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@Ian: Really? I cant believe that. It is standard that 1 shows 16+ UNBL or 17+ BAL and this hand seems be an automatic upgrade with the excellent 5 card suit and the valuable T of spades. According to http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/cgi-bin/knr.cgi/ the hand has 17.35 Kaplan Ruben points and 16 Kleinman Points.
an hour ago
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Playing Ingberman, one can bid:
1 -1 - 2 - 3 -3 - 4N Pass. This needs a partnership understanding, that with SI in spades one would Cuebid first after 3.
12 hours ago
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Playing Precision, I hate to open prime 15 HCP UNBAL hands with 1. I think this is an obvious 1 opening bid. But we play Canapé after 1 -1. Here we would bid:
1! - 2(14+, BAL, no 5 card suit)- 3 -3N (no Extras, no fit) Pass.
12 hours ago
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With voids it often pays to bid extremely aggressive. I like my texture in the majors.
Jan. 17
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Well, you can play:

X= Strong NT (15-18) (or ultrastrong), then 2 Puppet to 2N, either to pass or to bid 3N or to show a weak hand with / with 3/ next, 2N = NAT INV, 3/ NAT, INV, 3/ 5 card suit, INV, 3N to play

2 = strong onesuiter in a minor, then 2N forcing Relay, 3 Paco, 3 Paco

2N = both minors (5+4+), Advancer can show stoppers in the majors, if he wants to

3/ NAT, 6 card suit, approximately 10-14

3/3: NAT, 6card suit

This enables you to show all the hands mentioned above.
Jan. 17
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Yes, you have. But I play 2! H both majors myself and like the defenses most opponents play against this.
Jan. 17
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In reasonable system, you have a bid here to show both minors. Besides you must be able to show a strong onesuiter in a minor, an onesuiter in a minor with normal strength and a BAL hand with approximately 15-18 HCP.
Jan. 17
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With pd a passed hand, passing seems easy especially when you open light. The solid openers have a severe problem I don’t want to have.
Jan. 9
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I don’t like my holding in ! H for slam and will bid a boring 3 N.
Jan. 9
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Yes, but why bother and invest time and energy when i get a 70% score anyway? NS obviously didnt know what they were doing. I would understand it when i win the tournament getting these few matchpoints….Otherwise…..;)
Jan. 7
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Dont ask for KC if you dont know what to do after a normal answer. But here South must have 11 HCP in spades, hearts and clubs. So what can he have looking at the North hand? I would bid slam after 5. And no I wouldn’t show a stiff ace or king as shortness. Another good idea is to play 3 after 2N as any MIN. Responder can then ask with 3 if still interested in slam.
Jan. 7
Martin Wuest edited this comment Jan. 7
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I wonder how the 4 hand looked like. For me the explanation looks fine. Facing a limited opening bid responder can have anything for his 4 bid. Bidding on is on your own risk.
Jan. 7
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We play 2 under transfers, too, but concentrate on different aspects. 3N has a very wide range and this problem has to be addressed. So, accepting the transfer denies extras and suggests to play game in responder‘s suit. Otherwise you bid the step inbetween and responder can either stop in game or show KC. A 2 under transfer in opponents suit asks for 4 card suits.
Jan. 7
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When playing X as Takeout, showing 4 or 2344 with 3 good hearts, you can reach close games when both hands have next to nothing in spades and you more or less have a 30 HCP deck. Besides when opener has 4 and passes the opps cannot run from their 5-0 (5-1, 6-0) fit if responder has bid garbage stayman. We play that all dubious doubles are takeout and it works perfectly fine.
Jan. 6
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It looks like NS simply didn’t know what they were doing. Especially the 5 bid was extremely strange. But NS have 11 cold tricks in 3NT and 12 cold tricks in . So wasn’t -420 a good score anyway?
Jan. 6
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If east bids 4 after 3 showing serious SI and a control, he learns that opener doesn't have a diamond control. After that, it is plain sailing.
Jan. 6
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As usual: Without playing Gazzilli you have a lot of problems nobody wants to have. Here you don’t want to rule out playing 3N, you can’t bid 3 showing 3 cards in And you can’t bid 3N. So 3! S it is.
Jan. 4
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In a basic system there is no solution for this type of hand, the Bridge World Death hand. I won't ever bid 3 when xxxsx, J109x, Bx, Kx (or similar) delivers 9 cold tricks in 3N. 3 and 3 are equally flawed. I´m glad I always play Gazzilli when playing a natural system.
Dec. 30, 2019
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I really dont like a weak NT opening bid, being VUL and i have a lot of experience with it. 14-16 is the range I´m most comfortable with.
Dec. 28, 2019
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1 is a weakness of Precision, agreed, but 1 isn't, if you play a reasonable system. Ok, you have some problems identifying minor fits but on the other hand, opps frequently know next to nothing about your distribution if you declare a NT contract.

And if you play that 2 promises 6+, it is a strength of the system.
Dec. 28, 2019
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