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In EBU land, you must announce the 1NT opening range when made. Advising your playing system before start is not compulsory, but most of the better players do it routinely
10 hours ago
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Indeed it is. Alive and kicking in the UK
Sept. 14
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We do this all the time in the UK. I open up with, Hi we play a wnt, 5 card spade suit only and w2's in the majors. It takes all of 5 seconds and saves lots of hassel later
Sept. 12
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Do really put the score card on the back of CC? Thats such a bad idea, it effectively makes them useless as you dont want people looking at them then!
Sept. 12
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Yes I agree completely. WBF was new to me once too, so can understand now what he was thinking. Also I now know that many alert what I would consider normal descriptive rebids in other parts of the world….each to their own I guess
Sept. 12
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Thanks Adam. Our match was playing under WBF regs, but it good to know why he was upset. He's new to WBF regs me thinks
Sept. 12
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Post this as a bidding poll. If 80% pass then, clearly the auction has self diagnosed itself. If not then the UI has assisted. IMO the UI is too clear to be ignored and if South was not penalised and educated after this i would feel the director has failed in his duties
Sept. 10
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If 3C is a GF both minors bid then this auction from Norths perspective is a 74 or 64 slam try in diamonds and clubs. The UI from Souths actions has overruled that. North must bid 5D next.
Sept. 10
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I said the same thing Steven, you have to be sure of what your assessing to risk it. If you are not then don't. The figures given for this one on face value make the risk worthy of taking on average…..but are they right?
Sept. 9
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Surely this is about stats? If we are sure we gain 1 imp 9 times in 10 and lose 5 one time in 10

Then our nett gain is 9-5 = 4 imps in ten hands or 0.4 per hand.

It is therefore profitable overall and worth taking. But you have to be sure of your estimates, opps style etc etc.

Probably not worth all the effort in a long match
Sept. 9
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Donald - read below. It really depends on where you play in the world if this is a standard method of making a mild slam try.
Sept. 7
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Ohh I would want to be in slam Jeff, just saying its not 100% to make, but looks to be close to 70% even when the defence start with a diamond lead
Sept. 7
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I think you will find a lot of contributers here dont play Texas and for them this auction is not a slam try. But even if you do I think north is to strong for a mild slam try.
Sept. 7
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Even if accepted, it should be noted the slam is far from cold. Its only the position of the DK that makes it solid in this case
Sept. 7
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Even if not, surely North is worth 5S after the transfer completion?
Sept. 7
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All leb sequences can be honed or modified to suit the area of bidding they occur. At no point has anyone said that's not the case. The points I made earlier in the thread was that there are two simple forms of Leb that are ready packed and can be agreed by a partnership quickly.

If your in your regular partnership of 20 years or similar then yes, you would be advised to hone the system to suit.
Sept. 6
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I play quite a bit online and there is a significant improvement on club bridge with non movement play….ie head to head. Then 6-7 mins a board is easy to achieve. Movement play though suffer with all the online disconnection and slow play issues of f2f bridge!
Sept. 4
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I play all my online bridge at “BridgeClubLive”. The big advantage of this annual fee club is ethics and they would not tolerate payers signing into a tournament format event and then just dropping out. The figures quoted above make the results sound virtually meaningless with drop outs up to 75%.

Thats not an environment I could play bridge.
Sept. 4
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When showing a single suited slam try, its important to have a minimum standard for your suit. If holding only 6 missing the Ace, my P will expect KQJ at the top
Sept. 2
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With my methods, i can bid 2nt as a weak removal to 3m or a slam try in either or both minors.

1nt 2nt 3c 3h sets it as a single suited club slam try. P can then if they want ask for controls with 4c and its easy for small or grand slam, as this hand can all be found out and P can then count the tricks with ease
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