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Run the 6!
Oct. 4
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I mentioned, “Extended Stayman” so that one can look it up on the internet.
Oct. 3
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“A good illustration of why one should not refer to a convention by name.”

I believe you mean at the table when asked to explain an alert.
Oct. 3
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I’ve seen that before. It’s usually called Extended Stayman. But now how does one show clubs and a 4-card major?
Oct. 2
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I don’t think it was. I think if 2 was game forcing, I would have wrote that.
Aug. 15
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This is what I normally do:
15 - judge it
16 - open 1nt
17 - open the major and rebid 2nt
July 17
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Thanks to all who voted. This hand was board 19 from the Monday (7-15-19) afternoon common game. Most pairs opened 1nt but I opened 1. Partner’s hand was:

8 7
Q J 9 3
10 8 7
A K 10 8

And, of course, those who opened 1nt quickly got to 3nt making. My partner and I didn’t fare quite so well.
July 16
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Good point. We had 3, LIPS (Low Information Puppet Stayman), available.
July 16
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2 isn’t a game force here as partner is a passed hand.

Also, Drury is available to partner as follows:
2 = 8-11 hcp with 4-card support
2 = 10-11 hcp with 3-card support
July 15
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I don’t see why 3 should deny 4 clubs. What if responder is 1444? I like the way south bid the hand - a good 3-card suit and a known 8+ card fit vs. a bad 4-card suit and no known fit.
July 4
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“OK, reading all these good/bad, bad/bad, X =4♥ etc comments, so how do people propose to get to 3NT on something like 13 opposite 12 hands.”

To quote the great Sam Lev, “You bid it.”
July 4
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Bad-Bad-Good Better Minor Lebensohl:

2nt = bad with both minors, bad diamonds or good hearts
3 = semi-constructive
3 = good diamonds
3 = bad hearts
x = hearts and one or both minors; 2nt asks for minor
July 3
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Don’t call it Lebensohl, Transfer Lebensohl, Rubinsohl or Rubensohl. Call it, “system’s on.”

1nt - (2)- ?

x = negative
2/2 = to play
2nt —> 3 = clubs, weak or gf
3 = Stayman, gf, at least one 4-card major, 3d by opener denies diamond stop but doesn’t deny 4-card major
3 —> 3 = 5+ hearts, inv+
3 —> 3 = 5+ spades, inv+
3 = trs. to 3nt w/o stopper
3nt = to play (with stopper)
July 1
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Dave — And this applies to hand evaluation as well. If partner is upgrading his aces and kings then you have to be downgrading your queens and jacks.

Paul — I never thought I would be the one to say this but adjustments to the raw 4321 point count only go so far. Much more important is evaluating honors in combination, positional value, honors in long suits vs. short suits, etc.
June 30
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I find that most people have 5 diamonds for a Meckwell 2 call and if they are 5-4 the 4-card suit is almost always the major. Consciously or unconsciously, they are using diamonds as the anchor suit. Double as negative works just fine for me.
June 30
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Leonard - Good work! The following is a quote from, “The Bidding Dictionary” which looks like it was referencing the BW article:

“Calculation has demonstrated that the strength should be 8.6 to 9.1 not vulnerable, and that opener should continue with 15.5 or more, 8.2 to 8.7 vulnerable and that opener should continue with 15.6 or more.”

This sort of backs up the strategy that at teams and vulnerable one doesn’t invite heavy but just bashes. So an invite is then light and opener accepts heavy/cautiously.

I would like to see the effect of different hand evaluation techniques on these simulations and then optimized for the best one. Right now I have four contenders:

1) A = 4.5, K = 3, Q = 1.5, J = 0.75, T = 0.25 (Bergen)
2) A = 4.5, K = 3, Q = 1.75, J = 0.75 (Woolsey)
3) A = 4 1/3, K = 3, Q = 1 2/3, J = 2/3, T = 1/3
4) A = 4 2/5, K = 2 4/5, Q = 1 3/5, J = 4/5, T = 2/5
June 30
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Transfer to 2nt aka range ask or size ask as it is regularly played not in competition is that 2s is a balanced invitation to 3nt without a 4-card major or clubs, weak or game forcing. See:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/4-way-transfers-with-range-ask/

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/using-2s-as-a-range-ask-response-to-1nt-opening/
June 29
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I often play split high with 3+ and low with 2 but it’s probably better to just split with your second highest.

Another strategy is to split with the card you would have led with whatever your lead agreements may be.
June 27
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My two cents: Only invite with 8 hcp with 4-4 in the majors or with a 5-card suit.
June 27
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Mark - You can combine Romex PS with Muppet to get the following:

3d = < 4 hearts, < 5 spades
3h = 4 hearts
3s = 5 spades
3nt = 5 hearts

And after a 3d rebid by opener:
3h = 4 spades or Smolen (5 s & 4 h)
3s —> 3nt (to play or bid a minor next)
3nt = Smolen (5 h & 4 s)
4c = 5-5 majors
June 27
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