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After scratching my head for 5 minutes at the above I belatedly noticed we doubled first.
Feb. 18
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Exactly two spades and at least 9 points.
Feb. 18
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I've never seen the need for a Soloway Jump Shift at the 3 level playing 2/1.

At the 2 level, they are quite useful and I too reached some sensible slams.
Feb. 18
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I vote for a bi dding prob lem
Feb. 15
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I think they forgot we play Puppet. Worse, I think they also forgot the structure of Smolen since the alternative meaning is 4 5


Partner is really having a bad day.
Feb. 15
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Takeout of hearts makes total sense. Its not terribly different than 1N (2 - hearts and a minor) - Dbl as takeout.
Feb. 15
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Bloodthirsty hands can pass /double.

Prefer double and double is cooperative.
Feb. 14
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I dont think its too hard.

1. Single suiters can overcall, or jump after a double.

2. Balanced or flexible hands can overcall, double and bid a new suit, or double, cue bid and then bid a new suit. The latter if its not GF shows within a King of that.

Your example just looks like a stock 1 / double diamond raises variety of hands. It is miles from double + cue bid + new suit.
Feb. 14
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I dont like 2 either, but I dont think it contributed to the result. Maybe West didnt like the spade quality for 3 and didnt want to risk being dropped in 2.

East on the other hand space hogged with 3N and panic passed across a known mountain.
Feb. 14
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Chris, if the spiral is used solely as a game try, the opener can just pass 2N. If there are GF hands+ rolled up into the spiral, then this won't work unless there are other tweaks.
Feb. 14
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I like it. A lot. Much better than the semi-standard “spiral” scan of “3-3-4-4”.

Might I suggest one small change?

2N is always 3 card support and a minimum, but exactly 4 of our minor. Sometimes 2N is our best spot when we don't have an eight card fit. Imagine Opener's 3442 opposite 4333.

3 of our minor is always 5 (6 on occasion) in that suit and 3 trump and a min.

The only drawback I can see is there is less room for some of the slam tries.
Feb. 12
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Count me in too. During detention in high school, I used to create bidding systems in my spare time. A few treatments were actually decent, but most of it was just vaporware.
Feb. 12
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Case in point. We are stuck 40 with 1 to go in the 2010 Reno Vanderbilt, Richie is in my chair at the other table 3rd red/red and two passes.

We hold xxxxxxx, xxxx, x, x.

I pass and defend 3N.

He opens 1N. Teammates do not have a penalty double available and are soon defending 3N. They had a penalty double of 3N which they forgot to use. It was their only hole on their card (we had many).
Feb. 11
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I'm just pleased to hear that you have a subset of relatively new players that want to play something fun and interesting.

I wouldn't provide them with cliff notes, but I would make them very aware about the strengths and weaknesses of this system, and what they should do to counteract.
Feb. 11
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Ty Cherilyn - you will be pleased to learn that both methods I mentioned are 4-card major based.
Feb. 11
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I don't. With the Q, West knows their winners are vulnerable, and would hope to score a or two and a trump trick in addition to the diamond winners so it looks wrong to play for it onside.
Feb. 11
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I am very interested in transfer systems myself, but to use 1 to cater to a weak diamond hand or a stronger canape with clubs and another seems utterly unplayable.

I would suggest you use “step 1” as something “invitational or better” and “Steps 2 to Steps N” as weaker calls and/or raises.

If you are really serious about designing such a system, I would do a fair amount of research into other similar systems like MOSCITO and Josh Sher's TOSR. Both of these methods have been very well elaborated and may give you what you are looking for out-of-the-box.
Feb. 11
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Why do we need different ways to invite when overcaller bids a new suit at the two level? I would hope their range is more tightly defined than 1 - 1N - 2 where a 3 strong invite is useful.

Of course, this is dependent on how you play a “cuebid” by overcaller after 1N, which is an entirely different discussion.
Feb. 11
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I'm not even convinced my opponents have sovereignty when they open the bidding in a major.
Feb. 11
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4 but start switching 4 and 4 for this reason.
Feb. 11
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