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Marty Harris
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Symmetric Two-Bids (clubs and diamonds both strong and artificial)
Charles, I used to play my own version of the system you described: 2C = C or H or bal. 22-23, while 2D = D or S or bal. 24+. It worked very well when it came up, we averaged significant gains. However, it doesn't come up that much. I gave ...
New ACBL Convention Charts - general club impact
At first glance Richard seems correct. The bids he's describing qualify as natural since they show length in the suit opened and aren't forcing. However, I'd need to double check whether it's considered natural to open a 4 card suit at the 2-level or whether 5 ...
Yet another "Is pass forcing"?
Arend, no it's not standard that pass is forcing just because you bid game. In my partnerships, if partner wanted to create a forcing pass situation he would have Q-bid 4D instead of jumping to 4S. This is an area that requires discussion and agreement but you should not ...
A not-so-"minor" problem
I agree with Chris.
Stuff about appeals that some people may find boring
Michael, if you're going to post hands it's important to get the hand diagram right and explain the bidding. 1. In your diagram, NO ONE has the A, K, or Q of diamonds. It's a 31 point deck. It's hard to know who should do what ...
You be the judge!
The 6S bid is "legal" INITIALLY because you don't know who huddled (playing behind screens, it's possible the Opp just asked partner to explain something). However, if it turns out partner is the one who huddled, then I would roll 6S back to 4S because passing 4S is ...
Doubt on "Following the law", by Larry Cohen
Rafael, Mike Ma and John Adams are correct. The whole premise of the LOTT is to add BOTH your side's trump length AND the opponents' trump length. If we have 8 and they have 9, the combined total is 17. That means we should bid 3-over-3 (so 3S over ...
Meckwell versu Cappelletti
Cappeletti is horribly flawed. You absolutely must be able to bid a natural 2M immediately over 1NT. Delaying by having to go thru 2C with a one-suiter gives the Opps time to get in their suit before you can preempt them. Several years ago at an NABC, the Daily Bulletin ...
Equal Level Conversion Parameters
Michael, I've always found ELC to be a very useful convention and haven't had problems with it. You don't lose the ability to show a good hand by doubling and then bidding. All it means is if you correct to the middle unbid suit over partner's ...
More judging!
David, why do you believe that treating a "bid (of) what we're committed to bidding" as the weakest action (i.e., fast arrival) is "foolish in the extreme"? That's my default agreement, and from my experience most experts have that default agreement. Further, while I'm sure you ...
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