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A freak hand, open 4NT (Specific Aces or Schenken 2 asking for specific aces).

Would south overcall 4NT?
Would North call the director?
Dec. 5
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I have a different problem posting to ACBLive. A team event won't post because one team had 6 members with 2 sit-outs. The software is only programed for 1 sit-out.
Dec. 1
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1 - 2NT (Semi-solid or better) - 3 (Beta) - 3 (2 Controls) - 7 - - -
Nov. 25
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I had a Director refresher course at Gatlinburg in 2018 and that same statement was made. I have since discovered that it is not 100% correct, there are situations where X or XX can be a comparable call, although rare and depending on the player's usage.
Nov. 18
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An additional 10 pages on interference.
Nov. 17
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The 1964 Encyclopedia of Bridge and the 1969 3rd edition of The Nottingham System of Contract Bridge both show only 16-21 hcp for the 1 opening.

However, in the original 1954 edition, Margery Burns states in the Introduction: “This System, a development of the Vanderbilt Club and originally a One Club - Two Club system, was born in 1935 …” at the Nottingham Bridge Club.

I think she was referring to the 2 opening (22+ hcp) as the Two Club comment above, but who knows for sure.

Finally: “If Acol is an Attitude of Mind, then ”Nottingham“ is a Triumph of Mind over Matter, …”
Nov. 14
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Responses and follow-ons to a forcing 1 opening: 20 pages out of 70.
Nov. 13
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Final table count was 437, up 28 tables, 7% increase from 2018.
Nov. 11
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Interesting.

Playing one of my strong club systems (C3: Copious Canape Club) with transfer positives and asking bids:

1 - 1NT (G.F. = majors or any 5-5, 8+ hcp) -
2 (relay) - 3 (5-5 majors) -
3 (Beta setting s as trumps) - 4 (4 controls = 2 Aces, king of missing) -
4 (CAB) - 5 (3rd round control = Q) -
6 - - -
Nov. 10
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First time warning if lead is not on the table before 3 minutes left in the round. Second time takeaway the board (No Play). Amazing how this helps.

I am an ACBL Club Director.
Nov. 8
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Pros are Life Masters or better.
Nov. 7
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Tom and Sam, thanks for the post(s).

Lyle Poe in his new book, Transfer Responses to 1 With Relays, 2019, switched to a 15-17 NT so he could increase the frequency of his 1 opening and transfer schemes. I am thinking of doing that also. Our experience with the 11-14 NT is that sometimes we are playing the wrong contract, but penalty doubles are not a major concern in pairs. In IMPs we are a little more concerned in having a good weak NT when vulnerable.
Nov. 4
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Interesting discussion and comments.

I also play a canape system with several partners. We hate to by-pass 1NT and so use 2 as the artificial game force. Rebids in the majors show 5-cds and 2 is the default for a longer minor. I have been playing this scheme for over 5 years and like being able to play in 1NT if opener has a balanced hand without a longer minor that he chose to open 1M instead of 1NT (15-17).
Nov. 3
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I ran a one section 15 1/2 tables with 32 boards in play.

NS average was 48.7% Placing was 62%, 62%, 60%
EW average was 50.3% Placing was 60%, 58%, 58%
Nov. 3
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Nail's hardback book, Revolution in Bridge (with R. Stucker) was published in 1965.

Nail played in the 1962 and 1963 World Championships, but did not play his Strong Diamond System.

Charles Goren in the 2/8/1967 Sports Illustrated issue discusses a Leghorn Diamond auction played by the inventors in the 1965 European Championships.

Bridge World Challenge the Champs - Leghorn Diamond appearances:
Dec 1972 Bianchi - Valenti won 63-53 against Acol
Jan 1973 Bianchi - Valenti lost 78-82 against Romex
Mar 1975 Zuchelli - Facchino won 68-61 against Natural
Apr 1975 Zuchelli - Facchino lost 73-76 against Precision
Nov. 2
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I had 60 booklets and two sets of travelers as I had predicted 15 tables. We had 15 1/2 tables. Everything A-OK.
Oct. 31
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I have played SMP follow-ons to an opening 2 and I have also played conditional transfers over 2: Opener accepts with xx or better, otherwise opener shows minimum by rebidding 2 or 2NT if max. Gives responder a chance to improve the contract with minimum hands and support.

C3: Copious Canape Club is the improvement of Ultra Club Relay.
Oct. 29
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4 1/2 Losers: Open 2 (Strong hands are too difficult to handle in a 2 scheme).
Oct. 23
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Big Bang keeps being changed per Bocchi. For details mentioned by D.L. see the posts on BBO forums, search for Big Bang.

I play 2 as 18-20 and 2NT Opening as 21-22 and upgrade or downgrade 23 hcp hands.
Oct. 12
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Jammer: 2 opening, 4-9 hcp (a) long spades, 4+ (7%) or (b) short clubs (4%).

Bridge World, June 2005
Oct. 12
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