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Right you are. I would add that even at MP many are statisfied with any plus score if they don't have the majority of the points.
Oct. 10, 2016
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I didn't write “do not use gadgets”, I wrote “do not use gadgets unless you have at least 27 points between you”. 2 reasons: 1) with less game is close, 3N needs only 9 tricks and 3N makes because opps do not have sufficient information; 2) with more not only do you have better chances to take 11 tricks, if the hands fit you might even take 12.
Oct. 9, 2016
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In order for 5 to be good, you need to make 3 more tricks compared to 3N. Just bid 3N and don't give opps even more information. Don't use any gadgets to get to 5m in stead of 3N unless you have at least a joint 27 points.
Oct. 9, 2016
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David, you forgot “none of them”. It is importand to HAVE an agreement and Larry's advice is certainly not the worst. The way I play it: 1) shortness ask, 2) 3 is LST, 3 is "nothing in but maximum otherwise, 3) stopper, could be advanced cue-bid, 4) stopper, assuming inverted minors slam is highly improbable in our system.
Oct. 8, 2016
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Why is that? Two places to play. Correct 3 to 3.
Oct. 8, 2016
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What exactly is a cue-bid double? If this includes fit plus slam try it's hardly passable.
Oct. 6, 2016
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I abstain! I have given a very precise information about my hand. Pard must decide.
Oct. 5, 2016
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'Tis possible…but I wouldn't call it Bridge. Give it another name and maybe I'll try at leadt once.
Oct. 4, 2016
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A nice challange, Frances. I would bid your examples wit Italian cue-bids and D.I. as follows:
1) starting from 4; 4-5; 5!N-6; 7. 5 denies -control, shows A; 5N is D.I. declares “all 1st round controls” and interogates “any extras”. 6 shows as source of tricks.
2) starting from 4: 4-4; 4N-5; 5N-6; 7. 4N is again D.I. (controls in all suits); 5 A; 5N D.I. 6 as a potential source of tricks. Note that with AQxxx you would bid 7 directly.
I don't damn RKCB, but it is my observation that it is used to often. I know bridge players who would be better off without it.
Also I don't contradict you with regard to your examples. I am sure that more then half in our bridge club would be better at slam bidding using “my” methods, but only a few would be able to come up with the reasoning from your examples.
Sept. 29, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 29, 2016
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4crd is illogical, pard has FG value and will bid if he has 4. Playing WNT, X shows 15+ balanced, no stopper, but I suppose you play SNT and pass now with WNT. Should be answers 1+2: support and extras.
Sept. 29, 2016
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I would expect 2 forcing and an alert if not. The other way around is okay for me to, but both standard and not alertable??? Obviously I still don't understand alerting! Again I pleed to banish alerting and get back to the good old practise of enforcing CCs.
Sept. 28, 2016
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Roland, I agree with most of your post. It would have been an excelent post had you completely avoided taking sides. After 15+ posts and 4000+ comments on what went wrong in Wroclaw, I would like to get back to discussing bridge problems.
Sept. 27, 2016
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I agree with Bob, that missing occasionally missing a 4-4 M-fit is the downside of WNT in any position. I don't want to open a WNT vs. SNT discussion in this thread, but IMO the plusses outweigh the minuses. The real rwason for allowing 1M with 4 in 3rd/4th is that I want to have a solid 1N. I count the hand given as 11-. I guess the 1-voters are not used to playing WNT. Opening 1 with less then 12 clashes with the rest of your WNT-based system. A WNT-based system is more then just saying, we open 1N with 12-14.
Sept. 27, 2016
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Those situations are much rarer then the prevalent use of RKCB suggests. After the trump suit is set with 3M or even 4m Italian cuebids plus D.I. (Or Turbo if that suits you better) allows exchange of information instead of Q&A.
Sept. 26, 2016
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If RKCB-bidder cannot place the endcontract either directly or after asking for specific Ks (personally, I prefer spiral scan!) he shouldn't have bid 4N in the first place.
Sept. 26, 2016
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1M-2M is 8-11 in our system (weaker jands bid F1N) and of course we alert. Q: Why do you alert? (Silly question, just ask the meaning, but ok). A: Because our raise can be stronger then usual (I admit, ignoring the silly question and just saying 8-11 with support would be better). No further questions, just “your alert is bewildering”.
Sept. 25, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 25, 2016
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I used Henry's point ranges (my point count, not just hcp). I didn't notice 1N being no 4crd M and only took weak two out of 1. the new percentages are:
1st 22%, 29%, 5%, 7%, 4%, 32% and 2nd 25%, 21%, 5%, 6%, 3%, 39%
Sept. 24, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 25, 2016
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I did 5000 with 1 both minors 5-4 or better.
1st hand 1m: 14%, 1: 29%, 1: 5%, 1N: 16%, 2m: 4%, Pass: 31%.
2nd hand if 1st hand does not open. Playing my system 1st hand opens 41%.
Percentages are 13%, 21%, 6%, 16%, 3%, 40% respectively.
Sept. 24, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 24, 2016
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Leonard, of course I would and there are also reasons to upgrade a hand from a WNT to a SNT or a Pass to an opening bid. What I was trying to say, is that there is no reason to get mad if you misguess because an opponent doesn't have the exact highcards that you expect.
Sept. 24, 2016
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Barry, I sometimes pass with 12 hcp because I substract 1 for AQ stiff. That IS systemic. Alertable? A crime? Unethical?
Sept. 23, 2016
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