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Ian Grant
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Sept. 14, 2015
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about me

EBU rank: Premier Life Master.

I play my own "Grumpy Club" system in partnership with my wife.

Short (forcing) 1C (11+hcp, no better bid) with forcing 1D response (neg or natural)

5 card majors, weak NT.

1D in 1st/2nd seat is 9-11 balanced or natural, natural in 3rd/4th.

Multi 2C, 2D and 2NT opening bids, Ekren-style 2H (3-11 hcp), normal weak 2S.

See website for EBU convention card.

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United Kingdom

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Transfers after 2-level overcall with major-suit raises
I use 2NT as a balanced raise to 3 or better, whether the opps interfere or not.
Refresher help in fundamental principles
Standard Acol with two 4 card suits is to open the higher ranking unless its both majors when you open 1. One good reason for this is that its easy for beginners to remember; only one exception to the rule (and that for a very good reason).
"The worst play I have ever seen"
My wife and I stopped playing Bridge shortly after we got married, we both realised the marriage couldn't survive otherwise. 15 years later I started playing online whilst recovering from a serious illness. Julie showed an interest and we started playng again, but now the marriage is strong enough ...
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
Our lessons last between 15 and 25 minutes; all in powerpoint using a projector, lots of clip-art to make it fun. Then we have the rest of the 2 hour slot for play or bidding+play using specially prepared hands. Our first 7 lessons are all in minibridge with the ...
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
I disagree strongly. Beginners get very discouraged when they fail to make contracts so they do one of two things, stop playing or start underbidding. When they regularly come bottom in the duplicate again they get discouraged thinking "I'm useless" not "I have been badly taught".
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: JT97532 3 85 A94
We play 1NT-3 as the invite because of its pre-emptive value; there are a multitude of ways to make a slam try.
On the road to bridge: Whist
You can play a lot if minibridge before you need to introduce scoring and contracts.
Richard Traxler's bidding problem: AQT43 QT7 A2 752
Sometimes Gerber is the answer!
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A AKQ KQx A9xxxx
So, we need a swing.. Because I know your opps it depends which of them is holding this hand. If its 'T' I might pass 3NT half-expecting him to bid 6, if its any of the other three I bid 6 because they might not. Could be wrong ...
Rajah club - A complete 1-level major fit tool
Good luck with your system, its not for me. No-one else has adopted my system either (except 1 pair of juniors some time ago). Don't worry about publicising it, just keep taking the good results.
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