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I could be wrong, but looks like to me that Mid Chart expressly permits (8) any strong opening bid (15+ HCP), so shortness in strong no trumps is permitted, but not weak.
April 13, 2013
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If 1NT was weak, you might want to get in their face before doubler can reveal his suit.

XX = our hand
2C = MM at least 5-4, 2D by opener = same length
2D = any single suiter, then usually 2H by opener but 2S can be super-accept in hearts
2M = 4M5m
2N = mm with better diamonds
3C = mm with better clubs

Use same thing over Capp 2C, with X = MM. With good hand, pass then judge.
Feb. 11, 2013
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I usually play a weak notrump, making it even more important to cope with disrespectful opponents. Probably half the time, the opps play Capp against us (why, I have no clue). To counter the Capp 2C bid (some long suit), if you are balanced pass and find out what their suit is, then you and pard decide if X is primarily penalty or negative. If you are unbalanced, get in their face with this, which is kind of Capp over Capp:

X = (54)=x=x, with 2D response = ‘you pick’
2D = any long suit, forcing 2H except 2S = super-accept in hearts
2M = 4M plus 5m, opener passes or can bid a 5-card suit up the line, or can ask m with 2N

2NT = x=x=5=4
3C = x=x=4=5

Do the same over a DONT X, with 2C = (54)=x=x
Jan. 19, 2013
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I've played this for years. For midchart events we suggest this defence: X = a heart overall, 1S = a takeout double of clubs and spades.

For the 1S transfer response, which we play as simply ‘no majors’, we suggest X = majors.
May 4, 2012
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I have been playing transfer responses to 1C for a couple of years. The Toronto clubs allow them (because they are trivially easy to defend), and I tend to stick to mid-chart tournament events (where yes, it gets very tiring pre-alerting them).

They are particularly beneficial for weak notrumpers, where the 1C opener is often a strong notrump, so the M transfers right-side many M contracts that would otherwise be played by the weaker hand. The nebulous 1S response (no majors) often right-sides a NT rebid. Also the transfers give opener a ‘bonus’ M raise. After 1C 1D(h); you can ‘raise’ with 1H to show some kind of hand, and 2H to show another.

I like them so much I stuff all 15+ balanced hands (including shapes like 3=3=5=2) into the 1C basket. This also benefits your 1D opener, which is now always unbalanced and usually 5+ in length.
Jan. 23, 2012
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Thanks. I often play a weak notrump, so we have more disturbances than most. I'd say more than half of our opps play Capp against us (God knows why, but there you go). I've found this system useful. Over the 2C Capp overcall (some 1-suiter), we play this pretty aggressively:

X = usually Garbage Stayman, but can be start of invite+ sequence (basically responder must have something sensible to do over 2D rebid)

2D = multi-like 5+ hearts or 5+ spades, with 2H normal response = pass/correct; opener can immediately super-accept in hearts with a 2S bid.

2M = 4M plus 5-6 m, competing. Lacking a 4M-fit or attractive 4-3M fit, opener rebids any 5-card suits along the way to 3m, with 2N the m-ask

2N+ = Lebensohl

Similarly applied to the DONT X (1-suiter), with 2C being Garbage Stayman etc.
Aug. 15, 2011
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