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Randy: You forced me back to the source(s). Beg to differ:

“…you need at least 14 points, not 12 points, to open with an unbalanced minor-suit hand.” The Kaplan-Sheinwold System of Winning Bridge, 1963, pg 30. A 12 count 5m-4-3-1 hand is only 13 “points.” Id.

K-S Updated:
B-8
1 m - 1 M
?
2 M Value of 15-17, high cards plus distribution, normally 4-card support, could be 3 cards (rare).


B-9
1 m - 1 M
2 M - ?
Usually 15-17, 4-card fit. Could be unbalanced equivalent. Rarely, 3-card support, too concentrated for 1 NT rebid:
♠ A Q x ♥ x x ♦ x x x ♣ A K Q x x.

B-10
1 m - 1 M
2 m
Severely limited; 12 to 14 and not 14 if good 6-card suit. Could be 5-card suit; if 6 cards, a terrible suit or a terrible hand.
Dec. 21, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 21, 2018
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Jeff, I'm pretty sure you'd agree that the key phrase here is “that opens the bidding.” No one playing “true” K-S would open an unbalanced 12 count with 1m, so the 3cd raise wouldn't come into play. It is a modification to open the 5m-4-3-1 12-13 counts in order to keep pace with “modern” auction standards. And IIRC, K-S allowed 1m-1M/2new-whatever/support M, bidding around the stiff, with a distributional 15-16+ dummy point hand. Trusting the K-Sers to come out of the woodwork and correct me here….
Dec. 21, 2018
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I like Wolff/Leb here, so how strong/concentrated is partner? To find out, I'd bid 1-1NT/2-2N/3-3N, showing 9-11 balanced with & stoppers. Granted, on partner's hand this could be many different holdings (xxx xx Kxxxx AQx? and similar) but isn't that what I hold?

If partner is interested in higher things, s/he can pattern out, with 4N then regressive, but I'd expect the p/o to be pure: AKQx AJTxx Axx x. If s/he does hold the perfecta, and chooses not to p/o, I can always find refuge in Hamman's Second Rule.
Dec. 18, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 19, 2018
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a dumb, dastardly and distinct dereliction of directorial duty? Geez, guys, in an 11 1/2 table club game, I felt lucky to find 5. And – sorry – I'm not emailing Denver (nearest big town) players to ask.
Dec. 12, 2018
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RR: Except that many seem to think that the factors require little weighing and/or that they would not believe me if I said “I was weighing the factors.”
Dec. 12, 2018
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I guess my point is: Doesn't E need to think about whether no games make? Seeing the actual layout makes bid, pass or double conclusions easy.
Dec. 12, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 12, 2018
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Why not? partner doesn't know you got the nuts, and partner doesn't know opener isn't a 20 count.
Dec. 11, 2018
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After I do all of this self-interrogation, opps have a valid case that I used the UI during MY 30 second huddle.
Dec. 11, 2018
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John, is there any a priori reason N could not hold a freak like xxxx xxxxxx x xx? or xxxxx xxxxxx x x?
Dec. 11, 2018
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All “actively ethical” and “unethical” commenters: When faced with the BIT and looking at a hand that was always going to take a call, while explicitly acknowledging the Laws effect of the BIT: Do you think that the strategy “take the call and let the director sort it out” has any validity?
Dec. 11, 2018
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JL: Split – though I agree (pre-agree) that continuous range would give E a lot more to think about.
Dec. 11, 2018
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It's always interesting to me that arguments supporting opinions on these issues show so much variation in reasoning and the possible factual scenarios that drive that reasoning.

For the record: 2 is and or . I was called immediately after the auction, and the BIT had been “pre-established,” everyone agreeing it was substantially longer than 10 seconds. Both E and W are among the most actively ethical players I know. Of the five pollees, four are or have been directors: No hiding the BIT, I'm afraid.
Dec. 11, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 11, 2018
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GB: You pays yer money….

KQJx AKQxxx x xx: 15count, 4 (conservative) LTC, looks like a reverse to me no matter what suits are represented (4cd always higher rank), even if the long suit is AKJTxx.
KQJx AKQxx xx xx not so much, but 15count, only 5 LTC.
KJTx AQxxx Kx Ax and Kxxx AKxxx x AKx: 17count, 5.5 LTC: might matter whether partner responded in the x with the second.
Helps to have K-Sish/Leb ways to be able to play in the 6carder at the 3 level.
Nov. 29, 2018
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I play the jump as invitational, but I don't like it. IMHO, Norman Kay got much the better of Peter Pender in their old TBW debate.
Nov. 5, 2018
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I must say, apart from the fact that the vote loses me $$, that I am surprised by these results. The subject hand is a 6 1/2 loser by conservative LTC, and 13 by K&R and Pavlicek, and that is before partner opens 1. How many respondents allow partner to open a 10 or crappy 11 count?
Nov. 4, 2018
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For me, these auctions show unbalanced hands. No alert, but an explanation before the lead.
Oct. 11, 2018
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For some real fun, check out “Compressed Bergen.” 1M-2N = 4+ trump and 0+ HCP.
Oct. 10, 2018
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Please drop over to “You hold: Axx AJT AKx KQxx”
Sept. 24, 2018
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Please drop over to “You hold: Kxx Kxxx QJxx Ax”
Sept. 24, 2018
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Re: the RFR options, if playing REF I like the 2 call here to mean “I am two-suited and VERY weak, POC.” Similar after 1m-1/1N-2, uncontested.
Sept. 14, 2018
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