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I would also imagine that a player of his calibre has come across cuebidding jic you were not certain.
Nov. 18, 2014
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I would imagine if we splintered my partner would probably……be able to work it out ;)
Nov. 18, 2014
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Hard when ones common system is either Fantunes or a Blue Club variant :)
Nov. 17, 2014
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“Maybe 2NT-3♣-3♥-3♠-3nt-4m should be showing minor-suit shortage rather than showing 5/5 minors?”

This doesn't show 5/5 minors. It shows a 5+minor normally with a 4 card major.

I would put 5-5 minor hands through 3. 5-4 hands mostly go through 3 also. However I leave it up to the readers digression and hand evaluation.

“It seems like you are missing a way to bid 4414/3415”

See above for the latter shape. The former is a tricky hand for any system. Personally after a denial I bid Quant/5NT and then my partner will show a 4Cm hopefully before blasting 6NT/7NT.
Nov. 16, 2014
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I concur that you can give unwanted information. However that is why some people hate Puppet in the first place.

In reality though how many hands at the table does:
a) Giving information help the defence find the fatal defence they wouldn't otherwise find.
b) Find a good contract that others may not have found (by being able to show 5-4/5-5 more exactly).

If someone could do the research on this I would be very interested. I do like systems that are vague in nature such as Fantunes since they do not help the opponents much.

Interestingly your reordering doesn't seem to benefit you original point of free information given? 3 as No 4CM/4 is probably a lot easier to read than 3 I have a 4CM or am I just mad? I.e the sequences 2NT - 3 - 3 - 3NT should hide as much information as possible? However the 3 waiting bid over 3 could be rather nice. I will have a think on it. Thank you.

Over 3NT we use a simple retransfer such that:
4 = 3+
4 = 5+ slam try

It can be a bit crude in places but it works.
Nov. 16, 2014
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I have considered these two optioned 3m bids and quickly came to the conclusion that whilst they have plenty of play they do mostly lose the right siding advantage which I have come to like. I think if you were going to have have both minors + single minor then it has to be diamonds, no?
Nov. 16, 2014
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This was a worry with one of our coaches when we started playing it. However there is so much emphasis on it that, even with one of my partners who really struggles with the memory strain , it surprisingly is not a problem.
Nov. 16, 2014
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X = Values (Sets up a penalty double and forcing pass to 2NT)
2D = Natural to play
2H = 5+C, 4D any strength (can be 5/5 if invite)
2S = 5+D, 4C any strength
2NT = Leb
Higher = Leb (3M usually natural but can be a stop ask).
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Pass then 3m = Invitational
Pass then X = T/O
Pass then 2NT = 5/5 minors Weak/Strong

Not overly complex but gets me from A to B
Nov. 14, 2014
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If I was to play Transfer Walsh I would follow Mike Bells approach:

Completion = Diamonds + Clubs unbalanced

Sets up so many more descriptive auctions
Nov. 6, 2014
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Why doesn't 2/1 matter…..He is a passed hand
Nov. 6, 2014
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To those among you who are Passing: What do you bid if partner doubles?
Nov. 6, 2014
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I was playing 2/1 but there is no implications or difference from any system Steve. Moreover this was with a very highly regarded player with whom my agreements stretched to:
2/1: Strong NT 5CM
Reverse Attitude, Standard Count
Multi Landy with a Woolsey Double
Common sense
Nov. 6, 2014
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Not really. IMPs possibly but Pairs you need to get into the auction early of you never will.

Oct. 28, 2014
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Using standard methods it is a bit touch and go… I don't like leaping to 4 when partner has clubs and not much extra. Nor do I like any of my other options. I would probably double which shows values/spades.

Preferably 1 for me is 14+HCP unbalanced so here I think 3NT is my call.
Oct. 18, 2014
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Again talking about which hands do what :) My solution if I recall was:
3RST with 6+M and mild slam try
4RST with 6+M and a weak hand/strong slam try hand

No need then for the Retransfer
Oct. 12, 2014
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I know the hand and our auction was rather different…… Our opponent chose the 4 albeit against 2.
Oct. 7, 2014
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This isn't home-brew Michael. I play something similar with one of my partners after 1M-2 sans any collaboration with Mr Morrision :) A lot of experts including Fantunes for example play switches/transfers after 1M-2 as well.

A bidding problem is meant to say we are here, what would you do now on your evaluation of the hand/your previous bids and partners bids. If you want partners/your alternatives at some stage of the auction then you ask.

At the end of the day if you are not happy with the way the problem was presented then you don't need to comment or answer on it…..No?
Oct. 5, 2014
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I had a hand like this yesterday. I gambled on 6 coming in if partner held a major first round control. Even when the contract went off the distribution meant 5M was cold the other way. Here I think we have too much for Pass and not enough for Double. We have a nice diamond side suit that should be able to produce tricks. If we can get 9/10 tricks in the minor suits then it is simply a case of whether partner has major suit control. I think they would have doubled with a heart honour so its more likely they have the spade stopped. If its something like Kx,x,Qxx,AKQJxxx then its unfortunate.
Sept. 29, 2014
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Usually will be 5+m. I play Quant style with a lot of semi-balanced mild hands. 5NT is normally either pick a suit slam or bid 7 if I rebid 6NT. So with 4m I have 5NT/4m depending on suitability.

Worth noting that I play FG transfers so we are talking about the sequence 2NT-3R-3S/3NT denying 3M.
Sept. 25, 2014
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1453 still ends up in 2NT/3 though?

I imagine that the 2 bid does allow for some Lead direction as does a 2 interference/double. They can now compete more accurately over 2M.

3-3 fits still your style eh ;)
Sept. 23, 2014
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