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I don't see what there is to think about for so long; you should only consider raising a pre-empt if you have defence to the other contracts that you might push the opps into.
Have I got values in the other suits, no, then easy pass, yes, then easy raise.
The only other scenario is where you have lot of cards in partner's suit and little else so can raise a barrage at the 5 or 6 level.
Oct. 16, 2015
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I'm surprised at the number of 4H bidders.
I'm sat there with -, xxx, AKxxx, KQxxx and after 3H-p-p I have a problem. However after 3H-p-4H you watch how quickly I can get my 4NT bid on the table!
Oct. 15, 2015
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If I'm bidding at all its 5H because 4H will help the opps; since this is clearly silly its an easy pass. I will have decided what to do within milliseconds of partners bid, so passing in tempo is easy.
Oct. 15, 2015
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No the driver is the wide range of the 2H rebid, showing anything from Jxxxx to AKJxxx; coping with that in the subsequent auction is likely to be ‘interesting’.
Oct. 15, 2015
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Overlooked because I have never heard of it and it would never have occurred to me. Given the number of likes it would appear to have some merit too. We live and learn.
Oct. 15, 2015
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Well it enabled Steven Allen to recognise me on this site!
Oct. 15, 2015
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I'm always bidding 1D on this hand; I play Walsh but not if I have 2 more cards in diamonds than in the major.
However my 1D response to 1C is forcing (as is the 1C bid).
Oct. 15, 2015
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I'm pretty sure Wolpert & Kranyak played 2/1 and Flannery; so I'm not sure how 2/1 avoids the problem.
Oct. 15, 2015
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..and how does that help?
Oct. 15, 2015
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OK guys, so how would you bid the examples in my article on mini-splinters (which have obviously been chosen to showcase mini-splinters!)
Oct. 15, 2015
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My partner has shown a decent hand and a good quality 6+ card spade suit; if I lead anything other than a spade on this hand I deserve to be shot.
Oct. 15, 2015
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Should have added that we play 1M-3M as 4 card support and exactly 9 losers; so a controlled pre-empt which doesn't leave partner wondering…
Oct. 15, 2015
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I normally play K for count but in a suit where count is known from the bidding it asks for suit preference.
Oct. 14, 2015
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Just talked to my partner and its adopted @
Thanks Ed (it's good to talk)☺
Oct. 14, 2015
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Completely agree!
Oct. 14, 2015
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I like the idea of a 4-way 2NT response:
Weak both minors
weak long diamonds
strong both minors
strong long diamonds

Hhowever would show the strong D hand with 3nt and the strong 2-suiter via a splinter.

We now have a free 1NT-3D sequence too.
Oct. 14, 2015
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Sadly it is true and rarely any consideration of how good an 11 it is, passing with a poor 11 opposite a weak NT will get you many good scores.
Oct. 14, 2015
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I like your profile too.
Oct. 13, 2015
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I got to the point in chess where I was only going to improve with some serious hard work and the game just didn't interest me enough.
I also think that the game has been analysed to death and once computers start beating the best human players I wonder what the point of playing is.
Hopefully we won't see the same happen to Bridge in my lifetime (and I'm a software engineer).
Oct. 13, 2015
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Because GEM refers to a specific way of enhancing McKendrick, someone else may have a alternative enhancement.
Why not refer to RKCB as enhanced Blackwood?and at least if I give it a proper name to start with it won't get named after someone else such as Stayman.
Oct. 13, 2015
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