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I prefer Spiral Scan: 1st possible step asks Q trump (unless already known), next K of side suit (akers 1st priority). Can be repeated even for side Qs. Responses are: 1st step denies, 2nd confirms but denies next card up the line, 3rd confirms and shows next up the line etc. Spiral Scan should be combined with minorwood or kickback.
Nov. 26, 2016
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Tracy, I agree 100%.
Nov. 26, 2016
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Is this some kind of contest?
Nov. 24, 2016
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Of course, else no gain!
Nov. 22, 2016
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Shit…uh I mean congratulations:-))
Nov. 22, 2016
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Had I been dealt J, I would have voted for option 4. 8,5 loser is okay, but pard can at least rely on me to have some suit quality.
Nov. 22, 2016
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You will need a lot of mental energy to cover the loss on this board:-)
Nov. 22, 2016
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I have already shown my auction. Opener has maximum, 5 controls, 4crd and Q for 7.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Of course it is not unusual to end up in 3N if 2N shows support in a defensive hand. Seldom if 2 is opened, but I like to keep things simple. We play this treatment (courtesy Robson & Segal) in many competitive situations.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Arno, S is somewhat more limited then you suggest. S could have bid 4 after 1 (not really strong) or 3 (stronger). IMO this sequence shows slam interest but is nonforcing (not 28hcp). If 3 was just a 3N try, S should bid 4/5 or 5 over 4.
Nov. 22, 2016
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A raise to (at least) 3 with a defensive hand. I hope Frances and Will will enlighten me/us. Without interference you would never bid 3 to play. Why on earth would I want to play 3 now?
Nov. 21, 2016
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In my QUC 2 shows specifically doubleton and 3crd . Openers 2-rebid shows extras either in hcp or distribution. We give up playing 3N with a 5-3M-fit established in most cases as IMO serious/nonserious is more valuable. Exception is if 3N is a jump (1M-2M; 3N)
Nov. 20, 2016
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I count 2 -no's and 3 -no's and 3 -yes' (obiously 3 must now be interpreted as slam try).
Nov. 18, 2016
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No need to suggest any other strain after pard said “no, no, no” to and . We are going to play some number of . 5 asks pard to bid 6 if his are really good, any other bid would suggest better support. I would bid 4 with a stiff and doubleton . I would bid 5N as GST wit A and an honour in .
Nov. 17, 2016
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Same for me, I'm always interested in exotic bidding systems.
Nov. 17, 2016
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Yours is better, mine is simpler because we play this in all overcall situations after WNT. I'll keep yours in mind though.
Nov. 17, 2016
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All this writing about MI is totally irrelevant. Now to the real issue: S should bid 2N even without having an agreement. What will happen after 4? Either W has 19-20 balanced and partner has bid 2 on rubbish (W will double of course) or W has a semiforcing in M (and bid 4M, what else).
I tend to interfere over strong opening bids just to make life harder for opps. This example shows, that you need one way to show a genuine overcall. Best to use either X or an artificial 2 for that purpose. They don't take away bidding space and opps are unlikely to jump, so you can get your suit in at the 3-level.
Edit: Fit jump on this hand is nonsense. After a strong opening a fit jump should be lead directing.
Nov. 17, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Nov. 17, 2016
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Leb and penalty-X
Nov. 17, 2016
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If I translate my methods to SNT, this is how we would bid:
1N-2S ( - Range ask, if pard shows min I bid 6N)
3-3 (max - control ask, if pard shows less then 5 I bid 6N)
3N-4 (5 controls - Hxxx/xxxxx or better, if pard doesn't raise I bid 6N)
5-5N (4/5 - asks Q, if pard denies I bid 6N)
7-P (Q - we may have 13 tricks in NT if pard has 2 additional Qs, but with 1 we may need a ruff)
If pard bids 5 over 4, showing Qxxxx (because I have denied 4), I currently do not have a method to find out if she has the right cards for a grand. It is of course possible to use 5 as an asking bid, but the situation doesn't come up often enough to make it worthwhile.
Nov. 16, 2016
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Double to show cards. If RHO opens 4C and I have 20 hcp I do not pass. Here there sre 20+ points between me and pard, again I cannot pass. Still, first I ask what 4 means. I can do so even if there is no alert.
Nov. 15, 2016
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