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Don't preempt a preempt!
July 9, 2016
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I rate this hand as 7+ More optimistic then K&R whete it is 6.45. I'm happy to pass.
July 9, 2016
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Ah, but now responder can bid 3/ as a natural slam try, 3with a 5crd and 3N as a wish to play 3N but without a -stopper, 3 is an artificial slam try in . Opener need not bid 2N of course, but the higher the bid, the more precise the information should be. 3N: No -fit, probably a stiff, a good -stopper, not a good hand for slam.
July 9, 2016
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Why has pard bid 2? I can see 3 reasons: a) looking for a 5-3-fit, b) missing -stopper or c) interested in slam, could be , or . If you consider only a) and b) it would be okay to bid 3N with -stopper and no -fit. But if you also consider c) wouldn't you want to have more information?
July 9, 2016
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Wouldn't you simply bid 1-1; 2N with that type of hand?
July 9, 2016
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You can add Multi to the list
July 8, 2016
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We play “New Stuff” from Jeff's treaty. Unfortunately “New Stuff” is a very short chapter.
July 7, 2016
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No Roman Jump Overcalls for my partner ;-( In Germany we cannot play NTO because a 1N-overcall must either be natural or show an anchor suit of at least 4. We play Baron promising 4OM over 1M and Raptor over 1m.
July 7, 2016
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It means whatever you agree to, but it should give a very clear picture of your hand.
July 7, 2016
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That is our current agreement. Doubler is supposed to bid 3 with a minimum in which case he always has at least a doubleton. This is somewhat comparable to 1N-(2Y)-2N. The difference is of course if doubler has more then a minimum and bids higher then 3Y. Now there is no way to ask for a stopper and 2N-bidder need not have a stopper as doublers bid is forcing.
July 6, 2016
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I am well aware that my 4 is a minority vote. Our agreement is that it explicitly shows a void, minimum in hcp, good and support. In this special sequence we do not splinter with a stiff, because 3N still could be the best contract (not in this case of course) and would simply bid 3.
July 6, 2016
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1 (or X on their 1) 3-suited with both M, 1 2-suited with both M (pard should bid as high as possible). 1 4-5!m or 1-suited, 1N same with , 2m natural, 2M 5M-4m, 2N both m's.
July 6, 2016
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I play (in a Polish Club variant) 2S is a splinter raise to 3, 2N is either a -splinter or a 3-bid with 3crd (3 asks, 3 p/c).
July 4, 2016
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The Romex I know (and played) uses CONFI to ask for CONtrols and search for a 4-4-FIt with sufficient controls for slam (Super-CONFI for grand slam).
July 1, 2016
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Well, if yo force game with a lousy 15 hcp plus 3 for a singleton, you must pass with a lousy 6 hcp hand. I rate responders hand as 5+ and openers hand after a 1-response 17+. That totals 23- not enough for game. Playing 1N 11-13 has the effect that 1-1M; 2M always shows extras, either in hcp or distribution. 3M would be the value of 18-19, splinters stronger. Even then you hardly have your 1M-bid, but iv you choose to bid, at least you play 3M, not a hopeless 4M.
July 1, 2016
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Why use Gerber at all? With two balanced hands you need to know the number of controls (A, K). With an unbalanced hand you need to know the number if key cards. In my partnership 4 is never Gerber, but a jump to 4m is minorwood if 3m would be forcing or we can establish an FG in another way. With a pick-up I try to avoid Gerber because it is likely to lead to to misunderstandings. I would accept Kit's alternative, but then 2-2; 2N-4 is likely to be the next exception and pard could come up with further situations where (s)he thinks it is only logical.
July 1, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 1, 2016
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I ALWAYS think before playing the first card, then play in a quick and unvarying speed unless something unexpected happens. That includes thinking when there is a singleton in dummy or Axx in dummy and a singleton in hand. There is nothing unethical about that. I do the same as defender and if declarer immediately to the first trick, I'm still allowed to think about the defense.
June 29, 2016
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And what do you open with 10/11 and a good 6crd? Pass???
June 28, 2016
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As a matter of fact I googled KSU bridge system and got bridge construction expert system from Kandas State University:-)
June 27, 2016
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Sorry about wasting your time.
June 27, 2016
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