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What Benjamin said. Also I lose that status whenever I (mostly accidentally) hit something that takes me to another page, and when I return the thread refreshes and assumes I've read all the posts and I haven't and it's really annoying to sift through 400 posts looking for the 50 I haven't read. Otherwise I LOVE BW don't get me wrong.

Oh in case it's relevant, I'm using android Chrome.
Sept. 28, 2015
Doug Bennion edited this comment Sept. 28, 2015
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Maybe the forum would benefit from a permanent ‘sticky’ thread Post Your Links Here, that would contain links and only links.
Sept. 27, 2015
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What Ray said. I play transfers after most 1X (nY), with X-1 being the ‘good’ raise (constructive) and nX can be rubbish (pretty much all you need is three trumps which makes it ‘Lawful’).
Sept. 27, 2015
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I play something there I call Three Suit Doubles. If three suits have been bid, we have bid one of them, and double is a legal call, we build a transfer ladder beginning with X. (The first double is also an eligible position.) So here,

X = clubs, any strength
2NT = normal
3 = showing some diamond support
3 = better heart rebid than
3 = competitive

(In the first X position … the support X … the method produces X = clubs, 1NT = normal, 2 = diamond rebid any strength, 2 = ‘good’ raise, 2 = ‘competing’. Here, you might want to say ‘good’ raise is 4 trumps, ‘competing’ is 3 trumps.)

Sept. 23, 2015
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My comment is a little late, but I just thought of a ‘bridge reason’ that would influence the results. Maybe. The study searched for non-trump leads that happened to hit partner's A/K/Q? Did the study account for leader's holding? ‘Aggressive’ leaders holding K or Q would be less likely to find honors with partner than would ‘conservative’ leaders leading from ‘safe’ holdings, no?
Sept. 21, 2015
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Most excellent. I confess to musing about doing something similar, but waves of laziness swept over me. Actually I'm kind of glad I didn't, because I wouldn't have done nearly as nice a job. Awesome stuff.
Sept. 19, 2015
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If it's not my turn to bid at a regular table, I can be studying the auction while I wait. With a single tablet being passed around, not only will I have nothing productive to do when others are messing with the tablet, when it comes around to me I need a complete review because I've nodded off waiting. I think it might slow some auctions to a crawl.

Sept. 17, 2015
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If you give up your current use of Double, you can keep all of your transfers in every suit, and you don't need Lebensohl. Your system becomes Double and the Next Two Bids are Transfers. So after 1NT (2), then X = spades, 2 = clubs+, 2NT = diamonds. Higher can be anything you want.

Transfers into the two-level are ‘normal’ (here X is normal). Opener responds min-max to transfers into the three-level (here, after 2, opener responds 2NT with a minimum and 3 with a max).

2 is ostensibly a transfer into clubs, but can also be used as a size-ask, and Stayman/stopper request. Opposite a minimum, responder can stop in 2NT. Responder rebids 3 to Stayman/stopper, with pretty obvious replies (here, 3 = have 4 spades, 3NT = not 4 spades, stopper, 3 = not 4 spade, no stopper)

Two suiters are easy to show, transfer first then bid the second suit.
Sept. 17, 2015
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Another easy download URL is www.keepvid.com. The download for a 2 hour clip will take a few minutes, 7-8 for me.

Once downloaded, you can easily browse it, even edit/slice/dice/trim with a video editor. I use an open source freebie called Avidemux, available here http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

Stitch together the pieces with Windows Movie Maker, or the like.
Sept. 17, 2015
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For what it is worth, and it might not be much because the sample size is small, I looked for 2X openers in the 10 Fantunes matches that Kit analysed.

There were 17 2X openers in 160 boards. The total imp loss on those boards was (41), or (2.41) per board. There were four sizable losses and one sizable gain.
Sept. 15, 2015
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John:

1 (1x) ?? bear in mind we play transfer responses. Here we play ‘stolen bid’ doubles for (1) where X shows 4+ hearts, and for (1) where X shows 4+ spades. Our 1 response simply says ‘no majors’, but usually has diamond length. For overcalls (1) and higher, we play normal negative doubles and negative free bids.

1 (P) 1=h (1) ??

OK this will look a little odd because we play something I call 3-suit doubles. Any time we see a position where 3 suits have been bid, partner has bid one of them naturally, and double is a legal call, we build a transfer ladder beginning with X, and ending with the suit below partner. This position is the 2nd possible eligible position, the first being the snapdragon spot. We decided to stick with our 3-suit doubles in this ‘normal’ support X position. So we would use these bids:

X = start of transfers, so here shows a club rebid (and can be very strong)
1NT = normal, for us 15-17 because we use a weak notrump. Notrump bids we don't include in the transfer ladder because 1NT by opener has positional value. It would promise here a spade stopper.
2 = diamond reverse, very powerful
2 = ‘good’ raise (here, 4 trumps), end of transfers
2 = ‘bad’ raise (3 trumps)

PASS would show a strong notrump, no spade stopper, 2 hearts.
Here 3 would be very clubby and preemptiveish, because the X = club rebid can show the strong lotsa HCP hand. In other auctions, where we didn't transfer into clubs, 3 would be a good hand playable opposite possible shortness.

The transfer ladder can be very short .. say after (2)

X = start and end of transfers, = good raise with 4 trumps
2 = raise with 3 trumps
2 = standard reverse
2NT = 15-17 stoppered (responder doesn't bid with junk, she'll have 6+)

PASS here will be unstoppered 15-17 or a not-strong unbalanced club hand.

