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We play transfers in a large number of competitive positions, all of which I think are GCC compliant (except maybe one :-)), with precisely zero complaints over a few years. These transfers would be at least as “difficult” for the opps to handle as the 1C transfers, yet approved. The Committee is distressingly inconsistent, to put it politely.
May 28, 2015
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With a 3-fit and any balanced hand, we rebid 1NT, and partner with 5+ will re-transfer, this time for real. With a 3-fit and unbalanced we still do not raise (unless the opps are also bidding), instead we rebid whatever “standard bidders” do who won't raise partner without 4 trumps, club rebid or whatever. So we find another use for the 1M “raise”.
May 27, 2015
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On our laminated spiffy ‘card’ we suggest the ‘usual’ defence to the 1 and 1 responses (double to show the bid suit, bid the implied suit as takeout). We define our 1 response simply as ‘no majors’, and suggest they use double to show the majors.

There are other possibilities. The 1 hand almost always includes diamonds (no majors, no club raise), so it would not be stupid for the defence to play double to show spades, and 2 to show majors.

I think the ‘best’ defence against those red-suit transfers is to play transfers right back at them. After a 1 response, double is a takeout of hearts, and other suit bids starting with 1 and continuing as high as you want, are transfers.
May 26, 2015
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Look up some BBO archives and browse a couple hundred deals. That will take 15 minutes and closely approximate what you are looking for.
May 21, 2015
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The double was explained by the commentators as ‘negative’.
May 17, 2015
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I've played that system for 40 years. I use an 11-14 range so bear that in mind. Here are some suggestions.

Consider playing 1 = 2+ balanced — put all your balanced hands out of range for your 1NT opener, including 5M332 into 1. Then play transfers to 1C. Unless you do that, many of your sequences that begin 1m - 1M or 1m - 1NT, will wrongside the contract.

There are several corollaries to opening all balanced hands 1 or 1NT. While you dull your 1 opener, you sharpen your 1 and 1M openers. 1D is usually 5+ and is always unbalanced, 1M is always unbalanced. Once 1M is unbalanced (always a side 4-suit or 6xxx), you might consider playing opener rebid transfers after 1M - 1NT: say after 1 - 1NT, then 2 = d, 2 = h, 2 = 6+ s, 2 = s + c. Using that method properly allows you to divide your 1M hands into strengths 11-14, 15-17, 18+ at least as well as Gazzilli imo.

Consider playing 1M - 2 as 2+ clubs balanced, or unbalanced clubs. That means 2X other than clubs is 5+. You don’t have to play fancy followups, maybe after 1M - 2, 2 is any 11-14 minimum, others natural and 15+. That’s often helpful in 2/1 sequences because when both are in the 15ish range, you can bounce around ineffectively (are we slammish or not?).

I quite like the 4-point NT opener. 11-14 happens 30% more often than 12-14. But you do need good follow-ups to sort out invitational hands. I like to use 4-suit transfers, 3 GF puppet, 2 invitational (11-12). After 2, opener responds 2NT max (13-14) then responder 3 is puppet. When not max, opener rebids 2, or 2!M with 5M. After 2 we can scramble for 4-4 M, so we stay low at 2M when we have a rejected invitation, sometimes in a 4-3 if that looks like it might be better than 2NT. Occasionally we will find ourselves in 2NT with 11 opposite 11, but surprisingly often that will make regardless.

Those 5422 hands, open 1NT or not? The formula I have settled into is NOT 54 MM (but I have Flannery to cover the 4=5 hand), and NOT with most 5M422 (unless bad suit, and 2’s at least Hx). Otherwise I don’t care if the 2’s are Hx .. xx/AQxx/xx/KQxxx is nice 1NT opener.

You will need good counter-systems when they overcall your strong NT that you open 1. On the other hand they need good methods when you open 1NT a LOT.

