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Why would bypassing the transfer to bid 3N show ? It seems like you're forcing game opposite a potentially 0-2 HCP partner for almost no benefit. Only 1 balanced shape (2533) fits this agreement, although some semi-bal shapes (2542 2524) show it, this seems like it comes up infrequently, and probably hurts you when it does come up.
March 16, 2016
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While I agree that none of this is surprising, I disagree strongly with the recommendations of this article. John, you recommend that everyone follow the rules and not open lighter than 10, and honestly, I do. When I pick up AT9x T9x AJTxx x, I pass despite having the agreement that we open unbalanced tens. This is clearly not bridge. Plat pairs, IMP pairs, Life Master pairs, etc. are all midchart (2) events, and I'm sure you can't find a decent player in them who would not open that hand 1d playing precision with a light opening style. The problem is the restrictions. It is okay now since no one calls the director when someone opens that hand. But the solution is for the ACBL to have reasonable regulations, not for Precision players to get punished and forced to take subpar actions.

The same applies to 1NT openers with stiff kings. Many good players do that systemically because they think it is best. Many bidding polls on Bridge Winners can probably show that. We should not restrict them from doing so, we should make the regulations reasonable.

When it comes to 2+ diamond vs 0+ diamond, both are about equally hard to deal with, and you could argue that 0+ is competitive or even better. I see no reason to punish 0+.

We're not all on the same footing if we stop doing the bridge action unless the pros stop too, but no one wants that. That would take bridge backwards.
Sept. 22, 2015
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Seems ridiculous to open 3d when I have 3supp, K, A, void for partner's major
Sept. 14, 2015
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I'm working on a new system where I think I can put invites in 2d+, all gf in 2c, and I think the 2c bid doesn't end up totally sucking. Before I finish up the work I want to make sure there are any benefits to this treatment.
Sept. 14, 2015
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I think that is quite different, because this is assuming the rest of your system doesn't become garbage (you somehow still have 2/1 GF, and your invites, even if you select that 1n is NF, magically appear somewhere and it's fine)

Basically, I want to know which 1NT bid you think would merit the best results (other bids aside)
Sept. 14, 2015
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I know, I'm asking you to use your imagination. A land where somehow it is unaffected.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Would it be better to make 2 GF and 3m/3/2NT weak so you don't wrongside no trump with something like KJx xx ATxxx Kxx?
Feb. 28, 2014
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Seeing as I'm a huge minority opinion I'll explain. I think 3 is auto here and takes slam away from partner immediately
Dec. 31, 2013
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Josh, it seems to me that if you are game forced over 2h double negative then this convention doesn't even have a purpose. Even with 2d waiting you can still stop in 2nt. So I think 2h has to be nonforcing. I'm not saying this is a good agreement, but 2h NF has to be in place to even have any justification to play this
Dec. 24, 2013
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South has a good hand and in addition to that 3 should be forcing since opener could pass 2
Dec. 24, 2013
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You don't have to read the position if someone pitches a heart from Hx which is an upside. With only one heart on the board this mistake may be rather common
Nov. 18, 2013
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For line two there is also a potential strip squeeze if someone had a stiff honor or doubleton honor and the other person pitches down to A Hxxx in majors
Nov. 18, 2013
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There were two possible 1-1 holdings. K opposite x and x opposite K. One of those has been eliminated. There were two possible 2-0 holdings and one of those has been eliminated. The 1-1 is still the same amount more likely as it was before.
Nov. 18, 2013
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Partner's 2 is pretty wide ranging here. You have to keep the 3 call. If you play reverse flannery you can play 2 and 2 as artificial which gives you plenty of room to sort out all hands.
Nov. 14, 2013
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I would expect my partner to double 4 with that holding, so he can't hold that
Nov. 13, 2013
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Almost 100% positive gill/shore don't play anything like this
Nov. 11, 2013
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