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Question to the 4 3 bidders: What is your plan over 3 and 3?
May 20, 2016
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I am missing reference to strength of 1N-opening. Playing SNT frequent 3crd raises are playable. A big advantage of WNT is that a raise always shows added value, be it in hcp (15-17) or in distribution. If I raise on 3 with a minimum and then play 3N because responder has only 4, I lose the dummy points and the effective range of 1m-1M; 2M becomes 12-17. Hardly playable IMO.

The hand above is a bit of a problem. I'd pass 2, but give me J in stead of J and I bid 2.
May 20, 2016
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Without an agreement logic prevails. There are 13 possible bids lower then 5N, the only thing that makes sense is a GST. I am minimum, so I bid 6N.
May 19, 2016
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We cue the italian way.
May 18, 2016
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I agree with 5 as asking bid (and will ask my partner what he thinks). In this case the danger of pointing them to a succesfull lead for down 1 in 5 makes me bid 6.
May 18, 2016
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In my partnership we have a general rule: responders double of an artificial bid shows cards and interest in penalty. I don't play stolen bid and/or system on, but if you do it should be in direct position only. Without further agreement I would have bid 3 at my next turn.
May 18, 2016
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Certainly playable, but again to much focused on somewood for my taste. A clear rule, not likely to lead to confusion.
May 18, 2016
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6 looks fine, but I would not expect to bid it. P-1; 1-2; 2N-3; 3-3N; AP. Opener has shown 19+ max 3crd , likely balanced. Responder has shown 10-12(bad) 4-5. Opener is minimum, 4 aces are good but likely some wasted values in red suits and 4-3-3-3. 4 in stead of 3N would set the suit and ask cuebidding. Then we should get to 6 but in ATT I'd probably bid 3N.
May 17, 2016
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You can even check on key cards without asking for a number. In my partnership, 4N is no longer BW if both parties have cued. We also use minorwood in some cases, but a non-jump 4m usually sets the suit for cue-bidding. In those cases where we do use “somewood” I trusted my partner and never felt the need to take the captancy from him.
May 16, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 16, 2016
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The first two conventions a bridge player learns are Stayman and Blackwood, only one of those is good. The April issue of the German “Bridge Magazin” has an article on Minorwood by the leading expert on Forum D, the German standard. It contains two examples where opps can take the first two tricks in a suit, even when missing only 1 key card. IMO lots of bridge players would improve their slam bidding if all conventions with a “wood”-ending are banned.
May 16, 2016
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Deal 1: Bidding 7 after the hesitation is incredible. Scandelous that the result stands.
Deal 2: What was the bidding that led to the 1/3 KC confusion? I can't come up with it.
Dela 3: I quote from some if my other posts “BW is the most misused convention in Bridge”
May 15, 2016
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Like what? Maybe because opps have not agreed on a defense?
May 14, 2016
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I already said so!
May 14, 2016
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My X first is obviously a minority vote. IMO the hand has the value of 18 points, too strong for a mere 3. The bigger problem is what to bid over pards 3.
May 13, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 13, 2016
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Agreed, again there's no free lunch. I think it's a fair price for being able to have more freedom in your preempts. If your memory is better then mine or my partners you might make it dependent upon vulnerability.
May 13, 2016
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Yes, XX first. A bid by RHO is lead-directing??? No, it's preference, pass is for doubler to pick a suit. 3m-(X)-XX-(3M); X = half-stopper, 3N = two top honours, pass = leave it to you, 4m = just kidding.
May 13, 2016
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That's what you get from adding Multi to your arsenal. You allow opps to bid 2 over your 2 preempt.
May 13, 2016
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3m-(X)-4m = I have my own reasons, don't get in the way.
3m-(X)-3N = I have a raise to 4m, you may bid if you have a reason.
May 13, 2016
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I cannot comment on kickback, but IMO ace asking conventions are the most misused conventions in bridge. To a lot of otherwise good players it is the only way to get to a slam. It doesn't make sense to ask for aces, if you do not know that all suits are controlled, unless you only bid slam only with all keycards. Therefore any methods which reduced the ace asking sequences is a winner. In my partnership there is no Gerber. We use Minorwood in defined sequences. The party that bid a control can no longer use RKCB. 4N is D.I. (Declaring we control all suits, Interogating features not already shown). We use Minorwood/RKCB plus Spiral Scan if we can reasonably expect controls in all suits, know that we have the power and slam depends only on a few key cards. Usually only the stronger party has this knowledge. Of course sometimes a situation comes up, where you just want to shoot a slam without giving away too much information, especially if opps preempt, and ask aces on the way, but these are exceptions.
May 13, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 13, 2016
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Why Kickback? You ask for aces, if you know that you control all suits. How can you be sure with 8-11? I agree with Gábor in that respect. I do not agree that 4 is a cue. I read the bidding as follows: Opener has , responder has , opener has , responder has no stopper, opener doesn't have stopper either, but extras in , responder doesn't like black suits. Maybe even the FG should no longer be in force. IMO the only positive bids by responder are 4 and 4N as slam tries for .
May 11, 2016
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