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Ian Casselton
Ian Casselton
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Dec. 27, 2016
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suggested defence vs a unusual 2-way bid.
Hi Gerben. Anyone who plays DBL as T/O of is speaking my language here (see earlier reply). Ian C
suggested defence vs a unusual 2-way bid.
Hi David. I think I'm fairly much in agreement with you. I have a fairly simple rule - if DBL can possibly be take-out, it is (of the most likely, else the most important, possibility). Here, the only consideration is of what suit? As we don't have relative frequency ...
Play to make, or play to go (not too many) down?
No disagreement from me, Bernard. Ian C
Play to make, or play to go (not too many) down?
Hi Michael R. Agreed, but as Richard observes (and I commented in the team discussion) if you're playing to go down but minimise the loss, ducking the K seems the right start. As a matter of interest, after that start, do you think you would have found the two ...
Play to make, or play to go (not too many) down?
Hi Michael R and others. Thanks for replying! For the record, when given the problem, I said I would take the hook fairly quickly. This was not the result of some deep analysis, but rather, a philosophy which leads to a fairly blunt heuristic - play to make unless that is ...
Combining preemptive, mixed, invitational and GF minor-suit raises with showing balanced hands.
Hi Avon. I agree with most of your premises - perhaps your influence (conscious or sub-conscious)? Geoffo and I played 1 2 and 1 2NT as FG raises and 1 2NT and 1 3 as BAL, FG for years. Our current 1M 2 response ...
Adventures with system
Understood, Johan. I'm not sure that allowing for 4m333's is that descriptive though. Don't get me wrong, though - see my earlier post, my own method doesn't work well on this hand. Allowing a free and easy 2 response is one thing - it can't get ...
Adventures with system
Hi Johan. I understand both Richard's instinctive reaction and your rationale. We have a similar underlying principle opposite our 1 0-10 hcp Fert and an artificial and strong 1 response ... we play opener's 2 rebid as 0-4 hcp any, unsuitable for a 3+ pre-empt ...
Adventures with system
Hmm. Perhaps not a great hand for our methods - lucky the big ones don't come up very often! P 2[=various things, including a WK2 and a STR2] 2[=PoC] 4[=NAT] ? What would you do here as responder? Hard to be honest knowing ...
Canapé jump overcalls... really?
Hi Larry, Not saying you're wrong (I've not seen this suggested before, so haven't properly considered it). But why might you be right? As someone who uses a top'n'bottom variant, combined with ELCD's to the higher two suits, I'm keen to understand any ...
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