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Just subscribed…THANKS!
Aug. 4, 2016
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This is their 2013 WBF convention card.
http://info.ecatsbridge.com/Systems/2013WorldTeamChampionships-Bali/BermudaBowl/Italy/madala-bocchi.pdf

You can purchase a system write-up from:
http://bridgewithdan.com/systems/

The shared dropbox file from Georgios was excellent; thanks for sharing!
Aug. 4, 2016
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Two excellent treatments are below:

Dutch Doubleton 2/1 with weak NT (11-14 HCP)
http://www.dl-notes.com/

2/1 with 14-16 HCP NT
http://bridge.mgoetze.net/21twalsh.pdf

Wish T-Walsh was GCC!
May 2, 2016
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The PDF link below is a good summary of modern signalling methods:

http://www.paloaltobridge.com/education/lectureseries/Fall%202013/defensivesignalsHO.pdf
April 8, 2016
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For those who might not be familiar with Ray, he is an expert member of the Brunton Bridge Club in the UK, and has shared some excellent and original conventions on the club's website.

http://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwoi/bw.cgi?club=brunton&pid=display_page50&sessid=322706969132089

Of particular note is Green Aces, which I believe is a significant upgrade of RKC.

Jan. 24, 2016
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Paul, below is the link to the incident in question:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-whole-story/

I think that the settlement is very fair.
Nov. 27, 2015
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Karen Walker can take beginners and advancing bridge players pretty far with this link, along with Fred Gitelman's excellent online BBO training.

http://home.comcast.net/~kwbridge/

Another excellent resource is this link from Audery Grant:

http://www.betterbridge.com/index.php?route=information/news&news_id=7

Along with Fred Gitelman's excellent online BBO training listed above by other posters and on Fred's website below, you can practice bidding and play of the and also on BBO (perhaps better for intermediate players playing 2/1) by the link below: http://bridgebase.com/
Basic system notes for 2/1 are on the site.

Finally, don't forget:

Richard Pavlicek's website: http://www.rpbridge.net/index.htm
Great for beginners to experts.

and Larry Cohen: https://www.larryco.com/bridge-learning-center
Great for advancing beginners to advanced players.

Oct. 4, 2015
David Payne edited this comment Oct. 4, 2015
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Must be a typo, and north bid 4H, not 4D.
Feb. 1, 2015
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This link contains the results from the latest world championships in Bali, 2013:
http://www.worldbridge.org/world-computer-championship.aspx
I am a big fan of Jack 6.0 (more conventions and systems) and the free program wbridge5, that Paul referenced.
There is a free Jack 6.0 demo as well:
http://www.jackbridge.com/eindex.htm
Jan. 29, 2015
David Payne edited this comment Jan. 29, 2015
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Try this link for a good outline:
http://bridge.downagain.be/FD/public.php
Dec. 24, 2014
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This is a nice summary from a British expert, Chris Burton of Ron Klinger's ideas on “Five Card Stayman” (a Puppet alternative):

http://www.gravesendbridgeclub.org/CB/NTresponse/5CardMajorStayman.pdf

Not promoting at all, as I don't presently even own this particular book, but to have several of Ron's books in my bridge collection, and want to provide credit to the author:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/5-Card-Major-Stayman-Master-Bridge/dp/0304368083/sr=11-1/qid=1162834903/ref=sr_11_1/026-7223904-9158034

Australian expert, Ron Klinger, I believe also created the Keri system of responses to 1NT opening (and has another book, on that topic). I can share links, but there have been many stylistic write-ups on that style, that you can easily find.

Chris Burton has developed an excellent, mostly natural, hybrid bidding system, worthy for consideration “the Double Club System” (my favorite).

Just sharing the system link, that can be customized with your favorite toys:

http://www.gravesendbridgeclub.org/CB/systems/DoubleClub/index.html
Aug. 28, 2014
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I followed the link to the hand, and then to your website, in general. It is very well designed, with many challenging hands. I decided to register to your site, so that I could access all of the hands to bid and play.

Thanks!
Aug. 3, 2014
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Following the original author's (Bob Claffone convention ideas, the general thread, along with Bob Heitzman's comments, I suggest:
1NT-2D (hearts) - 2S (super accept; 4 or 5+ controls, you decide). 2NT remains shortage (singleton/void)in a minor, and 3C = short in OM.
Now 1NT-2D-2S-3D= GF; 5+ controls (slam try); NO shortage
3H: asks ace/king controls (ace = 2, king = 1)
3S = 5; 3NT = 6, etc.
3H/4H: to play; no slam interest
1NT-2D-3H = game invitational; a maximum hand, 4/5 trump, if 5 card majors are allowed in opening NT; no singleton/void/ more soft “quack” oriented than A/K controls; 3M/4M or 3NT are possible contracts.

You may need to adjust the minimum controls, upwards/downwards, depending upon your 1NT opening range. A simulation of multiple hands with 5+ controls tested well with 14-16 or 15-17 HCP NT opening bids. You still may need a key card ask, or trump AB, for final slam decisions.

This may be more helpful (controls/beta AB), than checking back for a secondary long suit. Agree that short suit ask may be very helpful.
June 6, 2014
David Payne edited this comment June 7, 2014
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What are your thoughts about the “New DONT” vs. strong NT? Double = single suited in one of the minors, or both majors?
This frees up the 2H/2S overcall to be natural, and more obstructive? After partner relays to 2C, after the double, 2H = both majors…even 4=4 shape.
Even if is not suitable for LC Standard, do you like this treatment?
July 9, 2012
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BRIDGE TEAM, my suggestion, is that when anyone of us reply to one of our a blog articles, that that the response be forwarded to the general Bridge Winners website. Then comment can be evaluated, and if it is deemed useful, it can be posted to the general community, BUT NOT LINKED, TO OUR PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS!

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WE MAY NEED TO RETREAT, INTO ‘NICKNAMES’, TO SCREEN OUT SPAMMERS…WHICH OTHER SIMILAR SITES, HAVE BEEN FORCED, TO DO…BUT WHY NOT FIRST TRY A “BULLETIN” BOARD APPROACH, WITH NO DIRECT LINKS TO OUR EMAIL ACCOUNTS?

A more advanced approach, might be for members to have a personal email account, under “bridge winners”, such as: (SusanK/member@bridgewinners.com).

If you wanted to charge a modest maintenance fee, for that optional email service…just opt in/or out. Following this business model, as this is (and I hope REMAINS), a free WEB community service.

Just saying….

Many thanks, for raising the issue.

David
July 3, 2012
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Misfit seems likely. Partner should have minimal controls, outside of clubs, less than three, and about 13-15 HCP, quacky hand type.
May 2, 2012
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