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Tony Rolfe
Tony Rolfe
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July 17, 2018
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about me

I'm an above average club-level player who started way back in the 1960's playing Acol at school.    Between school and Uni I played a lot of bridge at Cardiff bridge club and later represented Sheffield University in the late 60's.  I started playing Little Major at Uni and had great fun and some success with it as a system.

I stopped playing when my job didn't give me the time to play, but I still kept an interest in the game and developed my brown-sticker multi-two system during that period.

After leaving England, living in Bermuda for 5 years and moving to Sydney, Australia I eventually moved to the Ulladulla area on the NSW South Coast in 1994.  I soon discovered the local bridge club and started playing again after nearly 30 years.   The default system at Mollymook is Standard (5CM SNT) but I didn't enjoy that scheme.  When Little Major became legal in Australia I played that with one partner for a couple of years and then we developed our own system based on 11-14 NT, 5CM, unbalanced diamond and a short forcing club.  Almost all responses to 1-level openings are transfers.

I am now an Australian Silver Life Master, hoping to live long enough to become Gold Life Master.

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Australia

Bridge Information

Member of Bridge Club(s)
Mollymook bridge club.
Favorite Tournaments
Local congresses (Nowra, Batemans Bay, Mollymook)
Favorite Conventions
Transfers! My favourite system uses transfers over all 1-level openings.
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Sherlock's SB story
Since it wasn't alerted, I am assuming that the 2NT showed some sort of strong hand with a spade stop. If West started with Qxx I don't think that it is possible to make 7, but if West started with Qx QJxx AKx and AKxx then if ...
Transfer style question
When I play a strong NT I always transfer with a 5CM. Playing a weak NT, if I have below invitational values I pass any 5332 or 54xx. My argument is that passing means that 4th hand has to make their decision now. Transferring gives them two shots and also ...
Would someone run a simulation, please.
Thanks for the input, Marty. You have reinforced what Martin suggested in the previous post. Having a very wide range 1NT rebid is both an advantage and a disadvantage. If responder has a borderline hand we can be in trouble but when pass is clear cut it makes life harder ...
Would someone run a simulation, please.
I can see the advantages in the narrower NT ranges, but we would have to give up our 1 - 1T - 1M sequences and I'm not sure the gain is worth the loss. We use these for a 4-card raise to at least 2 1/2. This has some ...
Would someone run a simulation, please.
If responder has clubs and no 4CM, the options over 1 are: 1NT showing an inverted minor raise, unlimited upwards. 2 showing a hand strong enough to invite opposite 15-17 but not enough for 1NT 2NT showing a weak hand wanting to run from 1NT. Typically 6+ clubs ...
Would someone run a simulation, please.
Unfortunately, our whole structure over 1 is based on transfers, all the way up to 1 - 3. 1 is the exception, being a sort of Clayton's bid - the bid we make when we are not making a bid. Changing things like 1 - 1NT and ...
Would someone run a simulation, please.
Yes, I really do meed to learn how to use the club's DMPro program more effectively. I'll have a look for instructions on the simulation side of things.
Would someone run a simulation, please.
Thank you very much for taking the time to run that for me. Those weren't the results I was hoping for. Nearly 25% of 6 point hands and 35% of 7 point hands making game is a bit worrying. I'll need to do some head scratching. If the ...
Would someone run a simulation, please.
I'm not sure how this would work. Could you give an example, please?
Director Ruling, Good, Bad or Ugly
Frances: under some jurisdictions, specifically Australia, no double is alertable. Also, once the bidding has reached at least 3NT nothing is alertable. So, in Australia this double is doubly not alertable. However, in EBU territory it is.
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