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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.


Bridge Information

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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What's your plan for bidding this hand?
Craig Have you done simulations over a weak NT opener, rather than 1x - 1y - 1NT? The SNT players in our area almost always transfer to a 5CM following a SNT opener, but my feeling is that a weak 5332 opposite a 12-14 or 11-14 opener should pass. The weaker the ...
Opening 1 NT point range on convention card
Wouldn't the simplest thing be to put on your card and announce "12-14 Total Points"? If the opps ask what you mean you can then say "We occasionally add a point for a good 5-card minor or for honours, tens and nines in a suit working together, but occasionally ...
Reviving old questions.
Never with an Ace, King is OK. My preference is one-under transfer splinters, so pard can use the short suit to ask about the value of the shortage: small, K or Q, void.
Disappointing Responses to Bidding Problem-Posted on 8/12
I manage to put all 15-22 NT hands into 1♣, so 2NT is 23+, not forcing and 2♣ - 2♦ - 2NT is 23+ and forcing. We have our 2NT engine available no matter how strong the opener. It also means we can play this hand in 2 if opener doesn ...
Disappointing Responses to Bidding Problem-Posted on 8/12
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What's your plan for bidding this hand?
My preferred system plays transfers over all 1-level suit openings. The only natural sequences are 1 - 1, 1 - 1 and 1 - 1. 1 - 1 is a negative and all other 1 & 2-level responses except 1M - 2NT are transfers. All 3-level responses to ...
Disappointing Responses to Bidding Problem-Posted on 8/12
Assuming opener can have a 5-card Major in their 2NT opening and assuming you like playing 5-3 Major fits, then you will start with 3 any time that you have a 3-card Major. The times you respond 3NT naturally you will have 9+ cards in the minors and no ...
Ruling -- Illegal Convention
This was about 5 years ago, but in Australia. Apparently, buried within the ABF regulations is the requirement that systems had to have been published, I suspect this is to regulate HUMs.
Which honour will you splinter with?
I have played transfer splinters after which pard can ask about the shortage by bidding the short suit.
Ruling -- Illegal Convention
I had a similar situation in my first Grand National Pairs event. Paul and I played a 5CM, WNT system with transfers over all 1-level opening bids. Paul had named our system "Beroga" for family reasons and so we sat down at the table before the first round with system ...
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