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At my table they opened a strong 1 and I overcalled 3 (like Steve, was concerned that 4 could easily be right). But on this occasion, the lower level pre-empt worked out really well as opener with 5-5 in the reds chose to bid 4. Completely understandable but wrong!
Oct. 6
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Ray - yes, we certainly open 1NT with a 4-card major (to do otherwise is unplayable in my view) and sometimes even a 5-card major. What I meant to say is that when we have a 4M - 4m balanced hand outside the range for a weak NT, we open the major. Have now edited my original comment to make this clearer.
Sept. 6
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In my weak NT partnership, I wouldn’t have this problem as our agreement is that with a 4-card major and a 4-card minor within a balanced hand of 15-19 points (ie outside our 1NT and 2NT opening ranges) we open the major. I appreciate that this will be considered heresy by some on this thread.
Sept. 5
Simon Mostyn edited this comment Sept. 6
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This is a hand from the EBU summer festival Championship teams. North- South playing the style whereby all weak NT hands without a 5-card major open 1.
Aug. 11
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A very close poll thus far. My hand was approximately Jxx - KJ9x AT8xx. I thought that the same general rule should apply as after 1 any - x - 1M. Partner thought my double was responsive, but the misunderstanding didn’t harm us on this occasion.
May 23
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2 wasn’t alerted. It is fairly common for this to be forcing (F1) in the UK.
May 22
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My partner and I had the agreement that after 1 any - x - 1M (natural), x shows 4 cards in the major (with some values obviously) and 2M as 5+ cards in M. No specific agreement in this situation though.
May 22
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That’s correct Richard. The pairs do battle once a month with an evening consisting of 3 rounds of 8 boards each. 16 pairs in the league with an all-play-all, so a league “season” lasts 5 months. A top on a board is 14 (we don’t use half match points in the UK). The Matchpoints are aggregated and then converted to VPs. So If we score 58 MPs over the 8 boards and the opponents 54 MPs, that would probably convert to an 11-9 win in VPs. I say “probably” because I don’t have the conversion scale to hand.
March 17
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I abstained because I think the initial negative double is flawed. It is a better description of the hand to bid 2, then 4.
March 14
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I see I have made very much a minority choice but I like 1X:1Y:3NT to show around 8 playing tricks in opener’s suit and denying a primary fit in responder’s suit. Obviously the singleton C isn’t ideal.
Feb. 5
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If we have a clear partnership agreement that 3 is forcing, I agree that that’s the best bid. If not, I temporise with 3. Now if partner bids 3N, I’ll correct to 4, showing mild slam interest.
Feb. 2
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Close for me between pass and abstain. Andy, at this vulnerability, is there not a strong case for a 3 opening though?
Jan. 31
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Sorry Phil, my ignorance for not realising that “Love All” wasn’t used internationally. The expression is commonplace here in England. Neither side vulnerable.
Jan. 20
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I was North at the other table. My partner also opened 4 and it went all pass. I briefly contemplated advancing, but as slam requires partner to have a 1st round control in one minor and 2nd round control in the other (assuming they find the right lead), I didn’t.
Jan. 17
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After 2NT, I play in all my partnerships that 3 is a game force (at least) with both minors and with a single-suited hand interested in slam, 2-under slam tries at the 4-level. Thus:-

2NT - 4 shows slam interest with 6+ card hearts. Opener can co-operate with 4 (last train) or attempt to sign off in 4. Of course, sometimes responder will be good enough to bid again over opener’s attempted sign-off.

2NT - 4 shows slam interest with 6+ card spades. Now 4 = last train; 4S = discouraging.

2NT - 4 shows clubs and slam interest. Opener can co-operate with 4 (encouraging), bid 4NT (attempt to sign off) or with a moderately fitting hand bid 5.

Similarly 2NT - 4 shows slam interest with diamonds.

I would be nervous about adopting any method where 2NT - 3NT was non-natural as the risk of a memory lapse is high (the sequence “sounds” so natural).
Jan. 13
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I am not going to comment on the politics but on the logistics/ admin. The venue was originally Opatija (Croatia), then moved to Kusadasi and now it’s apparently going to be Istanbul. Very interesting city but I might delay booking until a week before the event in case there’s a further change of host city. Has the EBL offered any guarantees this won’t happen?
Dec. 13, 2018
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This one looks familiar - is it from the ECL vs Northants at the weekend? I rebid 3 - 7th club and partial spade fit swayed me.
Dec. 13, 2018
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Sorry for some reason when I posted initially, all of my carefully prepared text disappeared! Now edited.
Sept. 27, 2018
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In the bidding, would it be completely reckless at these colours to try 3NT over 3 suggesting values just shy of a game force with at least 5-5 in the minors?
Sept. 9, 2018
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A good hand for playing (uncontested) 1 - 3 as natural invitational. If not playing that method, I’m sure I would stretch and respond 2 rather than 1NT as game could easily be cold opposite a suitable weak NT.
Sept. 9, 2018
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