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In a strong club context you should use 2 to show short Diamonds.
Nov. 21
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By bidding 2NT partner has denied 3 Hearts so 3 shows 6+ but I think 3 might be better here - showing 3 card support.
Oct. 29
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2 is 4th suit forcing and this will will allow North to rebid Diamonds, show 3 card Heart support, bid 3 with a 4153 hand or rebid NT.

If you instead jump to 3 you can find out about 2+ Heart support but probably lose the chance of a Diamond slam.
Oct. 29
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Bid 2NT Lebensohl and then jump to show slam interest (better than game force.)
Oct. 9
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What Richard calls “Extended Stayman” we call “Flint”.
Oct. 6
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If the bidding had gone 1-(2)-2-(3) then X would be a maximal double and 3 a competitive bid. So we would play this as a maximal double.
July 17
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I like Language of bidding (Acol Edition) by Nick Hughes and Paul Marston. Paul has a very clear style of writing which is easily understood.

We give our learners the House of Cards Bridge book (http://tinamcveigh.com/bridge-shop.htm) which covers Acol with weak twos (including 2 Diamonds)
July 3
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We have agreed to play
3 = Diamonds and Hearts
3 = Hearts and Spades
3 = Spades and Diamonds
June 30
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I could well imagine that in my Precision partnership that we could have the same bidding. After an 11-15 Diamond opening I might only want to bid 2 not wanting to force to game but happy to bid again. After the second double, the redouble would show maximum hand and wanting to play.
May 19
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The problem with the 3 card raise is that opener is now going to reevaluate their hand based on the 9+ card fit.

We play that the only time partner can do that is when partner is going to take over control of the bidding - ie it sets trumps and can then drive to slam.
April 15
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Are you saying that David isn't appealing?
March 21
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If the lead is from J108 then the singleton K will pop. If it is from KJ108 then the J will be ruffed.
March 18
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Or from length as well
March 17
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Great story and a great initiative. Well done.
Dec. 27, 2018
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For us 3 would show an extreme 2 suited hand (at least 5-6).
Sept. 25, 2018
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I prefer opening 2 with 6. However, even when I was playing 2 showing 5, I would have opened the above hand with 1 because you have three strains to choose from and if you open 2 you wouldn't be able to explore a contract.

Opening 1, you can raise Hearts, rebid over 1 Spade response and drive to a Diamond game over a 2 response.
Sept. 11, 2018
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Either as Nikos says above or use 1NT to show a hand that is suited to play in NT. So scattered honours that you want lead up to.

If partner is a balanced hand, she will have more points so it might usually be better placed to have the lead coming up to her so if you bypass 1 you are make a deliberate choice to play NT from your side.
Aug. 27, 2018
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I don't have support for you and I think we might have 8 tricks in if opener has some support
Aug. 12, 2018
Michael Johnstone edited this comment Aug. 12, 2018
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In New Zealand, our national body, NZBridge, has provided a set of 10 lessons for beginners (teaching 4 card Acol). The first lesson starts with mini-bridge and then progresses from there.

The course details can be found here: http://www.nzbridge.co.nz/teaching-materials.html

As you can see there are lesson handouts, a quiz, a dealing file for the hands and a video of the lesson.

I feel it is important to get cards in their hands as soon as possible, keep the talking to a minimum and have fun.
June 26, 2018
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Double shows Diamond suit and not suitable to bid 3. Encourages opener to ‘raise’ with good support and suitable hand.
June 20, 2018
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