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I agree with everybody on sequence 2. Sequence 1 is more tricky. IMO the first goal was 3N, but we have abandoned that lacking a -stopper. Consequently 4 is non-forcing and 1st priority should focus on finding the best game 4 or 5. I expect opener to have 3crd , without it, I would temporize with 3 over 3, therefore responder has only 4crd and 4 is cog. Why bid 4 and not 4? Probably to denie control.
Aug. 19, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 19, 2016
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Yuan, why don't you play KSU (Kaplan-Sheinwold Updated)? Do you also have an artificial reverses after 1-1N or 1m-1M?
Aug. 18, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 19, 2016
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In my book 2N, being the most unattractive contract of all, is seldom naturally in a competitive situation. I agree with bidding 3N should the situation arise. Better try making 3N then trrying for 3N (IIRC something similar came up in another thread).
Aug. 16, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 16, 2016
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There are so many sequences where Lebensohl (or good/bad 2NT) makes sense. We have decided to make 2N in a competitive situation Lebensohl unless otherwise defined.
Aug. 16, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 16, 2016
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My thoughts exactly.
Aug. 16, 2016
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I think the headline is misleading. Innocent pairs should not be banned. I like the idea that the country that represented by a convicted pair is not allowed to send a team to Bermuda Bowl and the like.
Aug. 16, 2016
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Much ss I liked to play ACOL in the good old days, I totally forgot ACOL as I replied to this post. Still IIRC 1 could be 3 in a 4-3-3-3 and 1 is always 4+. As an aside, I had an opportunity to play ACOL once in the last 4 years and was asked by TD to prealert opening 1M on 4.
Aug. 15, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 15, 2016
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In any “natural” system 1 is more “natural” then 1. IMO our 2 is more likely to be artificial then 2 and should show both majors. But 2N would show both majors too, probably even 1N.
Aug. 15, 2016
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Wow, you must have a perfect bidding system and a perfect memory if this is your only problem.
Aug. 14, 2016
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No 1 is always unbalanced. Pard thought 1N shows 5-4 and 2 would have shown 5-4. We switched the bids 1 year ago and it doesn't come up very often.
Aug. 10, 2016
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Just coming from a club game. Pard held in 2nd position :Kx, :AK, :Qxxxx, :Jxxx. The bidding: (p)-1-(1)-X; (p)-1N-(p)-2; (2)-3-All pass. I alereted 1N as showing both minors, usually longer . IMO he had a clear pass over 2 without the 2-bid, but no obligation to bid 3 over 2 with a minimum and bad Suits. Maybe this is taking ethics to far, but we prefer that over being not ethical enough.
Aug. 10, 2016
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If the pro interpreted 3 as artificial, he should have alerted. Omer, you have my fullest sympathy. One more thing: I don't understand this pro-beginner system. Here (let's just call him/her) a good player plays with a beginner in order to improve his/her skills. Why then should the good player play as many of the hands as possible?
Aug. 10, 2016
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Sorry to say this Kit, but this is getting silly. Of course Flight C wakes up if the pro bids 3.
Aug. 9, 2016
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Also a good idea, but even more alien then 1N forcing to some. I don't mind having to play 2M if I overcall and pard has a natural 1N.
Aug. 9, 2016
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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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