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I have said my piece. The OP asked for an opinion. I gave mine. I don't expect to change anyone's mind.
Dec. 22, 2016
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In GF situations, it is simplest to play all direct seat X as penalty. Why would you need to TO? Pass is forcing.
Dec. 22, 2016
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There is a difference between not being allowed to speak and not interrupting the director when he/she is talking or asking someone else a question.
Dec. 21, 2016
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In my experience, when someone alerts, and I ask for an explanation, they will usually not be hostile. One common exception is when they alert/announce 1 opening as “could be short”, and I ask when it can be short.

But when they open 2 (no alert), and I ask them to please explain/elaborate, I will get a hostile response almost invariably.
Dec. 20, 2016
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More than that. the 1NT bidder may be bidding 1N with AQTx or Kx, so how can advancer know when to X and when overcaller should pass the X? But we agree that penalty X is impossible in this situation.
Dec. 19, 2016
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The point is, as we can see from all the above, there are plenty of reasons to want to transfer into “their” suit. However, you do need to agree with that it means.
Dec. 19, 2016
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Why not? You can play that as promising or denying stopper e.g.
Dec. 19, 2016
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System on for me with two caveats:

1) If it goes (1x) - 1N - (2x), independent of whether how we play 1N - (2x) - X, I play X as negative.

2) If it goes (1x) - 1N - (2y), independent of whether how we play 1N - (2y) - X, I play X as penalty. This includes the case y = .
Dec. 19, 2016
Mike Ma edited this comment Dec. 19, 2016
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If you don't ask specific question, how will you get useful answer. All you will get is a hostile “strong 2” as the answer. And if you ask them to qualify, they will become more hostile.
Dec. 19, 2016
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Not to mention a 2NT bid allows responder to have easy bids at 3 level whatever system they play.
Dec. 18, 2016
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AFAIK, no upgrade allowed with 14 or less points.
Dec. 18, 2016
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Hence it is illegal.
Dec. 18, 2016
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That is a cop out. Is is a 50-50 bid? Or is it 70-30? Just be honest.
Dec. 18, 2016
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Did you see the word “systematically?”
Dec. 18, 2016
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What I would like to see is people just being honest about why they are opening 2. If they open 2 because they want to get to the best game/slam or are afraid of missing game, fine. But if they do it because they want to “preempt” opponents, then admit it. Saying that they do it because others do it is no excuse. Everyone is responsible for himself/herself.
Dec. 18, 2016
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By definition, if you systematically opens the same psych hand 2, then it is an illegal psych.
Dec. 18, 2016
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Otherwise everything will come down to he says, she says. The UI took place before the AI.
Dec. 18, 2016
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Independent of whether the X is alerted, to not announce that dummy may have a GF long minor (or even if he so chooses) before lead is criminal.
Dec. 18, 2016
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When i play against people who play the “high power” neg X, I will aggressively push the bidding to the 3 level, so it is important for me to know whether they can have monster with a long suit.
Dec. 18, 2016
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The ship has sailed. Once partner alerted 3, there is no waking up.
Dec. 18, 2016
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