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Couldn‘t have expressed it better.
Jan. 31
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Looking at 13hcp N bidding is courageous, looking at a 5 loser hand is timid to say the least. Add to that the enormous improvement from both EW-bidding and S pass and subsequent voluntary 3 and you have a clear 4.
Jan. 31
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Alan, how has pard implied -shortness?
Jan. 30
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Richard, rubber bridge I assume.
Jan. 29
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At least from my iPad it doesn‘t work at all.
Jan. 28
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Jan. 28
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The transfer advances I know are off after a raise (or higher bid). Here we double (in the unlikely event) with 15+. Notice: non-forcing ≠ to play.
Jan. 28
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Jan. 28
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There is no reason why you shouldn‘t be able to play MAFIA-Style responses to 1m in a 5crd M system.
Jan. 27
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Bruce, I know there is a bidding system called MAFIA Club, where the preferred opening, if not a strong club, is 1M even with 3 in an unbalanced hand. There is also a response style to a normal 1m-opening called MAFIA (not to be mistaken for Walsh) where a 4crd majors is always (i.e. independent of strength) bid before a longer (other) minor.
Ref.: https://taigabridge.net/articles/mafia1.htm
Jan. 27
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Take it as a reccomendation:-)
Jan. 27
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„How do they find ♥ 44 fit“ By bidding 1! MAFIA (Majors first in answering).
Jan. 27
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I‘d rather bid on a non-forcing bid then pass a forcing bid. In my regular partnership it‘s non-forcing, but around here, it would be forcing for most.
Jan. 27
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Kieran, my choice exactly. By correcting 2 to 2 pard will know that I have an invite opposite 5crd . I don‘t need an agreement, this is pure logic.
Jan. 27
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Great idea!
Jan. 25
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Not inv+ and fircing?
Jan. 25
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We play 3rd/4th suit as a marionette. Opener bids the next step unless s/he has an exceptional distribution (5-5+ or a suit with max 1 loser opposite a small stiff). Then responder will clarify if 1) looking for stoppers, 2) looking for 5-3-fit, 3) slam interest.
Exceptions: 1m-1;2m-2 and 1-1;2-2 were 2 can be inviting with 5-4+ and opener bids 2N with 4crd .
Jan. 25
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We stick to Raptor, so 1N is 4OM-5om. 2m need not be 5-5, depending upon vulnerability and suits bid. If I’m strong enough to bid again, I might as well show both suits with one bid. After (1m)-P-(1) I will more often bid 1 with 5-4, but after (1)-P-(1) I might as well bid 2 with 5-4 in stead of 2. Thats two shots for the price of one. 2M is always natural.
Jan. 24
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Jan. 24
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You got it.
Jan. 24
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I play 3 minimum, but not a void. 3 unspecified void, any strength, others with extras. 3M a side suit that needs help, 3OM and 4m splinters, 3N neither.
Jan. 23
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Not only can the suit be to weak, it can also be to strong. The isea is that a slam on minimum hcp is possible if 1) pard has help in the suit and 2) we do not have two quick losers. As for 1: a solid suit is to strong. As for 2: IMO a good agreement is no outside high card control, so automatically good trumps.
Jan. 23
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There is something to be said pro X as t/o for against a PC 2, but that is not what OP says. If you know all suits are breaking bad, you need a good suit to overcall. As you don‘t have a good suit the choice is between P and X. I admit that I‘m not sure about it and don‘t have an agreement. X in the passout seat would be a clear penalty X IMHO.
Jan. 23
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