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I voted South, if he rebids 1NT then North has an easy 4 bid.
Jan. 4
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“On the Open Chart, shape restrictions do not apply to 1NT or 2NT overcalls intended to play, nor to an opening 2NT bid intended to play.”

ACBL Bulletin, Ruling the Game, Oct. 2019, pg. 30

Thanks to RB for the reference.
Jan. 4
Larry Lowell edited this comment Jan. 4
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Playing Precision or a Strong Club System, we use the scheme to show distribution. 2 shows a canape: 4M & unknown 5-cd minor.

However, playing 2 over 1 we use the scheme to show strength: minimum.
Dec. 31, 2019
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We require at least 2 controls for a positive response to 1, other strong club systems require at least 3 controls (GUS).

After Beta, we have the option of using CAB for a specific suit control ask including 3rd round control. 10 or more controls if no singleton is the guideline for slam investigation.
Dec. 28, 2019
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I have played Spiral Scan or Beta and denial cue bidding in several systems, but mostly strong club. I prefer Beta (Controls A & K), but Spiral Scan is powerful if you have suit agreement by the 3-level.

The stronger hand uses Beta, either hand can start Spiral Scan or denial cue bidding.
Dec. 27, 2019
Larry Lowell edited this comment Dec. 27, 2019
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I had the west hand today:
2 - 2NT - 3 (No feature = min) - 4
( I really like my hand & ignoring Mel's rule of 17 - counting tricks 5 + 2 + 3)

7 out of 8 matchpoints (I expected a better suit)

5 out of 9 pairs bid 4 after W opened 1NT (but not me)
Dec. 10, 2019
Larry Lowell edited this comment Dec. 10, 2019
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A freak hand, open 4NT (Specific Aces or Schenken 2 asking for specific aces).

Would south overcall 4NT?
Would North call the director?
Dec. 5, 2019
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I have a different problem posting to ACBLive. A team event won't post because one team had 6 members with 2 sit-outs. The software is only programed for 1 sit-out.
Dec. 1, 2019
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1 - 2NT (Semi-solid or better) - 3 (Beta) - 3 (2 Controls) - 7 - - -
Nov. 25, 2019
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I had a Director refresher course at Gatlinburg in 2018 and that same statement was made. I have since discovered that it is not 100% correct, there are situations where X or XX can be a comparable call, although rare and depending on the player's usage.
Nov. 18, 2019
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An additional 10 pages on interference.
Nov. 17, 2019
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The 1964 Encyclopedia of Bridge and the 1969 3rd edition of The Nottingham System of Contract Bridge both show only 16-21 hcp for the 1 opening.

However, in the original 1954 edition, Margery Burns states in the Introduction: “This System, a development of the Vanderbilt Club and originally a One Club - Two Club system, was born in 1935 …” at the Nottingham Bridge Club.

I think she was referring to the 2 opening (22+ hcp) as the Two Club comment above, but who knows for sure.

Finally: “If Acol is an Attitude of Mind, then ”Nottingham“ is a Triumph of Mind over Matter, …”
Nov. 14, 2019
Larry Lowell edited this comment Nov. 14, 2019
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Responses and follow-ons to a forcing 1 opening: 20 pages out of 70.
Nov. 13, 2019
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Final table count was 437, up 28 tables, 7% increase from 2018.
Nov. 11, 2019
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Interesting.

Playing one of my strong club systems (C3: Copious Canape Club) with transfer positives and asking bids:

1 - 1NT (G.F. = majors or any 5-5, 8+ hcp) -
2 (relay) - 3 (5-5 majors) -
3 (Beta setting s as trumps) - 4 (4 controls = 2 Aces, king of missing) -
4 (CAB) - 5 (3rd round control = Q) -
6 - - -
Nov. 10, 2019
Larry Lowell edited this comment Nov. 11, 2019
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First time warning if lead is not on the table before 3 minutes left in the round. Second time takeaway the board (No Play). Amazing how this helps.

I am an ACBL Club Director.
Nov. 8, 2019
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Pros are Life Masters or better.
Nov. 7, 2019
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Tom and Sam, thanks for the post(s).

Lyle Poe in his new book, Transfer Responses to 1 With Relays, 2019, switched to a 15-17 NT so he could increase the frequency of his 1 opening and transfer schemes. I am thinking of doing that also. Our experience with the 11-14 NT is that sometimes we are playing the wrong contract, but penalty doubles are not a major concern in pairs. In IMPs we are a little more concerned in having a good weak NT when vulnerable.
Nov. 4, 2019
Larry Lowell edited this comment Nov. 4, 2019
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Interesting discussion and comments.

I also play a canape system with several partners. We hate to by-pass 1NT and so use 2 as the artificial game force. Rebids in the majors show 5-cds and 2 is the default for a longer minor. I have been playing this scheme for over 5 years and like being able to play in 1NT if opener has a balanced hand without a longer minor that he chose to open 1M instead of 1NT (15-17).
Nov. 3, 2019
Larry Lowell edited this comment Nov. 3, 2019
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I ran a one section 15 1/2 tables with 32 boards in play.

NS average was 48.7% Placing was 62%, 62%, 60%
EW average was 50.3% Placing was 60%, 58%, 58%
Nov. 3, 2019
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