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2 waiting.
3 does not deny a 4-card Major.
While you would like to trot out 5 as exclusion, it is undiscussed.
Nov. 3, 2015
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Is 3 forcing?
How many does it promise?
Oct. 26, 2015
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Or . . . what King does responder show for that matter!
Oct. 25, 2015
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“At least it's much better than ‘4♣ always Gerber.’”
But now we have . . . ”4♣ is Razwood at all times.“

This is clearly superior to an opening 4 Gerber bid. Now, there is Razwood.

Also — It's never:
1) a preempt
2) a control bid
3) a suit preference
4) a splinter
5) Gerber
6) an attempt to sign off
7) any of the other myriad uses others use 4 for

I'm sorry but your own question above, ”When you are wanting to try a new convention, you must ask yourself, What am I gaining and what am I giving up?" points me in the direction of running as fast as possible from Razwood.
Oct. 25, 2015
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OK, switch the s and s. Then cue bid your control. Oh . . . wait. Bummer.
Oct. 23, 2015
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My first foray into the world of Razwood was a bit of a failure.
Holding the following:
AKQJ8 AQ QJT3 82
I opened 1 and partner forced game with 2. I rebid 3 and partner showed delayed support with 3 (agreeing trump). Holding a nice 19 count, and sitting opposite an opening hand with at least 3 card support, I figured it was time to trot out my new gadget, RAZWOOD!
My thinking was, if it’s good enough to fix the bidding missteps of “world class players,” it should work wonders for me.
So . . . I asked for key cards with 4. Partner showed 1 key card with 4 (we had decided to play 1430). Now, holding 4 of 5 keycards, AND the Queen of trump, I dutifully bid the slam — 6.
DOUBLE!
My LHO banged down the double card, which was followed shortly by the A and K.
Unfortunately, my silly partner had responded in a suit headed by the Queen. I’m now convinced he should not do this in the future, especially when the suit is s. Maybe I used Razwood incorrectly?
Either that, or possibly there is a way to check on missing controls before asking for key cards?
Any ideas?
Oct. 23, 2015
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No director call?
Oct. 22, 2015
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Does the fact that Mr. B has two hands double the probability of “stretching”?
Oct. 18, 2015
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May I go the bar first and then bid some s?
Oct. 4, 2015
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Seriously?
Sept. 15, 2015
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I prefer the more robust, OF5NT.
Sept. 1, 2015
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4 as a Splinter, after a transfer, seems a rather standard, common, and effective method. Gerber (or RKC Gerber) would not even cross my radar!
And 4NT–as a quantitative invite–showing exactly a 5 card Major, I would also assume to be quite common.
Additionally, although a fit has been found (due to the 2 rebid promising at least 3 s) a slower exploration–if we even bother–seems wise. The double of our 2 should have us re-thinking moving past game.
As for what is RKCB here, good question. I do not have Kickback (bummer), so I suppose that 4NT here (but I would not bid it) would have to be RKCB. After all, we have a fit.
Aug. 2, 2015
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Looking at the title, I thought “Local Dupe” may have been referring to the village idiot. Was afraid I may see my name up in lights!
Whew!
July 31, 2015
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Not fond of sliced bread . . . so I abstained.
July 20, 2015
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Yes, Timo. Unfortunately a BIL mentor.
And . . . in response to your follow-up, no, it was not PhilG.
June 16, 2015
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No misunderstanding.

It was on BBO.

I suggested it was wrong. He said it wasn't.
I suggested that maybe it was a typo. He said it wasn't.
I explained my logic. He explained his own.
I offered multiple websites to bolster my position. No change in his position.

I do not intend to show him this post. There is no need to rub his face in it. It is quite possible he may go on teaching his method, which is fine. I, however, will continue to question ideas that do not make sense.
May 30, 2015
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I can count maybe–one trick(?), defending 4.
Can I take my opening 1 back and make it 2?
Pull.
(abstain works too!)
May 20, 2015
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4 - (P) - 3NT - All Pass
oops!
May 3, 2015
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FWIW, responder's hand was: xx xx AK AKJT98x
May 1, 2015
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