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Thank you George for an interesting concept. You lose the Weak Two of course, but possibly the total “agressiveness” of your sytem is equal to standard precision. I'm a bit worried about 1N though. If by 3-suiter you mean 4-4-4-1 or 5-4-4-0 the frequency of 1N is to low IMO. Did you consider Canapé? That way 2M can be passed more often. It seems dangerous to force 3-level without a high probability of a fit.

I've also red some of your older posts dealing with 1N. I agree that a “natural” NT is not absolutely necessary. It helps to limit your rebids after a 1m opening however. Especially playing a WNT in a 5crd major sytem: 1m-1M; 2M always shows extras, either in high cards or in distribution. In a 4crd M system there is even less need for a normal 1N. In the 70th players in the Dutch Junior Team, notably Paul Felten and Jos Jacobs made “Nieuw Amstelveens” popular. This was basically ACOL with a 10-12 NT.
April 13, 2016
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It's the ambigous nature of many continuations that AUC and QUC are avoiding. In QUC you bid 3 with 4crd support. Responder splinters with a minumum or bids 3M with extras. Since trumps are set, you are still low enough to explore slam. If you cannot be sure about a fit (with 0-3) you establish a gameforce one level lower and have enough space to explore fit AND strength. All non- bids deny the strong variant and are comparable with continuations in a natural system.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. In QUC we are also at 3 if we show the strong variant (but we have more information about responders hand). With we are also at the 3-level (but 1 is limited to 15-18).
April 9, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 9, 2016
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My wife, who is from Poland, would pronounce it just like in English. Short “o” and “w” as “w”.
April 9, 2016
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With the same lead 6N would be the winner:-))
April 8, 2016
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Why bid 4N if you don't know what to do next? You probably wanted to bid 7 over 5, now you bid 6. Easy isn't it?
April 8, 2016
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Alerting has complicated everything, even psyching. The first book on bridge I ever read was “How to play winning bridge” by EK and AS. Psyching was part of the system, you use a SJS to find out if pard has a psyche, 1-1; 4 is forbidden. It was on our convention card and that was enough. Nowadays we have alerts and people are to lazy to read convention cards. As it is impractical to alert each and every opening and saying “could be a psyche with aprobability of 3%” we forbid agreements that uncover a psyche. Sorry, I'm getting carried away. Probably should open a separate thread on the down-side of alerting.
April 8, 2016
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Upps, my memory is not as good as I thought it was:-( Maybe K and Q.
April 8, 2016
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Even if it weren't legal, there is a way to handle the situation. A no-show would be losing the match. A and B could play a “friendly” match with a side-agreement, that the loser doesn't show up at the agreed upon date for the final. Voilá. As captain of team A I would insist upon playing against the weakened team unless we are on very friendly terms.
April 8, 2016
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In Germany psyches are allowed at club level, but can be forbidden in the statutes. After my first successfull psyche in a not very high-level club opps complained. The statutes didn't mention psyches, but the club manager (a friend of mine and the father of my partner) asked me to refrain from psyching. I obliged, but not without protesting. A couple of weeks later my (natural) 1 was overcalled with 1. I don't remember the rest of the bidding, but I do remember overcallers hand: : Axxx, : xx, : x, : JTxxxx. Is that a psyche? I asked. No, was the answer, I am entitled to make a 1-level overcall with 7 losers. Later I told the club manager the story and the psyching bann was relieved.
April 8, 2016
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Gábor: Pard will pass with 8 only if he cannot bid a suit or double for penalty, so chances are higher that he has less. I agree with the 12-8 vs. 15-5 and prefer penalty double also with SNT.
April 8, 2016
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I am not a habitual psycher, if you are you're walking on thin ice! I do admit however, that every time I have <5 hcp in 3rd hand, I consider bidding “something”. After all opps probably have a game. About 2 month ago, I had my last psyche, opening 1 on Kxxx, xx, xxx, xxxx. Then -(X)-XX-(2)-P-(3)-all pass. Opps were angry and assumed pard knew about the psyche. Pard explained (correctly) that he would have bid over 2, not over 3, because I could have a light (rule of 18) opening in 3rd hand. After asking 4 experts, getting 4 opinions that our bidding was ok, he came to me and shook hands.
April 8, 2016
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Opening 1D then bidding 1N is a severe underbid.
April 8, 2016
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Having the same agreement, does not mean always bidding the same. I sometimes make a close double at MP, that I wouldn't make at IMPs.
April 8, 2016
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In Germany t/o is alertable, penalty is not, a clear indication that penalty is standard. (BTW this is new, until 2015 it was forbidden to alert P, X or XX). I play WNT, a reopening double is out of the question. We do have a bad score occasionally when we don't find the -fit, but the juicy penalties outweigh this.
April 8, 2016
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Whenever I write balanced, I mean ANY balanced. This includes 5m-3-3-2 but not 5M (although traeting 5M-3-3-2 19+ as balanced is an option). Please be aware that 1 is always UNbalanced.
April 8, 2016
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In QUC 1 is 70% natural or balanced, in standard PC probably 75% (difference between WNT and SNT). Is bring 70% or 75% up to 90% really relevant?
April 7, 2016
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Are any of the books mentioned available as iBook? I prefer to read on my iPad nowadays. Also, it's not always easy to get foreign books in Germany.
April 7, 2016
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Can you provide a link to the article?
April 7, 2016
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Christopher has said it all. I can only add that I played Precision and LOB (with basically the same 1) in the 70s and QUC during the last 1.5 year. My experience is that QUC is a lot better.
April 7, 2016
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1-1M; 2 is 0-3 in M (max 3crd M). After that either relay for shape and strength or bid natural. I'll follow up with further bidding soon.
April 6, 2016
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