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For me, these auctions show unbalanced hands. No alert, but an explanation before the lead.
Oct. 11, 2018
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For some real fun, check out “Compressed Bergen.” 1M-2N = 4+ trump and 0+ HCP.
Oct. 10, 2018
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Please drop over to “You hold: Axx AJT AKx KQxx”
Sept. 24, 2018
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Please drop over to “You hold: Kxx Kxxx QJxx Ax”
Sept. 24, 2018
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Re: the RFR options, if playing REF I like the 2 call here to mean “I am two-suited and VERY weak, POC.” Similar after 1m-1/1N-2, uncontested.
Sept. 14, 2018
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GR: Thanks. That was my intuition, especially the part about having a good game, but I haven't trusted my math intuition since those damned Hamiltonians.
Sept. 11, 2018
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I have taken to a procedure such as the strict liability idea advocated by Perkins, above. It seems to work. I am more interested in which procedure would give the offenders the worst hit to their score, assuming that this is a solvable math problem.

This issue arose when a very good player, who is part of a consistently slow partnership, asked another director to “punish” any late play by them by taking away the board rather than docking mps.
Sept. 11, 2018
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The version of Wolffie I learned uses this sequence – 1m-1M//2N-3C//3D-3N as the SI in O's m–THE ONLY STRONG CALL THAT GOES THROUGH 3C.
Aug. 28, 2018
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Looks to me like E was afraid 4 over 4 would be taken as an offer.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Curious: Why couldn't S be 11-14 count, 4-1-3-5?
Never mind: Answered upthread.
Aug. 24, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Aug. 24, 2018
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or 4x1….
Aug. 7, 2018
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Thanks to all, these perspectives have eased the way. Just FWIW, I had seen one scheme that opens 1D on (4-1)=3=5. Mush.
Aug. 7, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Aug. 7, 2018
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I've read some structures in which 1 virtually promises 9+ cards in the minors or 6+. So some people apparently play that 1 can be unbalanced with 5+ , implying (3-1)=4=5 also opens 1.
Aug. 6, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Aug. 6, 2018
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Nope, got that; 1 stuff is the simplest part of the structure, right? It's more to do with what hands go into 1D – I've seen differing approaches – and how to untangle them. Response structures seem unintuitive. And your link leaves something dangling:

3.1.2 Opener’s medium rebids
3.1.3 Opener’s strong rebids
3.1.4 Responder’s transfer noncompletion
3.2 Other responses

Sadly, no Stuff in these.
Aug. 6, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment Aug. 6, 2018
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Learned playing K-S, and still advocate the lessons learned about driving minor suit auctions.

Playing WNT, it is important to realize that responder knows more about the deal, and where it should play, than anyone else at the table. One of the strongest features of the WNT is the immediate preemption possible by responder; but I also still believe that one of the weaknesses of the WNT – unless playing transfers – is the strong two-suited responding hand.
Aug. 3, 2018
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We use the 4 ask as a suit quality, rather than keycard, ask. The rationale is that partner will hold fewer hands with an outside A, except, maybe, with a weak 2, and we are more often interested in the quality of the preempt suit. Perhaps this is a fine distinction, but I'd like to know whether others have been persuaded to this alternative.
July 30, 2018
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Bud: Yes, they do. It sucks IMHO.
July 17, 2018
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David, here and on Moese's thread you have confirmed that you have observed a shift – can you quantify your observations re: change across the last 10 years or so?
July 17, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment July 17, 2018
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I've lost the link to the WBF convention cards information. Here is a list from 2018 USBF competitors:

2/1: Milner-Lall, Bathhurst-Lall, Mahmood-Pszczola, Rosenthal-Silverstein, Hamman-Berkowitz, Willenken-Ginossar, Harris-Morgan, Botzum-Harris-Botzum, Nickell-Katz, Levin-Weinstein, Ozdil-Glubok, Casen-Krekorian, Sokolow-Seaman-Molson, Sanborns, Palmer-Shhi,

Strong C: Granovetters, Meckwell

UPDATED FROM ALL IN ROUND OF 8:

2/1: Fleisher-Martel, Grue-Moss, Levine-Wold, Weinstein-Wildavsky, Grossacks, Juster-Merblum, Cohen-Cohler, Chambers-Schermer, Mahaffey-Lev, Hurd-Wooldridge, Kranyak-Demuy, Fireman-Wolpert,

Strong C: Greco-Hampson, Grue-Moss, Hinze-Grainger, Jacobus-Passell,

Of course, there is no clue here as to who may have switched….
July 16, 2018
Scott Needham edited this comment July 16, 2018
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I just received Woolsey's “The Language of Bridge.” While skimming, I seemed to notice that he advocates LT in game try auctions also. Maybe another post, later.
July 16, 2018
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