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What do I know?

I still wonder why Zia passed in 2nd seat.
16 hours ago
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Regret no 8-bd playoff!
May 20
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Michael, don't know where it comes from but I sure have done it with a 16-ct if playing 15-17.
May 20
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Not exactly so.
May 20
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Disappointing last board, thanks to Rodwell :)
May 20
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I dare not comment for fear of being barred!
May 20
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I wouldn't but, as I recall, the late and great John Lowenthal had fun with it.
May 20
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PS:
Wow again. Board 10.
May 20
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Wow!
Looks like quite an evening coming up.
May 20
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Henry,
Yes.
After opener's 1D, 1H, or 1S (at least 5+) no issues for me.
I've been focused on after the 1C opening which is nebulous and “almost forcing.”
May 19
Ed Judy edited this comment May 19
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Yes, a good example (a jump to 4H).

For many of us, it would suggest no 1st round or 2nd round control, depending on agreement.

With a minimum hand, should opener show a control? Pro and cons, imps vs matchpoints. One is real bridge, the other is not :) (And, yes, fake control bids can be part of the arsenal.)

And then we have the question of what might a 3S bid convey along with the possibility of a 3NT bid (serious or not).

Without a control in the minors, a jump to 4H would seem to be mandatory.

Playing Imps, I bid a control even with a minimum hand.
May 19
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Steve, I didn't mean to address you directly (you expressed your views generally beforehand); rather, I was asking BWers in general for any possible additional input.
May 19
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Henry,

I'm not clear as to what hand you are referring to, but I do agree that it is is probably fun to play – and, perhaps of more import, highly productive in the long run – but I'm trying to gain more insight as to how to minimize the downside.

(I'm slowly coming to my own conclusions.)
May 19
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Cogent comments, I think, from both Steve and John.

Not sure, but isn't it even possible to become a Diamond LM (let a LM) without playing against the best?
May 19
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“One should be careful about using the term ”fast arrival“, as Klinger and Rubens found out, as they were basing their arguments on different premises.”

Nothing like that ever happens on BW!
May 18
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I suspect expert view on the question has shifted somewhat from 1978 to today's times.
May 18
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CB:
There have been articles on the matter on BW. An index search should lead to them.
May 18
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Steve writes:

“If you want to play at a high level, you'll need artificial sequences for opener's rebid to sort out strength. At my level of play, I've never bothered.”

What might those artificial sequences be?

It seems to me you need to make an executive decision as opener. (That Old Black Magic is prohibited!)

Assume you've signed on to play something akin to the Harris-Morgan system:

The auction may go –

1C-(Pass)-2H*-(Pass)

(1C may be 18-22 balanced; 2H shows 4+ spades, 0-29)

With 4th chair passing, you can elect to bid 1S or “break” (if by agreement) with 2S or 2N to show a big balanced hand with 4 or less than 4 spades. I gather that a break is part of such a system. Is it?

I assume agreements are rather clear if 4th chair's call is anything other than pass.
May 18
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Marty,

After the 1C – when it is 18-22 balanced and 2nd seat passes – how does opener proceed inasmuch as responder's transfer or artificial bid may be extremely weak?
May 17
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I don't think sims can help on the issue.
May 17
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