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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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I'm happy to play against opps who pass a WNT with 14 hcp even if they don't alert. I do however agree with Richard.
July 23, 2016
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Pass is just bridge, in this case poor bridge. Yet another example showing the folly of alerting. Seeing 1 as 17+ on the CC, I know what to expect from a pass.
July 23, 2016
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Paraphrasing Ogden Nash “For social bridge players as social bridge players no special hate I carry”. I don't care for them very much either except as a source of serious bridge players. But if we want them to become serious bridge players, we should start their education as soon as they leave the coffee houses. I am not talking about the number of conventions. I am also not talking about the occasional revoke or even lead out of turn. I am talking about the most important issue: the ethics of the game. I am lenient with the sighs and tanks of the neophytes (they do not know what to do with UI anyway) or even recreationals (they seldom give me the impression that the UI is used in an improper way). Still I inform them that they could have a problem in a serious tournament. I am very strict however with opponents playing in serious tournaments, if they want to play coffee house bridge, they should go back to their coffee houses.
Conclusion: I support the idea of relaxing the enforcement of part of the rules, but without reducing the ethical standards of the game.
July 22, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 22, 2016
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Who needs master points?
July 21, 2016
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I duscussed this yesterday evening with my partner. If the overcall is at the 2-level, 3N denies a stopper and 2N then 3N shows a stopper. Why not transfer this to a 3-level overcall: 3N denies a stopper, X shows a stopper, which opener can pass with QTs knowing that the stopper is behind overcaller. With Mike's example bid 3N and opener will bid suits up the line without a stopper.
July 21, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 21, 2016
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You two have a point there. Our juicy penalty doubles usually occur after a 2-level bid over our (W)NT. How about 1N-(4m), 1N-(4) and 1N-(4)?
July 20, 2016
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