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I chose other. My favourite method is flexibility: with a balanced hand opener my choose to bid spades or NT depending on honour structure, stoppers, controls, 4333? etc.
In other words: if your hand looks like notrumpish, bid 1NT, otherwise bid your spades.
Oct. 7, 2018
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Open anything you want but ALERT if you frequently open with less than 10 points.
Oct. 1, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Oct. 1, 2018
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Thank you, that is a way it should be handled. Actually I was pretty sure that you do the right thing.

There was nothing like that in our case. From North's bidding I guess it should have been.
Sept. 22, 2018
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Yu, does your regular partner know that you like to open light 3rd NV?
Does (s)he alert them?
Do your opponents know it?
Do your opponents entitled to have the same information as your partner?
Sept. 21, 2018
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“percentage”?
See the simulation results down there.
Sept. 21, 2018
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N-S played wide range (2/1 like) 5-card majors system with strong NT

A popular convention is to play 2NT as an offensive raise with 4+ support and 2 as mostly 3-card support or perhaps 4 in a defensive hand. I guess they played this one.
Sept. 20, 2018
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My partner opened too. This thing happened against our teammates.
Sept. 20, 2018
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Opener had 64 KJ765 972 J87.

This was pair of professional junior players. Neither group is famous for timid bidding. They have been playing together for a long time, and no, they did not alert that 1 is often weak or something like that.
Sept. 20, 2018
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On board 1 you doubled them in a 4-3 fit partscore with 5 trumps for -1, a probable +5 IMP, board 2-6 were bid and make games, nothing special, on board 7 you went down in 6 on 25 HCP and a 5-4 fit, it had about 10 % chance (a probable -13 IMP).
The state of the tournament is more interesting. You must win this match to qualify for final.
Sept. 20, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Sept. 20, 2018
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An addition to page 7: takeout doubles.

35 years ago we played Roman Club. The system notes had a defensive system part which included this double. But it was not a takeout one (in today's sense), rather a strength double: it simply showed 12-16 HCPs (2-suiters excluded). Responder bid his short suit to help locating a playable fit.

The effective part of the system was that simple overcalls were lighter than this double (very light in fact) and 4+ suit, thus they could make a lot of difficulties for the opponents.

The double being awkward I can imagine that after some years they realized that they can do better with (now) taditional takeout doubles. Everyone changes his methods sometimes.
Sept. 17, 2018
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I used to play Soloway jump shifts, reverse flannery and play weak jump shifts (0 - 5 in 2/1, 0 - 9 in precision).

My experience is:

Soloway's were rare. Even when you had such a hand half the time you forgot to jump.

Reverse flannery is useful sometimes (painful in rare cases, and most of the time unnecessary), but can be too complicated with all the follow-ups and effects on the rest of the system.

WJS is effective and simple, especially in precision.
Sept. 11, 2018
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A well filled (WBF style) convention card can cover about 5% of a system, and about 0.001% of possible competitive situations.
Standard ACBL cc's can contain the tenth of that.
Thus even against the most conscientious pair of the world there will be many situations which are not covered in their cc, ant thus you should ask if interested. It is the part of the game.

I think the director was right and you made a fuss and did not act constructively.
Sept. 10, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Sept. 10, 2018
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Pass. I haven't promised any spades, but I have one. And I don't have much extra.
Sept. 6, 2018
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“Here's the Precision Auction I expect at our table”

indeed
Sept. 6, 2018
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Trump leads are popular against grand slams. Then (I think) you need 2-2 or singleton J.
Sept. 6, 2018
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Although we play a relay system, I don't think it is a good idea to investigate teller's shape with a void. For those who asked shape: what if partner has xxxx, xxx, xxx, AKQ?
Thus I'd bid like this:

P - 1 (16+)
1 - 1 GF, 4+ or BAL // relay
1N - 2 BAL 8-bad 11, because passed // relay
2 - 3 4, 2-3 // fit with a void
3N - 4 which one? // (optional exclusion RKC)
4 - 5 good hand, 1 keycard outside clubs // spiral scan
5 - 6 king, no king

We play 9-12 NT only NV/V. In this case:
1N - 2 9-12 // transfer
2 - 3 // 5+ , 5+ weakish or GF+
3 - 4 is better // 0-1 , slam try
?

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In Standard it would go:
P - 1
2 - 4 Drury fit // void , slam try
4 - 4N cue bid, denies control // RKC
Sept. 6, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Sept. 6, 2018
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I prefer invite+ , but if partner sticks to then GF.
Sept. 3, 2018
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4 instead of 3
Aug. 29, 2018
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The most common situation that annoys me much, and it happens again and again:
Suit contract, defence starts with an ace. After a normal break by declarer, everone follows suit. Opening leader cashes the king too, and now his/her partner starts thinking and finally follows suit again.
Aug. 17, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Aug. 17, 2018
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If the third high spade is ruffed by East, he can't do much harm. If he ruffed from 2-1-5-5 we will score 8 trumps, 2 diamonds and 2 spades. If he ruffed from 2+ trumps then if he leads a trump, we can ruff a spade and a diamond and the 5th spade will be good, otherwise we can score 8 trumps, AK, AK.
Aug. 12, 2018
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