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Assuming that a non-alerted 3 means spades then I think it is seriously problematic to not alert 3 when you have agreed Jacoby and Texas transfers over 2NT. I suppose it is possible that someone plays those transfers and a natural 3 but the number who do is surely vanishingly small. For the rest of the world, the explicit discussion Jacoby and Texas transfers carries with it the implicit understanding that 3 is not natural.
Dec. 2
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Like most original Gazilli auctions we use 2 after 2 to show the weak option which for us is +s and every other bid shows a strong hand. We use direct actions by opener as GF and delayed as invitational which is not standard as I understand it.

1 1
2 2
2 weak with hearts and clubs
2 three card spade strong - one round force as currently 2 includes game force with three spades.
2NT invite
3 five five hearts and clubs invitational
3 five five invitational
3 invite with six hearts (usually not three spades)

1 1
2 2
2

pass weak with heart preference - can be three.
2 weak with long spades
2NT game force often with five spades.
3 weak preference
3 fourth suit forcing.
Dec. 2
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Forcing a pass of 2 if 2 only promises five spades seems suboptimal.
Dec. 2
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Thanks.

I play and prefer 2 shows various weak hands (and some strong hands) and we therefore play 2 as constructive with six spades but not forcing.

1 1
2

2 weak or game force
2 8-11 with hearts
2 8-11 with spades
2NT invite.
3 9-11 with clubs
3 Five five game force
3 game force
3 game force with six spades.
Dec. 2
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What does 2 show?
Dec. 2
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Michael: Is spades + minor forcing to slam or can you play 5? It is hard to imagine a hand that can force to 6m but only wants to play 5 if that is where your fit is.

Having said that I am not sure what a better use for 5 is unless it is to differentiate between 5 bids with and without a heart control.
Dec. 1
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I really dislike that style. The auction 1M 2M is so important in keeping your opponents out or pushing them to the three level. Giving them the two level with 1M 1NT must put you at a disadvantage.
Dec. 1
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We just say “wide-ranging” and give the appropriate range.
Dec. 1
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They preempted. You don't have room for much subtlety.

As well as your options you do have 5H available and 4NT 5H.
Dec. 1
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The auctions

1 2 3
1 2 3
1 2 3
1 2 3

Also show significant extra values - nominally around 16+ hcp.
Nov. 30
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This is what we do - not sure where the ideas originated from but I may have adapted them anyway:

1M 2

2 - artificial showing an acceptance if responder is invitational with three trumps. It denies a hand with significant extra values and extra distribution as you will see below. Note: The hand does not have to be that strong to accept with some extra distribution.

2M - shows a non-accepting minimum. The auction 1 2 2 is also a non-accepting minimum but with four hearts - partner might be strong with hearts.

Starting from 2NT we play transfers. Aside from the normal benefits of transfers this allows us to have two ways to get to 3M which we use to show very good and weaker suits.

First 1 2 2 shows extra values and four spades.

2NT five-five with clubs and extra values.

3 five-five with diamonds and extra values.

3 - over 1 five five with hearts; over 1 six hearts with more than one loser.

3 - over 1 six spades with more than one loser; over 1 six hearts with at most one loser opposite a small singleton with normal breaks.

3 - over 1 six spades with at most one loser opposite a small singleton with normal breaks.

After 1M 2 2

2 - over 1 shows four hearts. We play this could be balanced or with five clubs as this allows a 3 raise to be forcing and our slam mechanisms kick in.

2M - game force with three spades, could be balanced or with clubs. In response opener makes a descriptive bid: 2NT Balanced; 3m four cards, oM four cards; 3M six cards - it could easily be better to do something else that only gave information if needed.

2NT Balanced game force.

3 six clubs

3 four diamonds and five clubs.

3M three card support invite - forcing since partner accepted but leaves room in case opener has slam aspirations.

Over 1 2 3 and 1 2 3 we play 3M sets trumps and others are natural, 4NT is quantitative.

Over 1M 2 3M we play next step is negative (frivolous) and 4 is natural and others are cues.

Over 1M 2 2M or 1 2 2 we play any bid other than 2 is game forcing since opener already declined. 2NT balanced GF; 3 six clubs; new suit four cards with five clubs.
Nov. 30
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We take the three card limit raise out of 1NT and put it into 2. So our 1NT loses some of its wide range and 2 gains some.

We play 2 as three-way:

1. Limit raise with three cards in the major.
2. Game force balanced (not four cards in the major)
3. Game force unbalanced with clubs.
Nov. 30
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2 is crazy.
Nov. 29
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Why?
Nov. 28
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This depends somewhat on your methods over 1. If you play reasonably standard negative doubles and new suits forcing then 1m 1 Pass:

  • denies four or more spades with around 5-6+ hcp.
  • denies a minor suit raise.
  • denies a 1NT bid.
  • denies a new suit two level bid - say 10+ hcp.

There is a big hole there with hands around 6-9 hcp without spades, without a fit, and without a stopper in the opponents suit.

If you play a more modern or eastern European style where double shows four or more spades and 1 denies spades (or vice verca) then there is much less of a hole.

In the first case double might be reasonable on a hand with three (or fewer) spades and some values. In the second case that hand does not exist and the only takeout hand is a subminimum takeout double on the first round.

Our general rules are pass then double is penalties except when they bid and raise (at the two level).
Nov. 28
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Just one? If so that is a reason not to play penalty :)
Nov. 28
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Which books are Eddie Kantar's advanced defense books?
Nov. 22
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Joe Grue indeed made several good plays in that tournament.
Nov. 21
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For similar reasons I have been experimenting with a different response structure:

1 spades or major three suiter (I think you mean “three-suiter with both majors” in your post)

1 balanced or both minors - it puts the 1 bidder at the helm in no trump contracts

1NT hearts or hearts and clubs

2 diamonds

2 clubs

2 and up hearts and diamonds - wrong siding hearts when responder has four hearts and five or more diamonds.

The point about wrong siding hearts after the 1NT response and a weak relay is a good one.

I have put hearts and clubs into 1NT so that opener grabs the clubs with the 2 relay but then again responder bids 2 with four hearts and longer clubs.

After the 2 relay 2 shows a single suiter in hearts and opener grabs the hearts with 2.

The 1NT response was chosen to show hearts as at least when there is a heart suit floating around some of the times we won't want to play in no trumps.

In some sense these responses have been optimised for normal relays to get the maximum right-sidedness. If you are worried about the weak relays then you could change the structure and optimise for weak relays so responder is not bidding 2 with the common minimum hand.

Alternatively, you can relay once before making the weak relay leaking some information.
Nov. 20
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Roy Kerr and Walt Jones wrote in 1980 about weak relays “Our observation is that learners do not use the bid enough, and tend to overlook its usefulness when a suit contract is intended.”

They encouraged the use of weak relays in many auctions and I think that predates Marston and Burgess.
Nov. 20
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