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Just to clarify, “4-3 minors” was supposed to mean either way; They also open 1D with three diamonds and four clubs.
Aug. 28, 2015
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11.

1H-P-3H-X
4H-5C-P-P
5H-AP

3H was mixed.

You lead a top club from -

Tx xx QTxx AKxxx

Dummy hits with -

xxx KTxxx Ax Jxx

Partner plays the lowest club outstanding playing UDCA.

At T2, you play a spade. This finds partner's AKxx, he gives you a ruff for two off.
Aug. 27, 2015
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Does anyone know the origin of the Fisher-Schwartz system, i.e. longer minor unless 4-3 in the minors, in which case they open the shorter minor?
Aug. 27, 2015
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Not sure who you are agreeing with in your first comment, Barry :-)

Are you asking why I don't just play 2D as 5D4M/6D, like a Precision 2C opener? Basically -

a) Like many, I'm not a fan of that 2C opener. It gives you some nasty guesses about whether to stick 2C or look for a major fit. This is an attempt to remove most of the guesswork.

b) Being a step higher (2D instead of 2C) is going to be quite problematic. Assuming 2H is your relay, you've lost whatever your meanings were for 2C:2D, 2H and 2C:2H.
Sept. 7, 2014
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Yeah obv it sometimes leads to misfits. I was basically trying to channel Fantunes for the diamond hands, but as you know I think Fantunes 2s are too wide-ranging in terms of shape.

It also kinda appeals to me that doubling our 2C opening risks letting us out in 2C X!
Sept. 7, 2014
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True. It's a big improvement to the format IMO.

What I didn't understand was the superficially similar Seniors carry-forward. The reason to give 16 to 1st, 14 to 2nd etc in the open is to rule out any advantage of being drawn in a weaker group; There was no such issue in the Seniors swiss, so any carry-forward should have calculated from the team's VP total, not their ranking.
June 28, 2014
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It is now, you fish :p
June 28, 2014
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In Group B, the teams scored between 110 and 132 out of 180 versus the bottom nine teams; With bonuses on the carryfoward of upto 16 VPs, this meant there wasn't much change to the relative scores. Not so in Group A, where the scores vs the bottom 9 ranged from 150 (Sweden) to 106. Sweden's bonus 16 VPs were poor consolation, dropping them below Ireland, who had been 29 VPs behind.
June 28, 2014
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Is it because A9x and ATx might put in the nine or ten to induce you to play them for Q9 or QT doubleton? Thus, if they play low, Q9x/QTx is more likely than A9x/ATx.
June 11, 2014
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I'm not sure about that ruling. Take a simple example.

If declarer had a 75% chance of making the contract with the MI, but would have been 100% to make it with the correct information, it is clearly right to adjust to 100% of the contract making, otherwise the offending side potentially gain from their offence.

Similarly, if declarer had a 50% chance of making the contract with the MI, but would have been 75% to make the contract with the correct information, a fair ruling would be 50% of making, 50% of going off.
May 17, 2014
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I have experience inverting the 1M responses. I was doing it in the context of opening 1D on all 11-13 NTs, so the raison d'etre was to bid 1D:1H, 1S NF on all 11-13 NTs with 2-3 spades.

a) You should play RRRF (reverse responder's reverse flannery), ie 1D:2H shows 5H4S NF. Now 1D:1H can't be canapé (just start with 1S on the GFs).

b) You are claiming a gain from your multi-meaning 1S rebid. There's no reason you couldn't make 1D:1H, 1S multi-meaning playing natural responses to 1D, so I don't see this as an advantage to the method as a whole.

c) There is a gain, albeit infrequent, from bidding 1D:1H showing spades holding 5-5 in the majors. This makes your flannery bid more specific (playing natural methods, there is good reason to put both 6-4 and 5-5 majors into 1D:2H).

d) There is a loss on the INV flannery hands. Playing natural methods, you can play 1D:1S, 2D:2H can be 5S4H INV+ and 1D:2H as 5S4H weak. If you invert the majors, 5H4S INV is much more problematic.

e) The above points are, I'm afraid, all fairly irrelevant compared with a bigger loss that is often overlooked - you are poorly placed after 4th seat acts. You generally want the overcaller on lead, so an auction like 1D-P-1H-2H; 2S will often wrongside when those playing natural methods have no problem. It was for this reason that I gave up playing transfers over 1D.
May 10, 2014
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I came up with something similar a while back, I think it was after I saw people on BBO playing “Zirconia”, but before Adam posted “Zirconia with Gazzilli” on BBF (although, at that time, I think 2D showed a good raise of spades).

1H:1S -
1N = diamonds, or 16+ with clubs
2C = natural 11-15
2D = 3 spades, weak or strong

1H:1S, 1N -
2C = weak or GF; now 2D = H+D 11-17(18), 2H = H+C 16-18, higher = GF
2D/H/S = natural opposite reds, enough for game opposite 16+ H+C

This gives you a lot more accuracy on the H+C hands than Adam's full method; Whether it is worth the trade-off, I don't know.

I found this thread through Noble's post in the Rod-Well, so will answer his question here -

I only played this in one partnership, we subsequently moved onto a similar method based on a Kaplan Inversion style 1S that included balanced GFs - I'm not a huge fan of KI in general, but this blows everything else away IMO. The only other pair I've seen play something similar is Hinden/Osborne, half of the second most successful team in England over the past few years, who modified my KI kit.
March 25, 2014
Mike Bell edited this comment May 10, 2014
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Ok, thanks Henry. Encouraging teams to withdraw seems odd to me; If the extra day is such an inconvenience then they should allow more three-ways before switching to the “anti-KO matches” format.
Aug. 5, 2013
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Sorry if I'm being dense, but what's the significance of having 66 teams? If it was a case of 64 or 65 teams I'd understand. I think it's clear to follow the more lenient of the bulletin and CoC, regardless of who the team caught out by it was.
Aug. 5, 2013
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Alvin,

I was suggesting 1C:1S to show 5H4S in the context of 1C:1D showing spades. I've played at least half-a-dozen different variations on transfers over 1C and have never had a problem remembering what bids mean. You could easily create a more memory-intensive GCC-legal method, I don't believe it is banned to protect players from their own tempo.
July 11, 2013
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Damn - I thought I'd invented this :(

Would 1C:1S as 5H4S be allowed? This would free up 1C:1H, 1S to be artificial.
July 11, 2013
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75% hearts, 45% spades. Not a popular response, I clearly should be super-accepting either more or less often :(

Oh, and I've never come across the term “super-accept” to mean anything other than “break the transfer to show good support”.
Jan. 7, 2013
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A google search finds conflicting reports in the checkers community, suggesting that the event to be held in Lille on these dates is the WMSG.
March 5, 2012
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Playing 1H:1S, 1NT as diamonds or 2-5-3-3 is huge. As well as the advantages on diamond hands, it frees up 1H:1S, 2D for some kind of spade raise or heart rebid.

Playing more standard methods, 1H:2m, 2H should deny four spades IMO. That way you can rebid 2NT on 42(43) or raise hearts on 4-3-x-x knowing that you don't have a 4-4 spade fit.
Feb. 23, 2012
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I believe there will be an U28s event at WMSG. Does anyone know for sure if players born in 1984 count as under 28? The USBF website suggests not.
Jan. 28, 2012
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