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Bill, while it is probably true to say that there is a stereotypical Yorkshire accent, in reality there are several depending on the exact locale - Yorkshire is a big county. In my experience, Sheffield (where Ian is from) can be quite difficult on the ear. In fact it is about the only place in the whole UK I've had trouble with.
July 26, 2016
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Oh no.
July 25, 2016
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Richard, I've looked it up myself, from the Blue Book:

“4 H 2 Because they have a potentially unexpected meaning, players must alert:

© Responses to a non-forcing opening bid of one of a suit:

(5) A new suit without a jump that is forcing to game.”

So a 2/1 GF response is altertable and one which shows 11+ forcing to 2NT is not.

Quite whether this has any basis in logic, common sense or common practice is another matter altogether.
July 25, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment July 25, 2016
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Perhaps someone should make that known to the (in some cases) international quality pairs that play it around these parts!

Seriously, if that is what the regs now say, I hadn't heard about it and I take a tad more interest in these things than the average.

What does it say about a 2/1 response that shows 11+ and is forcing to 2NT pray tell?
July 25, 2016
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Ian, the opinions of respected whoevers notwithstanding, good luck with getting people who play legal, but different systems to you to alert anything and everything you might not expect. Maybe you think a 2/1 player should alert a 2 response to 1 just because you're primarily used to being in Acol Land.
July 25, 2016
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Ian, I have a partner that likes Blue Club. A naïve reading of texts on the subject, which come from an era ~50 years ago, suggest passing 1x openers with 0-7. I've read old Precision texts with similar suggestions. So, to answer Frances's question it is (arguably) systemic.

Quite whether it is good Bridge is another question altogether. You soon get disabused of the idea that passing 6 and 7 counts with support is good bridge in any kind of even average opposition.
July 22, 2016
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It'd be nice to have a partner who signalled consistently.
July 22, 2016
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Well, I like signals to say what they mean and mean what they say. I'd rather leave it open whether declarer has Kxx, KQx or KQJ rather be definitely placing the T in declarer's hand when it isn't.
July 22, 2016
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To me, the J denies the 10. I would never do that, unless I wanted to give a false message.
July 22, 2016
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Psst. Ian. Women don't like admitting it, but a lot of them like looking at men too.
July 22, 2016
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This is not an ACBL event we're talking about Ed. The particular peculiarities of American legal history are not relevant.
July 22, 2016
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If we were to cancel the Venice Cup and possibly the seniors event too, what would we do with the open event? Keep it as it is? Allow more countries to compete? Allow more countries and to have a 2nd team and maybe let the US field 3, 4 even?
July 20, 2016
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I don't think that is what the OP is talking about. It is the fact of the attempted correction to 3 that is UI.
July 20, 2016
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For me, I prefer that 2 is a mild positive and already set up the GF.
July 15, 2016
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As I read it, 2NT is responding to the X, not the opening.
July 12, 2016
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I don't see that what Meckwell (or any specific pair for that matter) are allegedly allowed to get away with has any bearing on what should and should not be the case.
July 12, 2016
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RF: “What's wrong with deceiving your opponents (all 3 of them)?”

Nothing, so long as it is genuinely all 3 of them. If it is 2 of them and the one opposite is going “he hasn't done it again has he!”, then there is a disclosure issue.
July 12, 2016
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On the ethical side of things, as ever with these things, if partner will be as surprised as your opps that you do not actually have 5 hearts, of course you're allowed to use judgement. Trouble with that is, the 2nd time you do it, partner will not be as surprised. So you get into the same argument we've had recently about “strong NT” being announced as good 14 to bad 17 (or whatever your real agreement actually is). In other words, if you make *any* sort of habit of not having 5 hearts when your card says otherwise, then you're in dodgy water calling it “judgement”.
July 12, 2016
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I've played UNT 2NT opener off and on for years. It works much better as an opening (when opps have not yet had a chance to show anything obv.), than it does as an overcall (when it often just serves to tell declarer what your shape is).

The loss of being able to show whatever balanced range you would have otherwise used the 2NT opener for is, however, an issue. There are various, workable solutions.
July 12, 2016
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I don't see 1 as an option if you're “playing 5cM” - if you say that this is a 1 opener and you're playing 5cM you're kidding yourself and worse, deceiving your opponents. And especially so with a longer suit elsewhere. Possible canapé openings (are perfectly acceptable), but are alertable in the UK anyway.

I don't see either that is really an upgrade to a 15 count, but assuming for a moment that I do, I do see the attraction of opening 5m422 hands in NT. However, the weak doubletons and strong suits are just too much for my taste.
July 12, 2016
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