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Yes, 27 Zar points (open or open+ bracket).
July 12
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Or play 1 - 1 - 1 - 2NT as the semi-positive with 5 + 3.

That allows the jump to 2 to be the unknown mini-splinter: usually 4441.

Thus other jumps, 3 and 3 are fit jumps with Hxx or xxxx heart support.

Finally, with 4 + 3, use 1 as 0-4(5) hcp and 1NT as 4 and 5-7 hcp (don't show 4 if 0-4 hcp).
July 9
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Interesting. In one partnership I play Bocchi's 2 = 18-20 balanced or G.F. Transfer responses.
2 = 18+ (a) balanced with 5+, or (b) any 4441 hand, or © 6+ and 1 or 2-suited with diamonds primary. 2 is the waiting bid for description.
July 6
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A 4 session KO or Pairs! A significant number of us hate compacts and Swiss. Always willing to play up.
July 4
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In their 1959 book, after a fit is discovered, jumps to the 3-level by opener are asking bids, Alpha, for control(s) in that suit (0, K or 1, A or void, AK or AQ).

Also a jump by responder to the 3-level in a new suit over opener's suit is a Regular Asking Bid (somewhat different replies by opener).

Eventually 4NT is Roman Blackwood: 0/3, 1/4, 2 same/color/rank/, 2 different rank/color.
July 3
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Thanks, Hamish.
June 30
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Thanks, Tony - my thoughts also. I would hate to give up the weak NT. Also, I prefer 4-cd majors and canape.
June 29
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I play jump overcalls as 2-suited over Precision 2.
June 29
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ACBL rulings told me, a Club Director, that Double can never be a comparable call. I personally believe there are a few exceptions to that statement. However, I don't believe that this posting allows Double as a comparable call.
June 27
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OK, I'll do the same:
1 - 2 (GF with 5+) - 2 (tell me more, no good suit of my own) -
2 (4) - 2 (Beta, Great lets find out how good your hand is in controls) -
2NT (1-2 Controls) - 4 (Rats, only 8 controls) - - -
June 26
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Lots of good advice above. Play transfers and let opener's acceptance of the transfer be a distributional asking bid (with no good suit of his own). Responder can use a 2nd transfer for this and now Opener can set trumps and that can be a Beta for Controls. I have played this way for years. If opener has a good suit of his own he may bid it (instead of accepting the transfer) and it can be Gamma or SAB-3. Welcome to the Precision Brotherhood!
June 25
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Randy, I found some of my autobridge files. I have 11p (The Squeeze) continuous to 32P (Basic Trump Play) Part two. e-mail me for instructions.
June 25
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Randy, I have a bunch. WIll dig them out on Tuesday and let you know which sets.
June 24
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Condolences to the family. I too loved his books.
June 23
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Erik: I have been playing the Power Double (15+ hcp) with Herbert negative (cheapest call) for several years now and it is one of my favorite defensive conventions (along with Roman Jump Overcalls, i.e. The Overcall System). We have used the 1NT response to the Power Double to show 4+ cards in the negative suit: (1) X (p) 1NT = 6+ hcp and 4+.
June 23
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Yes, I had a team in the 2002 Vanderbilt in Houston and we played a 3-way with only 1 team advancing. 79 teams I remember. Ugh!
June 18
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East made a bidding error not bidding 5. 9 controls is not enough for slam without a singleton or 2-suit fit. I understand the system, but would change the contract back to 5.

Would we still be having this discussion if opener had bid 5 with the same BIT?

P.S. The slow 5 does NOT show additional values. 27 combined hcp minimum and a singleton, I would bid 6 as W, but the BIT ruins everything.
June 10
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Wow! (70 Blue Ribbons)

I play mostly pair games at Regionals and Sectionals = 0.25

What about Platinum Points?
June 2
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BW January 2001, pg. 7: Medals at Maastricht, Larry Cohen, Unfamiliar Methods

During the three-hour break between the quarterfinal and semi-final matches, we racked our brains trying to figure out how to cope with such things as a two-spade opening that shows this suit and that suit, or maybe none of the above. …

Why didn't we get ready for these systems in advance, you ask? Would your team be willing and able to expend the hundreds of person-hours necessary for the research, analysis, discussion and training required to be reasonably prepared to play against a team that you might not face? And then to repeat the procedure for another potential opponent?

Edited: insert italics 6/2/19 1:14 pm EDT
June 1
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I see 17.50 MP for A/X/Y Open Pairs on Thursday, 2 sessions (on ACBLive).
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