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Steven Mcgrahan
Steven Mcgrahan
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Member Since
June 8, 2013
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Bridge Player
about me

Learned weak NT to start then Acol, then SA, then Precision and then 2/1 (the easiest to learn as more of a treatment). Now try for 2/1 and Precision but often get stuck with SAYC. Recently learned Mosca club with canape and Polish club.

Book i learned bidding most from Precision Bidding in Acol by Eric Crowhurst

Redoubled with overtricks:

2D+2, 3N+2, 4S+2, 2S+3, 1N+3, 1S+3, 2H+4, 4S+1, 4N+2


Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Top 2015 Online pts U1000 for ACBL Unit 166
Favorite Tournaments
Hamilton Sectional
Favorite Conventions
fourth suit forcing
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Laura & Steve
Standard American
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Legal Aid Requested
In ACBL if 1 promises 3 it is considered natural and not alertable. Many natural systems will have some problem ranges if 3=3=2=5, if they don't have a NT bid or club raise that fits.
i don't understand why the claim. has good play for 5.
ACBL Big Ideas - Augmenting Rank/Point Structure
There actually is an award for online points, but it isn't as publicized as others such as Ace of clubs.
Steven Mcgrahan's bidding problem: T8654 K6 8642 62
I'm not sure there is a way show 5 by doubler in SA. If there i don't know it. I was worried partner has no useful tricks having passed an easy opportunity to at least show 5. So I was trying to get over that really ...
How not to bid misfits...
I don't think this is a misfit hand. If you can stop in 3N you deserve a top!
BW 2/1: 1!d-2!c-2!D
If 1D-1N can be 11 and 1 can be a balanced 14. I think your at the point you might need a forcing 1NT.
BW 2/1: 1!d-2!c-2!D
You either bid 2NT with 5 often wrong siding NT or with inadequate stoppers. Or you bid 2 and stretch a bit. It certainly is playable and simple but is amongst reasons why some people prefer 1-2 not to be GF.
BW 2/1: After 1!d-2!c
What do you do with 4-4-4-1? min or good? 4-4-4-1 is often a problem after 2.
BW 2/1: After 1!d-2!c
GF unless responder doesn't bid 2N/3 isn't game forcing. It wasn't even an option listed in the 21 GF poll, which is one of the reason I didn't think that pool included 1. Probably a quite sensible method though.
ACBL Big Ideas - Augmenting Rank/Point Structure
Masterpoints are not an a accurate measurement of ability, changing how you look at it won't change this if masterpoints are the base. I'm not saying someone with 10,000 points isn't better than someone with 50. But there are just a lot of reasons someone can ...

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