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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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You and Versace both passed out 2H with QT8xx Ax xxx Axx at love all after a strong NT on your left and a transfer, I thought that the vul made bidding auto, am I off base?

I'm looking to start playing outside of the UK more often in preparation for winning the 2015 BBowl, any events you'd recommend besides spring/summer NABCs?
Nov. 3, 2011
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Bob - Around here, it is completely standard to rebid 1NT on a balanced hand, even when partner responds 1H and you have four spades. I can see where you are coming from, describing them as “a solution looking for a problem”, but my take is slightly different - they are a definite improvement, but it isn't clear which problem the extra space should be used to solve. As far as I know, noone else uses it in the same way I do!

I also play transfer responses to 1D (1H shows spades, 1S shows hearts), but this is a much smaller gain than transfers over 1C IMO. Perhaps this isn't what you meant .
Aug. 23, 2011
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Nice, Paul. It must have been a while ago that I wrote that. I almost started playing 1C:1D as spades a year or two ago as it is just about using the cheapest bids for the most frequently bid suits.

I agree with Josh that it isn't a great area for DD analysis. However, I would still be interested in seeing how it is affected by having oppo not make DD leads!
Aug. 22, 2011
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5S must show a strong preference for spades . 5H sounds like longer hearts . 5D is equal, or mild preference for spades
April 16, 2011
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To clarify a couple of stats -

24-25 is dealt to our side on just under one in a thousand deals.

19 counts are slightly more frequent than 20 and 21 counts combined, but *balanced* 19 counts are slightly less frequent than balanced 20 and 21 counts combined.
March 31, 2011
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Wow. Lots to comment on here.

I currently play this approximately as initially described . Putting the weak hand through Kokish allows you to get out in various three-level part-scores, at the expense of wrong-siding some spade contracts .

2C:2N could also be used to get out at the three-level, as Henry suggests, but this would create problems when opener shows up with the GF. Playing 2C:2D, 2H:2N/3m as various non-forcing options means that when opener has a GF he has already started the description of his hand and you can still have a sensible auction.

If taking 18-19 out of the one-level openings, I would sooner make my 2D opening show 18-19 and keep my 2C structure the same. It is a small gain to do so on the 18-19 hands and makes your other ranges much more comfortable.

BTW, 19 counts are actually less frequent than 20-21. Either of these feels much more frequent than being dealt a GF hand, although this may be because my requirements for a GF are quite high.

I quite like that responding 2D to 2C, then bidding a major later, shows shows some values. This combines well with playing 2C:2D, 3C:3D as Stayman and 2C:2D, 3M as 4M5+D GF.

Gavin - I thought briefly about using transfers, but this prevents rebidding 2H over a 2D response on a GF hand with hearts. Presumably you just have to rebid 2S with a lot of hands and unwind it with a 2NT enquiry? This feels like quite a big loss, but will obviously lead to better auctions on the “weak” balanced range, especially in terms of right-siding.

Dean - A 2C opening showing GF or 18-19 sounds polarised to me. Also, information that is useful opposite 18-19 will also be useful for the GF hand, a bit like a Swedish Club or a Dixon double of a multi - this is very much not true of a strong 2C incorporating a weak two in diamonds, which creates problems for both sides. I do like the idea of 2C-P-2M-AP where the 2C opener could have a flat 19 or a weak two in diamonds!

Some passing comments -
I wouldn't preclude a 2C opening just because it had xx in a major suit.
Having to jump to 3NT on 24-25 seems pretty nasty. Ok, so your side may be dealt 24-25 less than one time in a thousand, but this figure is swelled by upgrades, and you are horribly placed now.
I'm not a fan of an 18-20 2NT rebid either. I find 22-24 to be acceptable because it is infrequent, and 22 is much more common than 24.
March 31, 2011
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Sorry, misread the auction, I bid 4S obviously
Feb. 6, 2011
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I am sure that I am missing something obvious, but why the queen and not the jack from QJx vs NT?
Feb. 2, 2011
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The votes are roughly in line with what I expected, anyone from one of the minorities care to argue their position?

If you open 2C and rebid 2S, partner will bid 3H. What now?
Feb. 1, 2011
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