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I have been playing with Leo Luks basically by-the-book Viking Precision for about 17 years.
I'm not a big fan of some of it's aspects, but too lazy to change things that work reasonably well: in Internationals' (Europeans and Minds Sports games) butler list we have been six times in plus and twice in minus. Good enough for amateurs.

You don't miss the games often by passing 1M, the real problem is to be in wrong partial - which in Teams is not that big snag (if it gets passed, often you'll somehow make it or it's their hand anyway and sometimes you'll cash in big, when opponents misjudge when to reopen).

What we do is:
After 1♥ opening we use 1♠ like F1-1NT, but it's quasy-natural, opener is expected to raise with four spades, so sometimes we pay a price there (you could solve it with some kind of Flannery opening bid, I presume, but we have never bothered)

When holding spade suit with very good 1♠ opener, we upgrade it to strong 1♣ (or open 1NT if it looks suitable)

And with 7-carders we are happy to open four and hope for the best (you could add Namyats into the system as well, we don't do it)

Sometimes my partner invents 2♣ bid or raises with Hx doubleton, if he has some 9-point hand too pretty to pass.

And yes, sometimes we pass 1 major (and alert it, don't know, if it's a proper thing to do, but feels so) and end up playing in 5-1 fit.
April 11
Lauri Naber edited this comment April 12
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You might be happy to know, that i went for unreasonable 3NT :D Can't remember the board anymore, but only thing to get plus was to pass it…
Jan. 7
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We don't have specific queen ask.
As for the setting spades as trumps, your suspicion is right: when setting hearts as trumps, the asking bid would have been 5 (4 for longest etc. if equal lengths then lower suit comes first). As responder have no kings, the answer will be the same, whatever the suit is.
Probably it would still have been better idea to set the hearts and just RKCB there.
Jan. 7
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It was relay bid (as all the other North's bids) except 5NT
Jan. 6
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Sry, my bad, as I usually click the polls when they are on sidebar, I see “marks and comments” only after… Next time will know better :)
Jan. 6
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As it was, your partner had
K
KJxx
AKQTx
KJx

And hoping to find Q, intention of 5NT was “pick a slam”, expecting you to bid you suit(s) with extra quality - as he already knows your distribution(over 6 he continues with 6 - as you cannot have quality there you probably will continue - at least according to his expectations - and even if you don't, nothing bad happens).

Oh, and your hand is actually tampered in the purpose of survey, at the table you had Q instead of Q (seven makes via diamond break and heart finesse).
Jan. 5
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Hold your cards the way, your opp's can't see them!
Oct. 22, 2018
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Let's try this again, hopefully now the auction shows…
Sept. 23, 2018
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Hmm… that's curious… :) OK, back to the drawing table :D

But for those who stumble here - it went 2♥ - 4♥
Sept. 23, 2018
Lauri Naber edited this comment Sept. 23, 2018
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Probably not ideal, but I am using and moderately happy with following mix of responses to 1 opening bid (some from Viking Precision, some home cooked):

1 = 8+ or 8-11 -> 1 = relay -> 1NT = 12+
1 = 8+BAL or 4441 (8-11 or 15+) -> 1NT relay
1NT = 12+
2/ = 8+, NAT, unBAL
2 = 8+, excactly 54 minors
2 = 8+, 55+ minors
2NT thru 3 = 12-14, 4441, below the singleton
3/(NT) = any AKQxxx/(x)

We have found that 2 answer works astonishingly well and it helps clear the stuff out from 2/ answers, which are still the most awkward responses. 2 has never come up in 15 years, so probably you could shunt it somewhere in 2/ with weird follow up and pray it never will occur, thus freeing the bid…
Sept. 2, 2018
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I guess Gerber is a useful tool - in case your only slam-bidding tool is asking for aces :).
I have seen a pair going even one better - 1 (11-16) - 3 = Gerber.
June 10, 2017
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Wasn’t that case solved already years ago? – The best system is the one that keeps your partnership happy!

Anyway, some insights.
I have played Precision (with possibly short 1♦) about 25 years and I have participated in 5 European Teams and 3 Olympiads (or whatever they are currently called) – usually ranking somewhere in the middle of field.
I have noticed that most of the top pairs have used against strong 1♣ opening bid quite straightforward method: DBL = majors, 1NT = minors (probably subject to check, but at least i have seen very rarely some kind of elaborate and fancy defensive gadgets). I presume these guys know what they are doing and this is not due their lazyness or lack of effort…

And on the other side of the problem: for strong clubbers the trouble is normally not in „multi-bids“ or in any „super-duper-germ-warfare“, though admittedly they do strike now and then, especially when the cue-bid is not available or clear-cut for strong clubbers. Quite often you can still land comfortably on your feet. Usually the most troublesome are the situations where bad guys can jam the auction – which normally happens when one can bid his suit naturally or show defined two-suiter.
Low-level multi bids are giving away vital information, when you end up defending and often make effective jamming with big fits impossible. And if you are pre-empting too aggressively you sometimes succeed, but sometimes pay the price…
Jan. 18, 2017
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Sry, should have mentioned i have played precision with nebulous diamond for 25 years…
Jan. 4, 2016
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Has anyone tried something like this:

1 = strong
1NT = 12-15 (i know, the point gap is not the ideal but i'm willing to bash with 12 vs 12 hands)
1 / 1 / 1 = 4+ (4 only if marmic or with longer clubs)
2 = 6+ (normally) onesuiter

I would like to try something along these lines, because it solves some issues - but ofc creates another set of them -, but so far i haven't convinced any of my partners to give it a try.

Experiences?
Jan. 4, 2016
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Just get over it. It's probably only just 20 seconds (albeit pointless) delay. Life is too short to worry about minor inconveniences :)
Jan. 2, 2016
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In Estonia the NT-selection period is two years - players collect ranking points toward selection from different tournaments (most important of them is National Pairs Cup on IMPs) and at the end of cycle there is “final of NT trials” where the pairs should enlist. TOP-14 pairs by the ranking points will participate - and they'll get some more rating points (well, actually this is the single most important event and some years we have held this together with Latvians who have had sometimes broadly similar formula). And after that NBO chooses NT - in practice TOP-2 or TOP-3 pairs are selected without much fuss, as for the last twelve years TOP-4 pairs have been the same (with only some rotation between them).
Sept. 25, 2015
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