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If you are not allowed to pass a bid by your system, this bit is usually considered as forcing. If a bid is forcing usually depends on other bids made before.
So if 3 is not forcing, you must be allowed to pass.
And I disagree that it is poorly phrased, you have to try hard not to understand it.
March 21
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I am not sure if you can really separate the issues.
If it is always clear that the signal is attitude (or count)there might be no problems. But in gray areas it might be helpfull to harmonize count and attitude signals, so that reverse count might be superieur, if you play reverse attitute but not if you play standard.
March 5
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Would playing the ace not even more clearer?
March 5
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I play still 1 (x)2 as nonforcing. And I would expect a lot do the same. I comes up regularly and works excellent if you use it with the right cards. But maybe I get other cards then you.
Feb. 22
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Is bridge not a wonderful game. I have quite the opposite attitude. I never liked to open 1NT with a 5 card major. Then I tried it. Now I really hate it. So for me 1NT denies a 5 card major and it will be hard to convince me otherwise.
Jan. 23
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In case 3 (3NT) the information loss ist exactly the same, isnt it?
Opener must reveal if he has an major and likewise if he has none. In the other 2 cases you are right, he doesnt have to show the major, partner is not interested, at the expense that partner has to reveal more.
Not a very convincing reason for me to switch.
Jan. 23
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I have seen that argument a few times, but I dont really understand it. How can you disguise openers pattern by playing puppet stayman instead of ordinary stayman and still have a benefit.
Jan. 23
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If you only bid to contracts, you are 100% sure to make, I think you might still loose imps or mp on average.
Jan. 8
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In the french system you have to bid 3SA with that hand.
But I fail to see the problem with that.
Jan. 6
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Contrary to most here, I would let the result stand. Yes, North/South have failed to give an adequat explanation of their follow ups. But what was East thinking when he bid 5 over 5? If North has the Minors why bid 5. If North has the Mayors why not Double again?
Dec. 30, 2018
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I think it is a difficult hand and I was often in worse contracts myself, so I dont really blame anyone. While 2/1 systems have their advantages, in this situation they have a handicap. It might help to knew if responder can have an invitational hand with a long minor.
The first 2 bid were surely dictated by system, so no one is to blame.
Some have objections to the 2 reverse, but I think you should describe your hand if possible. Best imho is to play that bid as gameforce. 3 from partner is ok if it doesnt show an invitational hand. Partners raise to 4 is then normal, else he could have bid 3SA directly over 1SA. But after partners 5 bid he should just bid 5 as to much, especially in is missing.
Dec. 20, 2018
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One possibility to invite with 5431 7-8 points hands is to use stayman with this hands. You immediatly know of a 4 card M opposite. There is a price to pay, you cant play garbage Stayman.
Nov. 19, 2018
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1NT, what else?
Oct. 21, 2018
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Another book is : “La Signalisation” by Philippe Cronier
ISBN: 978-37240-007-7
While I like most of SEF bidding system I dislike the signaling method very much.
Oct. 20, 2018
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Was he? How am I supposed to know this? It would have been easy to say at World Cham.. But he explizitly says that W. Avarelli never played for the Blue Team again.
And how is this a hint that W. Avarelli was seen as too weak, when he played for the same team again at other opportunities?
Oct. 18, 2018
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I dont get it. “Ron Von der Porten:
But the world of the Blue Team did change, as Walter never played for the Team again, being replaced by Benito Bianchi in 1973.”
And then we have the topic of “Playing with Michael Rosenberg against WalterAvarelli and the BlueTeam ” which took place in 1974.
Someone is wrong here.
Oct. 18, 2018
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On 2 of the 4 problems the bidding changed between presenting the problems and giving the solutions. So which bidding really happened at the table?
Oct. 14, 2018
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I fail to see what extra agreements you need. If 1 is always unbalanced you also have to decide if 2 is GF or not. Where is the difference?
I play it as invitational+ but even if played it as GF, you always need a way to show extras to look for a possible slam.
Oct. 9, 2018
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I think the modern trend is to bid 1NT with balanced hands for the reasons given here: limit the shape and strength of the hand and looking, if neccessary, for a fit later.

I prefer to bid if I have 4 of them with any hand not strong enough for 2. Yes there are downsides, but I think they are exaggerated. With the 2 hands above I bid 2SA and 2 without seeing much problems here. Partner knows that I can have a balanced hand, so he should be hardly surprised.
Oct. 9, 2018
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Im sorry, then I got it wrong. I read, that you suggested, that partner might have doubled with the 4054 Hand too, as he did on a previous opportunity.
Oct. 1, 2018
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