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Quote Marty: “Candidly, unless you develop a written opening bid chart that's truly easy for the opponents to follow, I would change my view and support banning your system, which is not something I want to see happen.”

Marty I have a question. Either Sam's system is legal or it is not legal. If it is not legal, then on what basis is it not legal and why is he playing it? If it is legal then how on earth can his system be banned? You can't ban something to which some people object just because they don't like the unfamiliar.

I am not American, but is seems to me that the US governing authorities make up regulations on the fly.
July 25
Ron Lel edited this comment July 25
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“When playing against a system like Sam's, you need to know far more than that to intelligently handle competitive auctions.” Rather than just say “far more than that”, perhaps you you could mention what it is you think you need to know.
July 25
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Dave: “what you are quoting does not apply to letting them know what your upcoming bids will mean.”

Dave is correct of course. An opponent does not have the right to know what the continuations are until they have actually occurred. Imagine a pair playing a relay system who are at the 2 stage. An opponent asks, “What would 2NT have meant? 3C? 3D?” etc etc.
July 25
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There is another case for “slow shows”. By bidding 2NT and then NT again, you are emphasising NTs. This is easy to remember,(despite the comments above).
July 25
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It was a question, to an individual, not individuals and not an accusation. Ih he merely alerted it as “Leb”, then the opps probably would be misled as they would be unaware he was playing a home brew.
July 25
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I think your view is ludicrous and misleading to the opponents. Are you deliberately trying to mislead them?
July 25
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4 by East is an overbid as West may just be competing. West has a 4 bid.
July 25
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That is not the way Leb was originally written up in the Nov 1970. “The Bridge World.” If you play that fast shows, then call it modified Leb. This DOES make a difference as if you just announce “Lebensohl”, then you may well be misleading the opps. It is all well and good to change a convention and make it into your own home brew, but then do not refer to it by its original name if asked.
July 25
Ron Lel edited this comment July 25
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You probably will not like this suggestion, but why not play that 2 minor denies a 4 card or longer Major? There are a number of structures where you can follow up to show a longer minor after this start.
July 22
Ron Lel edited this comment July 23
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“scheußlich” is probably closer to hideous. I suppose you could even say “Ungeheuerlich.”
July 22
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Maybe David. It is the attitude to which I was referring however - wallowing in mediocrity and having no desire to do anything else.
July 22
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Yes, “Mastschwein”.
July 22
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“More likely that the ♥J is with West.”
Why?
July 22
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to the Q as I don't mind starting from hand.
July 22
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“ ”If we have to play another good team after this, I'm going home“ and ”Partner, thanks for calling me to play, but in the future if its not a bracketed game don't bother.“)”
Amusing article, but the above quote makes me sad. We have discussed this before, but in what other event can you play world champions? No wonder bridge is dying if people have this attitude.
July 22
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Khokan I have heard some bad comments from you, but this one is cringeworthy.
July 22
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No not Hideous Hog, but Terrible Pig
July 22
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“ Game forcing hands with four card support are suitable for Jacoby 2NT;” Why are American players so obsessed with J2NT?
July 17
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Interesting.
Some meta agreements I hate:
1) Playing strength 2/1, 1♥ - 2♣/♦ -2♠ does not show extras.

It certainly does for me. I see too many players using weasel and the inability to show extra strength quickly is an inherent weakness of 2/1

2) Never jump to game opposite an unlimited partner.

If your jumps to game are specific, then why not do so? Tell partner what you have - 4 card trump support in a 4522 shape, a good 2/1 suit and no Aces or Kings in the doubletons.

3) All 2/1 auctions show only 3 trump when next raising partner.

See number 2 above. Too many players think the only way to show 4 card support is via Jacoby. On some hands there are far better ways.
July 16
Ron Lel edited this comment July 17
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““The Scream” ” How can you pass a cue bid?
July 12
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