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Of course it depends upon the rest of your system, but no matter what, i can't think of anything but forcing. In my system a direct 2 would be non-forcing and 3 is fit-jump and this is the only way to show and strong. If 2 is forcing, I would expect something like Oren's hand.
Dec. 15, 2016
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Another fine example of Blackwootitis
Dec. 8, 2016
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Yes, if we have a double fit, they should have at least one fit. We have shown at least 17 cards in red, so they will have 17 cards in black. I made a slam try, so we very likely can make 4 and/or 5. Add favorous vulnerability plus the fact that he could trust my bidding and you have your 4. 5-1 wouldn't have been a bad score but for S X, because all the palookas opened 2 in 1st and most other tables bid up to 4 also. All EW pairs played either 5 or 5.
Dec. 7, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Dec. 7, 2016
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Pard had AKx, xxx, AQxx,xxx. 4S is down 2 on a lead to the A, to A, ruff plus A,K.
Dec. 7, 2016
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I bid 5 doubled by S. to K, A, ruff after which pard claimed the rest.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Something similar, but yes 3 should be 5-5.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Interesting indeed. N had JTxxxx, xx, x, KJxx.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Again, do you see how foolish the alerting procedure is? Without it there would have been no MI and NS would play 3 without involving TD. Again I ask: “What is wrong with reading CCs and asking if you need clarification?”
Dec. 6, 2016
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My point of view exactly.
Dec. 1, 2016
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Why would you want to play 4m if neither has a stopper if you can also stop in 3m?
Dec. 1, 2016
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I'm not entirely sure if I should take “biddng like a computer” as a compliment :-))
Nov. 30, 2016
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If 3 is FG Stayman without a stop, 4 shows 4 and 3 shows 3. Pard should bid 3N with half stopper, try for 5m with 4m or bid 4 to play in a Moysian. Over 3 as FG Stayman with a stop (via 2N-3) I would assume 3 to show 4 with a NT-oriented hand. After an overcall getting to the right game has priority over slam bidding.
Nov. 30, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Nov. 30, 2016
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Looking at my hand, either pard will be on lead first after winning a trump trick or I will be on lead after winning a minor K. In the 1st case I will signal neutral by discarding middle s, in the 2nd case, The only chance lies in leading the other minor. At MP, i probably make a neutral return if declarer attacks
Nov. 29, 2016
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Experiences are probably different in a region where WNT is standard.
Nov. 28, 2016
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Penalty X are succesfull especially after a WNT. My experience is that people tend to become careless when they hear “12-14”.
Nov. 28, 2016
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I don't like to open strong two-suiters with a bid that doesn't show one of the suits, so I'd probably open 1.off topic: In my system I can open this hand 2 as WT in or a strong two-suiter with .
Nov. 27, 2016
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Some ten or more years go there was an article in the German Bridge Magazine by Mr. Wolf similar to Grumpy. 2N with all invitational hands including and opener bids paradox-style. I've played this for two years but am back to Leb for reasons given by Steve and John.
I made a modificattion however: direct 3-level bids are always invitational. With a minor you usually want to play 3N if you are strong enough to force. If neither has a stopper you will have to introduce your suit at the 4-level anyway. The only trouble is 1N-(2) where you have to treat an FG 5-bagger in as either 4 or 6.
Nov. 27, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Nov. 28, 2016
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With an unbalanced hand all kings are not equal most of the time. Asking for specific kings you should prioratize the kings. Without proratizing quantity could be better in some cases, but differentiating those cases is more strain on memory then spiral scan.
Nov. 27, 2016
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Askers side suit has priority, then lower-higher.
Nov. 26, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Nov. 26, 2016
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In principle yes, here is an example:
1-2; 2-4N; 5-?
5 sign-off
5 asks Q, now 5N denies, 6 confirms and denies K, 6 shows Q and K
after 6, I can still ask for K and play 6 but must play 6N if asking for K
5N asks for K, now 6 denies, 6 confirms and denies K, 6 shows K and K
etc.
The theory behind spiral scan is that it is more likely that (in this case) K is needed, after all why did I bid 2 before RKCB. You can construct situations where you would get to high, but then you should have chosen another route. In the example above I could bid 3 then serious Italian Cue Bids and non-serious 3N plus 4N as D.I (or Turbo if you like).
Nov. 26, 2016
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