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Ian Wilson
Ian Wilson
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Member Since
April 30, 2013
Last Seen
Sept. 21
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Likes: strong club systems, weak NT, canape. My favourite system is (therefore) Blue Club. Dislikes: 2/1 systems with their byzantine accretions of flying buttresses :)


Created a Precision variant that I play with a few partners. Working out a system is always interesting.


Prefer count in almost all situations. As Guido sayeth, "we may not be good enough to know whether to encourage or not; but we can usually tell whether we have an odd or an even number of a suit". Amen.


Intolerant of rudeness and poor ethics. I tend to over-alert and over-explain, and bend over backwards to avoid using UI.


Wish the ACBL would have simpler GCC rules. How can it be illegal to play Roman in 2013? Wish I could remember stuff well enough to play a relay system. Ambition: read and understand the rest of the chapters in Love :)

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ACBL Ranking
Copy of Basic Precision template
Copy to my cards View/Print
Copy of Basic 2/1 card
2 over 1
Copy to my cards View/Print
Virtual (pre)alert?
This is teams, no leakage from other tables. Also no suggestion of an ethical problem. I was surprised by the lack of response from the director about the system implications, hence my post.
ATB-Today's Common Game bd.7
For some reason, this doesn't look like a 6-loser hand to me. Perhaps there should be an LTC adjustment (like the one for Queens) for hands that lack first-round controls..
ATB-Today's Common Game bd.7
This was a fun hand for us. S declined to open for some reason, so we were in 3 on the lead of J. I won this in hand and led a toward dummy. S won, cashed A, and led Q. Won this, drew two rounds of trumps ...
ATB - missed grand
Paul: I see that you correctly diagnosed that I was South :) I knew that 5s hadn't been discussed (just getting all the main boxes on the CC filled in in 5 minutes before the start of the event is quite an achievement), but whatever it is, I think it ...
ATB - missed grand
The entire system discussion occurred while filling out a CC just before the start of the event (a pickup partner, as stated). The relevant bits went "2c? Kokish?" "OK" and "1430? no, RKC" "what responses?" "3041". Then we moved on to more mundane things like major suit raises.
ATB - missed grand
If N has AQx then there is no upside to 7 as opposed to 7NT - N has to have to have 2 fast winners to take care of your 2 losing clubs. It's not as if you can afford to cash cAK and then ruff a club low!
ATB - missed grand
We still don't know that we have 9 hearts. N would have bid the same way with AQ doubleton.
Spawned by 'Weird Two-Bids'
I have an official letter on ACBL stationery signed by Chris Patrias that states that Bludgeon, a system even more natural than yours, is playable anywhere, under any conditions. He did suggest that we prealert parts of it just to avoid whining about unusual methods (my words, not Chris's ...
Namyats and related alerts
In a strong club framework, it's useful to get these hands out of the 1 openers. Obviously if you can intervene at the 4-level then you can jam a 1 opener. So I think we're ahead here, in that partner is in the picture. If not ...
Directors Ruling
If this is in ACBL land then a non-forcing 2 response to a weak 2 opener is an alert. Now we are heading for interesting UI :)

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