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Steven Mcgrahan
Steven Mcgrahan
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Member Since
June 8, 2013
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Bridge Player
about me

Learned weak NT to start then Acol, then SA, then Precision and then 2/1 (the easiest to learn as more of a treatment). Now try for 2/1 and Precision but often get stuck with SAYC.

Book i learned bidding most from Precision Bidding in Acol by Eric Crowhurst

Redoubled with overtricks:

2D+2, 3N+2, 4S+2, 2S+3, 1N+3, 1S+3, 2H+4, 4S+1, 4N+2


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Bridge Accomplishments
Top 2015 Online pts U1000 for ACBL Unit 166
Favorite Tournaments
Hamilton Sectional
Favorite Conventions
fourth suit forcing
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Non Life Master
Laura & Steve
Standard American
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Steven Mcgrahan's bidding problem: J9865 KQT43 AK6 ---
Richard is right. 3 would not be the normal length but is possible with 3433.
checking the odds
"After 1M, methods that include partner making a GF 2/1 with four trumps need revision." As long as you can 100% assure 4-card support with a latter bid is ok. or if your gonna go completely relay and take over. But this, I was too good to support you ...
checking the odds
You didn't say if this imps/mp MP take 6= or 6+1
How would you have acted?
If X was alertable (which I don't know you regs, but sounds unexpected) then you have to alert 3. It is not relevant whether you asked or were given info about 3.
Combatting slow play
I can remember boards being taken away for late play or no play when I first started. Haven't seen in last 20 years any late boards. Have had whole rounds taken away.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AQ92 KJT9853 98 ---
I don't get it. Sure 4 might make. But 4 could be better. There may be no making game. We are unlikely to be outbid, unless partner very weak. Why not just open 1 and see?
Combatting slow play
"I also suggest counting cards 3-3-3-4. That's the fastest way for me." for you! Even if it saves time, it would be a few seconds. It doesn't matter. There are people who discuss a hand (or results if possible) after a round has been called. That is the ...
Combatting slow play
Ian said.. "Couldn't disagree more; each of these actions takes a few seconds, ok so they add up but... ...we are talking about players tanking for minutes at a time." I agree. I had an opponent think for 8 minutes on a play that had no meaning and he ...
Opening 2N for the minors. Is including a strong possibility 4 losers or less a good idea?
Handling the full range of NT in a strong club system with Kokish 2 relay is fairly easy. With interference more of a problem. Hopefully, can penalty double some interference if strong.
Should South find a bid with this hand?
South doesn't have enough to double and bid (not to mention how many hearts is partner going to bid?). So if there are limitations it's time to throw them out and be super-max. (edit) yes after I reread Adam's post and he is actually advocating bidding ...

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