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Michael Botwin
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Becoming more active again in bridge after years of playing very little.  Sapphire Life Master splitting his time between NYC area and Las Vegas.  Not a total mad scientist, but I do prefer strong club systems, although I will reluctantly play "2/1" (technically a treatment rather than a system IMHO).  If you're a serious yet festive strong clubber or otherwise think we might be compatible at the table, shoot me a PM.

Currently fooling around with MeckLite as written up in Dan Neill's Standard Modern Precision.  Also playing Ken Rexford's MICS system in one partnership.  Interested in Granville and Burn's new "MOSSO" system.

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An SMP question: when 1!C - 1 !S = 5+ !S, 8+ (unlimited)
Take a look at "Santa Fe Precision"--which covers a lot of the same ground as SMP, but does offer an expansion of the 1 response to 1 sequences. 1NT is a relay and the 1 bidder shows both range and some shape information by various rebids ...
Why Hasn't ACBL Replaced SAYC w/ a Basic 2/1 System Instead?
What preconceptions about Precision do "people" have wrong?
Request opinion of a bid and ACBL reference.
In Al Roth's "Picture Bidding", he had an entire chapter about responding in a three-card major to a 1 opening.
What Is First Published Reference to XYZ?
First time I saw reference to xyz was in some issue of Bridge Today, although I can't recall the exact date. The Granovetters' book, "Bridge Conventions in Depth" attributes the development of this approach to Joe Kivel.
Different Defenses Against No Trump in Direct vs. Balancing Seats?
Vs Strong NT, I use Lionel/Grano-Astro/Tralfaz (it has a lot of names) in all seats. Vs weak, I prefer HELLO--which is designed to be variable depending on whether you are in 2nd or 4th (or "6th") chair.
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
I'm not sure about 1993 exactly, but certainly as of the late 80s, "2/1" had not yet been enshrined as The One True Path. If your agreement was that a two over one response constituted a game force, it had to be alerted. In "Standard" bidding of that ...
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
Many of the alpha, beta, epsilon, etc bids have fallen out of favor amongst Precision-ites. Instead, there is the 1 "little positive" response to 1, with other positives being natural and slammish (some variations exist, but this is the basic idea). xyz and reverse Flannery by responder are ...
Interference after Precision 2!C-2!D
OP doesn't state this, but the version of Precision 2 he plays has the following rebids over a 2 response from partner (without interference): 2 = I have a four card major (2 then asks for size and which major) 2 = unbalanced non-minimum 2NT = balanced ...
Mini-NT when?
Richard has it right. I despise all "pass forces redouble" approaches. I want 4th hand to commit immediately, rather than give him the option to pass and back in later.
Mini-NT when?
I won't ever play 1N doubled? Really? Isn't 1N doubled a great spot to be in if you know you're good for at least six tricks? Often an excellent spot at MPs, and a pretty good one even at IMPs.
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