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I'm beginning to suspect that the rationale for this treatment is that it makes life easier on partner to determine whether the lead is from 3 or 5. I don't see the problem, and would rather use Marshall Miles' suggestion (probably others' too) that low from odd allows the next card in the (5cd) suit to be unambiguously suit preference.
Feb. 14
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I've limited the question to suit contracts.
Feb. 14
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it always adds to 15.
Feb. 13
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By coincidence, I just read an article “Competing Over Two Spades” in the new TBW. The author proposes that Advancer's X indicates 4cd , after which Intervenor's 3/4 are to play, while 2N (asking for a minor) followed by 3 is invitational. With 3cd , Intervenor bids a 5cd minor or 2N, asking; 2N then 3N is natural with only one stopper.
Feb. 9
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Some of my Bigers raised the objection that this forces them to determine who is who. Sometimes obvious, sometimes not, I suppose.
Feb. 5
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Technically, correct. Luckily, I am the manager.
Feb. 5
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Paul: Yes, I learned to play with K-S. But I also like to play jumps as inv+ splinters. (1m-1X/1M is F1 also.)
Feb. 4
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Since I'm lucky to be able to call 2 F1, and 2 can be Axxxx in S and out up to a crappy 10 count, I have to show strength now. 2 should be a pattern-out, but the hand may play 5 and not 3N, and if we belong in 3N, I think we will do better from partner's side. In any case, partner now knows I have 18-19ish.
Feb. 4
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I get to call 2, systemically F1. I feel lucky.
Feb. 4
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It seems to me that, especially when M = and m = , the best use of this space-eater is as some kind of picture bid rather than a loose quantitative kind of thing that says “I have 4M and 6m and game values.” You just have to decide what kind of picture. I prefer good m and good M with no A or K in the other two, else splinter.
Jan. 24
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The OP sequence might be used (the ‘asking for Q then proceeding after a negative’ aspect of it) if 6 immediately after 5 is systemically a specific K ask?
Jan. 8
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Randy: You forced me back to the source(s). Beg to differ:

“…you need at least 14 points, not 12 points, to open with an unbalanced minor-suit hand.” The Kaplan-Sheinwold System of Winning Bridge, 1963, pg 30. A 12 count 5m-4-3-1 hand is only 13 “points.” Id.

K-S Updated:
B-8
1 m - 1 M
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2 M Value of 15-17, high cards plus distribution, normally 4-card support, could be 3 cards (rare).


B-9
1 m - 1 M
2 M - ?
Usually 15-17, 4-card fit. Could be unbalanced equivalent. Rarely, 3-card support, too concentrated for 1 NT rebid:
♠ A Q x ♥ x x ♦ x x x ♣ A K Q x x.

B-10
1 m - 1 M
2 m
Severely limited; 12 to 14 and not 14 if good 6-card suit. Could be 5-card suit; if 6 cards, a terrible suit or a terrible hand.
Dec. 21, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 21, 2018
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Jeff, I'm pretty sure you'd agree that the key phrase here is “that opens the bidding.” No one playing “true” K-S would open an unbalanced 12 count with 1m, so the 3cd raise wouldn't come into play. It is a modification to open the 5m-4-3-1 12-13 counts in order to keep pace with “modern” auction standards. And IIRC, K-S allowed 1m-1M/2new-whatever/support M, bidding around the stiff, with a distributional 15-16+ dummy point hand. Trusting the K-Sers to come out of the woodwork and correct me here….
Dec. 21, 2018
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I like Wolff/Leb here, so how strong/concentrated is partner? To find out, I'd bid 1-1NT/2-2N/3-3N, showing 9-11 balanced with & stoppers. Granted, on partner's hand this could be many different holdings (xxx xx Kxxxx AQx? and similar) but isn't that what I hold?

If partner is interested in higher things, s/he can pattern out, with 4N then regressive, but I'd expect the p/o to be pure: AKQx AJTxx Axx x. If s/he does hold the perfecta, and chooses not to p/o, I can always find refuge in Hamman's Second Rule.
Dec. 18, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 19, 2018
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a dumb, dastardly and distinct dereliction of directorial duty? Geez, guys, in an 11 1/2 table club game, I felt lucky to find 5. And – sorry – I'm not emailing Denver (nearest big town) players to ask.
Dec. 12, 2018
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RR: Except that many seem to think that the factors require little weighing and/or that they would not believe me if I said “I was weighing the factors.”
Dec. 12, 2018
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I guess my point is: Doesn't E need to think about whether no games make? Seeing the actual layout makes bid, pass or double conclusions easy.
Dec. 12, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Dec. 12, 2018
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Why not? partner doesn't know you got the nuts, and partner doesn't know opener isn't a 20 count.
Dec. 11, 2018
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After I do all of this self-interrogation, opps have a valid case that I used the UI during MY 30 second huddle.
Dec. 11, 2018
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John, is there any a priori reason N could not hold a freak like xxxx xxxxxx x xx? or xxxxx xxxxxx x x?
Dec. 11, 2018
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