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Is there anything in the EBU which restricts a pair from playing 2 as “22+ balanced or any hand which is forcing to game”?
Dec. 4
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I know some world champions who would disagree with you.
Nov. 29
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The way I play transfers here, 3 shows 5-5 in my major and the unbid minor. 3 is, if not weak, strong with opener's minor.
Nov. 26
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Redbl.
a) Give preference to hearts
b) and c) Pass
d) and e) Dbl
Nov. 1
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With 15 and 3514 I would bid 1-1; 2. With a stronger hand, I would bid 2 Gazzilli followed by 2. With four card support and a strong hand, I would bid 2 followed by 3.
Oct. 29
Tobias Bende edited this comment Oct. 29
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I thought it was because of the agreement that opener doubles with a balanced hand. Responder, with some values responder, would then be in a position to figure out if defending is best after 2-(2)-pass*-(pass); dbl*-(pass)-.
Sept. 15
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Does anyone play that a raise of responder's major can be on three card support after interference? If so, how do you sort out length, strength, and possibly stoppers in opponent's suit?

Without interference, we play 1m - 1M; 2M - 2NT as forcing to allow opener to show min/max and differentiate between three/four card support. E.g. with max and three card support we bid 3NT. It seems difficult to figure out if you also have e.g. a diamond stopper in the sequence 1 - (pass) - 1 - (2); 2(=3+).
Sept. 8
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Thanks Jyri, yeah, that could be the one I was thinking about. But in that case, I am misremembering, since he only talks about if support doubles should be mandatory or not. In fact, in the sequence he gives, it is clear that he IS playing support doubles in a natural system, at least with this partner in the regional.
Sept. 7
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I know that Rodwell invented support doubles. Originally to avoid playing in a 3-3 fit, though he has said he found them useful even after he stopped responding to 1 with a 3 card major. However, that was in a strong club context, when 17+ hands for opener was not an issue. I seem to remember an interview with him (the Bridge World interview?) where he said he preferred not playing them in a natural system, but it is possible I am misremembering and it was someone else who said it.
Sept. 7
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This is how I play it when I play support doubles as well. My questions were given that support doubles are not played (more specifically with double as takeout).
Sept. 7
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Currently we play it as decent weak no trump with a spade guard.
Sept. 7
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In the ongoing World Youth Open Championships in Opatija, two Swedish juniors got the ruling that their 1NT-2H (to play) should have been alerted.
Aug. 24
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How long is a session? 24 boards? The probability of holding 14 points balanced is approximately 3%, I think. If I get the chance to open the bidding and if I upgrade that into a 15-17 NT each time I hold the hand, that would still be less than once in 24 boards.
Aug. 22
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Mike, about the two ways to win. Does that mean you intend to pass 2M with a moderate 8 count when you find a fit?
Aug. 21
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For us a transfer followed by the other major shows a one suited slammish hand so we could not do that.

With this hand we would probably bid 2NT-3; 3-3 to show five spades. Then after 3NT we would bid some number of hearts.
June 15
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I realized I was a but unclear in my description of the bids. 2 is natural and GF. If partner then bids 2, 2NT, 3, or 3, 4 is a splinter bid in support of spades, good 5 card diamonds and no club control.

The idea of using 3 as INV or min GF has actually worked quite well. We got the idea from Levin-Weinstein.
March 15
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3 if I can bid game over 3 without partner playing me for 16+. 4 otherwise.
March 4
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Can you expand on this? What type of tricks?
Nov. 4, 2018
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You play a 5542 system like most young Swedish players. Unlike many of them, you do not play transfer responses to 1. Why this choice?
Nov. 2, 2018
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Invitational to game (forcing to 3) and suggesting notrump as an alternative to spades.
June 20, 2018
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