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There are a great many possible uses for the 2 opener. While there are strong opinions often expressed for all of them, the one which is probably best for you is the one with which a) you and partner are most familiar and b) makes you the most comfortable about the rest of your system.

This does have to do with probabilities of course, but it is also about a mixture of strategic and human factors.
March 23, 2016
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Good story!
March 23, 2016
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Another consideration to think about is that the above odds (which I won't attempt to verify but they look very much in the right ball park) apply to first seat. By comparison in say, 4th seat, holding a weak two in diamonds, the chances of someone *not* having opened in front of you is very low. Whereas, holding 23+hcp, the chances of someone not having opened in front of you is pretty good.
March 23, 2016
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>A lot of experts refuse to downgrade ever. As far as I can tell, this is irrational

Seconded.
March 22, 2016
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>Also; would you bid 2♦ if you had a 4 card major?

I think it depends. With 4M4 there seems to me a reasonable chance you belong in the major, so I'd show it. With 5 card support these chances lessen considerably and particularly so if either a) the responding hand has fast tricks (NT then less likely to play better), or b) the 1 opener guarantees 4 cards or unbal shape.
March 22, 2016
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>In a weak notrump system, the transfers do a good job of right-siding with the field at matchpoints

I've made the same observation playing transfers with strong NT in a weak NT field!
March 18, 2016
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>Is “almost forcing” similar to “almost pregnant”? :-)

Perhaps you prefer not forcing but usually not passed. I'm searching for a reproductive analogy, but its Friday afternoon and nearly home-time, so a witty remark escapes me.
March 18, 2016
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Ha. I never played 2/1 per se. I did however play for over a year with one partner where 1-2 was GF as we wanted to experiment (and invites with hearts went another route). In all that time the sequence 1-2 never came up once.

I concluded that 2/1 was a waste of an awful lot of responses!
March 18, 2016
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My two abiding thoughts are these:

From your first sentence: “I'm exploring introducing transfer responses to 1C within a weak NT structure.”

Why? You can fit it into a weak NT structure, but it fits better with strong NT IMO.

From your 2nd sentence: “I also have a partner who's not particularly into system so I don't want anything too complex or esoteric!”

Hmm. You've already got a lot of questions. Possibly more than your “not into system” partner is going to want to put up with. And you've only scratched the surface of what you could have asked. For example is 1C-1D-1H forcing or not? And what is 1C-1S?

IMO if you have a not into system partner and want to try this, do the minimum possible:

Responses to 1C =
1D = 4 hearts
1H = 4 spaces
1S = 4 diamonds (5 unless at least GF)
Other = what you did before you adopted transfers

Transfer completion = 3 cards (possibly 4 and a very min opening) almost forcing. Responder allowed to pass 7 or less with only 4 cards. So don't complete the transfer with near GF bal hands. So responder taking another bid shows 8 or a 5 card suit.

IMO this is NOT the optimum way to play transfers. It is however simple and gets you into the flavour of it.

March 18, 2016
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From Wikipedia:

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March 18, 2016
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Both could have done more, but that isn't an option.

The North option is ridiculous, opps can do what they want.
March 16, 2016
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Would probably have opened this 1NT in the first place. I don't think this is worth 18.
March 16, 2016
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I don't know is the short answer. Clearly, if you elect to return a spade, that holding for declarer is a risk, but I don't know if it is enough of a risk to warrant opening up diamonds.
March 16, 2016
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“How nice to get such an agreeable set of comments for a change. Even if you don't want to do it my way, you don't begrudge me the right to do so”

Precisely. It is only through extensive at the table experience that, in the end, proves whether a given set of methods work well or not. But we never get the experience if such methods are banned or frowned upon to the extent that people are scared to try.
March 16, 2016
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“Where is the spirit of adventure? Don't tell me, we are all long past it.”

The spirit of adventure died at least as long ago as when they basically banned forcing pass systems when some oppo twit got a bad result, called “director pleeeze” and it came to the attention of a committee or two somewhere. Maybe it died before that, I'm not long enough in the tooth and not a bridge history expert to know.
March 16, 2016
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That comment made me smile.

While not especially defending George and his methods, if you read his Jorj Club article you'll see he is recommending opening 10 hcp counts and also (not his exact words iirc) 6 queen or so called slam points (A=3, K=2, Q=1) (so any AA, AKQ or KKK).

So, to be fair, is a clear but min opener in his methods.

Nick
March 16, 2016
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I don't see anything better than persisting with spades at this point.
March 15, 2016
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I think it depends on the system I'm playing and with whom. I like the 4 aces/tens and this pushes me to thinking this is as close to an 11 count as it is 10. If I'm playing “standard” (which I'm almost always not) and I can open 1m and pass the response, then I think I probably will. If I'm playing Acol style and partner is going to expect me to open 1NT with this, I'm more worried that partner has passed a balanced 11 and is going to invite. Similarly, if I'm playing standard with transfer responses to 1, then I'm not going to be able to pass the response. Also some partners are themselves quite conservative about 4th hand openers and have a tendency to think you are too and are prone to hanging you out to dry.
March 15, 2016
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I've played 5 card diamonds a few times. It is OK. But I prefer that diamonds promise 4 and unbal, while 5(332) hands go through 1 when out of range for NT.
March 14, 2016
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There are certain countries, normally thought of very badly in the international media, that operate similarly.

One can only hope that this is a joke.
March 7, 2016
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