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Making a call that best describes my hand is bridge. Calling TD hoping for a redress when I have a bad score is not bridge.
May 30, 2016
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COG with a pick-up, I don't play it a limit raise with my regular partner. 1-3-3N is a slamtry with secondary (3 would ask shortness).
May 28, 2016
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“Reverse Invisible Cue Bids” may be fine over UNT, but not over Ghestem. 1-(3)-3 as a limit raise in sounds crazy. At least I now know the name of what I'm playing after 2-suited intervention:-)
May 28, 2016
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To me 1NT in any competitive situation doesn't necessarilly guarantee a stopper in opps suit. There is still room to inquire and 1N can still make even if opps take the first 5 tricks. Sometimes 1N is the most descriptive bid even without a stopper
May 26, 2016
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Sorry for being unclear. Question 1: your range for 1m-1M; 2m-2M? Question 2: how do you bid if you are to strong for 1m-1M; 2m-2M with a suit which doesn't qualify for 1m-2M? Now Qustion 3: what are your requirements regarding suit quality?
May 26, 2016
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At first glance intermediate looks great. Currently we play WJS. Can even be a good 5 if we feel unconfortable passing 1m-1M; 2m with singleton m, but cannot bid 2M because it is constructive. Your partner is likely to pass a 2M-rebid, what is your range? What do you bid with a 5crd invitational?
May 25, 2016
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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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