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The purpose of a pre empt is to take away bidding space from the opponents when you have a weak hand. If they pre empt first, they have a weak hand as well. You do not want to take space away from your partner. Also bidding over a pre empt shows a good hand.
17 hours ago
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“Yes, requiring extra values to rebid 2♠ (opener) oftens (sic) causes all sorts of awkwardness.”
What awkwardness? Simply rebid 2 of the opened M as a catchall. It only causes difficulties if you see them in your own mind.
Oct. 18
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How is it that your 16 year old daughter cannot remember it?
Oct. 16
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We did play cmobdor. Cheaper minor over black and double over red for takeout.
Oct. 16
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“I also play reverses are off after 2/1 GF established.” So Rich, you never bid the sequence 1 (P) 2m (P) 2 ?
This sequence does not exist for you? I ask this, because this sequence is a reverse. Whether it shows extra values or not is another argument.
Oct. 16
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Semantically your sixth paragraph is correct. Perhaps fourth suit artificial is a better description.
Oct. 16
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“Despite having only three letters, my last name is misspelled surprisingly often.”
So is mine. I get Liu or Lei.
Oct. 16
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you said “there are no ”reverses“. ” Nor is there any “4th suit forcing” Obviously there are. Are you speaking the same language as I am? I think not.
Oct. 16
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Quote Craig: “Playing 2/1 GF, there are no ”reverses“ in the sense of promising extras. Nor is there any ”4th suit forcing“ in the sense of a (possibly) artificial bid used to generate a GF since we are already in a GF.”
Craig we have been through this literally dozens of times on BW. This is the way YOU play 2/1; others play it totally differently. Many who play 2/1 as a gf DO play that a reverse shows extra values. Many play that 4th suit forcing does exist. You need to read a little more widely and I suggest you start by looking up some older 2/1 threads on BW.
Oct. 15
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I think the 2S bid is dreadful and shows one of the major disadvantages of the way in which some players bid 2/1. How do you show extra values if you can reverse on this garbage? What is 3C supposed to mean now, 4th suit forcing?
After 3NT how sth can fail to bid 4C is beyond me. It seems to me that some 2/1 players just pull bids out of their whatsit until they reach the holy grail of 3NT.
Oct. 15
Ron Lel edited this comment Oct. 15
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Very rarely had this problem.
Oct. 13
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rofl, thanks for the compliment Ron, but I am old enough. However as I stated above, our X and subsequent NT bids would be a bit stronger, or certainly have a good source of tricks. I don't quite see the relevance of unlimited suit overcalls. We just played our overcalls as normal.
Oct. 13
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No Regres, Peter?
Oct. 12
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All of Richard's comments were true of Melbourne. As well most pairs played Acol, Swiss, and standard Blackwood. The avant garde played Precision and the high tech guys played relay Precision or strong pass systems.
Oct. 12
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As I stated in another thread, we earned a lot of Imps from the Polish NT overcall; far more than we lost. We were often able to up the bidding to the three level quickly, putting a lot of pressure on the opponents. Our range was 9-14.
There are 2 side effects to playing this.
1) you do not overcall 1NT with poor to average 15 count an barely a source of tricks.
2} You need to be careful against light openings. A corollary to 1} is that a light opening may sometimes get you.
We did not play Ron's beloved Power Doubles and I cannot say I recommend them.
Oct. 12
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Polish NT overcall, (Raptor for American players), is an excellent convention. We have garnered many imps from this bid.
Oct. 12
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So do you really believe you would not have reached 7NT anyway?
Oct. 9
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Polish Club is the same. If you do not open a Major you do not have 5.
Sept. 29
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Not to mention systemic issues.
Sept. 28
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“ North said he would never have bid 5♥ if he had known the East hand was stronger;” What a self serving comment. Here we have a player who cannot bid 3 or 4 over 1 but bids 5 over 4? Unbelievable. Result stands.
Sept. 26
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