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What hand can jump to 4 but can't find a bid or double after 1 - X - 2?

Also please use the hand diagram tool.
Jan. 15
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Thank you.
Jan. 1
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Could you just tell us what we're playing?

What do 2 and 2 mean?
Jan. 1
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Any scientific plan is ridiculous. 4 deserves a slow 5 in response.

I'm bidding 6 but will stop in 5 if partner has no key cards, obviously that may not be right on some proportion of hands.
Jan. 1
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One of the reasons you should have posted this as a bidding poll is that you've lost your chance to get objective feedback by announcing that you missed a slam.

5 didn't work but it's easy to see how it might have left your opponents unable to find their own high-level contract.

I'm tempted to repost this in the future, with the revision that a 2 overcall allowed E-W to find 6. I wonder how many people will say something like “5 is obvious!”
Dec. 28, 2018
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Please post a bidding poll.
Dec. 28, 2018
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I'm in District 21. Their GNT page has not been updated to the new charts, but does say

“The ACBL District 21 2018–19 Grand National Teams will be played according to the Grand National Teams 2018–2019 ACBL Special Conditions of Contest (not yet available), with District 21 electing the following options as allowed in those Conditions. Any changes to the ACBL Conditions of Contest and their allowed options take precedent over the items listed here.”

Since the ACBL mandates Basic+ in GNT B, seems clear that Basic+ will be used in our B GNT.
Dec. 25, 2018
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I think that my information is out of date, probably because the ACBL GNT CoC was published only a week ago.
Dec. 24, 2018
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Hi Steve,

Yes I had noticed this problem (https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/all-strong-club-players-are-now-bidding-2d-with-short-diamonds/), but found out that my district's GNT B would use Open. It might be worth checking if the events you care about use Basic+.

I don't think folding 4=4=1=4s into 1 would work very well. If responder bids 1 (showing only 3!) opener can't raise because that shows 5.

The solution is probably to switch some of the 2-bids (since any three-suited opening showing average strength is legal in Basic+). I thought about this a little because it seemed like the 2 bid isn't legal either. Something like:

1 then 2: 5+=x=4+=x
2: 4=4=1=4 or long clubs
2: 5+=x=x=4+
Dec. 24, 2018
Floyd McWilliams edited this comment Dec. 24, 2018
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“I found the Caroline Club notes. They look good, but I haven't yet assessed whether we can learn the system from them.”

Certainly understandable. I originally wrote the notes as a reference for me and my partners, and was surprised to discover that others had found the notes and were using the system.

Caroline Club needs a user-friendly tutorial. Here is a first draft of 10 pages explaining the auctions that follow 1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRrdnRK_Icna4i_JT0B_8SnjFkzyni-Y8hEo_RwP6YOi1yuYxbGcO1TStqZyvoqC58MZzcHXwd_yQ3K/pub

This will be extended when I have time.
Dec. 23, 2018
Floyd McWilliams edited this comment Dec. 23, 2018
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It seems like bidding over 3 would have shown this hand.
Dec. 23, 2018
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The system summary is now at http://floyd.verio.com/bridge/caroclub/caroline.htm; I'll try to contact Dan to update his link.
Dec. 18, 2018
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I play Caroline Club with one of the original inventors and maintain the system notes (at http://floyd.verio.com/bridge/caroclub/caroline.htm).

Caroline Club is a light opening bid (10-15 HCP) strong club system. 10-15 point hands with 5+ in a major and 4+ in a minor are opened with 2 of a suit, which means that opening 1M and rebidding a minor shows exactly 4 in the major (and a longer minor).

Notrumps vary but are usually 10-12. 1 can be as short as 1, but only if exactly 4=4=1=4.

All bids are 2 points stronger in 3rd and 4th (18 point strong club, 12-17 opening bids).
Dec. 18, 2018
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It's been awhile!
Dec. 17, 2018
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Played this yesterday and got 35% for 3N making 7. We did play it from the correct side. I opened a strong club:

1 (str) - 1N (gf, 5+)
2 - 2
3 - 3
3 - 3N
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I should bid 4N with so many tricks and partner's own trick source possible. 4N might fail opposite some minimum hands but that's pretty unlikely.

(Also 6N might fail opposite AKxxxx but usually it will be on a finesse at worst.)
Dec. 16, 2018
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“My money is on this being posted following a hesitation by West.”

Nope.
Dec. 9, 2018
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“knowing that I will have rebid problems”?! You have an easy rebid over almost any other call partner might make.
Dec. 6, 2018
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A void in clubs then.

(Edit: Hmm even that has issues, presumably if you're going to psyche a splinter you'd want the contract to be a lock when the danger suit is not led.)
Nov. 22, 2018
Floyd McWilliams edited this comment Nov. 22, 2018
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Partner has something like Qxxxx AQJTx xx x and we were getting a top until I bid 7.

(But I'm still bidding 7, too much chance partner thought R0P1 applied.)
Nov. 22, 2018
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Actually South was 4-6 in the black suits. He probably had a club in with his spades.
Nov. 14, 2018
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