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Thank you, everybody. I had KQxxx, JTxxx, xx, x. 4 certainly is an option, but I think 4 emphasizes on and and distribution rather then hcp. Pard passed and my 5 was passed out. In the post-mortem I suggested 5 and his opinion was that he had a minimum strong 1 with 5 as already shown and a doubtfull Q. You have convinced me that X is the correct call. I'd pull the double of course and pard should be able to read me for a stiff and bid 6.
June 7, 2016
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Germany and I admit that I'm not sure if I get away with it. But must people make silly assumptions about the system I play. If they know so much, why do they ask?
June 7, 2016
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Steve, the law is irrelevant! Do you never bid 4M on a 5-3/4-4-fit? Yes, I would expect 4 and even 4 to be a splinter for . As for the game force, it is our agreement. BTW we would bid 1 not 1 even with a bad 6 or even 7 like Kxxx, xxx, Kxx, Jxx, which in my count has the value of 6-.
June 7, 2016
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If I want pard to switch to , it is better to lead 8. If I lead J, pard takes the A and declarer drops Q, he might put his hopes in .
June 7, 2016
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Ah and I expected RHO to have 4-5/6.
June 7, 2016
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Richard, that is also my question! We do not have an explicit agreement for this exact situation. The general agreement is 3 stronger then 4 in an FG-situation. I intended to adress Steve with the previous comment.
June 7, 2016
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Showing the strong 1 after a positive establishes a gameforce.
June 7, 2016
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Obviously declarer must have answered for one of or and the answer should have been “RKCB for X, but we have no agreemment for this situation”. However, you asked the wrong question. Leave out your own interpretations, maybe it is not BW at all. Just ask for the meaning of 4N. We play D.I. In a lot of situations. Usually I explain 4N even if they ask the BW-question. If I really dislike opps I answer “the question is irrelevant”. I could probably even answer truthfully to the question asked and lead them on the wrong track.
June 7, 2016
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I can explain Scrabble rules in 5 minutes, then you can start to play. Chess rules need maybe 10 minutes plus another 20 on a simple opening and continuations, then you can start to play. I have given bridge lessons (40 years ago). 10 lessons à 2.5 hours (including practice). After that the students could start to play at our club. It may be possible to play with less then that, but who do you play with. As I wanted to learn bridge I had a 193x edition of Culbertson (from my father). After reading the book, I wanted to play, but nobody understood my babbling about quick tricks.
June 3, 2016
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I prefer ACOL (preferably with mini-NT) with a pick-up over any other system. Unfortunately everybody here plays some form of 5crd major.
June 3, 2016
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Maybe not exactly what you are thinking of, but still a humorous statement on cheating: “Dishonoust Cheating” in Victor Mollo's “Murder in the Menagerie”.
June 2, 2016
4NT
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Pards opinion is natural always, but we have agreed upon BW after 1M-(4OM). Now we are waiting for it to happen:-)
June 2, 2016
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David, in your reality I am required to know exactly how opps bid, otherwise I cannot know what to alert and what not. If I know exactly how opps bid, they do not have to alert. Since I have the same rights as opps, they are required to know exactly how I bid. Why should I alert, if they already know exactly how I bid,.
June 2, 2016
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So obvious to me, that I didn't even think that anything else is remotely possible. Also, there is no need to read the complete CC. First I look at signalling, because I cannot look at the CC before falsecarding. Next I look at the basic system and 1C/D opening bids, so I can with agree with pard if we treat those as natural or artificial. Last I look at the NT-opening, because knowing the strength is also important when they open 1m. The rest comes during bidding when necessary.
May 31, 2016
4NT
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I agree with Bob (and Tracy), but will ask my partner what he thinks.
May 31, 2016
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I already said so in orher threads: in the good old days EVERYBODY was used to reading CCs and there were no alerts. Uh no, the exception was rubber bridge. There are a number of threads in BW showing how difficult alerting is. One more example: until 31.12.2015 in Germany it was FORBIDDEN to alert Pass, X and XX. Starting 01.01.2016 we MUST alert those calls if they have an unusual meaning. One sentence, no further guidelines whatsoever.
May 31, 2016
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In Germany 1N-(2Y)-X is alertable if t/o. Reading this thread I conclude that it is almost impossible to play outside your own jurisdiction.
May 30, 2016
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David, do you seriously suggest, that I alert a pass over 1 and explain our requirements for t/o double, 1 overcall 2-level overcall, 1N etc.?
May 30, 2016
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Some other examples. 1) some play that t/o over 1M shows 4OM, some don't. I have no idea what is usual and what should be alerted. 2) Since two years we have in our system book, that we can open 1M 3rd hand with a decent 4crd. Happened once until today. Should I alert? 3) One time I played ACOL with a British pick-up. We pre-alerted ACOL because almost everybody here plays some 5crd M system. We didn't alert the opening bid. All these problems can be avoided if everybody has to have a convention card and there is no alerting like in the good old days.
May 30, 2016
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Making a call that best describes my hand is bridge. Calling TD hoping for a redress when I have a bad score is not bridge.
May 30, 2016
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