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12-14 with stopper and denies 3-card (although might have it with very NT oriented hand). Of course it is not obligatory if you judge that passing is better.
Jan. 9
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Jan. 9
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Yeah, reading these ACBL rules on bidding I am happy to play in Europe.
My view: play whatever you like as long as you share the knowledge with the opponents.
Jan. 4
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Better to differentiate on opp's vulnerability: precision if THEY are vulnerable (and hopefully shut up when we open 1)
Dec. 29, 2019
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If you add áll those bells and whistles to 2/1 it will be more complicated than a hi-tech relay precision
Dec. 29, 2019
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Natural system today simply means that their first 2-3 bids are usually natural. Overall they are not less complex or artificial than an artificial system.
Dec. 14, 2019
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How do you bid the strong gambling type hand if you use 1 - 1M - 3N for supporting the major?
Dec. 11, 2019
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Namyats traditionally has an upper limit (8.5 - 9 tricks as I know).
Let's say you open 4. Partner bids 4. And now? 6?
Dec. 5, 2019
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An option, we play like this:
- 1: NAT, F1 (rarely GF, can be played as passable)
- 2: any GF hand, start of a relay sequence
- 1-2: suit (6+ weak, or 5+ INV, some special GFs)
- 2M-1: INV with support (mostly 3 cards)

Another option if you don't want to play relay system:
- 2: (a) NAT GF (b) BAL GF, © INV with 3-card support
opener:
- 2: any weak hand (2M: INV, the rest is NAT GF)
- 2…3: NAT, good hand (2M is 6+ suit)
- 3…3N: side suit, good hand
Dec. 1, 2019
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Dec. 1, 2019
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About 10 years ago I had a similar poll on my homepage, where someone suggested that with 1-suiter it is better to use 5 to look for control because that way we can rightside the contract when partner has Kx.
Dec. 1, 2019
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Dec. 1, 2019
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We (I mean a lot of good hungarian players, if such thing exists :)) play that XX then minimal return to partner's major shows limit raise with 3 trumps. A cheap way to raise, better then 3M-1, especially if you open light.
Nov. 26, 2019
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100 % East: 2 means “sorry, I should not have opened, but have 6 hearts”
Nov. 26, 2019
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West should have bid 3 splinter. Easy.
East had hard time, 3 may lead to a misunderstanding. 3 (cue bid or lack of spade stopper, what a nice meaning) makes some sense, 3nt is a bit unthinking. Perhaps 4 or 5. Was it IMP or matcpoints?
I'd judge 80 % West, 20 % East.
Nov. 26, 2019
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With 8-12 hands strong opener can ask responder's hand:

1 - 2 _ 16+ // 8-12, 1-suiter 6+
2N - 3 _ relay // short
3 - 4 _ ORKC // good hand, 0/3 keycard
4 - 4N _ kings? // K, no K
5 - 5 _ spiral scan // K + Q, no Q
5N - 6 _ spiral scan // Q + J + J, no J
7N

If responder has 2 then he has 7, thus opener can count either 1 + 3 + 3 + 6 or 1 + 2 + 3 + 7 tricks. If clubs splitting bad, s may still be good.

If responder upgrades the 3-3-0-7 hand to 13 HCP then opener shows his hand:

1 - 1N _ 16+ // 13+ any
2N - 3 _ 1-suiter 6+ // relay
4 - 4 _ short , 19+ // RKC
4 - 5 _ 1/4 // kings?
5 - 7N _ K, no K

Responder can count 1 + 3 + 2 + 7 = 13 tricks
Nov. 24, 2019
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 25, 2019
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The longest sequence I could construct and can make sense in our system:

1 - 1 16+ // 8-12, 4+ or BAL
1 - 1N R // BAL
2 - 2D R // 4
2 - 2 R // 4
2N - 3 R // 2, that is 4=4=3=2
3 - 3 ORKC // bad hand
3 - 3N RKC // 0/3
4 - 4 trump Q? // no
4 - 4 spiral scan // no K
4N - 5 spiral scan // no K
5 - 5 spiral scan // no K
5

Responders's hand has to be about Jxxx, QJxx, QJx, Qx
Opener's hand to make his bidding sense is something like
AKxx, AKx, AKx, Axx

At 4 asker knows that the Q is missing, but the slam can be good if teller has to club king, however we can't ask the cheapest king directly, only after asking the other 2 kings.
Nov. 23, 2019
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Believe it or not, we play explicitely that way.
It's not my invention, most players I know play that 2 is the hand that would have raised an undisturbed 1 to 2, but this time surely 4 cards, while 1 is 3. It makes sense even if you play that DBL is exactly 4, but even more so, if it can be longer, as we play.
Still, it might me a good tactics bidding 1 with a hand that was not really worth an opening and 4 cards, pretending having 3 first.
Nov. 23, 2019
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 23, 2019
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An overcall mostly suggests 5+ cards…
Nov. 21, 2019
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What does RDBL mean?
Nov. 21, 2019
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If west opens the bidding, it is not too hard:
1 - (1) - X = 4+
1 (exactly 3) - 2 stopper?
2 (no) - 3 half stop?
3 (no) - 4

It is much harder if north or east opens.
Nov. 21, 2019
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 22, 2019
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With invitational hands you can (more or less) comfortably bid 2NT most of the time (when you have some diamond length or stopper).
With weak hands you can't do that, only pass or bid 2 or 3.
Thus I think it's better to play it weak.

Anyway, we play 1M-3m as natural invitational to avoid this problem.
Nov. 20, 2019
Csaba Czimer edited this comment Nov. 20, 2019
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You don't learn cooking by watching Gordon Ramsey on TV shows.
I mean you can achieve more by interactive courses like LTPB and Bridge Master.
Nov. 19, 2019
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