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I don't know the name, but I can give you the rest of the system that I learned with this.

After 1m,
2 = (10)11-12 bal.
2 = mixes raise for m
2NT = 13-15 or 18+ bal
3NT = 16-17 bal

After 1m-2,
2 = relay to 2NT, after which 3NT is to play
2NT and 3NT are to play

This lets the opener right-side NT.
Aug. 22, 2019
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East followed with the lowest spade possible; playing upside down attitude how does that show a dislike for spades? It seems consistent with either liking spades (if attitude), even count in spades (if count), or preference for clubs (if suit preference).
Aug. 21, 2019
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If your scoring method would encourage people to take fewer tricks, then it's not unethical, it's just playing intelligently. Is it unethical to try to make 10 tricks in 4 rather than try for 11 because you're playing a knockout match? Is it unethical to make bad, swingy bids if you're behind big in a team match, even though you know it is negative EV?
Aug. 17, 2019
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Your partner needs too specific of a hand to make slam that it will not be possible to ask for it. First choice 4, second choice keycard and go opposite two.
Aug. 16, 2019
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Aug. 9, 2019
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This looks like a forcing pass situation to me. Therefore, double suggests defending.
Aug. 9, 2019
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I will splinter with any stiff honor, as long as I would do so with a small stiff instead with the rest of the hand the same.
Aug. 2, 2019
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“Semi-frequent”?
Aug. 1, 2019
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Game before slam. To avoid overburdening the 3M response, better to separate the 3-card limit raise.
Aug. 1, 2019
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We are not a passed hand. That refers to a hand that passed rather than open the bidding. There are plenty of opening hands that would not have a bid over a 3 preempt, such as ours.
July 15, 2019
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Different players are bidding 4 in each case, so you should not compare the two sequences. What I believe you are intending to compare is the relay then bid 3NT by responder, and the direct 4 bid by responder. The first way allows opener to stop in 3NT with a hand unsuitable for slam, and asks for opener's input. In your sequence, the opening bidding bid on, showing interest in a diamond slam. I would play this as denying a club control since the club cue bid was skipped over, but that's a matter of partnership agreement.

The second line of bidding doesn't ask for opener's opinion; it demands opener to cue bid toward a diamond slam.
July 12, 2019
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Simple heart-diamond squeeze against LHO? Draw 2 rounds of trumps, ruff two diamonds in hand and a club in dummy. Enter your hand with dummy's last trump and discard a heart on the club king. You're now down to:

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Ax
x
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opposite

x
Qx
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-

On the play of the last spade, if diamonds didn't come good, pitch it and hope the king of hearts falls.
June 28, 2019
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Marion, it's not that you didn't say what the transfer was to, it was that you announced your partner's bid rather than alerted it. There is a very short list of bids that are supposed to be announced, and transfer responses after opponents' interference is not one of them.
June 25, 2019
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My 3 bid shows this hand (club support and this approximate strength). 2NT would be a weaker hand with club support.
June 25, 2019
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Playing Moysian fits build character. Either double or 3 could get you to the right place, but double is more likely to in the long run.
June 14, 2019
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He should make 2 bidding problems then. Or even 3, including follow-ups after the double.
June 14, 2019
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This is a poorly set up poll. This should be set up as a bidding problem for what to do after 2-(P)-2-(P); 2-(3)-3-(P); 4-(P).
June 14, 2019
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ACBL's alert procedure and chart are a mess, but have this example:

Example: 1NT (showing 14HCP with a five-card suit to 17 – without a five-card suit)
Partner says immediately, “Fourteen plus to seventeen minus.”
May 30, 2019
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What was the auction? Most transfers I've seen are to the next suit up, so if there were an overcall, if your partner accepts the transfer you will be now one level higher. E.g., 1N-(P)-2*-(overcall);-3.

* transfer to 2

When the opponent doubles the transfer bid showing the bid suit, I play that accepting the transfer shows a fit (3-card support in the case of a Jacoby transfer) and passing shows no fit. I don't think I have a particular agreement for XX by opener. When opener passes, redouble by responder is a retransfer. E.g. 1N-(P)-2*-(X)**;-P-(P)-XX-(P);-2.

** showing diamonds
May 30, 2019
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It looks like the opponents have a diamond fit and their unusual system will stop them from finding it if you bid 2. On a partscore deal like this, I would be very happy to be able to play 2.
May 26, 2019
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