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Our actual choice, frequency might be too low to keep it though.
July 5
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Do you long for the time where a computer is world champion like in chess, go, scrabble, …?
July 4
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I should add that a small advantage of Raptor is that advancers 1 virtually denies 4crd M. Even more important in (1)-2.
July 2
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Before playing Raptor 1M was 4+ and F1. 1N didn‘t denie 4crd M absolutely.
July 2
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Here‘s the first one for #3. My perfect partner accepts my philosophy on 2/1: 1) 2N doesn‘t necessarily show stoppers in the reds. 2) 3 denies -stopper. 3) 4 is minimum, no stop or shortness in . Other options for responder are 5 with either shortness or non-minimum and 4 as slam try.
#2 is obvious if you play 2/1 as F3N. In #1 we have agreed , 3 would have asked for a stopper and be the last chance to stop in 4.
July 1
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Perfect partner will play whatever I feel comfortable with even if there are better methods.
July 1
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Whenever I post a question or a poll on BW, I want opinions of others. I read those opinions, learn from them and draw my conclusions. If I know I‘m right, I don't have to ask. It seems that you have a fixed opinion on the subject and need our support to prove something, whatever that is. I can think of no other reason to vehemently defend your position. Again I ask, what is the reason for this poll?
July 1
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We can stop in 4m if we are aiming for 3N and it is obvious that a stopper is missing. 4m is not a stop bid. It will only be bid and pass if both partners have a minimum and not a stiff (or void) in the unstopped suit.
July 1
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Eduard, having such an unshatterable opinion, why ask in the first place?
July 1
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Nothing wrong with playing NLM (4 showing +) but I don‘t like the texture of my s. Double with Kx in is a fine alternative. Of course I would never convert the double and neither would my partner.
June 30
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Double of 4 is the opposite of mandatory, it‘s forbidden.
June 30
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You decided to invite, now stick to it. Do I have to quote Oscar the Owl again? If you really want to right your wrong listen to Ron the Greatest and double.
June 30
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Michael, sorry to say so, but what you write is nonsense. 2M is to play and opener has to pass unless responder bids a second time in a competitive auction, period. Of course responder can bid 2M on anything he likes knowing that opener is systemically forced to pass. I admit that this opens the door for a risk-free psyche, but that doesn‘t make it psyche control.
In the good old days 1grape-3apple meant we have game if you psyched and slam if not. That was psyche control and I will never understand why this isn‘t allowed anymore. But those are the new rules. I don‘t like them but I adhere to them.
The two situations are definitely not comparable.
June 30
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Fortunately I can have my cake and eat it too: our 2 can be 5-4 with 61/2-71/2 losers or value of 10-15 if you prefer. This hand looks perfect.
June 30
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Paul is right. That 12+12 is better then 16+8 is a fairy tale. Probably because „opening bid + opening bid is game“ but that was in the Goren days with an opening bid of 13+. Still I bid game with 12, but only because I don‘t like 2N-1 (in fact I don‘t like 2N at all). Consequently I don‘t invite with 1 either…I pass and play 1N (unless a foolish 4th hand reopens).
June 28
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Without an agreement certainly BW, in my partnership LTTC.
June 27
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1) I never invite if the max we can have is 25!
2) Of course I adjust for spot cards and placement of honours
3) 4333 is a big minus (I substract 2/3 points)
June 27
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„Sadly, I think most don't think to discuss that issue much.“ …until it‘s to late. But at least we discuss it AND come to an agreement afterwards. I guess that‘s what makes a good partnership.
June 25
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Craig, he wouldn‘t have a problem admitting forgetfulness of a recently added agreement and neither would I. I posted it to support your point of view. He compared it to 1M-2M which is stronger then usual in our system. My pov is that with a real max he is not obliged to bid 3.
June 25
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„There is very litle “gain” from carefully choosing between a “good 3X” vs. a “bad 2NT” followed by correcting 3♣ to 3X if partner doesn't have the same idea as you do about what hands might be suitable for each category.“ Absolutely agree. We play GB2N in lots of situations (see my comment upthread) and have recently taken up GB-X. Yesterday in a BBO practice match we had this bidding: 1-(3)-3-AP. Pard had QXx, AKQxx, KTx, xx. I thought he might have forgotten GB-X, but his view was that he needs more to accept the invite. My reasoning was that he should accept with a hand that would accept uncontested 1M-1N;2-3M. We now have this agreement.
June 25
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