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Bravo, Boye. Well said indeed. Best of luck in Orlando.
6 hours ago
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Congratulate South for knowing to pass.
6 hours ago
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North is a passed hand so 2 is Not Forcing. That means South's pass over 3 is not forcing. To double when a pass is not forcing is takeout. South should pass and hope for a reopening double.

South's double should show values, at best a tolerance, and a desire to play in if partner can cooperate. South should have bid 3 if they really wanted to take a call. I prefer pass.
6 hours ago
Steve Moese edited this comment 6 hours ago
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Three tools to research:
1) Raise partner's M on 3 cards when your short suit is 9x or weaker.
2) Use the jumps to 2 and 2 by responder as 5 & 4+ where 2 is weak (pass/correct) and 2 is invitational. Sometimes called Reverse Flannery or yrennalF.
3) Third suit forcing. Similar to TSAR above

For 1m - 1M - 2m auctions 3rd suit forcing is the only game force. This is highly artificial and requires practice (what do you do when you want to bid the third suit naturally?) Much simpler is to employ new minor forcing in these auctions as the only force (alertable).

Now rebidding 2N with invitational values and a 5-card Major is less a concern.
10 hours ago
Steve Moese edited this comment 10 hours ago
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How aspirational…..
15 hours ago
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Thanks for a well written fun article, Mark. More please! Congrats to you and your team for your finish. Great accomplishment.
15 hours ago
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Do we really think that advertising to 165000 members is a smart marketing move by any third party company?
15 hours ago
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Actually the income flows are severely limited by demographics and demand elasticity. Sufficient budget does not exist to change demographics because of the lag between investment and return. People have not found how to increase the number of plays per person. Any ideas??
16 hours ago
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Try the responses from Standard Modern Precision. Your range is tighter so you have choices.
2 - 2 (asks, showing Inv + values):
2 shows an unknown 4 card Major (see continuation 1)
2 shows a sound to Max opening unfit for NT (GF)
2N shows a fair min balanced (or you can make this a bal max, putting bal mins in 3)
3 shows a weak opener - a very sad hand
3// show a side 5-card suit
3N shows a balanced max or 6 running .

Continuation 1: Opener shows a side 4-card Major.
Responder 2 is an artificial ask:
2N = minimum
3 = minimum
3 = maximum
3 = maximum.

Play 2 - 2N as a transfer to 3 to play or show GF 55 hands.
Play 2 - 3// as transfers 6+ cards Inv +. Opener accepts with a min. but bids naturally with a sound/ max hand
Play 3 - 3 as 6 & 4 GF.

You can use by responder as slam exploratory in .

Play 2 - 4/5/6/7 as preemptive
Play 2 - 4 as RKB for
After opener identifies their Major, play 4 as RKB for and 4N as RKB for opener’s Major.

Now, your range is 12-14 while precision manages 10-15. I’ll leave it to you to decide how best to optimize for your use.
Aug. 14
Steve Moese edited this comment 16 hours ago
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Okan, you saw cleanly through my misdirection…
I see several possible meanings:
1) Void in and single - very rare hand indeed
2) Alternative slam choice, solid clubs and perhaps a void.
3) Strange Extras - a 6-level bloomer, though I am puzzled exactly what this would be.
4) Partner is transferring me to another pair - I am willing to accept.
5) Partner is paying me back for something I did earlier.
6) Partner is trying to creatively undo a mistake. Hmmm…..

KQxx QJ10xxxx – Ax
Aug. 14
Steve Moese edited this comment Aug. 14
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Moved
Aug. 14
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We've found another extraordinary rendition bid…
Aug. 14
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Try the 4-level next time…
Aug. 14
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The “vendor” gets $5 back from the temp membership.
Aug. 13
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Here the rule of 2 and 3 apply. 2 if unfavorable and 3 if equal vulnerability. So tally up the losers subtract from 13, then add back 2 or 3 to get the estimated number of tricks to reach for. Vulnerable means we don't stretch with 8 tricks. So unfavorable vulnerability x x x Jxxxxxxxxx is enough. Favorable vulnerability x xx x xxxxxxxxx is enough. So zero is possible but unlikely. Realistically, QJ109xxx is probably a min normal suit for considering a preempt. Now construct hands that have a total of 6 or 7 winners to answer what the mode looks like.
Aug. 13
Steve Moese edited this comment Aug. 13
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It is always feasible to pass when we own both majors and are short of a true Rule of 22 opener (10 HCP + 10 Cards + 2 QT).
Aug. 13
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Bob, if the tournament happens to run several events at the same time, the DIC might decide they need more TD help. That is not under the sanction holder's control, and can get quite expensive. This happened to us in Cincinnati this year to the tune of $3K+. We are not privy to what the margin is if any paid to Hron lake for the TD we require.
Aug. 13
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I happen to like Kits solution below.
Aug. 13
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Follow similar logic. If partner bids 4 they're not wanting to hear 4OM.
Aug. 13
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So Bill, the rebid of 2 after 1 - 1 handles all 55m types with 16-17 (true minimums). 2 now absorbs 55 types 18-20 ish. 3 is for all 54+ Types 21+ In either case, the Strong single minors rebid 3m (again 21+ or so). That leaves us with the orphan (13)4=5 18-20 HCP hand. Since partner is expected to bid over 2 with 5-7 HCP, there is lower risk of a lose opportunity. You also have the opportunity to rebid in NT at the appropriate level. Your choice.

John, the real benefit is the ability to diagnose and right side a game in the major when opener holds 4 and a longer minor. This is handled poorly by standard precision where the auction would go 1 - 1 - 2 - 2N(?) - 3M. Now responder has to guess whether to bid on with 3 card support and 5-7 HCP. Opener should be making that choice. The aspect of having the weak hand describe what the strong hand needs is the strength of this 4-card major unbalanced approach.

FWIW, we play that opener can be 4441 only when 16-17. Otherwise rebidding 1M promises 4 unbalanced with a longer minor. We use opener's jump to 2 as the 4441 hand (18+).

Please see Standard Modern Precision by Daniel Neill for one source. We've tuned his “standard” approach to suit our desire for Major Suit Fit above other considerations.
Aug. 13
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