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OK, but if partner has KJxx xx Jx J10xxx, that's only making 6.
Oct. 22, 2016
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If you have to ask whether you should take a bid with this, then your system is not “vanilla” enough.
Oct. 22, 2016
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I suggest writing a letter to the editor of the campus newspaper (and of the town newspaper) explaining that football and basketball are games of chance (football even involves a coin flip!) and that a million times more money changes hands betting on those games at North Carolina as opposed to betting on bridge, and inform the administration that you will continue to advertise on campus with impunity until they shut down football and basketball.
Oct. 22, 2016
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Somewhat related question: What have you found to be the cost of using 2 instead of 2 for the diamond-shortness hand? I have one partner who refuses to play it because he has twice gone down in 4 on hyper-accurate defense due to his shape being known. I'd like to be able to assure him that's actually quite rare.
Oct. 22, 2016
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With your 1 being 2+. have you ever been tempted to give up multi and use 2 as something like 9-13 with 6+ diamonds (and not four spades, alternately and not a four-card major)? It's so easy to lose minimum hands with long diamonds in competitive auctions otherwise. Also, you get to go back to opening 2 with a weak two in spades, so they can't overcall 2 over it. (On the downside, of course, you have to choose between 1, 3, and Pass when you have a typical weak two in hearts.)
Oct. 22, 2016
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Ken Rexford's book _Modified Italian Canape System_ is relatively recent (2010), and Kevin Cadmus published a new edition of his book _BFUN: Bridge for the Unbalanced_ earlier this year.
Oct. 22, 2016
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Barry, Blue Team Club may no longer be played, but it's not at all true that canape systems have been forgotten. Hamman-Wolff played canape, and also von Arnim-Auken. And new books seem to come out fairly frequently with how to play canape with gadgets that alleviate problem hands while still fitting within ACBL regs.
Oct. 22, 2016
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Partner made a game try and my hand stinks in context. How could anything but 3 make sense?
Oct. 20, 2016
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Which Fantunes system did you have in mind?
Oct. 20, 2016
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If I am sure 2 is Michaels, I bid that. If not, I double, as my hand is too good for 1 and too flexible for an immediate 2.
Oct. 20, 2016
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A less extreme solution than giving up Precision would be to respond 1 on balanced 8 counts!
Oct. 20, 2016
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TABs are useful if you need to know about the trump jack, or if the follow-up control asks will answer all your questions. In a relay system they are nice because you can make them relatively cheaply without messing up the rest of your system. For example, after a positive response showing 5+ in a suit, you can do something like step 1 = relay ask; step 2 = puppet to next bid unless you have a surprising feature, so that I can bid my hand naturally; step 3 = TAB.
Oct. 20, 2016
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You have to remember this is coming from someone who also never opens a seven-card minor if he also has a five-card major.
Oct. 20, 2016
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That's because you are MAFIA
Oct. 20, 2016
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If you want to use asking bids, it's the putative asker who would generally have the option not to ask.

If the asker had no way to agree on the trump suit without making a trump asking bid, well, then you have a system problem.
Oct. 19, 2016
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True, Michael. It depends quite a bit on the details of the system. I quite like 2/1 “with exceptions”, so I need the room over the 2 rebid showing spades but not promising extras so that we can still stop in 3 or 3 when responder has an invite with six (or five good) clubs. I like opener to be able to show four spades with a minimum so that responder can conceal a four-card spade holding after 1-2-2 (nothing special)…and also so that I have ways to get out in 3 or 3 or 3 on that sequence (which is helped by not needing 2 natural). If opener's spade-showing rebid were GF, then I'd likely do what you suggest.

As a result of the above, I'm willing to give up the cheap 4SF bid when opener has diamonds and extras. It would be nice to have a cheap 4SF bid, but much of the time you want that, responder has a good five-card club suit. I'd be OK with responder rebidding clubs on 932 J4 K32 AKQ102 after 1-2-2 (=). I admit I'd have to do 1-2-2-3 with something like 1093 Q8 KJ4 AQ432, but it does tend to be a pretty specific type of hand, so I don't mind taking up the space.

By the way, I realize that putting non-GF hands in with 2/1 responses makes the system more complicated, but I find it pays dividends by forcing opener to more closely define his strength, which helps on slam auctions as well.
Oct. 19, 2016
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Well, if your hand is going to be dummy, it certainly won't help to conceal it during the auction….
Oct. 19, 2016
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I hope that in 10 years the standard answer will be “it shows diamonds and extras”. If you think about it, it's insane for opener's 2-of-a-suit rebids not to be non-obligatory “transfers” for the three non-club suits here. Sure, in classic 2/1 you get to save space when opener has 4+ diamonds, but you have to bid 2 when you have nothing special to say. Why not bid 2 with nothing special to say, 2 with 4+ spades (any strength), and 2 with 4+ diamonds and extras? You could even rebid 2 on balanced hands and reserve 2NT for 6+ hearts with extras but not a solid suit. 3 would be a raise, 3 and 3 splinters, 3 a solid suit with extras, and 3NT a 16-17 HCP 3=5=3=2.

If you play 2/1 almost game forcing, with exceptions, you would want all actions by opener other than 2 and 2 to convert the auction to truly GF.
Oct. 18, 2016
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I confess I never play that 2 would promise six, but if I happened to be playing it and I didn't use it on this hand I would stop playing it.
Oct. 18, 2016
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If they were vulnerable I'd open 2. If this were IMPs, I'd open 2. If you swapped my majors I'd open 2. But I'll take the partscore battle slowly (and give up on a preempt that could lead to a phantom sac) at matchpoints at neither with such an empty suit.
Oct. 18, 2016
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