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Yes, only problem is you occasionally play in 2D with a 4-4 major fit, but not a problem if partner can invite opposite 8-12 with 6 diamonds.

2C-2D to play if int2D
2C-2H interested even if int2D
Then 2S is int2D with a 4CM, 2NT is without

After 2C-2D-2H-2S a 2NT enquiry gets you:
3C min with H
3D min with S
3H Max with H
3S Max with S
Dec. 21, 2015
Ian Grant edited this comment Dec. 21, 2015
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I think you are in trouble as soon as West opens 1D; I hate light 1D openings.

Fortunately I play under an enlightened NBO (never thought I would say that about the EBU!) and so can include such hands in my 2C multi.
Dec. 21, 2015
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Who cares (except the poor souls who have to play under ACBL regs)
Dec. 21, 2015
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But effectively screens make the game easier for the stronger players than they are for the rest of us. That seems a bit odd to me.
Dec. 18, 2015
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Really? I am surprised…
Dec. 18, 2015
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Michal, I proposed something very similar, see Ray's link above. Our American cousins in particular thought it a very bad idea.
Dec. 18, 2015
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I think we just have to rely on the ethical behaviour of Ray's partner (he obviously can't be trusted ;-).)
Dec. 18, 2015
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How about “Shady Majors”
Dec. 18, 2015
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My experience of playing Ekren-style 2H is that the club players have less problems dealing with it than the more experienced ones.
“is it weak”
“yes, 3-11 points and at least 4-4 in the majors”
“so its weak?”
“yes”
BID.

The more experience players can see all the demons associated with bidding over it.
Dec. 18, 2015
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Nick, I think it would be hard to find less sensible regs than the ACBL ones.
Dec. 18, 2015
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Some people would see this as a reason to expand the use of screens; I see it as a reason to get rid of them altogether.
Dec. 18, 2015
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Alan: you beat me to it.

The EBU completely overhauled its regulations for conventions some time ago. The previous system of licensing specific conventions had become unmanageable and restricted innovation in ways that weren't necessary. If you invented a new convention and wanted to use it you had to get it licensed, a process that could take up to a year.

Now the EBU Blue Book describes the limits applicable to each bid and as long as your convention conforms then it is playable without further ado. Nonsensical restrictions such as only 2D can be a multi type bid have been relaxed, now any 2-level bid can be a multi (but what constitutes a multi is still controlled). It is a major step forward.

Almost all EBU regulated events use the regulations for ‘Level 4’; so what is allowed in tournaments is the same as what is allowed in your local club. This makes a great deal of sense. Some events intended for beginners are ‘Level 2’ and have further restrictions, such as no Multis. Less than a handful of events are ‘Level 5’ with more relaxed regulations.

Michael: I'm sure the copyright issues could be overcome; the EBU is a sharing organisation.

Dec. 18, 2015
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As Chris has implied; after the first time you bid 1M with a 3 card major we will be having a discussion. If we agree that you will never do it again then there's nothing more to be said or done until you do. If you say you might do it again then I will be alerting it every time.

If you have a tendency to do this with multiple partners then you should discuss it with any new partner prior to playing. If playing with a new partner at short notice then I think it is incumbent on you not to bid 3 card majors.
Dec. 18, 2015
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Some Bridge players can apparently play without sorting their hand; I can't. It is dangerous to assume that strong Bridge players can't cope with the additional demands on their brain that a complex cheating method might require.
Dec. 18, 2015
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These measures aren't designed to stop cheating per se, they simply limit the options available. By defining what we consider to be normal behaviour at the Bridge table, and demanding compliance, abnormal behaviour becomes more apparent and suspicious. Most of what I have suggested is covered by existing laws, they just require enforcement.

I'm sorry but “individual tournaments with standard bidding and carding systems and less focus on fixed partnerships” sounds like the game has died to me. I'm very interested in bidding theory and continually trying to improve my system and methods; I can't do that without a regular partner.
My experience of individual tournaments is soured by the obvious cheating that was going on. If you want to know what the more skilled bridge players think of indis just ask yourself how many have you seen taking part.
Dec. 18, 2015
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I have played in just about every major (open) event in England and have never seen a screen in use. IMHO they are a smokescreen which has blinded us to the cheating going on at the top level. The authorities have become lacksadaisical: “they can't be cheating, we are using screens”.

Even if my partnership nosedived behind screens you would still have to prove that I was cheating in the earlier rounds. How are you going to do that without any video or other evidence?
Dec. 17, 2015
Ian Grant edited this comment Dec. 17, 2015
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Starting with the basics:

Items on the playing table should be restricted to bidding boxes, cards, boards, CCs, scorecards and pens.
Cards should be played in a consistent manner.
The STOP card should be properly used and observed.
Quit tricks should be placed in a neat row with each trick correctly oriented to show who won it.
Only touch something if you have a need to do so.
Don't stare at your opponents; in particular don't try to ‘guess their hand’ from where they take their card.
Cards should all be held neatly in the hand with none raised; only withdraw a card from you hand if you intend to play it AND it is your turn to play.

These ‘proprieties’ are pretty much the norm for games in England; so I don't think its too much hardship for everyone else.

Dec. 17, 2015
Ian Grant edited this comment Dec. 17, 2015
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Bridge is, and always will be, a partnership game; indis might be fun for some people but I'd rather paint my toenails.
Besides, cheating in indis is dead easy ( and no, I won't tell you how).
Dec. 16, 2015
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My multi 2C opener includes 8-12 point hands with 6 diamonds which can have a 4 card major. Bad luck ACBL players.

I have never liked opening 1C/D light, you end up defending major suit contracts or playing in dodgy NT ones. Sometimes zero (for pass out) is tough to heat.
Dec. 16, 2015
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Well I have stopped opening 1C/D unless HCP + spades is 15 or more in all seats. My results have improved.
(Fully disclosed on CC of course).
Dec. 16, 2015
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