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Yes David, the matter is affected by choice of opening with 4=4m. As it is also affected by whether you're playing 5 card majors or not and what your NT range is. While not beating a drum for Acol, this is generally less of a problem in the UK (though it is still something that should be discussed in a regular partnership even so).
March 2, 2016
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It all depends on what you think X shows.

*If* X shows 4=4 in the unbid suits (which doesn't appear popular in the US), then as X is as good as forcing and inviting support for either or , then as opener pretty much has to bid something, both 2 and 2 are not reverses.

*If* X shows 4 cards and says nothing about , then 2 is merely a spade raise, but 2, for which responder possibly doesn't have much tolerance, has to show extras.
March 1, 2016
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Yeah, but that is at least in principle, true in EBU-land - and quite possibly elsewhere too.
Feb. 26, 2016
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Perhaps people who are bothered by farts, stale smoke, BO and the like should avoid meeting other people.

Many moons ago I used to work on swill fed pig farm. I would get home, shower and change every last item of clothing every day. I still smelt of pig sh1t - after 10/11/12 hour days labouring in the summer heat the stuff just gets into your skin. Should I not be able to go out for a beer after work - or should people with sensitive noses mind their language about something I could do nothing about. I admit that in the case of smoking there is a self inflicted element - if you think that addiction is self inflicted.
Feb. 25, 2016
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I'd second that. I appreciate that ACBL centric debate is important to many on this site - but there are many of from whom such discussion is (mostly) unwanted noise.
Feb. 25, 2016
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yyyymmdd is better (or for the avoidance of doubt yyyy/mm/dd), but assumes that one is using the Gregorian calendar. There are many countries where that would not be a safe assumption.
Feb. 25, 2016
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I'm fed up hearing from people with a bee in their bonnet on this subject.
Feb. 25, 2016
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I don't come across strong 1 systems much, but when I have the 2 opener has always included the possibility of a heart suit on the side. Not really sure - maybe the spade option only is a Yorkshire thing??
Feb. 19, 2016
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IMO, replying with the number of kings, although common enough, is a poor choice of how to reply as it is often critical which king it is.

You don't include the trump King, whatever your system or replies as that has already been enquired about.

A variant I've seen which I like is 6 of the agreed suit = no kings; any other suit = that king or the other two (when asker can pretty well always figure out which is meant). The downside of this is that, if the agreed suit is not spades, is that the 5NT bidder has to be able to tolerate a response in a suit higher than the trump suit (either because it will make 7 a good bet or because 6NT, rather than 6 of the suit, will come into the picture.
Feb. 19, 2016
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You're right. Misread the blurb.
Feb. 17, 2016
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Dble post, deleted
Feb. 17, 2016
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I think they're talking about missing QT, not an ace
Feb. 17, 2016
ATB
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No real blame. You might say that North has the whiff of a perfect fit - but I certainly wouldn't even comment, let alone blame North for not bidding it. North is not to know that the J is a good card. Also the A may be less useful if partner is void, which is quite possible.
Feb. 16, 2016
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I agree that South's opening is a tad strong for most people, though many in 2nd seat at adverse vul expect something fairly robust.
Feb. 16, 2016
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West. The opening is pre-emptive in nature. You don't normally pre-empt over a pre-empt, rather overcalls of a pre-empt normally show a decent hand. East rightly expected West to have more high cards.
Feb. 16, 2016
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Far too many people use 2N as a place to play in a misfit. One can argue the hind leg off a donkey about invitational versus forcing uses of the bid, but “to play because I don't like your suits” is ludicrous.
Feb. 15, 2016
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I agree that the sort of numbers you suggest are typical. Never the less, over time, the relatively few who play in the tournament world and clubs should have quite an effect.
Feb. 12, 2016
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Funny. I wasn't aware the name had any connotations on any side of the pond!?
Feb. 12, 2016
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> Secondly there is insufficient diffusion of the grades; for the system to work properly a significant proportion of players would need to play in tournaments or multiple clubs. This simply doesn't happen…

I've seen this assertion before, but I've never seen any mathematical basis for it. I would have thought that enough people play in different clubs, different sessions of the same club and enough people play in tournaments and clubs and that the system has been going long enough for enough diffusion to have happened by now.


> For some reason I perform less well in club events than I do in GP events; so my rating goes down on club nights and up when I play in a tournament! (Not always, but often enough to see a pattern).

I don't much play in tournaments, but I do currently play in one club where the strength of the field is slightly above average (but nothing special) and at another club where you get quite a lot of premiere league types and county players showing up. I've noticed a similar tendency. I think it is because, if you are, say, a 55% player with a 55% partner in a 50% field, you have to be scoring 55% just to break even and that, what with the randomness of the field, a 50% score is more likely than a 60% one. Whereas if the field is 58% you only need to score 47% to break even - and this time the randomness of the field tends to work in your favour.
Feb. 12, 2016
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My observations about this subject are these:

1. In much of the world (where strong NT is the norm) people get very nervous about a weak 1NT being doubled. Relax. Cases of a weak 1NT getting a telephone number mauling are less common than some seem to suggest (and, what they don't say, is that strong 1NT gets the odd mauling too).

Also, if you play weak NT it gives various advantages and you have to pay off to the odd times when it is at a disadvantage. In other words, it is a strategic decision on your part. Learn to take the good with the bad.

2. Auctions that start 1NT-X (regardless of the strength of the NT and regardless of the meaning of X) can often be awfully difficult to judge accurately. So, at least for the non-expert among us, any vaguely sensible run-out method that you can both remember probably trumps anything else.

3. Just as there is no perfect defence to 1NT that covers all possible NT ranges, forms of scoring, seat and vulnerability, there is no perfect run-out method either. There are a great many and none of them cover you in all possible situations.

4. As elsewhere observed, methods that allow you to play in both 1NTX and 1NTXX are inferior and cost more than they gain.

5. Some are of the opinion that methods which do not allow you to play 1NTX (but force 1NTXX in cases where you don't want to try to take refuge in a suit) are inferior. Whilst I slightly agree, I definitely disagree with the vehemence with which those opinions are often stated. Such methods are not that bad overall.
Feb. 12, 2016
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