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Pure GF 2-suited hands are very rare; so its usually quite safe to open at the one level and then jump rebid. e.g. 1-1NT-3
This means that your special methods have to be at least as efficient as this at showing the strong 2-suiter; I'm not convinced that they are.

I'm lucky enough to play in a jurisdiction that allows any opening bid from 2 through to 3 to be a multi-type. I play m2 and m2 bids each of which includes strong and weak options including strong 2-suiters. However, I mean STRONG, so we are talking 4 or fewer losers.

The trick we use is to anchor the bids so (if strong and 2-suited) the 2 opener promises 5+ hearts and the 2 bid promises 5+ spades. We can then show the strong hand and BOTH suits by rebidding in the other suit. e.g. 2-2-3 shows a strong red-2-suiter (at least 5-5). With hearts and spades we anchor to hearts unless we have 2 more spades than hearts (can be 6-4).

We just open 1 (forcing) with a strong minor 2-suiter.
4 hours ago
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We use our own Grantsino defence:

2C = 4+ clubs and at least 3-2 in the majors (2D asks for better major)
2D = majors (can be 4-4) or S+D

Opening strength or better, can be a bit weaker when protecting.
We even get to play in 2C after the opps open 1NT!
13 hours ago
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Board 2 is good for Acol…
1D-1S-2C-3C-P.

Board 3 is good for those of us who open 1C with 5-5 in the blacks.
April 18
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Why did I bid 3H if I'm not going to bid 4H now?
April 18
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Not sure why I bid 3D, did I want the opps to find game?
April 18
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If my partner expects 5 for 1H then I want a new partner (/system).
April 18
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….assuming imps scoring….

Throwing the dice at matchpoints is part of the fun.
April 18
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I hate my options:
Don't like 2S with only 2 card support
1NT will wrongside the contract and I have nothing to protect
Pass just seems lame.

I've been lame before….
April 17
Ian Grant edited this comment April 17
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1C-1S-3NT for me.
April 17
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I find it occasionally useful but I play mainly matchpointed pairs so wouldn't want to play Lightner.
Sure, its not 100% succesful, show me something that is…
It does at least make the last guess a cooperative decision.
April 17
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Of course not.
April 15
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Because he is a bridge player and is therefor used to arguing that black is white, up is down and that he really did call for the quace.
April 14
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2 appears to be a gadget that I am not aware of.
April 14
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I would have hoped that an ACBL Director would have known that they are not empowered to make rulings at the table; correct or otherwise. I would have called the TD after explaining to the table that I thought my partner had revoked (and making sure that no cards were put away).
April 14
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My partner would not lead a spade instead of a diamond unless it was a singleton AND they were confident of getting a ruff.
April 14
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2 looks normal and 4 looks like a wild gamble; especially at these colours.You know 4 is going down and there is no guarantee that the opps will reach 4 (unless you bid 3 and help them); in any case you can always bid 4 later.
April 13
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Baseball is brilliant for the sports TV networks too; they can have 8 minutes of ads either side of the 45 second highlights program.
April 11
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Totally impractical for anything other than special events.
April 11
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We now have option 3 thanks to my wife: the mini-Mexican showing a balanced 9-11. This would actually fit into our system very well…we rarely open 1.

We can stiĺl play the same 2-bids as opposite 1NT (though we won't have both majors because of Ekrens) or bail out in 1D, 1M or 1NT.
April 11
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Are we in a ‘protect what we have’ or a ‘grab what we can’ situation?
April 11
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