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Penalty X are succesfull especially after a WNT. My experience is that people tend to become careless when they hear “12-14”.
Nov. 28, 2016
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I don't like to open strong two-suiters with a bid that doesn't show one of the suits, so I'd probably open 1.off topic: In my system I can open this hand 2 as WT in or a strong two-suiter with .
Nov. 27, 2016
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Some ten or more years go there was an article in the German Bridge Magazine by Mr. Wolf similar to Grumpy. 2N with all invitational hands including and opener bids paradox-style. I've played this for two years but am back to Leb for reasons given by Steve and John.
I made a modificattion however: direct 3-level bids are always invitational. With a minor you usually want to play 3N if you are strong enough to force. If neither has a stopper you will have to introduce your suit at the 4-level anyway. The only trouble is 1N-(2) where you have to treat an FG 5-bagger in as either 4 or 6.
Nov. 27, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Nov. 28, 2016
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With an unbalanced hand all kings are not equal most of the time. Asking for specific kings you should prioratize the kings. Without proratizing quantity could be better in some cases, but differentiating those cases is more strain on memory then spiral scan.
Nov. 27, 2016
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Askers side suit has priority, then lower-higher.
Nov. 26, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Nov. 26, 2016
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In principle yes, here is an example:
1-2; 2-4N; 5-?
5 sign-off
5 asks Q, now 5N denies, 6 confirms and denies K, 6 shows Q and K
after 6, I can still ask for K and play 6 but must play 6N if asking for K
5N asks for K, now 6 denies, 6 confirms and denies K, 6 shows K and K
etc.
The theory behind spiral scan is that it is more likely that (in this case) K is needed, after all why did I bid 2 before RKCB. You can construct situations where you would get to high, but then you should have chosen another route. In the example above I could bid 3 then serious Italian Cue Bids and non-serious 3N plus 4N as D.I (or Turbo if you like).
Nov. 26, 2016
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I prefer Spiral Scan: 1st possible step asks Q trump (unless already known), next K of side suit (akers 1st priority). Can be repeated even for side Qs. Responses are: 1st step denies, 2nd confirms but denies next card up the line, 3rd confirms and shows next up the line etc. Spiral Scan should be combined with minorwood or kickback.
Nov. 26, 2016
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Tracy, I agree 100%.
Nov. 26, 2016
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Is this some kind of contest?
Nov. 24, 2016
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Of course, else no gain!
Nov. 22, 2016
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Shit…uh I mean congratulations:-))
Nov. 22, 2016
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Had I been dealt J, I would have voted for option 4. 8,5 loser is okay, but pard can at least rely on me to have some suit quality.
Nov. 22, 2016
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You will need a lot of mental energy to cover the loss on this board:-)
Nov. 22, 2016
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I have already shown my auction. Opener has maximum, 5 controls, 4crd and Q for 7.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Of course it is not unusual to end up in 3N if 2N shows support in a defensive hand. Seldom if 2 is opened, but I like to keep things simple. We play this treatment (courtesy Robson & Segal) in many competitive situations.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Arno, S is somewhat more limited then you suggest. S could have bid 4 after 1 (not really strong) or 3 (stronger). IMO this sequence shows slam interest but is nonforcing (not 28hcp). If 3 was just a 3N try, S should bid 4/5 or 5 over 4.
Nov. 22, 2016
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A raise to (at least) 3 with a defensive hand. I hope Frances and Will will enlighten me/us. Without interference you would never bid 3 to play. Why on earth would I want to play 3 now?
Nov. 21, 2016
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In my QUC 2 shows specifically doubleton and 3crd . Openers 2-rebid shows extras either in hcp or distribution. We give up playing 3N with a 5-3M-fit established in most cases as IMO serious/nonserious is more valuable. Exception is if 3N is a jump (1M-2M; 3N)
Nov. 20, 2016
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I count 2 -no's and 3 -no's and 3 -yes' (obiously 3 must now be interpreted as slam try).
Nov. 18, 2016
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No need to suggest any other strain after pard said “no, no, no” to and . We are going to play some number of . 5 asks pard to bid 6 if his are really good, any other bid would suggest better support. I would bid 4 with a stiff and doubleton . I would bid 5N as GST wit A and an honour in .
Nov. 17, 2016
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