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April 25, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment April 25, 2014
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My 3 least favourite are (I played all of them, but almost always scored badly when they occured):

1. Kokish: 2-2-2 as either or very srong NT. Partner always had hearts and I could never raise him (in various ways) as we played Kokish. In short: it gives up a lot of heart raise in favour of the never occuring very strong BAL hands.

2. DBL as a strong hand (16+ or similar) vs a strong club opening. Therotically it looked good (which is the hand that does not want to take away space? - a strong one), but somehow we always scored a zero (or some minus IMPs).

3. Paying takeout doubles over (1N)-X-(2y). When we played it they always rescued somehow. Even worse combined with forcing pass, I was just not smart enough playing this way. Works for other people though :)


And some another popular ones, which are not that bad, I just simply don't prefer them:

4. Multi-Landy vs NT. You can rarely compete on a convenient level when you would like to. The problem is not there when you bid according to the convention's scheme, it's those hands when you pass, however you could have bid playing something better.

5. Gambling. With no side stopper: places the contract in the wrong hand. With 1 or 2 stopper: partner cannot decide whether let it in or not.

6. Step responses to strong 2 opening showing controls. They sometimes can be great, but most of the time just take away your own bidding space.

And one more thing, which is not bad, rather not good enough: playing natural responses on your strong club opening. Don't you want the strong hand to declare more frequently?
April 21, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment April 21, 2014
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I strongly disagree. About natural NT: if you are not long in the unbid suits, and you have stoppers in their suits then your hand is excellent for defence. I think “never bid sandwich NT with any hand” is still better than playing it natural wich equals “please double me”.

If they try to steal the contract, you will have one more turn as their 1 of a suit is forcing.

And of course (IMHO) a 2-suiter is even better.
It's just my opinion. I know excellent players who agree with you.
April 21, 2014
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Avon, what do you bid on 1-(4)-p-(p) or 1-(1/2/3)-p-(4) or in any other situation when your next call is on 4?

I think it's OK to open the minor with 6m-5, because you can bid your spades at any level but you may encounter serious problems when you open 1m with 6m-5.
March 15, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment March 15, 2014
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1 - 1 16+ // 8-12, BAL or 4+
1 - 1N relay // 8-12 Balanced
2 - 2 relay // 4
2 - 2N relay // 4
3 - 3 relay // lower doubleton, i.e. 3=4=2=4
4 - 4 slam try in // lower range
4 - 5 RKC // 1 keycard
5 - 5 spiral scan // has Q, but no K
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about the swing: unfortunately there is not enough space to ask for partner's J (and abolutely no way to learn about the 9), thus I can't manage it

with the K:

4 - 5 slam try in // upper range, 2KC + Q, but no K
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Feb. 4, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Feb. 4, 2014
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3 is GF thus my pass would be forcing. I have too many in their suits and shortness in partner's suit, thus I double to discourage further bidding. I do not think pass / double inversion applies without discussing it.
Feb. 4, 2014
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well… at the second time I do not know that he made it again :)
From the third time I definitely know something that my opponents do not. Perhaps when in doubt I won't raise on 3-cards support.

Time frame? I mean 3rd time I remember :-). If I don't then I do not have extra information :-)
Jan. 9, 2014
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(moved)
Jan. 9, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 9, 2014
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I don't think 1 is a bad bid (the system is bad) as long as they alert it. We alert it too (we bid it only with 3=3=3=4, 10-12). And yes, IMO you should alert 3-cards 1M too when it happens 3rd time (or later) in the same partnership, because it is an agreement based on habit from that point.

Yes, sometimes 1 may drive you to a better contract. And some other time (especially when partner has 4 of them) to a 4-2 fit. You might convince him somehow that you do not have 4, but in that case he should have alerted 1.
Jan. 9, 2014
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anyway playing this way there are alternatives, which look less like a psyche:

(a) bid a slightly off-shape 2NT, which is about OK in strength if it is forcing, slight underbid if inviting. Pro: well placed holdings in diamonds and spades, Con: xx in hearts.

(b) bid your inviting raise (3 I suppose), which is a slight underbid, but correct otherwise.

Jan. 9, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 9, 2014
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Personally I would ban anybody for a year from playing on tournaments who explains “just bridge” after (s)he did something that may look suspicious / strange / very unusual.

As their opponent I am not obliged to know the flaws of their system or what they (or many) think it is normal. I may have played only precision in my whole life and never had to think what to bid in a ridiculous system what they think everybody should know.

It would be the same as playing Roman Club we would open 1 holding xxx, xx, A, AKxxxxx without alert and later we would argue that it is the necessary part of this system, thus it is normal to open 1, everybody should know Roman Club, because Belladonna played it.
Jan. 9, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 9, 2014
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you might think of improving your system :)

Anyway, those who play inverted raises and forcing 2NT and require 5-card club suit to raise partner also respond 1 with 3=3=3=4 and inviting strength, thus it is not uncommon in standard to bid a non-suit 1, your system just extends it a little bit. However, they (hopefully) alert their 1.

In short: bid 1 and alert it because your system forces this bid of a non-suit.
Jan. 9, 2014
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 9, 2014
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I prefer 2-way (direct short and indirect long suit) game tries after 1M-2M, thus I play that these jumps show a void.
Jan. 3, 2014
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For those who chose 2 (as I did): partner jumped to 4. What now?
Sept. 6, 2013
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A very good question, Rob. That was exactly what I asked from my opponent who doubled. The problem was, that in reality the pass after 3D was born after about a minute of thinking. That's why I published the hand, I was curious what you bid. Is it really clear to double?
The opponents played good-bad 2NT, thus North could have bid 2NT to show weakish competitive bid or 3C to show some extra, but he bid none of them.
Sept. 5, 2013
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Sept. 5, 2013
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