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A close second to #2 IMO
Aug. 9, 2016
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“t is very hard to imagine 3♦ as being natural…” That could have been your argument in the post-mortem after an alert by pard. That is if you have to explain -1100. Now that there is no alert, there is only one possible call: PASS! I have heard your kind of justifications for making use of UI and I hate it.
Aug. 9, 2016
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18-7=11, 22-11=11. What is your call, if you are to strong for an overcall? Double. I had expected you to understand what I mean with “power double”. I know the term “power double” is also used for a double only on power in combination with 1N for takeout as proposed by Jeff Goldsmith (not a good player in your opinion?).
Aug. 7, 2016
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Ron the Greatest, please explain why the range of an overcall is “very wide” compared to an opening bid. Lower limit for an opening bid 11/12, upper limit not good enough for semi-forcing. Lower limit for a 1-level overcall 7/8, upper limit not good enough for power double.
Aug. 7, 2016
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Play 2? Not necessarily, but do you expect to play 2 if you overcall 1M with 2? You hope that pard can help you. 1N? Is that really extremely valuable? After all many play F1NT over 1M too. NF change of suit? AFAIK you are an advocate of non-forcing free bids if opps overcall your opening bid. Why not in this situation?
Aug. 6, 2016
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Maybe I should have written “minimize randomization” in stead of “fair”
Aug. 5, 2016
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“Recruit a few dozen or hundred new members and have bigger games. :-)”

I'd love to, but the reality is worse then anything you can imagine. When I started playing bridge again at the age of 60, I lowered the average age in the club (not true for the club I'm playing in today!). Bridge in Germany is dying of old age.
Aug. 5, 2016
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I like the idea, but in my book (1)-1M-(P)-2 is non-forcing. But what about 1N? Downside is that 1N cannot promise M-support. (1)-1M-(P)-1N; 2M weak, …; 2 intermediate, then 2M “natural” 1N-bid, 2N invite, other fit-showing. I keep my non-forcing 2 and lose the possibility to play 1N, a fair trade-off IMO.
Aug. 5, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 5, 2016
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I expect pard to pull which is ok for me. If pard passes with the rest of the points that's ok for me too. With opps vulnerable I would pass. I should add that a reopening double shows cards for me. With other agreements you might have to pass and accept a bad score.
Aug. 3, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 3, 2016
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How many tricks do you estimate? n losers is not the sam as 13-n tricks. My 1st and 2nd hand preempts are disiplined, because I do not want to preempt pard (2nd hand is worst!). In my younger days I occasionally played with a wild preempter. We hardly ever got punished badly, its the games we missed that made it non-profit.
July 30, 2016
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Again, from the lead we know that declares only card above the 5 is the Q. I know that pard started with AJ 4th or 5th and he knows that I know. Therefore no reason for Smith.
July 30, 2016
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If pard has A taking K and returning wins, if not declare has K as entry even if I duck (pard has 2 clubs). I can play K before returning in case pard does not have A but QJxx or QTxx in . But what if pard has K? If I duck pard will take A on the next trick, return a small and I still have a if I come in with K. Or declare will play A and another giving pard a chance to signal.
July 30, 2016
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6 is in dummy.
July 30, 2016
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Nonsense, pard started with AJ85(x), possibly A85 or J85 hoping to find my suit.
July 29, 2016
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1N is what?
July 28, 2016
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2N should be stronger, bid 2M with 12-14 and 5332. Our 2/1 is not 100% FG (KS-style: we can stop after 1M-2m; 2M-3m). We bid 2M with any minimum, all other bids (even 3m or 2 after 1M-2) show added values. 2N is a kind of waiting bid and doesn't promise a balanced hand or even stoppers because a 3-level bid shows a distributional hand. My personal preference is 2M as a waiting bid and 2N natural, but partner is used to 2M as a limit bid and I insisted on distributional 3-level bids.
July 28, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 28, 2016
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I don't like transfers for two reasons: 1) openers hand is well described, we know little about responders hand. Fortunately for the defenders the unknown hand will be dummy. 2) more options for defenders. I like X plus OM, their suit plus OM, pass then X 3-suiter. IMO the value of “leading to the strong hand” is overrated especially if you play WNT.
My personal preference is a structure based upon “condensed transfers” part of Fantunes V1.80 http://www.bridgeguys.com/pdf/fantunes_modified_version_1.80.pdf. Gerben Dirksen calls this “hitchhiker”. He promises a full disclosure file in his article on http://www.geocities.ws/gerben42, but I cannot decipher it.
That said, bridge is a partnership game and my partner likes transfers. After transfering to a major, we can transfer again. You lose the GI with TRF then 2N so instead 1N-2; 2-2 is the -GI and 1N-2; 2/-2 is the -invite. I don't remember where I found that, but AFAIK Frances Hinden plays this too. Maybe she can help.
BTW a big advantage of “condensed transfers” is that you can play 2M in a 5-2-fit if you are GI.
July 28, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 29, 2016
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On the one hand I think it should show a control (my vote), but then it should deny m controls. A slam try without a single m control is impossible unless you cue only 1st round controls. Does that mean that 4! Shows A or void? I will change my vote to other.: I want to play 4 and create a forcing pass should they bid 5.
July 27, 2016
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Not the KS that I know, but each to his own. Yes 2 is 100% forcing, but so is 1-1-3. Quote: “Very, very strong, game-forcing. A hand you would have considered opening with 2 had the suit been a major. If responder has 1-1/2 QT plus quality, slam chances.”
July 25, 2016
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David, the difference between Bob's hand and yours is that Bob can add 1 point for a doubleton and you have to substract 1 point for 3433.
July 25, 2016
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