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I can hardly imagine E bidding 4 without the UI. Correct to 3N=.
2 hours ago
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In my system it is part of Garbage Stayman: planning to pass 2 or 2. Opener should pass with 3, bid 3 with 2425 otherwise 2N. Over 2N responder bids 3 with 1444 or 3 with 5.
March 25
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John, I don‘t agree. Bidding a new suit would have been a Q, not a bid to prepare for an unexpected sac.
March 25
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Exactly! Your first sentence is our rule.
March 22
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1N here does not promise a stopper for us, which we of course alert.
March 21
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Any deviation from normal tempo with the purpose of misleading is unethical. If you want to play poker go ahead, but do it at the poker table.
March 21
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I can confirm that Roman 1-openings are forcing, but that won‘t help Julien, because all 2-openings aree constructive, not preemptive. I liked the canapé part. Neapolitan and its successor Blue (Team) Club are strong club systems.
March 21
Ronald Kalf edited this comment March 21
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„Rubbish. If you have to think in advance about every possible response that partner makes, the game will become too slow to be worth playing.“ Richard, David, IMO the truth is somewhere inbetween. I am almost always prepared for the „usuall“ bids, including intervention. I can imagine that in this case I wouldn’t expect 2N and need some time to think it over. But no matter how long I think, Pard should either pass or correct to 3 assuming that I have equal length in the minors.
March 21
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Someone proposed a rather simplistic formula to calculate the most probable number of tricks: #tricks=(hcp-20)/3+#trumps. I checked this against DD results of 5.000 hands played in our club and found it to be true 69%, a difference of 1 trick 26% and 2 tricks 4%. Since all we have is #hcp and #trumps there is no need to discuss improving the formula by adding short suits etc. Now let’s give opener 16 hcp and 2 trumps and responder 7 hcp and 4 trumps. The estimate is 7 tricks for down 2 69%, 8 tricks 13%, 9 tricks 2%, 6 tricks 13% and 5 tricks for opps making 2 2%. Even if you change the percentages to 40/40/20 the odds pro double are overwhelming.
March 20
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Please explain „firm“
March 19
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I would double 2 with 4 and 7 hcp. We have the majority of the points and you are playing in a 7crd-fit.
March 18
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„How would you prefer to disclose agreements to your opponents?“ I have a CC, opps can ask whenever they want. I am old enough to remember playing without alerts. I assure you that it‘s possible.
March 18
Ronald Kalf edited this comment March 18
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From W point of view: playing leb 3N expresses doubt about , 2N-3-3N no doubt > P
From E point of view: 3 is an impossible bid, obviously pard thinks 2N is leb, I have to bid 3N now.
Note: E doesn‘t need the alert to know that pard forgot „system on“.
And: there is no law forbidding anyone to fall on their feet.
March 18
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„Didn't our double say we have spades?„ No!
March 17
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„Did R&S really recommend 3♦ as a heart bid“ in a WNT environment.
March 16
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Given the methods described 4 is the only possible bid. Might I suggest a gadget from Robson&Segal: 3 (unbid suit) shows a minimum raise (because of WNT value of 14-16) and 3 is a normal jump raise. That way you can keep 2N natural (knowing RF anything else is out of the question)
March 16
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I don‘t know the difference between a „normal“ and a „reasonable“ double. I consider all my doubles „reasonable“ and so does my partner. As for my next bid, having not jumped at my first opportunity, I have a problem. But following OOs advice I will not try to right my wrong by doing another wrong.
March 16
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Those were the days before alerts were invented.
Of course I alert a fit-jump.
March 15
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John, where did I say I was damaged? I was just curious. BTW we didn‘t play against mom and pop. The voting is clear and thats okay for me even if the arguments given in the comments don‘t convince me.
March 15
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Patrick, as I have written in several other threads, I‘d be more then happy, to play with CC only, no alerts, no announcing. But now that we have alerts and announcements they are in force for everybody. But you can‘t deny, that after 40+ years of playing this system bidding 1-2 with less then 4 cards has become an agreement, even if maybe it wasn‘t in the beginning. And while we‘re at it: I don‘t want people counting the number of my psyches!
March 15
Ronald Kalf edited this comment March 15
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