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Tony Rolfe
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Member Since
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.


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.
ACBL Ranking
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Director Please! Oops there aren't any.
I answered "other" because we have enough directors to handle an extra session but they aren't a dime-a-dozen. We have 7 qualified directors for 6 sessions. All are playing directors and none get paid for directing. Our CTD / masterpoints secretary does get paid a nominal amount but that's ...
Dutch Spiral
I've just realised that we don't need a "max with 4" response since we handle those in a completely different way. That frees up 3OM to show Max and 3 with 4 cards in OM. I'm liking this idea more and more.
Dutch Spiral
May I suggest a few tweaks which still meet Jan's criteria and which solve some of the issues mentioned above. 1. Always use 2NT as the relay. This means the "Max and 4" reply is always 3OM. 2. #1 frees up 2 over 2 to show 4 ...
Dutch Spiral
An excellent idea. My only question, is there any way to find a 4-4 heart fit after finding a 5-3 spade fit? Responder is 54xx and opener 34xx
Bake Yourself a Multi Defence
Hi, Nigel The takeout-of-one, penalty-of-the-other only applies to immediate doubles by 2nd seat. Doubles by 4th seat after second seat passes are takeout of responder's major. In your example you are responding to the 4th seat takeout double. If you were significantly stronger and had doubled with that hand ...
Bake Yourself a Multi Defence
Hi, Ian With our defence, we never pass with more than a weak NT. The risk of bidding with a WNT is that LHO has the big hand and we will go for a number. The risk of passing is that LHO passes. In the first case we do have ...
Bake Yourself a Multi Defence
Yes, I'm well aware what we are talking about. Multi, not Ekren. Weak with no preference for the majors is quite common here. It simply means that I don't care which 6-card major you have, bid it and I'll pass. That means that 2M, pass or correct ...
Bake Yourself a Multi Defence
If responder passes our double, it depends on whether or not that shows diamonds. If it is forcing, saying weak with no preference for the majors then there is no problem. If it says that I'm happy to play 2x if you have a weak hand with a ...
Bake Yourself a Multi Defence
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Bake Yourself a Multi Defence
I play against a multi-2 every week at our local club. The version played here has a strong balanced option which stops responder pre-empting with both majors, but I don't think that changes anything significant for developing a defence. Our defence is as follows: Overcalls are natural and ...
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