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Ian Wilson
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 30, 2013
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Likes: strong club systems, weak NT, canape. My favourite system is (therefore) Blue Club. Dislikes: 2/1 systems with their byzantine accretions of flying buttresses :)


Created a Precision variant that I play with a few partners. Working out a system is always interesting.


Prefer count in almost all situations. As Guido sayeth, "we may not be good enough to know whether to encourage or not; but we can usually tell whether we have an odd or an even number of a suit". Amen.


Intolerant of rudeness and poor ethics. I tend to over-alert and over-explain, and bend over backwards to avoid using UI.


Wish the ACBL would have simpler GCC rules. How can it be illegal to play Roman in 2013? Wish I could remember stuff well enough to play a relay system. Ambition: read and understand the rest of the chapters in Love :)

Bridge Information

ACBL Ranking
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Blue IP
Strong club; weak NT; 4-card majors; canape
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Paul & Ian 2/1
2 over 1 / no Bergen
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Ian & Joe 2/1 weak NT
2 over 1 / Weak NT
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What do you say if anything?
I used to belong to the school of "don't mention it unless you suspect a system problem and you think it needs to be fixed before the next hand". Well, occasionally I would manage to keep my mouth shut. Recently I discovered that how the "advice" is proffered can ...
What's the ethical thing to do when partner misreviews auction?
.. it was partner's 1NT bid!
What's the ethical thing to do when partner misreviews auction?
This was in ACBL-land. The 1NT opener was announced correctly.
What's the ethical thing to do when partner misreviews auction?
1. bidding boxes were in use Yes, it was surreal. I don't remember encountering anything similar before.
What's the ethical thing to do when partner misreviews auction?
I was so gobsmacked [tran: shocked] by the proceedings that I had no idea what I should do. In the end I gave no indication that something bizarre was going on; and the opponents didn't mention it. So, I agree that this wasn't a super-clear situation.
What's the ethical thing to do when partner misreviews auction?
Good evening O Master. The auction (if that word really applies here) was still in progress at the point when an opponent (with no apparent reason to ask) made some learned enquiry, which caused(?) my partner to explain it as if it were "2 - 2..." rather than the ...
ATB-2/25/19 Common Game Board 1
The vulnerability might be relevant, since N might perpetrate a weak 2. I was N and considered opening but the vulnerability dissuaded me. The auction[sic] went: p-(2N)-p-(3); X-(3)-p-(4); p-(5)-p-(6)-ap. I don't know ...
Putting it to You
In my strong club partnerships, we alert 1M-4M and explain "not necessarily weak". This sometimes avoids tedious discussions about what 'preemptive' means, etc.
Strong club, 4c major system
MB: excellent point. Playing canape systems with their emphasis on distribution rather than HCP is very educational (and makes a pleasant change from 5M strong NT blah).
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: QT3 AKT4 AQT8 AJ
I have never been a big fan of Asking Bids in strong club systems, but I think that the approach used here has done a reasonable job without the memory strain of a better (relay) approach. At least on this hand we know about partner's 6th trump and total ...

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