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Rare-how often does North have 12 cards and east 14 cards and possible slam missed? I'd say rare.
Nov. 30, 2014
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A raise of a simple 1 opening is at least 5 or 6 pts. Not 0+ points big difference.
Nov. 26, 2014
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3 is supposed to show extras, nice and K isnt enough imho
Nov. 22, 2014
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William Freeman says “Steven - let's say I play the 1♠ opening as 11-15.

Do you want to say that 1♠-pass-4♠ is not “to play” but “preemptive”?

I hope not, because the responder could have 4 spades and 13 points, trying to make the game.”

completely different situation responder is raising to game not raising the level preemptively.

Also, 4 by a precision pair in ACBL rulings has been ruled alertable because it can be strong and sounds weak (0-12)
web2.acbl.org/documentlibrary/rulings/Major-Suit-Raises.pdf
Nov. 22, 2014
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Nov. 22, 2014
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Because you have a void. you wont know if part has wasted A
Nov. 22, 2014
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3 isn't to play. Pass is to play. 3 is preemptive <alertable>
Nov. 22, 2014
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If 3 is 0-10 then its a preemptive raise. Opener only bids on to be competitive not as a game try. So to me this is analogous to a 1-3 preemptive raise <alertable>
Nov. 22, 2014
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Comeon there's 2 ways to play , North has bid and has length in . It's reasonable for W to place S with the and get the finesse right. edit Kit pointed out a 3rd way to play which is a variation of one of the 2 ways i thought of, but Kit is world class (im not lol)
Nov. 15, 2014
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Nov. 16, 2014
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4 has gotta be forward going, with min should be able to raise to 5 on a void or bid 5 with long . I voted for 6 but think 4 may be best as doesn't commit you to slam.
Nov. 14, 2014
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I don't get it partner has shown an invite with some values in and lacking a stopper. Your control heavy with a source of tricks in with partners' help and a double stopper. The only thing lacking is a stopper, but partner has to have some values somewhere. Seems a clear 3N.
Nov. 8, 2014
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How do you forget your playing Precision? That's a big forget. With 17 pts and 5 was he going to open 1?
Oct. 18, 2014
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Don't like systems where you back in with support latter. Partner won't know if you have genuine support or are just being competitive. Not to mention hands the auction goes high and you never get to show your support. Even using a “negative double 1” may not solve all your problems
Oct. 16, 2014
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Pass - weakest
3 - competitive
rdbl - strongest, suggesting penalty
3/3 - game tries
Oct. 11, 2014
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2 useful to look for the major suit fit and if none can play in partners minor with 2N or responder can bid their own minor to play.
Oct. 11, 2014
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Had funny at club recently opp alerted Jacoby 2N, at end of auction my wife asked what 2N was? They replied Jacoby, she goes whats that? despite the fact we play it she just doesnt know name just knows its a forcing raise.
Oct. 10, 2014
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Definitely prefer to have a different honor card than J. That choice wasn't offered
Oct. 4, 2014
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“think the underlying technical problem is that DOS systems do not have the numeric precision to handle today's masterpoint awards.” its just math a pc from the 70's would have no problem with that part!
Sept. 17, 2014
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sorry lack of tabs made unreadabpe
Sept. 12, 2014
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I disagree. This will often affect bidding. 1-X-?
How aggressively do you bid a suit here will depend on how likely opp to have 4.
Sept. 9, 2014
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Sept. 9, 2014
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I would include a DONT 2 bid as natural, but yes rare.
Sept. 9, 2014
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