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Bill:

Simply inverting 2 and 2. The idea being that advancer can bid 2 to ask overcaller for their longer/better major.
10 hours ago
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Google might be planning to take over the world. In the meantime, it is a rather useful source.

Let's say you live in Budapest and want to convert 1100 China time into Budapest time:. Type the following into a google search box: 1100 China time is what in Budapest. Hit return and there you are.

Plan B: Go to http://www.timebie.com/ and have a ball.
13 hours ago
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Buddy:

If the suit is a major, you are ONE trick away from game in your own hand (assuming even splits). If the suit is a minor, you are TWO tricks short of game.
21 hours ago
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It would help to know our methods and weak-two style. Assuming I have never met North before and was filling in after North's partner was called away, I bid 4.
21 hours ago
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9+ losers. A club lead from partner might (or might not) be better than a heart lead. A 1 overcall actually gives the opponents MORE bidding space than a pass would.
21 hours ago
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Agree with Richard. I guess after accidentally bidding 3 last time, I know jump to 5.

As to the 1 opener: Eddie Kantar wrote that Marshall Miles told him that with a solid 6-card minor pass and with seven you open at the one level. Like Kantar, if it was good enough for Miles, it is good enough for me.
21 hours ago
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I've heard it called Randy. However, I have also heard a different Landy variation called Randy.
21 hours ago
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Craig:

If I ever found a partner crazy enough to allow me to define our defensive bidding methods, your hand is exactly what 4th hand would hold.
Sept. 14
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At least once an Unusual 2NT was passed in World Championship play. I have seen Unusual 2NT bids passed (on purpose, not from misunderstanding).
Sept. 14
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Culbertson's rule was similar, except he added that you should have more Quick tricks. That makes them ever rarer (which I think is a good thing).
Sept. 14
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I am not sure I need to know what 2NT means to “know” the double is for penalties.

If 2NT is quasi-natural, I don't see the usefulness of a take-out. If 2NT is for the minors, I do not see the usefulness of a takeout. I can not think what it might show where I would want a takeout.

Obviously, I would be asking what it meant before doubling (or passing partner's double).
Sept. 14
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I think Jim is using “package” as a hand with concentrated strength. Something like KQJXXX - xx - x - Kxxx perhaps.

In any case with 6-7 and some strength, I want to start showing my suits. I am going to pretend I am 6-6 and start with 2. If I were resulting, I would start with 3 but that will all too often steal too much bidding room.
Sept. 14
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Danny:

I almost agree with you. I differ only in that they should have gotten a second PP for the lack of a convention card.

It is hard to think up a more blatant use of UI.
Sept. 13
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David:

The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris was based on data collected and relevant to the Royal Observatory. Since this was the basis used for the marine chronometer method of determining longitude and much of the data collected for the ungodly complicated lunar distance method was collected at the same place, Greenwich was clearly the obviously for the prime meridian.
Sept. 13
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As an aside, the most interesting system to be on display will be the one used by David Dolbel and Denis Humphries of the New Zeeland Senior team. The direct link is http://www.ecatsbridgenews.com/WBFsystems/2019Wuhan_dOrsi_SeniorsTrophy/NewZealand/REV1_Dolbel-Humphries.pdf

The system is basically Reese's Little Major updated.
Sept. 12
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Your hand:
KJx
A9
AKxx
QT87

Change it to:
AKxx
KJx
QT87
A9

The rearranged hand looks considerably more slamish to me.
Sept. 12
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Peg:

I was certainly not mature at 26. Heck, even now I am not mature … merely aged.

So, we have mature world class and we have aged club class.
Sept. 12
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Double and if partner bids 3, I bid 3.

An immediate 3 seems like a massive underbid.
Sept. 11
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David:

If I recall correctly, using a double of the multi 2 as a multi had some popularity in Britain way back when.
Sept. 11
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Paul:

Interesting. A weak only multi would be non-forcing. That makes it MUCH harder to defend than a forcing (split range) multi.

Sure, if your only strong type is a balanced hand of x to y hcp, it might not be forcing in theory … responder with x-xx-xxxxxxx-xxx might pass 2… but for practical purposes, you can defend as if it were forcing.
Sept. 10
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