Your 3rd auction won’t happen because responder’s 1 is not a real suit, just denies a major.

(By the way those 3-suit doubles are great in snapdragon position, resulting in Transfer Snapdragon. Say (1) 1 (1), then X = club cuebid, 1NT = normal, 2 = diamond transfer, 2 = good heart raise, say constructive, 2 = junk)

Yuan: OK keeping it real short, after 1 - 1NT. I’m sure this isn’t optimal, but it’s got low-memory load. 1S can be a balanced 18-19, otherwise is unbalanced (we treat 5422 as unbalanced), so will always have either extra spades, or a 4+ side suit.

Opener with the balanced 18-19 hand opener simply rebids 3NT.

Opener with 18-19 unbalanced hand rebids GF 2NT … I call it Power 2NT, it might have another name. It forces 3 unless responder has some kind of spade raise, or a biddable suit of his own. After (the usual) 3 rebid, opener shows his 2nd suit with 3NT showing clubs. His other rebids are 3 (start cuebidding partner) and 4x self-splinters and 4 picture bid.

With 11-bad 18, opener assigns his hand to ‘’minimum’, say 11-14, or ‘good’, say 15-bad 18.

With a ‘good’ 5-5 or 6-5, opener jump rebids, and the rebid is passable. 1 - 1NT; 3 shows some 5x5x with 15-bad 18. (The exception here is partner might only have 4 clubs in a 5xx4 hand)

For the transfer rebids, the rule of thumb is this: with a minimum hand, opener will rebid once. With a good hand, he’ll rebid twice.

A rebid of 2 shows 4+ diamonds, a rebid of 2 shows 4+ hearts, a rebid of 2 shows 6+ spades, a rebid of 2 shows spades and 4 clubs (this one rebid immediately shows 11-14 because the 5xx4 good hand is rebid 3)

With minimum 6xxx, opener rebids 2, and will be passing any responder rebid. Responder will accept the transfer with xx or better.

With minimum 5431 say, opener rebids 2 (h) and will usually pass any responder rebid. Responder will accept the hearts with 4 (or 13xx), and usually accept spades with xx.

So far, nothing much added to ‘normal’ bidding. However with ‘good’ hands, 15-bad 18, opener will find a 2nd rebid.

Say he has a good 6xxx. He rebids 2, opener accepts with 2, now opener can rebid 3. This holding would show weaker spades than a direct jump 1 1NT; 3.

Say he has a good 64xx. He rebids 2 (h). Say responder accepts hearts . Now opener rebids 2 to say ‘I have 64xx and a good hand’. If responder accepts spades instead of hearts, opener rebids 3 to say the same thing.

Say he has a good 5341. He rebids 2 (d). If responder accepts diamonds, opener can rebid 3. If responder accepts spades, depending on the shape and strength of his hand he can pass, or try 2NT if strong (he might be 5242), or pattern out at the 3-level (he might be a strong 5431 and the auction proceeds 1 1NT; 2 2; 3)

Main point being you can distinguish between 11-14 hands (opener rebids once) and 15-18 hands (opener rebids twice), and often stay low when others are getting into trouble. AKJTxx/AKxx/xx/x … how does standard handle that? We would simply bid 1 1NT; 2, then after 2 acceptance opener rebids 2 to show this hand (responder might only have 3 hearts if < 2 spades), and after 2 acceptance opener can rebid 3.

Oh the 1 1NT, 2 rebid shows a ‘weak’ reverse 15-bad 18, with the ‘good’ reverse going through Power 2NT and the really weak reverse shown with a Flannery opener heh.

Sept. 15, 2015
Doug Bennion edited this comment Sept. 15, 2015
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Forcing. 1M is never 5332 unless 18+ (5332 in 1NT or 1 out of range). Always unbalanced 1M allows for opener transfer rebids which permit easy distinction between ranges approx 11-14, 15-17, 18-19.
Sept. 15, 2015
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Thanks Ovunc!

Once readers have found their Youtube video, they might find it is easier to analyse if downloaded as a video file. There are several ways to do this, I use keepvid.com. The download for a 2 hour clip will take a few minutes, 7-8 for me.

Once downloaded, you can easily browse it, even edit/slice/dice/trim with a video editor. I use an open source freebie called Avidemux, available here http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

Once your file is trimmed and sliced and diced, you could stitch it back together with something like Windows Movie Maker.

Once your new movie is ready and you want to upload to Youtube, google ‘youtube upload’ and you are off to the races.

Once uploaded, tell us about it!

I'm no expert in any of this stuff; there might be much easier/better ways to get this done.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Darn and I wanted to book a cruise.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Now that the cat is out of the bag, should Fantoni and Nunes be disproportionately stronger defenders than declarers?
Sept. 13, 2015
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I see. Thanks.
Sept. 13, 2015
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Terribly inefficient system. The singleton-reveal would be nice to have I guess, but an old-fashioned ‘lead small from an honor’ would pass pretty much the same information. The FS methods look to gain more, no?
Sept. 13, 2015
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This was an enormous amount of work to pull together. Thanks.
Sept. 13, 2015
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I use a similar 2 bid in competition, and retain all my transfers. 1NT (2) then X = spades, 2 = clubs +, 2NT = diamonds. Opener responds min/max, so 2NT can play opposite minimum. Responder after starting 2, rebids 3 for Stayman and/or stopper.
Sept. 13, 2015
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Maybe % defeated will be higher than we think. When they are making a cheat lead, presumably good for them, they also aren't making a give-away lead which others will be randomly making, so the effect might be magnified.
Sept. 13, 2015
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