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I am a leb/GB2N addict as well as a Robson&Segal fan. Last week this situation came up in our club, I meant 2N as scramble and pard took it as such. We hadn‘t discussed this situation before, but did afterwards. We decided to keep it that way with exactly the same arguments as yours in the first half.
June 10
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I don‘t think leb applies, with a s/o I bid 2M, 3M is inv and 3 is FG.
June 10
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I held AQxxx, Jxxxx, x, Ax, pard bid 2 and the bidding continued …(3)-P; (P)-3-AP making 4.
June 9
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This whole discussion goes to show how ridiculous all thes regulations are. I‘ll give you another example which just popped up in my mind. We open light and have a WNT, our opening bids are such that a passed hand can hardly have an invite opposite 1N. Because of this we agreed that we open 1N in 3. 10_14 and in 4. 11-14 and all bids except Stayman (we could habe a 4-4-fit and pard a distributional hand) and UN2N are natural sign-offs. Come to think of it, 1N is an (almost) riskfreez psyche with (322)6, almost because we play penalty doubles, but those are rare opposite a 10-14 1N. We didn‘t make this agreement as psyche control, I didn‘t even think sbout it until now. Is it illegal? Should we alert 3./4. hand 1N?
June 9
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„What is illegal about 2s alerted and described as ‘asking about opener’s spade holding, may or may not have spades’“ Nothing as I wrote in my first comment. My assumption that it was not alerted has been confirmed in a later post. Now, it smells like psyche control, which is - much to my regret - illegal today.
June 9
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X is penalty, that is why you X 2 with a balanced 13-16.
June 9
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„Stayman with a 4450 yarb is legal“. If alerted and properly explained. I explain 1N-2 as „It is Stayman, but promises neither points nor a 4crd M“
June 9
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An agreement with the sole purpose of psyche control is illegal today. In the good old days I played KSU where 1-1;4 doesnot exist and correcting to was legal psyche control. An SJS ment we probably have game even if you psyched. It would be okay for me to legalize these auctions, but as it is, they are illegal. If 2 is alerted and properly explained, there is nothing wrong, but then you probably wouldn‘t have polled this. I don‘t understand the PP option. You may or may nod adjust the score, but you should forbid the agreement no matter what.
June 9
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Yesterday my partner opend 2 on a 4450 6 count. Double from righty, I corrected to 2 with 2 jacks in a 3244, double from lefty, passed around. Opps were a bit late with drawing trumps and I escaped for -800. Surely they must have a slam, which is what was bid at the other table. Down 1 because of my JTxx in . IMO Ekren is not for 3-suiters. Nou just that all suits are breaking bad, are our best fit.
June 8
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If I had a little bird on my shoulder whispering „they have s“ 3 is a great idea, if I hear „they have s“ it‘s foolish. Without the little bird I stick to my pass.
June 5
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I know 3N is an underbid, but so was 2. Now stick to it and think of Oscar the Owl: If people weren‘t always trying to right their wrongs, there weren‘t so many wrongs to right.
June 5
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3 asking for a stopper!
June 5
Ronald Kalf edited this comment June 5
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If 2 already showed 3crd support, as I suppose, I now bid 4. I see absolutely no reason to encourage partner. I started with 16+ and now have 14 working points.
June 5
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I don‘t know enough about Grumpy to advice you on your 1-opening. But 9-11 balanced has the wrong ODR for a PRE and 44(41) has the disadvantage that all suits are breaking bad for opps. In both cases chances are that you have a low-level phantom safe. I wouldn‘t worry about finding out openers singleton, Ekren was not invented for constructive bidding.
June 4
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1/2/3 Kit woolsey: Partnership Defense/Language of Bridge/Matchpoints
4/5 Marshall Miles: Competitive Bidding in the 21st Century/Inferences at Bridge
6 Hugh Kelsey: Killing Defense at Bridge
7 S.J. Simon: Why you lose at Bridge
8 Robson & Segal: Partnership Bidding at Bridge
9 Victor Mollo: Menagerie all of them
10 Sorry, but I have to read and reread my own System Book
Plus I would read How to play Winning Bridge by Edgar Kaplan and Alfred Sheinwols if I still had a copy.
June 3
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Whatever name you give this double, I‘d bid 3N with a stopper unless I can pass (unlikely).
June 2
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I can‘t precisely vote for what I play, but my choices are close to it. For completeness sake: inverted raise is 10+ (FG opposite SNT as 1N is 12-14), 1-2/1-3 8-9 with m-fit, 1m-2M 5-8 with 6crd, M(ajors)F(irst)I(n)A(nswering), 2N 13-15/18+ balanced.
June 2
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Am I to understand that all nonforcing bids in competitive situations are Negative Free Bids?
June 1
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Yes, I play 3 as an intermediate 5-5 and 3 as an intermediate 1-suiter. Stronger hands start with 2.
June 1
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Normal RKCB, I don‘t want to be in 6 either with a trump loser or missing A. I know 7 is cold if are solid and pard has A, but you can‘t win‘em all.
June 1
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