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“Secondly, psyching a convention should be illegal.” I don't like that idea. Psyching is part of the game. I want to be able to overcall UNT with x, x, xxxxx, xxxxxx if pard has passed. If you amend to “… psyching distribution should be illegal.”, you have to decide where to draw the line. This would cover the natural vs. Cap example, but do you really want to forbid a 2-level overcall on 4? (Not that I would dream of overcalling 1N with only 4crd ).
April 27, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 27, 2016
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IMHO forbidding a pair to play conventions is rediculous. If you start playing a new conventions, mistakes are bound to happen. As my partner says after a misbid: “now I will never forget it anymore”
April 27, 2016
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And how does poor pard know what to expect?
April 26, 2016
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In a sequence where one side shows a real 2-suiter 4NT should be 6 aces BW, if no suit has been set before. In cases like this our agreement is that if I can bid one of the suits below game (in this case 4) other bids (in this case 3, 4) are cue bids for the other suit (in this case ).
April 26, 2016
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What system would we all play without the “experimenters”? Vanderbilt 1926 I suppose.
April 26, 2016
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Benoit, Bernard, Michael, thank you, you've convinced me. Even more reason to find a solution, we are playing W(eak)N(o)T(rump)!
April 26, 2016
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You may be right, but that's exactly hat my partner says, with exactly the same proof. I say if we have a joint 26 points in 26 cards and have 4 cards in one suit, we have an average of 4 points in that suit. That too is just an argument without proove.
April 26, 2016
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If Bird-Bourke offers more then 1N-3O, I'd be interested to read more. A structure combining 5431 with condensed transfers would be perfect.
April 26, 2016
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Both natural. Opening 1, then 2 in the sequence shown above should be strong, just like a normal reverse.
April 26, 2016
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Actually very seldom, otherwise I would reconsider. We do make risky 3-bids every now and then, but I can't remember having a bad score. More often then not, opps bid one more; goal achieved! Just recently: 1N-(2)-3-end. Just made with Qxxxx opposite Kx, admittetly defense was not optimal. Playing Lebensohl (or in our case Wolfsohl) you cannot bid 2N with 2245, but you cannot make a takeout double either.
April 24, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 24, 2016
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Pard will lead a D against 6N if he expects the 1st X to be based upon D AQ and will NOT lead a D (and thus by exclusion a C) if he expects the 1st X to be based upon a void. This is independent from the 2nd X. Ergo, the 2nd X simply increases the penalty.
April 24, 2016
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Well pard didn't act. Possibly because s(he) has a penalty double or a balanced 9-12. Could also be 3-6 and 4-3-3-3 leading to disaster or 0-3 pushing them in a makeble game. Maybe there is a part score for us, just as likely they are not in their best partscore (yet).
April 23, 2016
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I'll carefully watch my results for interference after our WNT. If they start getting bad, I might reconsider. Still I have an uneasy feeling about reopening with a WNT.
April 23, 2016
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I like the idea of doubling the cue to avoid a spade lead. Would that apply also if the cue is asking for a stop? (1m)-2M-(X)-P; 3M or even over a non-jump overcall (1M)-2m-(X)-P; (3m)?. Of course XX can then show a half-stopper, but OTOH, you do not like pard to lead your suit anyway.
April 23, 2016
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I prefer penalty doubles, unduscussed scrambling
April 22, 2016
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David that is INCREDIBLE
April 22, 2016
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As I restarted playing the beautifull game of bridge after a 34 year absence two things were a total surprise: bidding boxes (great idea) and alerting (doesn't make sense to me even after 4 years). In the good old days everybody had a convention card and everybody just asked questions, whenever they felt the need for information. Since asking was normal, there was hardly danger of UI. I could live with alerting if the rules were uniform and logical. They are not! Why do I alert weak two, although 90%+x play it. Why do I alert in bid in opps suit, although it is conventional 90%+x of the time. In Germany alerting of Pass, Double and Redouble was FORBIDDEN until 31.12.2015, today it must be alerted if it has an unusual meaning. How many players do you think will alert correctly? Ha, not even officials of the “Deutsche Bridge Verband” are sure. Like most players I ignore the alert, if I am not going to bis anyway. Why should I? Sometimes it helps opps. If I ignore the alert pard and opps know that I have nothing to bid. If there is no alerting, it can either mean that I have nothing to bis OR that the information on the convention card is sufficient for the moment. Ah, but why do I get so agitated? Alerting will not be disposed of anyway. In that respect its just like the “Sektsteuer” (tax on sparkling wine) which was introduced in the 19th centurary to finance the German war fleet.
April 21, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 21, 2016
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I beg forgiveness, Ron the Greater. To my excuse I must say, that I have no experience with doubling 1N with a balanced hand. I never ever double 1N with a balanced hand. I do have experience with doubling 1N however and double SNT with any hand that would double WNT.
April 20, 2016
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Sorry Marko, but your statement “You are stating that she is taking advantage, but you cannot prove it” makes me mad. You can never “prove” that someone is taking advantage of UI, but it would be 100% clear in the sequence you are suggesting. IMHO taking advantage of UI comes is second worst behaviour in bridge. Only outright cheating is worse.
April 20, 2016
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Michael explained it better than I did!. It would have been better if Traceys partner hadn't said anything. Now Tracey must bid as if her partner hadn't said anything.
April 19, 2016
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