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5 because I have very good cards. I am not inviting my partner to bid a game I can bid myself.
March 28
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I would prefer to be playing up the line so I could bid 1.
March 28
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It would depend on who(m) I was playing against.
March 28
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I had to look up your reference to John Collings, a very interesting person.
March 28
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You know what they say about teachers ;)
March 28
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I didn't catch that, sorry Jim.
March 28
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You are probably right but I think the running suit 3NT makes more often than the balanced hand 3NT depending of course on how strong the balanced hand is.
March 28
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There may not be a later…
March 28
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Richard, although I have never read it I'm sure it is an improvement for use after a fit has been established. The thing is, I would prefer traditional methods for evaluation in that case. I only use LTC for evaluating hands when deciding whether to, or what to, open or overcall, particularly for preempts. That is why I brought it up in the context of this problem.
March 28
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Ron Klinger did not invent LTC. The fact that he called it MODERN means that there is an OLD version which is the one I use :)
March 27
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You need a remedial math class :) I am using the original, non-adjusted LTC.
March 27
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Why not? One in each suit.
March 27
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Yes, x AQxxx AQxxxx x. Isn't that it? Obviously that's unadjusted :)
March 27
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Count 1 loser in a suit for each missing A,K or Q but no losers for each 4th or longer card. Obviously this is only a rough guideline but is a good starting point, to be adjusted later in the auction. That's the way I learned it, at least I think is was.
March 27
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I would require a 7 bagger and even then I would be prepared to apologize. It's just a matter of partnership tranquility.
March 27
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PaulH, that's a 4 LTC hand. Isn't that good enough to show the suit lengths in order?
March 27
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It just seems like a lot of bidding room to take up with this good a hand. I would have thought something like xx KQJTxxx x QJx. It's not an auction that comes up very often so I don't know.
March 27
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Thanks Steve. The way I play it is very simplistic compared to that convention, not as accurate but easier to explain to partner.
March 27
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Thank you Jim, that will save lots of time for this lazy person.
March 27
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Partner should know that you may not have spades, that your 3NT balance may be based on tricks with clubs stopped. If he removes, he should have VERY long spades.
March 27
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