When playing a 2NT opening as ~22-23, I've played "reverse Kokish." Which is a pretty simplistic way to play this:
2♣ - 2♦ // 2♥ = 20-21 BAL or Natural GF. Responder can now show weird, minor-oriented hands with 2NT/3m bids over this or make the normal puppet ...
1) I have surpassed my drinking age already
2) I passed 7C-XX much too quickly, should've NOT stuck to my guns and run.
3) I have NEVER psyched ERKC. Not even for fun because I've never had a hand that I felt was appropriate. Although this ...
The two methods versus a penalty double that I like are as follows:
Pass = non-commital
XX = penalty
2C = natural or scrambling
2D/M = 5+ Suit, not forward going
Pass = force XX or touching suits
XX = any one suit, if a major, then weak
2C = C + Major ...
I find it amusing that there is discussion about not preempting due to the side 4-card ♠ suit. I would think the primary reason for not preempting this hand was that you had only 5♣, and the suit quality isn't right.
I think this auction is asking for a S control. Its the one thing south has covered. I don't think trump quality is an issue because then South has control of all side suits and could probably bid RKC. I think playing as asking for S control + good trumps ...
Change the hand to xxxx xx xx KQJxx and I would have much more sympathy for 3C, but the A is bad. Even xxxx xx xx KJTxx would not be the worst bid ever. But with the given hand, if you put a gun to my head and told me ...
I like this idea. Having 2 B-A-M championships at the same national seems redundant; it would be like having the Vanderbilt and Spingold at the same national (if there was enough time). I understand that this is not really a fair comparison, but having two three-day championships running concurrently is ...