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Michael Botwin
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Nov. 29, 2015
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Becoming more active again in bridge after years of playing very little.  Sapphire Life Master splitting his time between NYC area and Las Vegas.  Not a total mad scientist, but I do prefer strong club systems, although I will reluctantly play "2/1" (technically a treatment rather than a system IMHO).  If you're a serious yet festive strong clubber or otherwise think we might be compatible at the table, shoot me a PM.

Currently fooling around with MeckLite as written up in Dan Neill's Standard Modern Precision.

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Your preferred defenses vs. 1NT
I like Lionel also, although my friends and I refer to it as either Grano-Astro or Tralfaz (a very "inside" joke....).
"Under strength" 2!C opening bid - ruling?
I played the common game yesterday, and played this board as East.... The South hand is described here incorrectly (for one thing, the hand as pictured here has sixteen cards). The correct hand for South is T AQ843 Q96 AQ73. With the correct hand in mind, I'll assume that ...
Symmetric Two-Bids (clubs and diamonds both strong and artificial)
"New Frontiers for Strong Forcing Openings" by Ken Rexford. I found it to be interesting reading as is the case for all of Ken's books. OTOH, if you can get a pard to play stuff like that, you can probably get them to play some kind of Precision or ...
Would you rebid 1NT?
Al Roth would never have opened with that 12 HCP "collection"..."Where are your quick tricks?!?" :-)
No Drury in 4th seat?
I'm a strong believer in opening good chunky four-card majors in 3rd and 4th seat. As such I'm a fan of 2-way Drury--I play a slightly different version than most, but the principle is still the same. It's not all about being a passed hand, it's ...
Any converts?
Who is Mr. Avon?
Meckwell versu Cappelletti
Penalty/card-showing/power double vs weak NT is a must. Capp/Hamilton is a pretty poor defense against any range of NT, since it forces our side to the three-level whenever partner can't tolerate your major in the auctions (1NT)--2 or (1NT)--2. My preference vs ...
Recent Publications on Unusual Systems
Don't forget Dan Neill's book, Standard Modern Precision (2017), which is more or less a writeup of MeckLite, played by Greco-Hampson and other top pairs.
Putting together a Strong Club (Precision) - any insights into why and how these issues matter?
I play Precision/strong club in several different partnerships. I've been playing so long that my approach would definitely be considered "old-fashioned" by most. I'm sure that that's true, and would definitely use a MeckLite/Standard Modern Precision (a la Dan Neill) approach if I was building ...
Precision 1C-1D-1H relay and 4441 hands
I have a version of Berk/Cohen Precision notes c. 1996, which used a 2 rebid by opener after 1=1 to show strong 4441s (minimum 20+ HCP). Responder relayed with 2NT to find the singleton, opener rebid the suit one under the stiff. Obviously a low ...
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