When partner opens 1NT, you will need good counters to your RHO barging into the auction. Locally we get a lot of Capp users, and have nice counters to that.
May 6, 2015
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Hey Zelig what's up? I can think of a couple of reasons. The irony is delicious; the ‘defense’ is more prone to mixup than the initial transfer. The 1 transfers will surely be GCC-legal at some future point. And maybe it's comforting to know that one won't have to pre-alert the defence when playing in a mid-chart event where the 1 transfers are permitted.
April 30, 2015
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I've never played against it, but I've often wondered how chaotic would be a ‘Woolsey over Woolsey’ counter. Double to show a long major, maybe 2 with a takeout double of spades, 2 with a takeout double of hearts, higher = natural.
April 27, 2015
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Yes after (1) P (1=h); we've seen X = clubs and spades, and 1 = diamonds and spades, or vice-versa, at the cost of losing X = ‘I have diamonds’. However even if 1 = <2+ any balanced hand out of range for 1NT>, opener will have clubs considerably more often than he will have diamonds, because, what, 40% of the time or so, he will have an unbalanced club hand and will never have an unbalanced diamond hand.
April 27, 2015
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Of course everybody is getting ‘free shots’ with transfers, that's the price you pay for using them. I'm just suggesting you take full advantage of the free shots given you, and imo gaining transfers in the two unbid suits (I think you're commenting on the (1) P (1=h) sequence) is worth it. I can bid 2 = diamonds with both xx/xxx/KJTxxx/xx as a lead director, and with the big hand AKxx/xxx/AKJxxx/x which I will continue to describe.

Room for discussion for sure, and needs field testing.
April 26, 2015
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heh I did say ‘approx’ :-)
April 16, 2015
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I passed 2 once, holding x/Kxxxxx/KQJxxx/x approx, and partner played in his 6-1 fit instead of his 6-6 fit.
April 16, 2015
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Holding Kx(x) or KJx(x), at least some of the time, for whatever reason, LHO will hop with the K. Holding Jx(x), he never hops. So LHO will more often have the J than the K, and you should play the T. Maybe.
April 8, 2015
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Have any ideas of how to counter that 2 bid? The immediate reaction I had (for responder just competing) was to use X as meaning same thing … a long major … 2 with a hand that you would make a takeout double of a 2 bid (say 1444), 2 with say 4144, then something for the minors. That might lead to chaos but it would be fun. For GF hands, maybe pass then act.
April 4, 2015
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When Precision came around late 1960's, how was the ACBL convinced to GCC its relative ‘weird’ structure?
March 23, 2015
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Hi Gary. Right. But even Goren recognized ‘good’ HCP holdings and ‘bad’ ones. Hey ‘+’ and ‘-’ imply fractional worth, and might flummox the ACBL, so what would they do with an announced range of say 10- to 13?

March 23, 2015
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How does the ACBL calculate 1/2 point? It's tough using just 1's 2's 3's and 4's. Is including ‘1/2’ in your notrump range then illegal? Futile? Pointless? Hey maybe presented with a range of 9 1/2 to 13 they would ‘round up’ and you could get away with that hand.

BTW I see so many pairs upgrading so often, I think they should more accurately announce their range to, for example, 14 1/2 to 17.
March 23, 2015
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FWIW I've written a convention card editor (web app) for personal use that runs nicely on my android phone. It should run on iphones as well. On an android phone, use a Chrome browser, for an iphone, use Safari.

Once at the site, to make the app look more app-like, do the Chrome top-right options ‘Add to homescreen’, and subsequently run it from the homescreen icon. I'm not sure exactly what that routine is for iphones.

www.convcard.com


March 22, 2015
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Thanks too much wine maybe :-)
March 17, 2015
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So 1 showing 4+ spades is OK here: 1 (X) 1, and here: 1 (1) 1. And Double showing 4+ spades here: 1 (1) X, but not 1 here: 1 (P) 1?

I'd be interested in the alleged rationale.
March 15, 2015
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