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Thanks, Patrick.
July 13
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I voted for pass on the first round because I didn't want to be faced with this situation.
July 13
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If I play this method, I presumably know what I should rebid on this hand. Whatever the method, I do not understand Pass if 1NT is forcing.
July 13
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Whichever heart is systemic.
July 13
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Agreed. Unless desperate for a top, it is not my idea of sound MP strategy to make a speculative lead based on no evidence.
July 13
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What is Muiderberg?
July 13
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“You also will not have a SNT hand as your playing WNT”.

As it stands, this doesn't really make sense: what would we bid with a 3=3=4=3 hand with 16 HCP?
July 13
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It seems to me to be an avoidable irritant.
July 13
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Jeff, whichever card you choose, a trump from 109x is potentially dangerous. Saving declarer a guess in a side suit may well not make any difference whilst destroying your side's trump trick is apt to be fatal.
July 13
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July 12
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If you play a to the 9, you make if West has the 10; or if East has the Q10 with fewer than 4 cards; or if East has 10xxx(x).

This looks to me to be better odds than any of the alternatives that have been mooted. An additional factor arguing against any line involving the double spade finesse is West's choice of lead (which was not particularly safe; picture dummy with AJxxx or KJxxx): with nothing in spades, he might well have chosen one.
July 12
Richard Fleet edited this comment July 12
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Or, given the vulnerability, it might have suggested a sacrifice (I've played this method in the past, only at Green).
July 12
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I agree with having a penalty double available in the first sequence.
July 12
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Michael, as everyone knows, a slow raise shows a good 3 bid.
July 12
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In my view, this constitutes a normal raise to 2 whatever the conditions.
July 12
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I play 2NT as natural so …
July 12
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The one rule that I insist upon for casual partnerships: all undefined 2NT bids are natural.

I can see the case for the second sequence being some sort of heart raise (then all you have to decide whether it is a sound raise, an invitational raise, a three-card raise, a four card raise or some other raise that I haven't thought of).
July 12
Richard Fleet edited this comment July 12
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Might not partner have doubled 5 with the King?

If playing against certain imaginative players, it would be tempting to lead a diamond (in case they had xx in the suit).
July 11
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Jack Marx told me that Simon was the author of both Lederer's books. Certainly, the style is very reminiscent of Skid.

Acol wouldn't have been mentioned since it did not exist at that time. The Lederer system was a forerunner of Acol.
July 11
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All the evidence points to the development of Acol taking place by a group of players from Lederer's prior to WW2. Rhoda Lederer had nothing to do with this at all - she came to prominence as a bridge teacher when Rhoda Barrow and married Tony Lederer (the son of Richard Lederer who founded the club) around about 1970 so far as I can recall. As you say, her views on bidding were not well regarded by expert players.

Marx and Simon were not, so far as I can see, associated at all with the Hamilton which was very much a hot bed of CAB.
July 11
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