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thanks for the responses.
the staymen with and without stops, etc are just potential add-ons.
I have tried to teach them lebensohl, but it just hasn't stuck. They both have some memory issues, especially one of them. So I am trying to work with what they (2 people, one in her 70s) already know and just add the 2-way double. It might stick with them, it might not. Time will tell.
But I am curious in general about whether this is a potentially viable alternative to leb or transfer leb (my preference). Like many others, I, too, try to be creative.
Nov. 29
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At-At, At-At-At. That's Martian for awesome, so happy for you, excellent. May many more wins come you way.
Nov. 27
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LIke many others, I personally tend to bid Walsh style, often by-passing s unless I have a Game Force hand. Many people have ways to show the weak 4-6 hand With one partnership we play 1-1 as showing either natural s and/ or some Game Force which can work rather well once you get used to it. So, for me, most of the options in this poll were really too restrictive for me to answer although I acknowledge the idea of “bidding where you live”.
Nov. 25
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Kantar's 1974 book is Defensive Bridge Play: Wilshire Book Company
Nov. 22
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Isn't htuoS always to the left of tsaE?
Nov. 18
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RF: in the other poll, the vote was 32 for the companion hand to pass 3 and one abstention, me. I also passed at the table so it's 33 (100% for the pass).

When i saw them run 11 tricks and us lose something like 8.8 imps I thought maybe i was supposed to double to get the spade lead, but it didn't seem right at the time…really minimal spot cards.
I must admit that I question whether or not i would have/ could have been good enough to find the winning lead of a honor from AJx. Add to that the fact that we play that the lead of jack denies higher honor (unless a special situation)-well if it goes J - Q - K and the king holds, P (me) might have worked out to continue the suit. Who knows? and I ain't sayin'!
Were I alert at the time, it also might have occurred to me that south showed 8 or 9 cards in the minors plus a heart stopper and couldn't initially rebid 2NT over 2C..ie likely no stop. Bridge is a hard game
Nov. 18
Donald Lurie edited this comment Nov. 18
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feel “sprightly”
This was the companion hand to KT652, K84, Q9, JT6.
The 3 bid was actually made on Q97, with 83 in declarer's hand.
J lead and they run 11 tricks off the top
Either J or A lead works on this occasion.
Declarer was 83, AQ5, KJ642, K52 while dummy was Q97, 763, A73, AQ94
Nov. 17
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449 pages of content text plus TOC, prologue, etc, and there are still things that I can't find there. Hope you have an incredible memory.
Nov. 6
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interesting votes so far. as some might have suspected, this was the companion hand to another recent poll hand. 872, 965, AJ7, KQT7.. The hand chose to pass the 2 overcall: perhaps there was a better call. On the other poll, this hand had to chose a call after the 1 opening hand reopened with 2 after the 2 overcall was followed by 2 passes as was recommended by 8 votes so far on this poll.
Nov. 3
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what do you recommend instead? I had another bid (5N) in mind. not sure what was right. maybe should poll.
Nov. 3
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well, I bid 4 (they pay a nice bonus for vulnerable games), down 1 after who found a dblton lead to his partner's AKxx. Fortunately the A of was onside or it was down 2. No lead and this baby makes 4 with A in front of the K.
Partner questioned why I bid 4 on such a minimum: I didn't consider this hand such a minimum with honors in combo and potential ruff in s, all depended on P's hand. Wrong again :(
Companion hand was AJ764, 974, K764, T. Wrong King!
I think I would have been more likely to take the plus score in 3 at match points (assuming I can get it).
It occurred to me after the hand that it might be nice if some counter game try might have been available, but we hadn't discussed it in all the time we've played.
Nov. 3
Donald Lurie edited this comment Nov. 3
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then you know what's to come in part 2.
Nov. 3
Donald Lurie edited this comment Nov. 3
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the opponent to the left go the 1nt opener very possibly might have made a 2 overcall. now what do your bids mean/ what are your agreements?
Nov. 1
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Texas was not an option on this occasion.
Oct. 31
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oh, wait, opposite this hand both jacks were wasted. except that, without the jack, partner could not have her hand (otherwise you have 9 xxxxxxxxx 's)
Oct. 31
Donald Lurie edited this comment Nov. 1
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oh, why wait
I'll post partner's hand now and let you all debate about whether or not it was too good for 1NT.
A2, AT85, AT52, AJ2
and you were worried about being able to make 4? - try 5.
Actually, we were lucky we didn't get interference from the opponents on this hand as both north and south had potential bids, depending on their defensive methods vs 1NT. (something like KQ6th of clubs, KQx of spades and stiff HK/ south had some pointed suit 5-5) Getting to 4 would have been much more of a challenge, depending on your agreements.
Oct. 31
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it probably doesn't, but i did it this way just in case someone would complain or criticize that they weren't given all options. Is like chicken soup: it couldn't hurt.
Oct. 31
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For the interested: There is a set of 5 articles (an intro, “A Night at the Crypto Club” and 4 subsequent chapters) on crypto raises by peter winkler, NJ, USA on Dan Neill's web site. It's toward the bottom of his system page.
Oct. 27
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cool, thx
Oct. 26
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Just mentioning it for anyone who might be interested. I, personally, could never handle 4-card major systems, but that's just me.
Oct. 26
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