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Curious: Why couldn't S be 11-14 count, 4-1-3-5?
Aug. 24, 2018
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or 4x1….
Aug. 7, 2018
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Thanks to all, these perspectives have eased the way. Just FWIW, I had seen one scheme that opens 1D on (4-1)=3=5. Mush.
Aug. 7, 2018
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I've read some structures in which 1 virtually promises 9+ cards in the minors or 6+. So some people apparently play that 1 can be unbalanced with 5+ , implying (3-1)=4=5 also opens 1.
Aug. 6, 2018
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Nope, got that; 1 stuff is the simplest part of the structure, right? It's more to do with what hands go into 1D – I've seen differing approaches – and how to untangle them. Response structures seem unintuitive. And your link leaves something dangling:

3.1.2 Opener’s medium rebids
3.1.3 Opener’s strong rebids
3.1.4 Responder’s transfer noncompletion
3.2 Other responses

Aug. 6, 2018
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Learned playing K-S, and still advocate the lessons learned about driving minor suit auctions.

Playing WNT, it is important to realize that responder knows more about the deal, and where it should play, than anyone else at the table. One of the strongest features of the WNT is the immediate preemption possible by responder; but I also still believe that one of the weaknesses of the WNT – unless playing transfers – is the strong two-suited responding hand.
Aug. 3, 2018
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We use the 4 ask as a suit quality, rather than keycard, ask. The rationale is that partner will hold fewer hands with an outside A, except, maybe, with a weak 2, and we are more often interested in the quality of the preempt suit. Perhaps this is a fine distinction, but I'd like to know whether others have been persuaded to this alternative.
July 30, 2018
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Bud: Yes, they do. It sucks IMHO.
July 17, 2018
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David, here and on Moese's thread you have confirmed that you have observed a shift – can you quantify your observations re: change across the last 10 years or so?
July 17, 2018
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I've lost the link to the WBF convention cards information. Here is a list from 2018 USBF competitors:

2/1: Milner-Lall, Bathhurst-Lall, Mahmood-Pszczola, Rosenthal-Silverstein, Hamman-Berkowitz, Willenken-Ginossar, Harris-Morgan, Botzum-Harris-Botzum, Nickell-Katz, Levin-Weinstein, Ozdil-Glubok, Casen-Krekorian, Sokolow-Seaman-Molson, Sanborns, Palmer-Shhi,

Strong C: Granovetters, Meckwell

UPDATED FROM ALL IN ROUND OF 8:

2/1: Fleisher-Martel, Grue-Moss, Levine-Wold, Weinstein-Wildavsky, Grossacks, Juster-Merblum, Cohen-Cohler, Chambers-Schermer, Mahaffey-Lev, Hurd-Wooldridge, Kranyak-Demuy, Fireman-Wolpert,

Strong C: Greco-Hampson, Grue-Moss, Hinze-Grainger, Jacobus-Passell,

Of course, there is no clue here as to who may have switched….
July 16, 2018
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I just received Woolsey's “The Language of Bridge.” While skimming, I seemed to notice that he advocates LT in game try auctions also. Maybe another post, later.
July 16, 2018
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Our opps got to 6 also; I bet most in this (sectional) field did as well. Hard to resist the lure of a 10 card fit; the duplication will not be discovered by 99% of p'ships.

But I think S erred: 1N-2/2-4/4-4/4. Now can N can avoid sleeping on the SOFA?
July 15, 2018
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2) If players/directors screw up the movement, can be very difficult/impossible to correct.

Our web games are preceded by at least two repetitions of this announcement: “N players, remember that you are responsible to ensure that you are playing the boards and opponents displayed on your BridgeMates.”
July 13, 2018
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Use conventions, as said above, that solve real problems. Don't forget that no one who understands a convention uses it haphazardly: Conventions require judgment too.
July 13, 2018
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In our club, we play webs whenever possible–but we rarely have more than 17 tables, consequently need only two board sets. Another club in our area is beginning to experiment with webs, but on any given day they may have 19, 21 or 23 tables, so three board sets are required. Which has cooled their enthusiasm.

I say: Load the boards!! Your goal as a club should be to provide the best game possible, and playing all the boards is MUCH preferable to the Big Gap in the Recap.
July 11, 2018
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Pick your rule. Mine is that the KB suit is always the KB suit unless that suit has been bid naturally, twice.
July 8, 2018
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Take the push to Compressed Bergen: it's so much fun, when someone asks after the 1M-2N alert, to say that it shows 4+ M and 0+ HCP.
July 3, 2018
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Yes, Virginia, there are auctions I've not thought through. I'd like to bring in Henry's (2) for what it implies and Adams' comment beginning “3 is natural.” I'm ignoring what I think is solid commentary on the 3 rebid, and postulating a 6-3-3-1 or 6-3-2-2 for this auction.

In 1-1/3-3/3N-4m, if 4m is natural, is it forcing? Seems to me that it must be. OK, considering that responder is not only Captain, but very nearly Fleet Admiral, what does s/he want opener to do? If the standard interpretation is that 3 is forcing and shows 6+ and short (doesn't opener raise to 4 with Hx or xxx?), isn't responder necessarily 6-5 with some hand that doesn't think 3N will play as well as 5m, 6m, 6, 7m or higher NT? If not 6-5, how does opener know when to raise?

I'm just a guy seriously trying to understand the utility of this interpretation of this probably too-particular auction. Even though it may be iron-clad standard, and in the end I may retreat to a corner muttering….
July 1, 2018
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N: 4 after 3N
June 25, 2018
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Jay: Good for you, no problems then. Many wouldn't, or wouldn't with all 5-3-3-2s. Ergo, the lopsided voting at https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bw-21-openers-3nt-rebid/
June 24, 2018
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