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I am not sure I entirely agree can partner not bid with say KQJxxxx and not much else?
July 20
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in crowded auctions 4NT is never blackwood–or should not be rather. in my view here the first example has a clear reason to bid likely six diamonds and three clubs. Second example not good reason to bid. I suggest the first example will have spade control–second maybe not. Not clear that pass is forcing either.
July 20
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some years ago an opp held xxxx AKx AKx AQx and opened with a strong club–next hand bid 1 and this got 2 from partner followed by 3. He drove to slam knowing his partner had a stiff or void spade. He finished up with the last spade being a trick. The overcaller had AKQ blank. No one complained
July 19
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I had no intention of having agreement its just a decent bid. Yehudit is right in third seat if you own AKQ in a major not to mention it. I agree that the method under question is not licenced but would be happy for my opps to play it.
July 19
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playing a weak no-trump with four card majors there is virtually no downside to opening 1 with sat Ax Axx KJxx KJxx. There are plenty of upsides.
July 19
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over 1 or 1 you can play 2nt both minors with more length in the in bid minor. weal or strong
July 18
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5
July 18
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nice hand for 4!–don't them in over 2nt
July 17
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I can live with ferts but I have two questions–you open 1 with 3 cards and a six count vul? How do you sort out what partner has as responder. Next time try a forcing pass in third or fourth seat :)
July 17
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There were two actions better than dbl–pass or 1NT–now you cannot risk a bid.
July 17
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I do not like the multi on 6-4 hands. You actually do not mind the opps bidding because the distribution will be bad and for sure you want the heart lead. Unless partner can give you a ruff. At matchpoints not so keen vul–do not care to concede 200. Would open 3 at all vulnerabilities in an imps game–for sure in third seat. I know that a lot players pre-empt with side major these days provided the prime suit is good it seems to work. I do like this Mulderberg convention at all–prejudice maybe but too easy to ambulance chase with defensive hand.
July 17
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I do not agree that a jump rebid in a new suit necessarily shows a two suiter –the example given is 1 1 3–well suppose you have AKxx AKxxxx x Ax. There is no good way to express this hand–so you need an invention and the jump response does that. In reality quite of lot of the jump rebid in new suit auctions are influenced by a holding in the responders suit. Whilst I agree you may have a two suiter in the two suits bid it is not essential.
July 16
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sounds like a good idea :)
July 16
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When you have a five card major it is often hard to get to 5-3 fit. I think I am right is saying Benito Garozzo prefers not to open 1NT with a five card major.
July 16
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This I find interesting–in my view if you open 1Nt with a five card major then you need three cards in other major as this avoids getting to wrong partscore. Thus if partner gives preference a 2NT bid might show this? Also it is possible to put a weak raise through 1NT.
July 16
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Why did this comment get a pop up saying it may contain objectionable content?
July 15
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Seems to me most of these things are not sufficiently well defined–the word should is moronic–shall or will is explicit. Rules can never be optional you either follow them or you break them. Someone just design a decent questionnaire and poll regular players about their likes and dislikes–then settle down to make them shall we say user friendly. Not sure how you set up a forum here but would suggest two, one a directors forum, and the other a forum to chew over the rules of tournament bridge. One way out of all of this mire we get into regarding UI is to have a rule that says once this happens in a hesitation situation that the hesitator's partner is then barred from bidding.
July 15
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Because I need to move things along and I do not want to hear opinions from the players I would tell them to play the hand as it stands and make a ruling in the interim. There can be arguments about what might have happened if correct info had been given. I would adjust to 4 making.
July 15
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used to show minimum with solid spades. cannot see much wrong with that.
July 15
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One point worth noting is that your opps may need to discuss their defence to it. If they do use a penalty dbl you do need a method, as you do with intervention. If you combine with five card majors I suggest that you let 1 take the strain. In last seat it is reasonable to change the range to 11-13. Then you have need to worry too much about bidding game. Pass most flat 11 counts if partner opens 1NT.
July 13
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