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What should W bid if E makes a CRASH X? 2 or 2? after 2 S is in an even better position, knowing for sure that E doesn‘t have . After …2-P-3 S has to pass.
July 29
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I Agree with Ulrich
July 29
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Exactly
July 29
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Agreed, but the OP says the explanation was bona fide, i.e. not intended to mislead declare.
July 29
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My partner would never do that. From an unpassed hand its Minorwood (and 4/N RKCB for /) as discussed.
As a „local expert“ I would never do that, but as a partner of a „local expert“ I would expect a strong raise.
July 27
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 27
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Brad, he doesn‘t even understand the problem. Since he always plays in this tempo, neither his partner nor his opponents can draw any conclusion from that. I can accept that in a club game, but it‘s a problem in a serious competition. His partner just shrugs and explains “he‘s over 70“.
July 27
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Sometimes you just have to accept it. We have a player in our club who isn‘t even aware of it. Once he pulled a card out of his stach after n seconds and waited abother m seconds before playing it. It was a singleton, I asked him why he hesitated, but he didn‘t understand the question. Now I know that this his „in tempo“.
July 27
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If an in tempo 9 is count and a hesitation 9 SP, partner has UI from the hesitation and should treat the 9 as count. If s/he did so, everything is okay, but if LHO‘s explanation is not assumed to be bona fide, a PP might be called for. As for the conclusions you draw from the hesitation, better luck next time.
July 27
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Richard, Ray, I am (maybe overly) sensitive to absolute statements. Larry‘s statement sounds absolute to me. Referring to 30+ years of experience is what old scientists do when challenged by a youngster. Ed‘s „Amen“ (=so be it) says it all.
How many top players today play 2/1 LC-style or even any 2/1? Stepping out of the center of the bridge world, how many play 2/1? The article referred to is directed at (his) students, who have decided to play 2/1 LC-style and I‘m sure he‘s correct under that premise.
July 27
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You can find references to MAFIA as MAjors FIrst Always, among others in Prof. Yang‘s description of Terrorist‘s Moscito.
July 27
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 27
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That doesn‘t mean his strong opinion is unrevocable truth. Culbertson also has an impressive record. Does anybody care today?
July 26
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YOUR strong opinion, not everybody’s
July 26
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July 26
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 26
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Ron, fuzzy formulation on my part. I didn‘t mean to say that the Moscito system is based upon or derived from the MAFIA-system. Moscito is based upon the Principle of giving preference to M. You open 4crd M even with longer m and consequently 1 denies 4crd M.
July 26
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There are lots of PC variants, some but not all with MAFIA-style. With one partner in my club I play WJ2000 where 1-2 is FG unless rebid and may have 4crd M if FG. In my regular partnership I play MAFIA-Style. The longer -suit is often skipped unless we are heading for slam. No problem at all: 1-1M;2-3 shows 4M-5, most hands with 5M rebid 2OM or a nonforcing 2M. I wouldn‘t know why the same principles fail if not playing Polish.
July 26
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AFAIK the MAFIA referred to above stands fot MAjors First In Answering. This is what I play in my Polish based system. There also is a bidding system MAjors FIrst Always, where you open a 1M with 4+ even if you have a longer minor. Moscito bidding system is also based upon this MAFIA.
July 26
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Honestly, I don‘t understand the question.
July 22
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Dave, don‘t get picky on me, I have already stated that I was not aware of the conditions. But even if I were aware, this is not the first thread where OP is asked to consider changing his methods.
Edit: under the condions now given I change my vote to FG.
July 20
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 20
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Not less then 3. In Roman 3 was possible with some 5-3-3-2. If your second longest suit is a doubleton (or 3 if) your longest suit is 6+. Open and rebid your longest. I can‘t imagine a canapé system where you open a (natural) doubleton.
July 19
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Robin, even after rereading, I don‘t see 1=5 or support XX.ä
July 19
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