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Mike Wenble
Mike Wenble
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Oct. 16, 2016
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about me

Co-author with Sally Brock No-Trump Bidding (Master Bridge Series) 2005; author of several e-books exclusively available on Amazon; occasional contributor to Bridge World magazine

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Daily Mail Cup 1971; Rixi Markus Cup 1977; Regional Masters Pairs 2009 & 2010; National Pairs (Midlands) 2016
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How do you play the 2nd double?
That makes more sense to me than a nebulous value-showing responsive double.
How do you play the 2nd double?
3 spades and 4 diamonds is a very precise holding for a double. Penalty double here must be more useful, however the auction may continue.
Modified Baze
What is a groomsman?
Forcing or Not Forcing
Richard, you're right of course, but the differences work both ways. I'd argue that the traditional sequence 1X - 1 - 1NT or 2X or 2y - 2 helps the opponents more than the WJS sequence 1X - 2. I resisted switching to WJS for a long time, arguing ...
Forcing or Not Forcing
So are Strong Twos, but you surely don't prefer them?
Crunch Time
Interesting paradox: Any pair of collusive cheats whose misdemeanours have not yet been uncovered will naturally want to join with the boycotters in order to be seen to be adopting the moral high ground. Hence the first place to look for undiscovered cheats will be amongst the 'refuseniks'
Crunch Time
"In any such case of refusal, no reason shall be given by the Credentials Committee." Would not the process be better served if the Credentials Committee gave reasons for refusal?
2!C as 5-card Major Stayman
I'm a simple soul. What's wrong with 1NT - 2 - 2 - 3m?
A worthwhile lebensohl application?
"Lebensohl works well as long as opener promises not to bid 3♠." This is also true in a 'classic' Leb sequence such as 1NT - (2) - 2NT. Which is why transfers (aka Rubensohl) work so much better here.
Like many another convention, Raptor and variants thereof are good on the hands they are designed for, but the cost of what you are forced to give up to play them is too great. Here, if you have to start with a TOD on strong balanced hands, partner is constantly ...
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