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All comments by Jacob Vrooman
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It certainly is an archaic treatment. In a serious partnership, making it artificial likely gains when you can describe more hand types.

I wonder why it has not been adopted in 2/1 pickup standard though. Playing the normal WJS and xyz setup, these 6-card suits with invitational strength are notoriously difficult to bid opposite a 1 opening.

To distinguish between a 5 and 6 card invite via xyz, you must put your side at the 3-level.

And after 1 1 2, 2 clearly shows some constructive values (you did not WJS), but opener is under a lot of pressure when evaluating to plod on.

Jan. 12, 2013
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That would be winning :)
Jan. 11, 2013
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With a gadget to show MM I'm bidding 100% of the time. Without, 99.9%. Seems every 2!N opening these days is some 18 count with 6m.
Jan. 11, 2013
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The GIBS would disagree with the impossibility. They use those sequences to show 6-card invites with S. It is a very effective agreement.
Jan. 11, 2013
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Nope – 2 was the consensus – I needed a little convincing though :)
Jan. 8, 2013
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Where did my 3NT card go?
Jan. 8, 2013
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If partner can bid 4 opposite my 1 response I will expect to make 5
Jan. 8, 2013
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Edited - thanks Henry! NS were vul too as it turns out
Jan. 8, 2013
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It was fun running through SF to wake Yuan up. Hope we can do it again!
Jan. 4, 2013
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We were given a definition of ‘Constructive’, “as any method whose primary purpose is not to destroy the opponent's communications.”

But along with that, was a more philosophical proof. That is, what is your primary intent of using this bid?

If the bid was only a very wjs in an undisclosed M, the opponents are in the know and can compete reasonably. If it carries multiple meanings, I am less convinced.

Thought of another way, what risk does you side carry after 1 2 compared with the risk the other side carries. Opener is generally always accepting the transfer and awaiting the news. An opening hand facing a 6-card suit will generally always be safe at the 2-level.

If the bid carries additional adjuncts, your side carries the same risk, but the other side is not as equipped to compete efficiently.
Jan. 4, 2013
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Some temporizing bid was my first thought – like 5 or 5!N. But again, my unfamiliarity with procedures made those less attractive.

I did not think I would be allowed to fish for information in the auction and was also trying to make it as easy for partner to not have to act.

Side note, 6X will make on standard defense ;)
Dec. 6, 2012
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definitely one to watch
Dec. 5, 2012
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When p is unlimited —> no fast arrival
Dec. 5, 2012
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So, at the other end of the spectrum…am I able to reevaluate my hand based on the bidding clearly evidencing that my partner has forgotten an agreement?
Dec. 5, 2012
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I thought the 3S bid might have been on something like AKQJx Qxx x xxxx, but after 4S it's clear there was a mixup. Should I then advice the opps that I think partner has forgotten our agreement?
Dec. 4, 2012
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Thanks all for the kind words!
Nov. 25, 2012
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3H as a fit jump if I have it available (i'd play these as inv+)…

Over 3S I'll make a slam try
Oct. 30, 2012
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I also like these – you can actually s/o in 3m when it is right – stuff like Jxxxx x QJ10xx xx – if P has a M fit you will still be there and if $ in your m you are most certainly in the right spot
Oct. 10, 2012
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I think certainly the space is available – just a matter of the brain drain. I did not want to focus on a specific system…more the idea behind having a choice. But i guess i should have been prepared to produce something :)

So, standard auction 1N with AKxx KJx xxx AJx responder with Qxxx QJxx Kxx Kx 1N 2C 2S 4S

relay option 1N 2C(relay) 2H (4S not 4H) 4S
say the K of diamonds and K of S were swapped I might choose 1N 2C 2H 4H (you bid 4S)

I'm not sure what you mean by revealing declarers hand as in the standard auction the same info (in this case) is transferred. That is a criticisms of relay systems that I don't think is reasonable as you are not obliged to continue the relay – you can break the relay/place the contract at your leisure if you don't see any gain from continuing.
Oct. 9, 2012
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The “could be short” 1C alert while playing the kennedy club or montreal relay when they could have 5 or 6 diamonds. Should be more like “natural or contains a 3-card M”

NT opener coming in automatically with their 5 or 6 card suit at the 2 (mmm ok) or even 3 level after opps interference…

ruffling the bidding box

Asking what 1 specific bid in a sequence means before the lead.

Cheetos….enough said
Sept. 22, 2012
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