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I completely agree on the good cheap eats. I was chided mercilessly here for pointing that out a few months ago. NYC restaurants actually have decent value for money. For theatre, I'll admit off-Broadway has some good value for money. But Broadway is uniquely ridiculous.

As for the free cultural opportunities, yes, there are, but DC probably has more.
7 hours ago
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It seems like you might want to play one or two (or all) of opener's bids after 2-2-2-2NT as forcing, so that opener with, say, a balanced 25-26, can look for a 4-4 major fit without being dropped. If opener has a weaker balanced or semibalanced hand, just pass 2NT. Better to be in the wrong partscore than the wrong game.

In general this system is worse than other methods when opener has spades, the same when he has hearts, and much better when he has a minor. The downside is that he has hearts or spades a lot more often than he has a minor.
23 hours ago
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A night at the theatre in New York can have the same effect.
Jan. 22
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In most cities you can tour the museums or otherwise enjoy the locale if you fail to Q in a NABC event. In Las Vegas, unless you are a gambler, just play the regional events….
Jan. 22
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It seems like you might want to forget about the 3-suited hands in order to show the + minor and + minor two-suiters with four distinct bids instead of two.
Jan. 22
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It might also be better for the 2 rebid to cover all the non GF hands. Then you right side when you will be in game, as opposed to when you probably won't.
Jan. 22
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If you are willing to allow 2-2-P, you might also wish to invert the meanings of the 3M rebids. That way opener can distinguish GF M-m two-suiters from ones that can stop in 4m.
Jan. 22
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I dunno. It seems pretty reasonable to define 3 and 3 rebids by 2 opener as one-suiters.
Jan. 22
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Not sure why it's useless to have 2-2-2NT shows 22-24 or 27-28 and 2-2-2-2-2NT show 25-26 or 29+. But even if you do think that is useless, you can always invent useful meanings, such as 2-2-3M = 4M-5+ whilst 2-2-2-2-2NT forces 3 to show 5+-5+ majors (3) or 4M-5+C (3M) or minors (3NT, 4, 4).
Jan. 21
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I think you missed the meaning of responder's 2.
Jan. 21
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That's certainly a sensible alternative to more usual methods, and has the advantage of being simpler to remember.
Jan. 21
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Certainly reasonable for 2-2-3 and 2-2-3 to be forcing one round.

I prefer a Gladiator structure over 2-2-2NT. You do sometimes bid 2 with a queen and a couple of jacks. So 3 forces 3 to signoff in any suit except clubs. 3 is Stayman (rare). And 3 and 3 are 5+ but can be raised. Alternatively, perhaps it's best to give up on Stayman, too, but I'd play Gladiator and transfer, with the transfers showing non-minimums (often due to a sixth card) and thus being invitational.
Jan. 21
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But what does a Wilkocz player open with QJ432 2 KQ432 32? See the problem?
Jan. 21
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Oh, come on, Craig. If responder can't see the potential issue and make a 2 response with that hand, I need a new partner.
Jan. 21
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Perhaps, but it's a horrible one as applied to auctions with a hand as severely limited as the 2 responder.
Jan. 21
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Of course, you could play an aggressive canape and open many of those in 1M which will often also be double-proof, just on different deals….
Jan. 21
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4NT is a quantitative slam try because 4 is RKC for clubs and 4 is RKC for hearts. What's the problem?

Kick back and relax!
Jan. 21
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I don't fully agree. While 2 does not have as much preemptive value as 2, I think it has at least as much preemptive value as 2. Even if you don't have a side four-card major, that doesn't mean LHO can't have a hand that would be a takeout double but for a doubleton in one of the majors and therefore has no safe bid, but is in danger of missing a game if he passes. Similar hands over a 2M opening are much less cause for concern since they are by definition unlikely to miss a major-suit game.
Jan. 21
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I don't understand why, say, 2-2-2-2NT-3 should be forcing. If opener wanted to force game, he had 3NT and 4 available.
Jan. 21
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0 You missed the first question, which is whether 2 itself is forcing. I think the answer should be “no”.

1 I would not consider 2NT, 3, or 3 rebids by opener to be forcing. It's probably right for 2 to be a one-round force, and of course you can play 3 as forcing since 2 can be passed.

2 No. Responder's strength is pretty well boxed. His bids (including 2) are not forcing, but not drop-dead either.

3 Sure, for example 2-2-3-4-4-P. (All bids after 2 natural.) There is no such thing as a cue-bid by either player after a 2 response.
Jan. 21
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