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Perhaps this might help:
http://tinyurl.com/ozqer5n
:-)
Oct. 27, 2015
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Oct. 27, 2015
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If we do get interference we simply assume opener has the weak option and bid accordingly.
This can go wrong if the opps are mucking about!
Oct. 27, 2015
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Because partner will bid out their shape.
Oct. 27, 2015
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25+ balanced we open 2D and rebid 3NT.
Oct. 27, 2015
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Its all been rationalised Jonathan.
The restrictions of what a multi-2 can show are pretty much the same but any 2suit opening bid can be a multi and not just 2D.
Here's the relevant section from the Blue Book (section 7: L4 and up):
Opening Bids from 2C to 3S inclusive
General, including ’Multi’ style opening bids
These may be played as one or both of (a) and (b) below

(a) Any meaning or meanings as long as they all show an ER25 hand, and/or

(b) At most one from the following four options:
(i) Any meaning or meanings which all show at least four cards in the suit opened, or
(ii) Any meaning or meanings which all show at least five cards in the same one specified suit, or
(iii) Any meaning which shows at least 4-4 in two specified suits, or
(iv) Any combination of meanings that show either or both of:
1) At least five cards in a suit, specified or not, which must not be the suit opened, and/or
2) At least 5-4 in two suits, either or both of which may be specified or not, but both of which must not be the suit opened.
Oct. 27, 2015
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I don't think I have ever picked up a GF hand in a minor; if I did I'd either open 1 or 5 dependent upon seat and what I drank at lunch.
Oct. 27, 2015
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“At least in the past decades, nothing has be done by NBOs to seriously taking on cheating.”

Have you got proof of that? For all NBOs?
Thought not.
Oct. 27, 2015
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Its amazing how many pairs design systems that make no allowances for the other two people sitting at the table.
Oct. 27, 2015
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Looks similar to Hackett: http://www.bridgeguys.com/Conventions/HackettDefenseWeakTwo.html
(I'm pretty sure Paul doesn't play this anymore).
Oct. 27, 2015
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mmm.

I'm think more along the lines of e.g. 1H-2C as transfer to diamonds with a weak or GF hand in diamonds.
Oct. 26, 2015
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I am considering playing a 1NT opening as balanced 8-22 hcp.
What would be your strategy for defending against this?
Consider both direct seat and 4th seat after 1NT-p-p.

I'm pretty sure this bid won't be allowed under acbl rules but its ok to have 2C as anything from an unbalanced 8 count to a balanced 24. And then the perpetrators have a tendency to lie and describe it as a strong bid. How am I supposed to have a sensible bidding strategy to cope with this?

Oct. 26, 2015
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Well I am working on Transfer 2/1 bids; which show either a (very) weak hand and a 6 card suit or a GF hand with 5+.
By ‘very weak’ I mean a hand with at most 1 defensive trick, 6 hcp max. Partner can pre-emptively raise and later can judge whether to pass or sac.

Already playing it opposite a short club opener…
(5 card majors, weak NT).
Oct. 26, 2015
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I think the EBU is in a tricky position; given that England will be the main beneficiaries should any team be retrospectively disqualified.
Oct. 26, 2015
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I think that you are probably right, technically. But, and its a big but, if you get to the right place does it matter how? We play simplified Roman responses, 3/0, 4/1, 2 same colour, 2 other. We sometimes give a jump response if we have a working void.
4C is only Gerber when neither of us has bid a natural 3C as our immediately preceding bid (plus some obvious exclusions in competitive bidding situations). Basically if 4C is a cue-bid for you its likely to be ‘Gerber’ for us.
We occasionally get to stop in game when others are in 5 going off; we occasionally get to slam when others can't afford to ask. It doesn't get used very often; but I can say it never comes to grief.
We use RKCB instead if appropriate but don't cue bid controls except in rare circumstances (We have a 4D gadget which asks responder to make a cue bid if they hold 2 of AKQ in the agreed trump suit).
Oct. 26, 2015
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OK. Despite all the ‘good’ players denouncing Gerber as the devil's work it is still the second most played convention in England (after Stayman). Why? Because its good enough for most people (including me).
Yes it goes wrong; it is played badly and leads to all sorts of silly agreements (4C is ALWAYS gerber for example).

But the players who do this are also the ones who regularly make a mess of Stayman (8 count opposite a weak NT with both majors so they bid 2C, then bid 2NT over partner's 2D response). So why no crusade against Stayman?

I reckon I bid as many makeable slams as anyone else of my standard of ability; and surely that's all that really matters. Besides cue-bidding is a double-edged sword, you stay out of slams that make because the opps won't find the key lead or you go off in slams because you have helped the opps find the key lead.

I also believe that slam bidding is a pretty insignificant part of MPS play which is what I mostly take part in. You rarely get a bottom for 4H+2, but almost always do for 6H-1.

I'll repeat what I put on another forum: I'll promise never to bid another slam if you can promise me a 10% improvement in my opening leads.
Oct. 26, 2015
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and no-one received an award for making smart-arse remarks which contribute nothing to the discussion.
Oct. 26, 2015
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I think that some people are misunderstanding the purpose behind these rules. They are not intended to make you bid ‘properly’ or like ‘Kit would’ or like ‘you would’.

Just because you think a hand with a long strong suit with little else is a pre-emptive hand it doesn't mean that the legislators should make people bid this way.

The purpose behind the bidding rules is to ensure that people can adequately compete against the opening bid. That is why the rules differ at different levels of competition.
For example the ACBL believes that the Multi-2D is too difficult to defend against for an average club player. You can't play forcing pass systems except at the very highest level.

It is very difficult to play against a bid described as strong when it is only strong if a specific suit is trumps and that fact isn't disclosed. It is even more difficult to legislate against such a bid in a way that is understandable and non-contentious. I think the EBU extended rule of 25 (current version) is probably ‘state of the art’ but I won't pretend that it is easy to understand.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Definitely weird how players who once they think they are better than average decide to denounce Gerber as worse than useless. Just ask yourself this: How many Gerber players have EVER bid a grand slam missing an Ace?
Now go and read the “your worst mistake” and “Humerous Bridge Happenings” threads.

Its also odd how many players now advocate minorwood (or even Razwood) which they somehow don't realise is Gerber with a different response structure. Especially as the biggest crime Gerber is accused of is using up the 4C bid which can be put to better use (allegedly).
Oct. 26, 2015
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Can “occasionally” mean “on every occasion”? :-(
Oct. 25, 2015
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