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In my strong club partnerships, we alert 1M-4M and explain “not necessarily weak”. This sometimes avoids tedious discussions about what ‘preemptive’ means, etc.
Jan. 11
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MB: excellent point. Playing canape systems with their emphasis on distribution rather than HCP is very educational (and makes a pleasant change from 5M strong NT blah).
Dec. 19, 2018
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I have never been a big fan of Asking Bids in strong club systems, but I think that the approach used here has done a reasonable job without the memory strain of a better (relay) approach.

At least on this hand we know about partner's 6th trump and total number of controls below the level of game.
Nov. 28, 2018
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4 would be control-asking in diamonds. You know in advance that the answer would be 2nd round control (3 steps: 4NT).

4 would likewise be control asking in hearts.

It is not clear what 4N would be here.

Top honour = A, K or Q.
Nov. 27, 2018
Ian Wilson edited this comment Nov. 28, 2018
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This is somewhat painful since just before reading it, I played in my robot's Exclusion response (clicked on Pass instead of converting to 6 of our agreed trump suit).
Nov. 25, 2018
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Paul - partner is known to be missing either the A or K from the response to the trump ask. And since he has 3 controls, he must hold A + K.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Thank you, Richard, I can provide the following additional info:
- with 10-13HCP, 5+, 3-, partner could have opened 2
(no weak 2 is available)
- he has denied 3rd round control of clubs
- 4/4 would be control asks

5 is undiscussed but I don't see that it could be interpreted as anything other than a request for good trumps.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Very close. I didn't have the J. The only reason I opened is because after pondering an undisciplined preempt followed by an undisciplined 1 opener, I thought I had paused too long to pass, hence 1. That's my excuse, anyway, officer.

Waiting for referral to be approved before I start exercising muscles I didn't know I had..
Nov. 18, 2018
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My partner made a second penalty double. This generated -730 when dummy produced two trumps, two Aces, and diamonds came in for 1 loser. Declarer held AT98632 8 AK93 T.

-730 was worth almost 20% (!) since there was clearly a lot of action on this board. EW's best score: +800 for 4X.

Perhaps a more difficult decision at IMP, as Ben points out.
Nov. 18, 2018
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Paul: two questions-
a) what shape(s) are consistent with partner's bidding?
b) do you find 1NT incomprehensible?
Nov. 5, 2018
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Paul: being 2 levels higher than the field contract and making 1.5 tricks more than the field contract explains my average score quite accurately :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Amen to that. Have never forgotten gruelling GNT District Final in Buellton. Bringing home a grand on a trump coup .. until I discarded a small trump on one of reentryless dummy's winners .. Since then I obsessively check that the card I am playing is the card I think I am playing.
Oct. 22, 2018
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A slight modification would make this a completely usable scheme: when a partnership registers, they proffer one convention card. The seller of entries makes 2 copies of the proffered CC, with some official stamp to indicate their registration; then the pair takes one registered copy each and plays the event. A pair that does not proffer a prototype card gets 2 copies of the Yellow Card as a default. Shazzam!
Oct. 14, 2018
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Just to clarify: the ACBL requires that we prealert the system, and alert the second bid in a possible canape sequence, e.g. in the 1-1N-2, the 2 bid must be alerted.
Sept. 19, 2018
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after the 2 relay, 2N shows any upper range;
then after the 3 relay, 3N shows top range.
On reflection, I can see some, er, slight problems with this.
Aug. 16, 2018
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This structure easily extends to 3 ranges, e.g.
10-12, 13-15, 16-18. (Not my idea, came across it and
it seemed like A Good Thing).
Aug. 15, 2018
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tangentially related: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowclone
July 24, 2018
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For reasons I don't fully understand, I feel less comfortable psyching online than I do at the table.

Favorite psyche story: George Winter directing. I psyche a strong NT, end up in some doubled spade partscore, making, on unspeakable defence. George calls me over: “don't do that next Thursday”. “?”. “I won't be here next Thursday and wouldn't want to miss it”.

I think this means that one egregious psyche per week was OK while George was around to enjoy them :)
July 19, 2018
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FFR, according to the OED, the three commonly used
plurals for ‘platypus’ are correct:
- platypodes (the *most correct* form, a Greek plural for a Greek word)
- platypi (would be correct were platypus Latin, which it isn't)
- platypuses (the “English” form)
July 17, 2018
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Agree - Precision and Blue are philosophically quite different.
Put another way, someone who likes playing Blue is not necessarily someone who likes playing Precision.
July 16, 2018
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