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Pass in tempo. Partner knows what we have and we have nothing to add to this. This is simply a matter of partnership trust….
May 26, 2014
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A good rule to live by:

IF partner can have a perfect minimum where 7 is cold you should be looking for 6. Here partner could hold Ax,xxx,AQxxx,xx and not even an opening bid with 7 cold. The K is a crucial card.

Will

As a side note with a lot of partners who promise 5+ with that bid I am tempted to set diamonds as trumps. Also Fantunes discriminates nicely here as to partners range. 1 = 14+, 2 = 10-13….. I imagine that would make all decisions easier systematically
May 26, 2014
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Hi,
1. I have played this for several years now and personally prefer it that partner and I have rules in place which hopefully cover all situations. One rule we quite like which whilst slightly restricting clarifies a lot of the “problem” sequences is that if we have not agreed the suit by the 4 level then KB does not apply. An exception to this is if we have implied a fit (e.g 1NT - 2S/2NT we have promised a 6-2 fit therefore KB applies even if the suit isn't agreed by both parties). It is definitely worth discussing some sequences as well: 1D - 2C - 3C - 3D (i.e when you have both minor suits set), 4m opening (do you play it here or do you prefer having 4H/4D as natural) & 2NT - 4m for example. I am not sure how well it will fit in with the strong club as I do not play it. However having played certain relay systems we have had to take KB out of the ones that get us to the 3 level without setting a suit at times.

2. Here I usually play simple Blue club style cues. XX = first round control, Cue = second, pass = neither. I sometimes invert the cue/pass and as such cannot remember the original way round!

3. Having quite big system files I used to use Word before moving to Pages (its Mac equivalent when I switched operating system). Eventually however the layout and constant moving of text to the wrong places got to me such that I have now switched to Keynote (Powerpoint on Windows). This is quite nice as it allows us to link appendices to parts of the text easily (as well as contents pages which are less fiddly then sections and tables of contents on Word/Pages). When I get the time I am also slowly working on an interactive bidding box such that you click out a sequence and it gives you the meaning of each bid as you go.

Keynote requires more work on it since you need to format each page yourself (text doesn't just start a new page which is a blessing and a curse) however that is why I switched to it in the first place.

Hope this helps,

Will
May 23, 2014
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I bid 4 and partner corrected to 4 which was doubled.
partner held
10x,9xxxx,10xx,732

K was led to Norths Ace, he cashed the diamond ace before forcing me with the Q. I decided to play South for Kx Clubs which was thankfully correct and -500.

3NT made +2 at most tables allowed to play in it for 74% to N/S
4Sx-2 was 47% N/S

Other popular scores were:

4Sx-3/4 (E/W)
4Cx-3/4 (E/W)
5D= (N/S)
4H= (N/S)
4H-1/2 (N/S)
April 24, 2014
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Partners hand was:
KQxxxx,x,KQx,Kxx

April 23, 2014
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Interesting sub note is that in some partnerships I would make a 2 opening with this hand type showing at least 5/4 in diamonds and a major with 4-9HCP.

Over the double of 3 I would probably wouldn't XX as the vulnerability is wrong and my four hearts are small.
April 17, 2014
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Unfortunately did cost Steve as LHO has found this 2 bid on AKxxx and out. Other tables started much more sedately and in quite a few cases uncontested partner did hold the two black aces qx hearts and three trumps which made grand virtually laydown unfortunately. This score 42% of the mps vs 7S= which was worth 83%….
Jan. 5, 2014
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I am only Italian on Tuesdays.
Dec. 5, 2013
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Meckwell can have two options for the double: They play either both majors or a single suited minor I believe. I prefer the blue club style option that X is either both minors or both majors with partner usually assuming the former initially. Hence my X. Playing ML or other methods I would pass
Dec. 5, 2013
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Partner chose 5 which got Xed and after some dodgy defence slipped 1 off (should be -2/-3). 4 was making the other way. I was curious as a) since both hands are passed isn't the 2 bid more lead directing then a serious option for obstruction and secondly the opps have yet to find a fit so isn't pre-sacing not so worthwhile.
Dec. 5, 2013
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Impossible 2 for me. Cannot naturally have 4 now so this shows normally 10-11HCP with 4. Partner still can show 6 or sign off as appropriate.
Dec. 5, 2013
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I prefer a simple minded 2 if not 1NT ;)
Aug. 6, 2013
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I think 3 showing 4 would agree hearts temporarily and now that we know he is 1444/0454 I can role out 4 as RKCB for hearts (that King of hearts could be useful)
Aug. 6, 2013
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I would be bidding but not 3NT, I have two suits which are Axx and if partner has a bad doubleton in one then we are probably not going to make 3NT.

So I am bidding 3 as a Vacant Doubleton ask :)
Aug. 6, 2013
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partner has shown values and the easiest bid for me to now get my hand off my chest is 5 as voidwood. The problem with 3 is with a normal partner they will now cue 4 and you will be stuck in exactly the same position except partner might not take 5 as voidwood
July 31, 2013
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4 for me as RKC
July 31, 2013
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It also depends slightly on what you play 2/2 as over 1NT rebid
July 31, 2013
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Some people do play that after a 2/1 GF they are just shaping out and not showing extras Steve. In Acol its different as your not in a fully forcing auction. I personally prefer the 16+ extras method as slam bidding becomes easier :)
July 31, 2013
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You need to live a little Steve. If you don't bid then how can you declare :)
July 31, 2013
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no quite the opposite in fact ;) Here it is obviously 10-a bad 11 as the player in question (me) opens most 11 counts.
July 30, 2013
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