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First of all we have to agree that the shape showing relay sequence is only used if slam is in the picture. After that you can use a rather complicated method to show specific Aces, Kings, Queens and sometimes even Jacks. If you are interested I suggest buying „Building a Bidding System“ by Roy Hughes. I like it, but don‘t play it. What I do play in comparable situations is Mulberry, which I picked up in Kit‘s Korner (I‘m not sure if Kit is the inventor). It‘s easy and we had some good auctions using it. Any game and 4N are slam tries in the strain bid, pass or accept by showing KCs. 4 relays to 4 after which you can RKCB for the longest, second longest, third longest suit by bidding 4//N. Bid 4 relaying to 4 then pass or sign of in a suit or bid 4N to ask for KCs in the shortest suit (impossible if the NT-opener asks of course, but we use it in other situations).
8 hours ago
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KT9 KT9 xx AKT98 is 16.4 on the K&R scale, Danny Kleinman calls it 15+, IMO 16+.
8 hours ago
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IMO P in stead of 1N would change the meaning of E‘s X.
23 hours ago
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1) There are to many points around for me to have a trap pass or to have „general values“
2) If I can X 3 but not 3 S will bid 3 no matter if I X or not.
3) Why give pard a choice between 3 in a 5-2-fit and 4 in a 5-3/4-fit?
Ergo: inviting with a -fit
Aug. 19
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Ray, if in ACBL-land the „announcement is designed to state HCP“, then you have to make the announcement accordingly. IMHO it's silly and I am glad to play in a non-Walrus-league.
Aug. 19
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David as I have explained upthread there are „points“ and „hcp“. Only to a Walruss they are the same. Still, on my CC it reads „upgrading/downgrading always possible“. I‘m not willing to announce anything more then 12-14 for people who are to lazy to even take a glance at the summary.
Aug. 17
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It seems there are a lot of Walruses around:-)
Aug. 17
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1N is 12-14 points not 12-14hcp. In Germany we have FP = FigurenPunkte = hcp and FVP = FigurenVerteilungsPunkte = hcp plus distribution. How about hcdp? IMHO this solves the problem.
Aug. 17
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 17
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Not an option for us: 2 is unconditionally FG and 2N unconditionally shows 4+.
Aug. 15
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Richard I agrree with you, although I‘d bid 3N over 1. But isn‘t this a perfect Acol 3N?
Aug. 14
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1N as response to a t/oX shows 0-6 and no 4crd that can be bid at the 1-level. With a „normal“ t/oX doubler usually bids 2 and we are in the same position as „normal“ doublers. With a hand where others overcall 1N we now pass and are in the same contract with one difference: the strong hand is on lead. After a t/oX of 1 1N denies 4 etc. If you have a better solution than this or the two alternatives from my post on Raptor feel free to explain it. Of course all this is irrelevant if you don‘t play Raptor.
Aug. 14
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I don’t know if it‘s standard, but it‘s certainly playable. I got the idea from Rosalind Hengeveld 2years ago (https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/follow-up-to-raptor-1nt-explained/). I deemed it better then my original idea and play it with my regular partner ever since.
Aug. 14
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I would double 1, but this is an absolute minimum. I also agree with Andy above, maybe that is even better then a direct double. Plus of course you should also double after (1)-P-(1)-P;2.
Aug. 11
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Not that I am a fan of the nebulous diamond, but I would accept it in order to play 1N as 11-13.
Aug. 11
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40% passers is not what I expected. Actually I considered bidding something stronger then 4N, which I would have done with K in stead of Q.
Aug. 11
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In a WNT-context this is a clear 2 for reasons given by Sean. In a SNT-context 2 is an underbid and 3 an overbid. Hooray for WNT.
Aug. 11
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I‘ve played BTC as well as Precision in my first bridge life. Control showing responses are nice in some, but not enough, cases. Pard and I are perfectly happy with our Polish based QUC. Should it ever be necessary for me to play Precision, I‘d hope that Kit publishes a book about his version. I like what I read in Kit’s Korner.
Aug. 11
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A hand to offshape for double, not strong enough for 1N. Do I call that t/o or cards? Definetly not a spade-stack-penalty-double.
Aug. 3
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Funny, I don‘t have this kind if problem as long as there is a convention card available.
Aug. 2
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Playing Gazzilli the jump shift is always 5-5 or better. We have a general rule not to introduce an unbid minor at the 4-level. 1M-1N;3m-4om shows the 3crd limit raise as does 1-1N;3-4.
Aug. 1
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