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I am interested in knowing what to do with 0-3 4 trumps.
Feb. 7
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The idea that having length in opener's suit increases the chance of partner having length in our suit has been shown to be false. Mike Lawrence used to claim that, then retracted it later on.
Feb. 7
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So do you bid 2 to show 3 and some points?
Feb. 7
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Steve has this strange idea that 8 trumps and combined 19 - 20 should play in 3. :-)
Feb. 5
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I think the two big issues are whether responder has 3 hearts of <3, and if she has 0-5 vs 6-7 points. Using double to show one would mean not able to bid the other trivially.

And then we have to resolve what 3 by opener shows if responder doubles, whatever that shows.
Feb. 5
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Appeal to Richard Wiley is the best. :-)
Feb. 5
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BTW, the 5-10 on some CC may not be intentional to deceive. When the card was made out, it is often the case where a partnership just put down 5-10 or whatever without thinking. And that stays until they finally get around to changing it.
Feb. 5
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Ray, I do change the CC. What I was referring to was other's CC showing 5-10 when that just simply isn't true. They don't “agree” to deviate, but one or both of them will. It is not enough to just have the benign partner always treat her partner's weak 2 as rigorous knowing it well may not be. It is necessary that opponents know it too.

This particular hand may occur very infrequently, but this player will open it 2 every time.
Feb. 5
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Ray, the point is if opening 2 here is good Bridge, it is good evenytime. I don't need an agreement with my partners and I don't need to see him/her bid it so many times for me to know which of them will do it and which won't the next time. The entire agreement thing is a small screen.
Feb. 5
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Jeff, an agreement to do what? To open weak 2 with 2 points? A range of no more than 9 points is legal, so 2 - 10 e.g. is OK. To agree to systematically sometimes open with 2 points first or second seat and have 5-10 point on the CC? Of course that is not legal, but that has nothing to do with 2 points being illegal to open weak 2.
Feb. 5
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The range must be < or = 9 points.
Feb. 5
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Give partner 10 points, do you see 9 tricks?
Feb. 5
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Barry, thanks.
Feb. 5
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Phil, I was not referring to you, just in general. WE have certainly had lots of bashing.
Feb. 4
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Right, so how about giving some praise to the committee about what has been done right instead of the incessant bashing?
Feb. 4
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There is a big diffference between the two.

If they did not open weak 2H, we had many bids that were available to us to probe for NT and other contracts. Their weak 2 bid took away some of those options.

After our 2NT opening and their 3 overcall, they have taken away some of our options, and we will have to consolidate some bids into one. E.g. we can't puppet stayman or even just stayman, so the negative X will incorporate various types of hands. But I would not further deprive ourselves of options that they have not deprived, and am not going to worry about options that I never had in the first place.
Feb. 4
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There is no restriction to any opening bid at 3NT or above.
Feb. 4
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If we don't have a NF bid without interference, why do we invent one now?
Feb. 4
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Equal playing field, that is what I ask.
Feb. 4
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Just be to clear, my liking Stan's comment has nothing to with liking it to be Gerber. :-)
Feb. 3
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