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Hog, Walrus, Papa, Rabbit etc.
Nov. 28, 2018
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Some methods that may help here:

(A)
With 6m-5 you may open 1 to avoid hard to solve problems like 1m-(2)-p-(4)-?.
If you do this then your 3 is free to use in your problem.

(B)
We played that if the 4th suit is below opener's first suit (like 3 here) then 2N promises a stopper in the 4th suit and the 4th suit denies it (mostly).

Anyway, the problem can be solved without them: I guess that 3 denied 5+ spade, thus I can bid 3 here, partner will bid 3N with stopper and not too big hand. If he raises to 4 (probably without good club stopper) then I can correct to 5. Or pass if I desperately need a top at pairs. (for example AQTx, xxx, QJxx, xx: 450 if spades are 4-3)
Nov. 15, 2018
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In the first one East should duck the heart twice, then should play back the fourth round after winning the third one, forcing a premature discard from dummy. Then you probably go down unless you guess diamonds, don't you? Note, that you don't yet know spades then.

In the second one you really don't have any other chance than the split squeeze.
Nov. 9, 2018
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A simple 4 is just enough - partner is a passed hand and even on her second turn could have shown more strength. (I estimate 5-8 now, with 9-11 (s)he could have jumped or cue bid or doubled depending on our agreements. And my hand is balanced, so strong, but nothing special.
Nov. 5, 2018
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I think it is a good idea. We played it this way:
- 2: all the weak hands and nothing else (2M: limit raise, the rest is NAT and GF)
- 2…3: Nat GF (2M is 6+)
- 3…3N: GF with side suit
Nov. 2, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 2, 2018
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Sorry, I misread the position, I thought it was 1-X-1-X-…
Nov. 2, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 2, 2018
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I guess from the 2 bid that 1-X was not a penalty double. As we (and many others) play it penalty, first I have to ask what it is in your system. Or between any random 2 experts nowadays. Or between any random 2 players nowadays.
Oct. 29, 2018
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Oct. 29, 2018
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Clear 4 losers (3 using the modified version). What is the problem? All you need is xxx xxx xxxx Qxx.
Oct. 26, 2018
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We play it in precision. Much simpler than in a wide range system. It occures rarely, but then we are in good shape. But its main advantage when it does not occur, i.e. 1M-1N and later 3m shows a less than inviting hand.
Oct. 12, 2018
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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
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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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