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We play DJS as minimum game force splinter, 3N balanced. SJS as a limit raise splinter or to strong for DJS, but 1-2 and 1-3 splinter or balanced. We do not splinter with a void (bid 2/1 first) or stiff A/K (treat as balanced). A void is pretty rare and a void without a decent side suit even rarer.
Oct. 24, 2016
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We play Lebensohl, so 2 is non-forcing. Our 2 is always 6+ no 4crd M. X is penalty oriented.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Rohit, I guess you shot the slam and ask for confirmation that you did the right thing. Better to try to learn from the comments then to argue agains them if they don't confirm your opinion.
Oct. 20, 2016
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4, my vote, is only one of 4 bad decisions. 1) playing unlimited Michaels, I suggest you leave out a middle range. 2) not discussing the difference between 2N and 3, I suggest 2N with values. 3) 4, X shows the strong range without extra distribution, this is common sense. That is why it's the worst. 4) 5, N has a very bad ODR and should pass (forcing). Expecting S to have more distribution is a bit of an excuse.
Oct. 20, 2016
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“The basic bidding system one plays is little more than bare bones on which to hang the flesh of your actual system” I agree, in another thread I estimated 10% for the basic system, 90% for the rest. An important and often underrated part being competitive bidding including overcall structure.
Oct. 20, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Oct. 20, 2016
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My variation on Polish Club
Oct. 20, 2016
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I couldn't have said it better.
Oct. 20, 2016
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To me “how many diamonds” is 5 or 6. That is what I call a slam try.
Oct. 19, 2016
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I agree with Italian Q-bids with Wouters addition, but not with using RKCB. RKCB means you are going to decide. Turbo telling #KC (4N with even, 5Q with odd) is better because you can involve pard in the decision by continuing with Qs if you are not sure to take 12 tricks. D.I. Is even more flexible: it Declares “we have all controls” and Interrogates about extras. The #KC is not a fixed #. My rule of thumb is opener has 2+, 3+ with reverse values, responder has 1+ if below opening strength.
Oct. 18, 2016
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In solemn moments such as this I have put my trust and all my faith in partner. If pard says game, I'm not going to settle for less.
Oct. 18, 2016
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Why “unpunish” S for his disastrous bid?
Oct. 18, 2016
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Slam try! I don't understand the options given: A game try, if we already have game? Maybe I don't understand “last train”, but isn't that a bid directly under game in the chosen domination? Part score? Don't you trust your partner or your own bid?
Oct. 18, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Oct. 18, 2016
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BECAUSE it uses up a lot of space, it should draw a precise picture. After all, if there is a fit it is either a - or a -fit, if not partner can sign-off with 3N. Opener is way to strong for a splinter in this case. I've never played a nebulous 1M-2, but if I did, I probably would have a 2-relay to sort things out.
Oct. 17, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Oct. 17, 2016
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“When evaluating strong hands, I consider a major one-suiter with four losers and a minor one-suiter with three losers worth opening two clubs regardless of high-card points.” Nothing new, just read “How to play winning bridge” by Edgar Kaplan and Alfred Sheinwold, published 1958. But that doesn't mean they used LTC all over.
Oct. 15, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Oct. 15, 2016
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The auction 1-2; 3-3; 4 means “I would try for slam if you hadn't given me a negative”. In my partnership we have two ways to accept the game try: 4 or 3N with a slam-suitable hand. Keps the bidding low for slam evaluation, but doesn't take away bidding space should opener make a slam try.
Oct. 15, 2016
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I can only abstain. 3 shows , fine, but how strong? 3 shows 3 in , fine, any other information? I agree with Craigs evaluation: N is worth 19 points IN SUPPORT OF . Unfortunately N doesn't know about S . As long as I don't know what 3 promises, I cannot say if N is serious or non-serious. Assuming it shows 15+ 3 is timid. IMO 4 should show a double fit 4 in and 3 in with a minimum 2/1.
Oct. 15, 2016
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If the question was directed to experts only, I humbly apologize. Otherwise here is my view. I use NLTC in two situations. 1) borderline decisions whether to open with a forcing bid (in our case 1), 2) with a two-suiter. I never add losers and substract, which is no good in case 2) anyway (we combine NLTC with cover cards there).
Oct. 14, 2016
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Rely on their own analysis based on the bidding and their hand. Sometimes this analysis includes LTC.
Oct. 13, 2016
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A misunderstanding. If you have defined your opening bids, you have 10% of the effort on your bidding system. Follow-up definition make up the rest of the effort.
Oct. 11, 2016
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And nobody mentions Polish Club? I've played Precision and a Precision-like system with very light opening bids and hated the nebolous 1. I will probably never understand why Precision is played with SNT nowadays. Meanwhile I love Polish but with a WNT.
BTW: The basics (strong , 4/5M SNT/WNT, Canap√©, …) make up only 10% of your system.
Oct. 10, 2016
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