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Sigh!
July 17
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Some of us may have tried several of those and more. In my case I could add: Roman, Romex, Acol, KSU (not the sames as SA or 2/1), Regres, Forum D (German Standard). I have not played EHAA or Fantunes but did read about it. Anyway, voting is fun although the outcome doesn‘t surprise me, knowing that most BWers are from the USofA.
July 17
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Henry, the difference between AKxxx, Qxx, Qxx, xx and AKxxxxx, Qx, Qx, Qx is around 4 tricks. In other words 5 may be to high or 7 could be lay-down.
July 17
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I don‘t understand the poll, but I do know that 4N is NOT RKCB.
July 16
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Double at MP is right out the (Kit‘s) book. Were I to play with an intermediate at my club, I cannot pass, because s/he would expect me to bid or double with or without hesitation. The hesitation probably indicates -support, so 4 is out even if I would consider it. With the W-hand given I cannot imagine that an intermediate at my club would pass. Of course this can be completely different in Paul‘s club. (Edited W-hand in stead of just hand).
July 15
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 15
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Possibly both 4 and 5 make. Even if the second X is t/o pard will often (have to) pass.
July 15
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„So why would responder need to make a meaningless noise (4♦ LT)“ Because s/he does NOT have a control.
July 15
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„If south's diamond were clubs slam would be excellent.“ That is exagerated!
July 15
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Ah, you DO know the vulnerability, look at the diagram!
July 14
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I agree that paterning helps to judge the fit, but give opener K in stead of K and slam is still less then 50%. Both were over optimistic.
July 14
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I strongly agree with both of you.
July 13
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It may be nice to use the new poll possibilities, but in this case just one choice would be enough. Anyway I open 1, no second or third choice.
July 13
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2N of course. How about 2-(3m)-? If X is penalty and 3M competitive, there is no way to invite if m=, but 3 could be invitational if m=.
July 12
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Competitive I assume. Any way to invite?
July 12
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The problem with 44(14) is bad breaks in all suits. We may go for more then what opps can get if they play. Also possible that the minor is our best fit. But you have more experience with Ekren then I.
July 12
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Generally 7-11, 4-4, 5-4, 5-5 Ms, not 6-4, preferably not 44(14). We open a decent 5crd with 10//11 1M, so max for 5-4 is likely 6-9 hcp. Even 3rd hand I would prefer a psyche with less, pard has never psyched in his life.
July 12
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I do admit sloppy phrasing
July 11
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I agree with Frances on the follow-up after 1st hand pass. In QUC N has a normal opening bid. As we open all 10 counts with a decent major, S is not strong enough for a game force and bids an invitational 3. Then 4 asking to cue will get us to 6.
July 10
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„it's important to have thorough carding discussions/agreements“. That‘s exactly my point: always attitude at trick 1 is unambiguous, making exceptions is not. Where do you draw the line (AKQ, AKJ or AKx)? Is it different playing IMPs or MP?
Bonus question: is your focus on based upon „obvious shift“?
July 10
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We play like Kit. RKC order is acoording to suit length.
July 9
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