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Just ask yourself why opener would pass 2. With 3crd support opener is 3451/3460 and would always raise opposite a now known 8crd-fit. With a singleton 2N or 3 will plrobably play better then 2. So we are left with 2452 or a bad 2461 and a minimum reverse. Then think of all the differend hands where you would have to bid 3 if 2 is non-forcing. BTW 1-1; 2-3 is even worse! Maybe 4th suit with 5 and Leb denies 5?
Jan. 20, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Jan. 20, 2017
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Abstain, Because I don't understand the options. 1-1; 2-2 is forcing in my book. Openers rebids are non-forcing, except of course 3, 4m, 4N etc.
Responders non-forcing rebids after 1-1; 2 are 2N, 3, 3M and any game.
Jan. 20, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Jan. 20, 2017
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I have shown my as a potential source of tricks. We have at least an 8crd-fit in ! And at most an 8crd-fit in . IMO W should bid 3, to strong for single raise, not enough trumps for jump raise.
Jan. 19, 2017
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I voted “other” because BW doesn't support multiple choice. IMO there are several reasons:
1) easier to find a (pick-up) partner playing 2/1 (or any other “standard” in your region).
2) too complex.
3) too much work.
Ad 1: It is certainly necessary to know the “standard” if you have to play with a pick-up every now and then, but that shouldn't keep you from playing a sophisticated system with your regular partner(s). This may or may not be an “artficial” system.
Ad 2: That is nonsense. 2/1 should be complex too. You can get Weiland-Auken on 74 pages or Garozzo's Ambra on 90 pages and I am sure that they themselves have more then that. The complete Kokish-Kraft notes have 383 pages. These are “natural” sytems. WJ2005 (Polish) is 102 pages (86 without defensive bidding leads and discards).
Ad 3: If you want to be successfull, you have a lot of work in any system. I attribute the successses of my 70s team largely to better bidding then our often more experienced opponents. A misunderstanding because you have not discussed certain situations can be just as costly as forgetting one of your agreements, but you forget that agreement probably only once.
Jan. 19, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Jan. 19, 2017
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Dummy comes down with xx, pard with a yarborough including 9xxxx gives a come-on signal. Openers J is the 7th trick along with A, K and 4 tricks in .
Jan. 17, 2017
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Our double shows a solid opening with a good suit. With a weak hand pard is supposed to bid 2 whereupon I bid my suit, but she can bid a good (haha) suit of his own. Forget about doubling unless your double is a REAL penalty double (is it Richard?). I guess 1N-1 or -2 will be ave+ at least.
Jan. 17, 2017
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An explanation of the bids would be a great help to understand why N can bid 7 over S 6.
Jan. 16, 2017
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In fact I do not treat 5-4 same as 4-3-3-3. I downgrade 4-3-3-3 and upgrade a decent 5crd. For my analysis I use more or less Danny Kleinmans point count and add 1 point for a 5crd with 4+ hcp. For a separate analysis of different distributions I would need far more boards.
Jan. 15, 2017
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Knowing that delayed support is always 3 certainly can be an advantage. On these hands the grand is good because N has extra trumps. With 5314 you need trumps and to behave.
Jan. 15, 2017
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I did an analysis of 2.200 boards (4.400 hand pairs) played in our club last year. I found 613 hands qualifying for a SNT. Of those there were 78 with 8-9 points opposite the SNT. Now I compared passing with 8, blasting with 9 to inviting with 8-9. Non-vulerable the gain for pass/blast was 104 IMPs, vulnerable 134. I just took the # of DD-tricks in NT, but did not evaluate M-fits.
Jan. 14, 2017
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1-2 IMO it is important to show a potential source of tricks before supporting
3-4 are max 1 loser opposite a small singleton, cue
4-4N -cue denies A, K or Q in , 4N D.I. = control in all suits, asks extras
5-7 now N can show singleton , now S knows enough (I think) to bid 7.
Jan. 13, 2017
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Great to know about a -void. Now I know 35% of my high cards are wasted.
Jan. 13, 2017
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“The key to the grand is North's singleton diamond and extra trumps, allowing a long diamond to be established and reached even with a club lead.” S knows this because of N 5-bid???
Jan. 13, 2017
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Some of you suggest to use 3N as shortness ask. I agree that this is better then serious/non-serious in some situations. It is also true that 3N as cog is better in other situations. Our agreement is that any time we have established an 8+crd-fit 3N without a jump is non-serious. Once we have reached a stage where our misunderstandings are very rare, I am going to discuss alternatives.
Jan. 12, 2017
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Non-serious.
Jan. 11, 2017
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Nice idea, but it would be even better to have 1N-2; 2-2M as invitational only. Plenty of room for the FGs and I like being able to stop in 2M if there is only a 5-2-fit. I'm not even sure if you need to put (all) 4-4M-hands in 2.
Jan. 10, 2017
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3N was beaten although there was no lead and Kit is a much better player then I am. Plus, don't forget the bad scores because you play in 2N in stead of 1N.
Jan. 9, 2017
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Of course. There is a story about Edgar Kaplan where his partner has a very strong hand. After a number of forcing bids Edgar becomes dummy and his partner asks “zero points partner?” Edgar replies “worse then that” and puts a 4-3-3-3-yarborough on the table. This evaluetes to -0.5 K&R.
Jan. 8, 2017
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I estimate at least 100.000 in my first bridge life (70-78) plus 8.000 in my second bridge life so far (12-?). It is highly unlikely that I will live long enough to reach a higher category.
Jan. 8, 2017
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N has 10.1 K&R, 10+ DK and 10 “my points”
S has 13.5 K&R,, 13+ Dk and 13+ “my points”
I would have quietly played 1N.
Jan. 7, 2017
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