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That is what the junkyard defense is for: it is valid for all artificial bids unless we have a prepared defense for the situation. So in a way we have planned for THIS 3-opening. Should we have to play regularly against this 3-opening we might or might not define a specific defense.
Aug. 27
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Shape is the key to low hcp slams. No wastage opposite shortness is one element, the second is if either side has a potential source of tricks in a side suit that the other can support. If responder has the side suit we start with a natural 2/1, if not we start with Jacoby 2N where opener can show min/max and either shortness or a side suit. With a minimum FG-raise we can splinter thereby differentiating between voids and singletons, with more we also start with 2N.
Aug. 27
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„One clear outcome of the new policy is that 1NT-2M where 2M is natural and non-forcing would clearly be alertable (or announceable if the Regulating Authority so deems).“ No need to read the rest, this is enough o say no.
Aug. 27
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As W I‘d start with X. Not saying that I‘d love to bid 3 if it goes…(2);P-(P)-?, but pard will expect more distribution and less high cards if it goes (4);P-(P)-?.
Aug. 26
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I am not willing to define a defence against every possible, unlikely opening bis. We have our junkyard defence for that, which may not be the best in every single case, but at least it‘s easy,
Aug. 25
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There are several interesting points about the auction. We play transfer advances too and have two bids to show a 4crd limit raise. 2N and 3 with low/high ODR. The question is if I have the values for a limit raise opposite a mere overcall, possibly made on AKxxx and out. Pard will bid game if s/he has opening bid strength. Secondly we have a rule that if a bid forces to a certain level we are in a forcing pass situation if that level has not been reached. Passing out 3 would be impossible after 3. I would have to bid 2 simply because I have 3crd support. You have compelling arguments against 2, so maybe we should make better use of 2N and 3. Even so the question remains if we should have exceptions to our FP-rules.
My questions: how do you use 2N and 3 and how are your FP-rules in these situations?
Aug. 25
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As I have admitted in the other thread I would have to announce the possible hcp-range in ACBL-land. Why I then have to announce 14+ to 18- and not 13-18 is beyond me and serves to show how silly this regulation is. That has nothing to do with the fact that my partner will still expect the value of 15-17.
Aug. 24
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„Expecting partner to never consider that your 15-17 NT often contains 14, and occasionally 13, no matter how many times they’ve seen it, requires a Charlie Brown running to kick the football level of naïveté.„
No, no and again no! David you just don‘t understand the underlying principle. If a non-walruss upgrades a 13 or 14 hcp hand and opens 1N it is because the hand is worth the value of 15hcp. Partner doesn‘t take the upgrade into account because it is totally irrelevant. S/he will pass, invite or bid game according to his/her own hand, but of course will also up- or downgrade. So possibly only invite with 10 hcp because the hand us worth only 9 or bid game with 9 hcp because the hand is worth 10. All this is completely independent of my up-/downgrades because s/he doesn‘t know if I have a pure hcp hand or habe up- or downgraded.
Aug. 24
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I don‘t agree. If opener is balanced and responder (say) 5431 marginal slams in terms of hcp will depend upon the degree of wasted values opposite the singleton.
Aug. 22
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Ian, I don‘t have students but occasionally play with advancing players, interested in improving their game. I always tell them that if they want to improve their game they have to add points for shape. I guess I have to keep them away from your students (at least the male).
Aug. 21
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„I do not believe for one second that your regular partners have no idea how you evaluate hands“. Of course my regular partners know, but the „how“ is irrelevant: they bid expecting a hand with (in our case) the value of 12-14 and pass, invite or bid game accordingly. Of corse I expect them to up- or downgrade their hand according to the same principles.
Aug. 21
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First of all we have to agree that the shape showing relay sequence is only used if slam is in the picture. After that you can use a rather complicated method to show specific Aces, Kings, Queens and sometimes even Jacks. If you are interested I suggest buying „Building a Bidding System“ by Roy Hughes. I like it, but don‘t play it. What I do play in comparable situations is Mulberry, which I picked up in Kit‘s Korner (I‘m not sure if Kit is the inventor). It‘s easy and we had some good auctions using it. Any game and 4N are slam tries in the strain bid, pass or accept by showing KCs. 4 relays to 4 after which you can RKCB for the longest, second longest, third longest suit by bidding 4//N. Bid 4 relaying to 4 then pass or sign of in a suit or bid 4N to ask for KCs in the shortest suit (impossible if the NT-opener asks of course, but we use it in other situations).
Aug. 20
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KT9 KT9 xx AKT98 is 16.4 on the K&R scale, Danny Kleinman calls it 15+, IMO 16+.
Aug. 20
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IMO P in stead of 1N would change the meaning of E‘s X.
Aug. 20
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1) There are to many points around for me to have a trap pass or to have „general values“
2) If I can X 3 but not 3 S will bid 3 no matter if I X or not.
3) Why give pard a choice between 3 in a 5-2-fit and 4 in a 5-3/4-fit?
Ergo: inviting with a -fit
Aug. 19
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Ray, if in ACBL-land the „announcement is designed to state HCP“, then you have to make the announcement accordingly. IMHO it's silly and I am glad to play in a non-Walrus-league.
Aug. 19
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David as I have explained upthread there are „points“ and „hcp“. Only to a Walruss they are the same. Still, on my CC it reads „upgrading/downgrading always possible“. I‘m not willing to announce anything more then 12-14 for people who are to lazy to even take a glance at the summary.
Aug. 17
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It seems there are a lot of Walruses around:-)
Aug. 17
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1N is 12-14 points not 12-14hcp. In Germany we have FP = FigurenPunkte = hcp and FVP = FigurenVerteilungsPunkte = hcp plus distribution. How about hcdp? IMHO this solves the problem.
Aug. 17
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 17
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Not an option for us: 2 is unconditionally FG and 2N unconditionally shows 4+.
Aug. 15
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