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1N-2 12-14 bal. - usually inv+ with 5crd or , can also be used to get openers distribution.
2-2N doubleton - relay
3-4 exactly 2335 - slam try in
4N-6 maximum (yes this is a maximum), odd #KC
10 hours ago
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X is „me too“, 1 4(5)-4 Ms, 1//N CRASH, higher suit bids natural and weak. 2-level. CRASH bids tend to be 5-5, up to pard to preempt. 2-level can easily be 5 nv. Be aware that 1 doesn‘t even steal bidding space. IMO with 5M-4m 2M is better then 1 or 1N.
June 5
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What use is showing shortness if both have wasted values in partners short suit and both still drive to slam? Better to bid 1-5, even if you have not explicitly agreed to exclusion, what else can it be?
June 5
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Not sure to get there. We‘d start 1-2; 2-3, where 2 is 11-13 (almost) any distribution and 3 shows some extras. Opener should bid 3N now, denying a high card in . Now the question is if responder should continue despite knowing that the best s/he can hope for is setting up by ruffing.
June 5
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I can only hope that you are joking
June 4
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I agree and therefore voted „other“.
June 3
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Good luck to you and your team.
June 1
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Good to know. However this is ACBL stuff. How about all the others? As long as proven cheaters are banned from BBO that‘s okay for me. Even better to report them to their NBO, but then how do ypu know that the nationality is not phony. We had some funny smelling boards against a Russian-Turkish pair some time ago and suspected they might be in the same room.
May 31
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Correct, also same place I would have been after 1st/2nd hand opening.
May 31
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P-(P)-1M-(2m); X-(P)-2OM = 5-4Ms, normal opening, „light“ 5-4 doesn‘t open 1M, but 2. Even 2 is not a problem because responder has 10/11. X is Drury Substitute.
May 31
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 31
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We open Ekren-style with 4-4, but not 7-9, but that is not the only point. 3rd hand opener will never be light with 5-4Ms, because that would be a 2-opening in any position.
May 31
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We have 2 (2/3 in M) and 2 (4 in M) as Drury. If opps overcall we use stolen bid, obviously if the overcall is 2 double substitutes both Drurys. We don‘t have to worry about OM because we open Ekren-style 2 with less then an opening.
May 31
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I accept that people new to BW do not know about hand and bidding diagrams and usually take the time and effort to sort it out. But if you know about hand and bidding diagrams and refrain from using them becaus you think this is „funny“ you will not get any more comments from me.
May 30
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Much depends upon your agreements. We play Negative Free Bids, so an initial 2m would not be forcing, but if you play 2m as forcing that sure is an option. Our rule is that X denies a fit, so if doubler later supports it shows Hx (my choice).
May 30
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3 or 3 depends upon suit quality, I would bid 3 if willing to play in opposite a small stiff. As responder I‘d bid 3 with Qx and that‘s what my partner would expect.
May 29
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It would be great to have an international tournament in Central Europe ( might I suggest Wroclaw). If it helps to name it „Open World Championship“ to attract many famous players, why not. Last year I played the „German Bridge Trophy“ in Berlin for the first (and certainly not the last) time. Not the same but lots of European teams. And we did play (well, our team mates did) against Sabine and Roy. If you don‘t succeed in organizing the OWC, the GBT might be an alternative for you.
May 29
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Even according to your stone age standard, this is a 2-opening. The suit is clearly good enough for 3.
May 28
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It is always good practice to think about the whole play at trick 1. I do that as declarer and as defender. That already solves most of the tempo issues, even if not all.

Another question: could it be that frequent mentioning of hesitation signals in BW comments leads to general acceptance? Even those comments that may be meant as a joke often sound serious.
May 20
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K7x would be possible, I would raher not lead from KJ7 but if I do, we lead J. Now J7x is still possible.
May 20
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I‘ll keep that in mind
May 20
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