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I usually press the „show distribution“ button on the bridge mate.
Feb. 21
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That‘s what you get for all your troubles, I’m never gonna bid 2 again
Feb. 20
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1) 2 Any FG not suitable for a more descriptive bid or inv+ 5-4 and 3?h FG, 5-5 Ms
2/3/4) 2 nat., F1 and 3 5-5 good suits
Feb. 17
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Not even Namyats can stop me from opening 1.
Feb. 16
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Bridge is a game of endurance: if you play long enough you cannot avoid becoming a life master.
Feb. 16
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It is simply forcing, but I don‘t see that option.
Feb. 14
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David, that sounds as if you don‘t like the idea. Any specific reason?
Feb. 14
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How about switching the two? 1-1N;2Red-3 as invitational and 1-3 as weak?
Feb. 14
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Stiff A is not a splinter! 4 is a near perfect description of the hand: game opposite the barrest minimum, not suitable for a splinter bid, as a potential source of tricks. N has: 1) a fifth , 2) A and 3) !QJ adding up to WOW!
Feb. 13
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#1 is not the best possible agreement, but possibly the best agreement for a casual partnership.
Feb. 12
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Correct: IF „West has an obvious opening, East does not have a GF hand“
Feb. 11
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This is a fine example of the problems you run into with modern 2/1:
1) If you open light, you need heavier FG-bids. i‘d open as W, but bid 1N as E.
2) After 3 rounds of bidding neither W nor E has limited his hand.
3) It seems that for lots of people 4SF (silly name BTW) is the end of their agreements.
Feb. 10
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Two answers for two situations. In #1 opener is unlimited. Opposite an unlimited hand I play picture bids. In this case moderate extras 4crd-fit in plus -stopper. In #2 opener has shown (in my book) a minimum. Opposite a minimum hand I play fast arrival. Sorry mate no slam, 3N is where we belong.
Feb. 9
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From my system book:
In a competitive situation 2N directly following a bid by opps is lebensohl with these exceptions:
1) Natural in a forcing pass situation
2) Fit showing if we haven‘t been able to show a fit before (usually with low ODR)
It is also lebensohl over a negative double with these exceptions:
3) Low ODR if a fit is known to exist
4) Scrambling if both have passed earlier
In both cases (bid or negative double)
5) Scrambling if 2N-bidder has limited his hand within a range of no more then 3 points
Feb. 9
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Ian, my experience tells me that it‘s not over at 67:-))
Feb. 9
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„with a 2 over 1 it is game forcing. There is no need to make any more distortions about strength or shape.„ Kit, much as I respect your wisdom, I don‘t agree in this case. Space below 3N is limited and opener can have anything between an upgraded 10 and a downgraded 22. You have to distort either strength or distribution. Using 2M (or step 1) as a catch-all and other bids to show more about strength and/or distributions complies with the usefull space principle.
Feb. 9
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I don‘t change the slow/fast principle, but will not expect doubler to have a full stop and ask for help instead. Of course slow/fast 3 shows 4crd .
Feb. 6
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The biggest problem of WNT is having to play 1N vulnerable opposite next to nothing. If you bid you save me the trouble and if you double you give me many options to fond a better place. Of course once in a while stepping in is a mistake and I will gladly penalize you.
Having said that, I vote for #3 because majors are always better. That is why we call them majors.
Feb. 6
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Feb. 6
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Kit, your Precision 1 is already limited, but in 2/1 or my QUC it is not. Would you also prefer to show distribution before strength in a 2/1-context?
Feb. 3
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Split range makes sense, but only if you have an agreement about follow-up, especially after s/o. Why would you splinter and not pass partners verdict?
1) You would probe for grand without the s/o (can you confidentially bid 6 now?)
2) You have a void, but exclusion would get you to high (is 4N delayed exclusion?)
3) You are very strong with a weak suit (is a new suit help suit trial?)
BTW, I like 1M-3M+1=unspecified singleton, 1M-3M+2/3/4=Void in M+3/4/1
Feb. 2
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Feb. 2
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