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Sept. 20
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(2S) X (P) 3N
(P) 4S (P) 5D
(P) 5H (P) 6H

Not my personal choice, but given the constraints….Of course in a serious game opps would jump to the sky in spades
Sept. 20
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Sorry. Totally misread the auction.
Sept. 19
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Not that many do when a Major has been agreed.
Sept. 19
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I was talking about the full Bergen structure, not just adopting a couple of bits and pieces.
Sept. 18
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Richard, how old are you? I am sure you can remember something so easy.
Sept. 18
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David Burn: “Even if we do, which is doubtful, they all play Bergen raises.”
Do they? When I read the convention cards for the BB very few did.
Sept. 18
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Quote Phil Benamy: “At the club level, I wonder how many would choose to play it if it came with a half board handicap (for the session).

What legitimate objection could there be to a compromise of this nature? A handicap for unfamiliarity.”
Would you also want an unfamiliarity penalty for weak NT? What about Precision or Polish Club? What about 1C = 2 pieces+? Muppet Stayman etc etc?
Sept. 17
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Why should professional bridge players not have the right to earn a good living, Cornelia?
Sept. 17
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Why?
Sept. 17
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“Don't do it. Just don't.” This seems silly. Why have a perfectly usable bid and not use it?
Sept. 16
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I still use the original version and prefer that to all the others. I had to make a special request to continue to use that version.Unfortunately I cannot buy a new laptop as the original version can no longer be downloaded. However let us not forget that BBO is free. If we had to pay a subscription for it we might have grounds for complaint.
Sept. 16
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As 2 is waiting, and 2NT is of course forcing, why not play the jump to 3NT as some sort of S raise? It could be a splinter of some description, perhaps weaker or stronger that a 4m bid. Or could play it as a 4 card raise with a certain number of controls. Rare? Yes. However, it seems silly not to make use of a bid here.
Sept. 16
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Both Richard and Jim have valid points. Very seldom did anyone get upset about us playing a strong pass system. To be honest, the lols handled it the best just by bidding what was in their hand 1H fert (2H) - hearts opening hand P (4NT) slam making, flat board.

Jim is perfectly correct. I rarely get to see Flannery. Does this mean no one should be allowed to play Flannery against us? Of course not! Indeed the only system where I ever used a written defence was against T-Rex. Now that is a real beast, (pun intended.)
Sept. 16
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Childish.
Sept. 16
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That is a very silly comment Angelo, as you know as well as I do that this would make the system unworkable.
Sept. 15
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“I suppose familiarity makes it seem different.” I am sure it does.
Sept. 14
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David, I am sorry but I have no idea about what you are talking. I have read your posts 3 times and to be honest I think neither do you. There is no difference between an aggressive precision system where, as pointed out by Richard, you open on counts and strong pass system. Yes, the Fert is different. It is also exceptionally easy to counter. Lols have little difficulty so I hardly think a player of your undoubted experience would have a problem.
Sept. 14
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Rarely you will find a pair playing a strong pass system in the National Champs in Jan at Canberra. Sometime poster Nic Hughes and his wife Nicoletta play SP when NV and Precision when Vul.
The halcyon days when you had abut 6 pairs playing SP system and maybe even a team of Poles playing Suspensor are long gone unfortunately. I remember SP versus SP in one match. I also remember the Borins and a couple of Sydney players playing Regres.
We had a simple defence and we recommended the same defence to our opps. It worked fine. I remember well one quite strong player advocated anti ferts (1H 0-7) 1NT also 0-7. Heaps of fun. It is really sad that the fun has been taken out of the game.
Sept. 12
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We played that 1 over a pass showed the equivalent of a weak NT, or else a very strong hand.
Sept. 12
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