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Strong clubs and unnecessary information, Part Two: Symmetric relay systems
I think having responder make range responses eliminates the need for the weak relay. Depending what you minimum requirement for your forcing bid, set you intermediate range so that minimum +2 HCP can force game after it. Have opener initiate a GF relay with the next step and have that ...
Strong clubs and unnecessary information, Part Two: Symmetric relay systems
In a forcing diamond system we use a symmetric relay 1S=0-6HCP no relay 1H=7-9HCP or 14-15HCP. A 1S rebid institutes the relay 1S and above=Symmetric relay 10-13HCP or 16+HCP We have not had problems.
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
Interestingly, my teammates reported that they dropped 10HCP openings. Their #1 reason was going for 2-3 VUL after 1S-1N-2x. See Michael Rosenberg's comments on vulnerability.
What's the thickest part of your system notes?
The complete Book of .....Doubles, Overcalls and Balancing -Mike Lawrence. We also add sections on defending a Precision 1C and 1D and 1NT which are not covered by Mike. We also have a section in competitive bidding covering q bids. Mostly, however, Mike is pretty complete.
What's the thickest part of your system notes?
Our solution was to adopt "Mike" (Mike Lawrence) 3 books 1100 pages. Our additions exceptions and only 5 pages. On the other hand we do not play an invite and our structure after 1NT (including the relay) is 9 pages sans competition. The longest section is the summary of relays ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
True but the hand is only worth all that if a fit is found. Partner with 13HCP (or maybe only 12HCP with the other two incredibly important 10s) will certainly drive to game and you singleton heart will be worth bupkiss. Or maybe partner shouldn't drive to game with ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
I think that there is a difference between "opening light" and "stretching to open/bid". The op seems to advocate the latter "stretching to open/bid" while Precision and other systems incorporate a lighter opening bid than standard. For example, Annie's 1S bid is 10HCP 2 1/2 QT ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
What is more interesting is the expected HCP holding of the pair and what that means. 8-11HCP is 9.54 on average which means that the opening side has slightly less than 1/2 the deck. Without going into the probabilities in detail the rough results are 10% you have ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
We open 1C with all sorts of hands in the 11-14HCP range. It works surprisingly well. In Precision one might open 1H, 1S, 2C or 2D (if playing a 3 suiter) but we open 1C on all these hands. Obviously the bid is subject to a preempt but most often ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
The system we play opens about 90% of 8-10HCP hands and all 11HCP hands. Interestingly, the gain is NOT screwing with the opponents (although it sometimes does that). Rather, it is the bidding accuracy that follows from having bids that describe 8-11HCP hands as opposed to lumping them in with ...
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