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Michael, there is a big difference between emigrating to USA to continue their lives to further their career (I did) from changing or adding nationality for the sole purpose of playing on that country's team (the entire team doing that in fact).
22 seconds ago
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AFAIK, until the Monaco experiment or whatever you call it, it was not done in Bridge.
an hour ago
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He did more than show declarer his hand. He stated what he was going to do, in effect telling partner what to do.
6 hours ago
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Follow the money trail.
6 hours ago
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Have Meckwell finalized their Swiss citizenship yet?
7 hours ago
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The claim makes no sense, because it relies on S keeping and playing the right cards, which as turned out, he did not.
9 hours ago
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The people who do this do it often. You know who they are.
11 hours ago
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Bidding is an inexact science. You cannot cover all possibilities, just some of them and decide which are the important cases in terms of frequency and significance to include, and which to exclude. If you had listed at least your 2 possibilities + the two natural ones, then see how you can or cannot include in your bidding system, you will find that 3 of them are not difficult to include, assuming you want to play 2 as NF.

1) 2 - natural and NF. If weak, rebid 3 over overcall's rebid. You do lose the preemptive value of 3 right away.

2) 3 -natural and invitations.

3) 2 - natural and forcing. Partner assumes your bid is either limit + in his suit or GF in some other, but not the natural invitational hand shown by JS. He makes his natural bid over the cue. If he jumps to 3, it is not a problem, because then you are going to be in game, and can just proceed accordingly.
Sept. 16
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Assuming 2NT is not second negative, and not forced by relay, then 2NT should be the cheapest positive bid, or a gap better, and 3NT would be the in-between. E.g. 2NT 3 -4 or >7, and 3NT 5-6. Of course, this is a bad way to bid.
Sept. 16
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Tarik, if you limit me to those two choices, and you give me a partner who won't forget, I would choose FSJ too. But that is not what the decision should be.
Sept. 16
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So you have to cue to force. And partner has no idea if your cue promises or not. So he can't jump in , and has to fake some suit bid to “accept” your game invitation in .

BTW, you can change your poll within 24 hrs. Open your article, on the right hand side half way down is an “edit” button.

I would add at least
Natural and invitational
Natural and forcing
Other

as possible options.
Sept. 16
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I don't know what standard forcing free bid is? Obviously there is a big difference depending on whether 2 is forcing. But even if 2 is forcing, there is something to be said for 2 and the 3 as GF, while 3 directly is invitational.
Sept. 16
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Is 2NT forcing? Second negative? Relayed by 2?
Sept. 16
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I have been converted to advancer's new suit forcing except for 1-1-2 (the situation here), so 2 would be constructive. However, with forcing hand, one can always begin with 2, so 3 is best used for natural and invitational hand.
Sept. 16
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The reason why people don't like FSJ is that they never comes up, at least not for me. And I played it for many years. WJS does not happen either, but at least if you forget, you just don't bid it, or if partner forgets, he makes another bid over your WJS. It is not as dangerous as partner forgetting and passing a FSJ, playing in a 5-1 fit.

However, there is one bid that is necessary here, and that is the natural and invitational bid.
Sept. 16
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There is a 3rd choice, natural and invitational. Granted it is not as useful when the JS suit is a minor. You can't answer this question without analyzing how it fits with the rest of the system. In particular, is new suit by advancer forcing? If only Q of is forcing, I think it is important to relieve some of the possibilities of the 2 bid.
Sept. 16
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RR, what I said about apologizing is what politicians say. False apology.
Sept. 16
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Why wouldn't you just Gerber then?
Sept. 16
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RR, I apologize if I have offended anyone. :-)
Sept. 16
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If you have slam invitational value or more, shouldn't 5 level be safe? Perhaps one has to be wiling to play the dreaded 5 last train, but other than that, what is the problem?
Sept. 16
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