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Why do you bid 2N with only 16-17? Better 1M-1N; 2-2M; pass or 1M-1N; 2-2; 2N and 1M-1N; 2N with 18-19.
May 3, 2016
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Even with Gazilli 2M in the sequence above can be either 3crd to weak for direct 2M (in QUC 5-7) or doubleton (in QUC 7-9) in rare cases even a stiff. Other 3crd raises 1M-1N; 2-3M limit raise unbalanced and 1M-1N; 2-2; 2M-3M limit raise balanced. We open 1M 10-18. BTW, I like the “Secret Suit Raise”.
May 3, 2016
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There is a very good reason for the 4crd limit raise: the 9th trump. It is good praxis to bid 4 with almost any 5-4-3-1.
May 3, 2016
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I know, I will not winn the poll with 2 but even Roth Stone addepts should realize the trick taking potential of this hand. My count is 17+ and its 18.2 K&R.
May 2, 2016
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Yesterday at the “Schleswig-Holstein Club Pairs Championship”. We played 3+3 against one of the best pairs in the state. One of them said: “well you missed a slam there”, my partner replied: “points are 20-20 but our hands are a perfect fit”, opp: “well you should at least be in game”, repeated two times. Then he looked at scores, surprised: “nobody in game” and I just said: “not a big surprise to me”. (3+3 was slightly above average, because some only made +2). 3 years ago we played in the semi-finals of the Schleswig-Holstein Cup against the same club. Our team mates were so frightened by their intimidating behaviour, that they do not want to play the cup anymore. (Schleswig-Holstein is a state in Germany).
May 2, 2016
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I don't remember being afraid of going to a bridge club. I was facinated by the game and soon found out that bridge is different from rummy and serious bridge is different from bridge in between lectures. Which is why I went to a (student) club. I am serious about bridge and have zero tolerance for irregularities, espacially making use of UI. But only if this from bridge players who play tournaments. Towards “just” club players I tend to be lenient unless I find there is method in their behaviour. If you play bridge, you have to accept the rules and regulations, which can be more relaxed in a club game compared to a tournament, but a club game is not the same as “coffee house bridge”. It is not always easy to draw the line between insisting upon a “serious” game and acting like a venomonous snake.
May 1, 2016
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You are correct, sir! In an environment where a large majority plays SNT, many are tempted to overcall on less then sound values. I take my profit.
May 1, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment May 1, 2016
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OK, I agree this is not a hand for reopening. I posted partners hand as a bidding poll. He doesn't hold a t/o double. Fortunately we play penalty doubles, he could double 2 as well as the 2 runout for -2. Not exactly good bidding by opps, but this happens often enough to compensate for the occasional missed partscore.
April 30, 2016
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IMO Bergen is popular because it is simple. For some time a system called “Mindner Karo” was popular in certain parts of Germany. Opening bids all had a 4-hcp range and responses immediately defined weak, invitational or FG. It was popular because of its simplicity. Personally I don't like Bergen and play mini-/maxi-splinters (invitational or to strong for a “normal” splinter). 1-2 resp. 1-3 are two-way, either splinter or balanced game try and 3M is LoTT.
April 30, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 30, 2016
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To beat 1N you need 7 tricks, can come later. I know what suit to switch to, but does pard know a switch is required?
April 30, 2016
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In stead of calling TD, I would congratulate you.
April 30, 2016
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But responder does not specify his worries. Is it because of a singleton OM or om? My proposal: With a fit for M you always bit higher then 3N. Without a fit for M bid 3OM with a stopper and 3M with om stopper.
April 30, 2016
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If I understand correctly 3 is doubleton min or max or tripleton min and non-forcing. All other bids accept the invite and are therefore FG? I don't understand your structure, maybe there is a mistake in it?
April 29, 2016
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I currently play double transfers. Not being able to play 2M in a 5-2-fit with a marginal invitational hand bothers me. IMO that is a big advantage of condensed transfers. Finding stoppers AND slam bidding with 5M-4m is better with double transfers. I'm still looking for a structure combining the advantages of both.
April 29, 2016
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And to hell with stoppers.
April 29, 2016
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I advise playing rubber bridge with a couple of friends.
April 29, 2016
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If he didn't see the 2 bid, there is no UI, he wanted to bid 2 and now has to correct it to 3. If he did see the 2 bid, he planned to bid 3, which he now does. Again I can't see any UI. If he has seen the 2 bid or not is information available to all at the table.
April 28, 2016
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Both of Eric's examples are perfect 1 overcalls for us.
April 28, 2016
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Yesterday evening: S:xxx, H:AKJx, D:Qxx, C:Kxx. Team, all vul. You open 1N, then -(2C)-P-(P). Do you reopen?
April 28, 2016
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Can I restrict the magical snap to my partner:-))
April 28, 2016
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