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All comments by Ig Nieuwenhuis
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I would open 1: I hate it when my partner corrects to 2 after 1NT with 2 spades and 3 hearts
March 28
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Bas Drijver
March 25
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I think it may help to approach this as a marketing problem:
- what makes bridge so interesting -> for different audiences !!!
For some it will be the complexity
For some it will be the puzzle-aspect
For others the cooperation with partner / team
For still others the social activity
- How can we present these different aspects in such a way that
our target audienceS notice and investigate?

- I think a multiple-focus approach is necessary after attracting
people to the game
Social play
Competitive play
High level (international) competition
This will probably be influenced by local (national?) culture.

- I would also advise a special effort focusing on “younger”
people (in this case: < 40? < 50?)

- Another thing: currently bridge-“culture” is different in many
parts of the world, even in neighbouring countries.
It might be instructive to compare between different policies,
organisational forms, club- and competition-structures, etc.

And there's more where that came from, but this comment is already long. If anyone wants to know more or discuss this more extensively: contact me.
March 13
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1 - 1:
3 - 4; 3 promises 5-5 16+ or 5-4 18+; 4 is a slaminvite
4 - 4NT; 4 accepts with cue and denies -cue
3 keycards - 6;

Key-bid is probably 4. Otherwise we would not get there.
March 12
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I don't like leading unsupported Aces; don't imagine you do either. Did you consider a (passive; yes) trump?
I think I will lead a trump now too, second choice is continue clubs
Feb. 24
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How about:
lowest cuebid shows invite or better in “our” lowest available suit; highest cuebid shows invite-plus in “our” highest available suit.

It isn't optimal (I know) but it is easy to remember …
Feb. 19
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somewhere between xx, AKxx, AKxx, AKx and xx, AKxx, AKQJx, Ax, with the last hand type being most likely.
If I have -control we need to be in 6, if not then in 5.
Has to be in my hand to protect K
Feb. 17
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In my mind the 3-bid is looking for wasted values vs. a pure hand opposite something like a 4414 or 45/54-13. 3NT says Opener has -values which is a turnoff for South.
Feb. 4
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Abstain

After reading about this for several years I still don't get it. (must be because I am from Europe, I think)

When I started learning this game we could (and did) try any crazy idea. There is some (WBF-compliant) regulation now on HUM and Brown-sticker, but otherwise it's still “anything goes”.
And the ‘lesser’ players (though I hate the term) cope with our idiocies by just bidding naturally. So this whole codified regulation of approved conventions is ….. ?????

My vote would be for not necessary.
Nov. 29, 2018
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I voted, but wondered: what's the difference between this sequence and a direct 3 from partner?
Nov. 23, 2018
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for me North has a 2NT super-accept of the -transfer. Depending on agreements we then exchange cues in some way and South takes over somewhere along the line. He'll find the essential 2 keycards plus the trump-queen and again depending on agreements about location of the extra kings.
7 should be reachable.
Nov. 17, 2018
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At the table I'd try:
Take in hand
Cash 2 clubs and run the 's, I am assuming they split no worse than 4-2, coming down to:
5
KT
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KT
opposite
KJ
A52
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-

Now cash the K, throwing a .
If the J drops I'm home, if not 's could have been 3-3 or somebody had to abandon one on the 's.
Sept. 11, 2018
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I think you need an agreement which bid is “neutral” after FSF. This handpattern is not uncommon, so the agreement should contain which ‘lie’ you can tell
Aug. 31, 2018
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my own bidding sequence may induce a -lead (solving 1 suit).
1 - 1
2NT - 3 (checkback)
3 - some technical stuff to establish 's)
answer - RKC for 's
5 (3) - 5 (Q-ask)
6 (yes + K) - 6.

I would probably take the lead in hand and play Ace and a , because I can handle 4-1 in South but not in North.
If 4-1 's(and S took the K): play Q and draw trumps.
Cash the high 's and the And counting the hand decide to either finesse in 's or play for the drop.
If not 4-1: draw trump and ruff a club.

If no -lead: haven't gotten that far, but will probably play the 's the same. If 3-2 's ruff the club high and I might have a squeeze if South took the K and returned a to the Ace.
If 's are 4-1 with S, I'll have to rely on one of the red suit finesses and I'll take my chances with the 's as N has more room for 's.

Hope this helps
Aug. 29, 2018
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5 :-)
thought about that before deciding to bid 4.
Aug. 29, 2018
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Hi Merijn,

I play 2NT as minors here and X as 's + minor.
I agree with Richard that 2NT as 's + minor is probably better, but we've been playing this for years now and other changes in the system take precedence for the memory-load.
Aug. 29, 2018
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I ‘remember’ suit patterns and hand patterns, since they always add up to 13.
the one I have a hard time with is voids; for some reason 544 or something like that is what I tend to forget
Aug. 18, 2018
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3NT as a (semi-)solid minor WITH a side stop.
Made possible because we play a version of transfer-pre-empts
Aug. 5, 2018
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would he not have balanced with 2NT then?
July 26, 2018
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how about:
1 - X - 2 - 2
3 - 4 -
that should imply 4's, assuming of course (which I do) that 3 would be a one-round-force (otherwise he should have started with 2-overcall and then a later X)
July 16, 2018
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