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Tony Rolfe
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July 17, 2018
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about me

I'm an above average club-level player who started way back in the 1960's playing Acol at school.    Between school and Uni I played a lot of bridge at Cardiff bridge club and later represented Sheffield University in the late 60's.  I started playing Little Major at Uni and had great fun and some success with it as a system.

I stopped playing when my job didn't give me the time to play, but I still kept an interest in the game and developed my brown-sticker multi-two system during that period.

After leaving England, living in Bermuda for 5 years and moving to Sydney, Australia I eventually moved to the Ulladulla area on the NSW South Coast in 1994.  I soon discovered the local bridge club and started playing again after nearly 30 years.   The default system at Mollymook is Standard (5CM SNT) but I didn't enjoy that scheme.  When Little Major became legal in Australia I played that with one partner for a couple of years and then we developed our own system based on 11-14 NT, 5CM, unbalanced diamond and a short forcing club.  Almost all responses to 1-level openings are transfers.

I am now an Australian Silver Life Master, hoping to live long enough to become Gold Life Master.

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Australia

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Member of Bridge Club(s)
Mollymook bridge club.
Favorite Tournaments
Local congresses (Nowra, Batemans Bay, Mollymook)
Favorite Conventions
Transfers! My favourite system uses transfers over all 1-level openings.
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How to Show 5-5 in the Majors
Yes, it does spill information, but gets us to the right contract played by the right hand. I think the trade-off is positive. I can't remember the last time I wanted to stop in 3M after a 2NT opening. If it happens I'll live with playing in 4.
How to Show 5-5 in the Majors
In my methods, we transfer to hearts with 5+, regardless of the spade length. If opener only has 2 hearts he shows the spade length (3 is 2 hearts and 3 spades, 3 is 2 hearts and 4 spades while 3NT is 2 hearts and 5 spades). With ...
Bidding this Slam?
@Ed. Your 5 bid is by responder who doesn't have 1st round control. Did you mean 5?
Another Multi Question
I have played several varieties of multi (but never the weak-only version in the OP). Our rule has been that responder's first action, if in a suit which might be held by opener, is always pass-or-correct. Sometimes it is obvious that opener doesn't have that suit, but the ...
Declarer advice, please
Thank you.
11-14 H Weak No Trump
I have played 11-14 for many years. Adding 11 to a 12-14 range means opening 1NT 40% more frequently. It doesn't change anything in your basic structure, you still invite with 11-12 and accept with 13-14. Actually accept with a good 12 and a good 5-card minor, decline with ...
5-5 Major Hand After Partner Opens 2NT
If you want, email me tony at gillandtony dot com and I can send you a pdf of the scheme. In summary, 2NT - 3 is Muppet Stayman (Puppet with the 3 and 3NT responses swapped) 2NT - 3 shows 5+ hearts, spades may be longer 2NT - 3 ...
Best way to continue?
Thanks for that information. I'm happy with using the 1M rebid to show all 4+ support strong hands as it gives a lot of room to explore. The question is how to explore?
5-5 Major Hand After Partner Opens 2NT
When I transfer to hearts, pard tells me how many hearts and spades he holds. I then transfer to the appropriate Major and pass or bid on as appropriate. After 2NT - 3 pard bids 3 2 hearts and 3 spades 3 2 hearts and 4 spades 3NT ...
18-19 HCP for 2NT rebid - why?
I play: 11-14 open 1NT 15-22 open 1 (forcing with transfer responses) 23+ non-forcing (needs a Queen to accept) Open 2NT 23+ forcing 2 - 2 - 2NT After 1 - 1 red, 1NT is 15-18 and 2NT is 19-22 GF After 1 - 1 (negative) 1NT is ...
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