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It IS the last article describing QUC, precisely BECAUSE the previous articles didn't generate comments. Of course I could have stopped after the last article or the one before, but I wanted to finish what I started: an overview of QUC. I am sorry if this takes up to much precious server space.

QUC is not finished, we keep improving as we learn from experience with the system. But then, is any system ever “finished”? As I have written in another thread, improving a homegrown is slow. I presented QUC on Bridgewinners, hoping to get helpfull comments. Finding some who would like to play the system, exchange ideas and help to get more experience would be to much to hope for.

Our complete agreements take up 57 pages (including overcall structure, leads and signalling) in German. I don't have my own homepage, but could make it available by other means. Considering the responses so far, it doesn't pay to translate our system book.

Although I really don't know what you want to tell me with your comment, I felt I owe you a reply.
May 9, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 9, 2016
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If openers suit is not solid he has someting on the side and it can only be a round ace. No idea which, but it doesn't matter. I play another because of partners positive, he will overruf dummy and cash his ace for down 1. if openers suit is solid and pard has both aces, he would have played high on the first , I lead a round suit, he cashes his aces and returns a for the setting tricks.
May 8, 2016
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Correct, after comparing my line with the other posts, I saw the possibility of winning if W has Txxx. Plus the additional chance of dropping T before taking finesse.
May 8, 2016
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Because I don't like to open 1 with a genuine 2-suiter. If you give that principle up, you can play 2 as weak.
May 8, 2016
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It's against the idea of the tournament, so I wouldn't use the information. Anyway I prefer to choose my seat based upon vul- non vul ratio. We are more agressive overcallers as our team mates, especially non vul. Also our 1 is artificial, I like to have vul. Opps. Of course it doesn't matter if you play 16 boards agains the same opps.
May 7, 2016
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It seems to me that everybody forgets that you hardly have a chance if trumps are 5-1, let alone 6-0. All calculations should start at 84% (3-3 plus 4-2).
May 6, 2016
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Damn the D lead removing dummy's entry. I still think the best play is to draw trumps, overtaking J with Q. If trumps are 3-3 everything is ok. You play S and cover E's card, W can take but will give you trick 12. If trumps are 4-2 this line doesn't work even if the ten drops, because you have no discard on the 4th round of trumps. You have to discard 2 on the trumps, then finesse in . You win if E has Q or if W has exactly Qxx, if not there is still finesse. If the ten does not drop, you basically have the same play, but you need more luck in the black suits.
May 5, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 5, 2016
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System on is always best in undiscussed situations. It may not be the best solution overall, but better then “inventions ATT”. I like Adams t/o and will discuss with my partner.
May 4, 2016
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Why do you bid 2N with only 16-17? Better 1M-1N; 2-2M; pass or 1M-1N; 2-2; 2N and 1M-1N; 2N with 18-19.
May 3, 2016
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Even with Gazilli 2M in the sequence above can be either 3crd to weak for direct 2M (in QUC 5-7) or doubleton (in QUC 7-9) in rare cases even a stiff. Other 3crd raises 1M-1N; 2-3M limit raise unbalanced and 1M-1N; 2-2; 2M-3M limit raise balanced. We open 1M 10-18. BTW, I like the “Secret Suit Raise”.
May 3, 2016
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There is a very good reason for the 4crd limit raise: the 9th trump. It is good praxis to bid 4 with almost any 5-4-3-1.
May 3, 2016
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I know, I will not winn the poll with 2 but even Roth Stone addepts should realize the trick taking potential of this hand. My count is 17+ and its 18.2 K&R.
May 2, 2016
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Yesterday at the “Schleswig-Holstein Club Pairs Championship”. We played 3+3 against one of the best pairs in the state. One of them said: “well you missed a slam there”, my partner replied: “points are 20-20 but our hands are a perfect fit”, opp: “well you should at least be in game”, repeated two times. Then he looked at scores, surprised: “nobody in game” and I just said: “not a big surprise to me”. (3+3 was slightly above average, because some only made +2). 3 years ago we played in the semi-finals of the Schleswig-Holstein Cup against the same club. Our team mates were so frightened by their intimidating behaviour, that they do not want to play the cup anymore. (Schleswig-Holstein is a state in Germany).
May 2, 2016
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I don't remember being afraid of going to a bridge club. I was facinated by the game and soon found out that bridge is different from rummy and serious bridge is different from bridge in between lectures. Which is why I went to a (student) club. I am serious about bridge and have zero tolerance for irregularities, espacially making use of UI. But only if this from bridge players who play tournaments. Towards “just” club players I tend to be lenient unless I find there is method in their behaviour. If you play bridge, you have to accept the rules and regulations, which can be more relaxed in a club game compared to a tournament, but a club game is not the same as “coffee house bridge”. It is not always easy to draw the line between insisting upon a “serious” game and acting like a venomonous snake.
May 1, 2016
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You are correct, sir! In an environment where a large majority plays SNT, many are tempted to overcall on less then sound values. I take my profit.
May 1, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 1, 2016
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OK, I agree this is not a hand for reopening. I posted partners hand as a bidding poll. He doesn't hold a t/o double. Fortunately we play penalty doubles, he could double 2 as well as the 2 runout for -2. Not exactly good bidding by opps, but this happens often enough to compensate for the occasional missed partscore.
April 30, 2016
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IMO Bergen is popular because it is simple. For some time a system called “Mindner Karo” was popular in certain parts of Germany. Opening bids all had a 4-hcp range and responses immediately defined weak, invitational or FG. It was popular because of its simplicity. Personally I don't like Bergen and play mini-/maxi-splinters (invitational or to strong for a “normal” splinter). 1-2 resp. 1-3 are two-way, either splinter or balanced game try and 3M is LoTT.
April 30, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 30, 2016
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To beat 1N you need 7 tricks, can come later. I know what suit to switch to, but does pard know a switch is required?
April 30, 2016
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In stead of calling TD, I would congratulate you.
April 30, 2016
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But responder does not specify his worries. Is it because of a singleton OM or om? My proposal: With a fit for M you always bit higher then 3N. Without a fit for M bid 3OM with a stopper and 3M with om stopper.
April 30, 2016
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