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Keep it up Gavin! Bridge players at many levels will find something to learn from your efforts here.
Jan. 29, 2011
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When you play precision as we do, you tend to open many (even most) 11 point hands. We also play a 11-13 NT opener in some seats, so we have the means to open most of our 11 point hands. This would leave us rarely using Drury. So we changed things a bit, modifying the name along the way.

We now use Mr. Baph, which stands for Major Raises By A Passed Hand. Thus 2 shows at least a Constructive major suit raise, with 3 card support, roughly an 8 to a bad 11 count. Similarly, 2 shows the same 8 to a bad 11 point range, with 4+ cards in support of the major.
June 24, 2010
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When I find a student playing unusual 2NT, I suggest this simple rule for the bid: Avoid it on hands where you will be unhappy when your opponents end up playing the hand and partner chooses to lead the K from Kx in one of your suits. This hand fails that simple test. Yes, there are many hands out there where 2NT is a good bid, but this is a marginal one at best.
June 19, 2010
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