5 event (and there are very few of them) you can't get any meaningful practice in.
22 hours ago
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The diamond simply because the 9 provides some protection should partner interpret my lead of the 3 as from a good suit.
Also because declarer might do the same…
Aug. 13
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What others play is irrelevant.
Do YOU have an agreement for the auction 1-2!-4 ?

What is obvious is that it can't be natural, partner's failure to alert is UI to you.
Aug. 11
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I probably wouldn't have opened this in third seat.

Might have got some more interesting responses If you had put opener in first seat.
Aug. 11
Ian Grant edited this comment Aug. 11
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Roll your unbalanced diamond hands into a multi-2 opening and your good to go. We play it as 8-12 with 6 diamonds (plus strong options).
Partner responds 2 to play opposite the ‘diamond’ hand or 2 otherwise.
Responder rebids 2 holding a 4 card major (could be hearts) and 2NT otherwise. You then have 2NT or 3 enquiries to sort out the mess…
Aug. 10
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Our runout after a direct X is:

bid a 5 card suit if you have one

XX is ‘bid a 4 card suit, preferably a major’
(also describable as ‘modified stayman’, opener bids better minor if no 4cM)

Pass forces redouble
After XX: pass is to play, suit bids are scrambling.


After a protective double:
XX by opener is both majors
2m by responder is to play
2H by responder is both majors
XX by responder starts scramble
Aug. 10
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If your primary objective is to get the opps out of 1NT (and I think it should be) then Landy isn't frequent enough (especially in the ‘wimpy’ 5/4 version).
Aug. 10
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Ok, Just 'preference then.
Aug. 9
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Almost all events are L4 these days except for a few L2 events for beginners and even fewer L5 events for experts.
Aug. 9
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With 2/2 in the majors after 1-p-p-2-2-p what do you do?
Aug. 8
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No it doesn't.
Aug. 8
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..and 5-2 or 5-3 fits when partner has a 5cM.
Aug. 8
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David Stevenson's collection of defenses to 1NT has most things:
http://blakjak.org/def_1nt01.htm
but not that one (as far as I could see).
Aug. 8
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So if opener is a strong player they can't have
AK854 KQJ73 3 K2
or
AK9854 KQ3 3 K52
for example?
Aug. 8
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Opener rebids 2 or his partner shows false pref for spades..
Aug. 8
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