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Just so you know pard, when I bid 5 here the message is, “I expect to make this without you so count your cover cards.”
April 19, 2016
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There is only 1 eleven point balanced hand that even causes a problem: AKx, Axxx, xx, xxxx. Here you have 11 HCP, 3 QTs and 8 cards in your two longest suits. You almost have to open. But note that this is going to be a 1 opener, followed by 1NT or 2MAJ. The only bad thing is if partner gets too aggressive leading a D. With a 5 card suit, and especially if my points are in the long suit, I am ready to open and treat is as a bad 12.
April 14, 2016
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My name is not John.

The big advantage here is the 2way 2bids.

1 is never a hand with 11-16 points and longer s than s. 1 is always 4+ unless the second bid is 1NT, in which case it could be as short as 2. I suppose that 1MAJ might show 4 with 3 honors even if 4-4-2-3.

The other advantage is 2 pt NT ranges other than 11-13 and 14-16.

I like to use the 1 opening as a slam finding tool and therefore 17 works better for me. I feel like the 11-16 range is manageable, falling into two nice chunks 11/12 - 13/14 and 13/14-15/16. I don't open many 11 point hands.

Putting more and more and more into the 1 by lowering the point count is not, in my opinion, the path to success with a forcing club system. (I tried it as low as 13+, with 9 HCP as the lower limit for opening a 1 bid) Especially when you are working with a two-way 1.
April 13, 2016
Jim Perkins edited this comment April 13, 2016
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1 = 17+ or 11-16 with long s (may have a second suit)
1 = 11/12-13 Balanced or 11-16 with long s or 11-16 with 4-4-4-1 any singleton other than s
1 = 11-16 with long usually 5+ s but can be 4-4-1-4.
1 = 11-16 with long usually 5+ s but can be 4-4-1-4.
1NT = 14-16 Balanced.
2 = weak s or strong s
2 = weak s or strong s
2 = weak s or strong s
2 = various freak (6+/5+) two suiters or strong s
Three level and up = typical pre-empts (or, with modifications to 2s meanings, the weak/strong x-fer can continue)

1 Responses:

1 = <8 points (and no 6 card MAJ)
1 = 8+ points, 4+ s
1 = 8+ points, 4+ s
1NT = 8+ points, 4+ s
2 = 8+ points, 4+ s
2 = 4-7 points, 6+ s or 11-13- Balanced or GF (13+) with long s
2 = 4-7 points, 6+ or 14+ Balanced or GF (13+) with long Ss
2 = GF with various minor suit holdings
2NT = GF 13+-15 or 18+ Balanced

Opener's second bid clarifies:

2 or minimum accepted x-fer = weak hand with s (and fit). With strong hand opener must avoid making a minimum-esque bid.

NT Ranges:

11-13 = 1 then 1NT
14-16 = 1NT
17-18 = 1 then 1NT
19-20 = 1 then, over 1 . . . 1 (kokish style, forces 1) then 1NT
21-22 = 1 then over 1 . . . 2NT
23-24 = 1 then, over 1 . . . 1 (kokish style, forces 1) then 2NT
25-26 = 1 then over 1 . . . 3NT

etc.
April 13, 2016
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You guys seriously got me. I am getting together with a new partner and went to edit an existing CC to use with the new partner.

I was livid!
April 1, 2016
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I posted the hand after Yu and I got into an extended . . . discussion. I chose 1 at the table and got a good result this time.

I see from the responses to this poll, that texture never matters in this debate to this audience. So I am revising my views that I do whatever I can to avoid declaring NT with these hands that never gain from receiving the opening lead.
March 31, 2016
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Adding points for coordinated honors in s and s, I still don't see this as anything other than a very mundane 14 count. As my preference is rather more for downgrading bad 15's than upgrading good 14's . . . this does not qualify. Excuse me while I go retch.
March 29, 2016
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Always make the play that works out best in the post mortem. :-) I even threw it into a lecture for VERY beginners. (“Why do we lead partner's suit?” “So that when it doesn't work out, it's her fault.” And then, more seriously: “But it's also quite often right.”)
March 27, 2016
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I have several scenes mapped out. And I have floated a couple of inquiries. But I am no professional screen writer so I am sure that someone more talented than I will pick it up.

Sorkin could make this into a true thriller for the masses. Among other things, regardless of what we all believe here (and I do), there are facts that call into question the motives of the accuser. Ambiguity = tension. In the movies at least.
March 27, 2016
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“I could have been a MLB player. I just never worked at it and I wasn't good enough anyway.”
March 13, 2016
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First off, we are going to miss a fair number of 18 point games. And this is by no means a cold game, although your odds seem quite good looking at both hands.

Second thing . . . if partner is on her game, she will realize that this sequence (P - (1) - P - (3) - 3 . . . ) is almost certainly stronger than the alternative (3 . . . ).

I don't think that she can realize how golden the 2 black Aces are regardless or how we start off the bidding. 1 - (P) - 1NT - (P) - 2 - (P) - 3 . . . is a) unlikely optimism from partner and b) probably not going to get most of us to game anyway (only overbid your hand once on any given auction).

March 13, 2016
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“Bridge deserves it,” . . . if you don't feel this way . . . X 100, just quit the game. Now. Really.
March 2, 2016
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Yehudit wrote (I paraphrase) thanks Peg, I only wish I had heard it from Jeff. She meant (I think) . . . that she had heard it from Jeff anywhere that Jeff cared anything about what his subscribers thought or wanted.

Feb. 6, 2016
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She is not saying v that JR should say it here. Just that he's should say it to his subscribers. Somewhere.
Feb. 5, 2016
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Well I passed. And the auction was P (P) 3 (4) and now P! and then (5) passed back to me. I could find nothing better than P now.

Wait 4 years for a 6-6 in the MAJs and then get shut out of the auction.

I led the A, dummy dropped five spades Kxxxx and partner discarded. I gave partner his ruff. He then cashes the A. Gives me a ruff . . . except I discard a instead of ruffing. His A is our 4th trick.

1 pair made 4s and we had the only other +.
Feb. 2, 2016
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I am a 4SF to game kind of guy, so these are both passable. But neither should be passed often. Cycling through 1 on the way to raising s suggests extra strength and particularly on the first auction(2s), it's hard to see where partner could pass.

Still, I voted that she can.
Jan. 31, 2016
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Be glad you don't play poker . . . there the assumption is that when a player quits, the translation = “I lost.”
Jan. 29, 2016
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A = 13, K = 9, Q=5, J = 2. Then start adding for combined honors, Ts and 9s. And subtracting for honors in short suits (stranded honors). You should get a number which, when divided by 3 approximately = the Work Count value of the hand. So 15 with no remained is a bad 15, 15 remainder 1 is an average 15 and 15 remainder 2 is a good 15. Etc.

I am not sure how to respond to OPPs queries but my partner seemed to do well yesterday (regarding a 1NT overcall: “a beefy 14 up to a bad 18”).
Jan. 29, 2016
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Yu . . . I think re-sent should be hyphenated. ;-)
Jan. 27, 2016
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