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Richard I agrree with you, although I‘d bid 3N over 1. But isn‘t this a perfect Acol 3N?
Aug. 14
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1N as response to a t/oX shows 0-6 and no 4crd that can be bid at the 1-level. With a „normal“ t/oX doubler usually bids 2 and we are in the same position as „normal“ doublers. With a hand where others overcall 1N we now pass and are in the same contract with one difference: the strong hand is on lead. After a t/oX of 1 1N denies 4 etc. If you have a better solution than this or the two alternatives from my post on Raptor feel free to explain it. Of course all this is irrelevant if you don‘t play Raptor.
Aug. 14
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I don’t know if it‘s standard, but it‘s certainly playable. I got the idea from Rosalind Hengeveld 2years ago (https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/follow-up-to-raptor-1nt-explained/). I deemed it better then my original idea and play it with my regular partner ever since.
Aug. 14
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I would double 1, but this is an absolute minimum. I also agree with Andy above, maybe that is even better then a direct double. Plus of course you should also double after (1)-P-(1)-P;2.
Aug. 11
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Not that I am a fan of the nebulous diamond, but I would accept it in order to play 1N as 11-13.
Aug. 11
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40% passers is not what I expected. Actually I considered bidding something stronger then 4N, which I would have done with K in stead of Q.
Aug. 11
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In a WNT-context this is a clear 2 for reasons given by Sean. In a SNT-context 2 is an underbid and 3 an overbid. Hooray for WNT.
Aug. 11
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I‘ve played BTC as well as Precision in my first bridge life. Control showing responses are nice in some, but not enough, cases. Pard and I are perfectly happy with our Polish based QUC. Should it ever be necessary for me to play Precision, I‘d hope that Kit publishes a book about his version. I like what I read in Kit’s Korner.
Aug. 11
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A hand to offshape for double, not strong enough for 1N. Do I call that t/o or cards? Definetly not a spade-stack-penalty-double.
Aug. 3
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Funny, I don‘t have this kind if problem as long as there is a convention card available.
Aug. 2
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Playing Gazzilli the jump shift is always 5-5 or better. We have a general rule not to introduce an unbid minor at the 4-level. 1M-1N;3m-4om shows the 3crd limit raise as does 1-1N;3-4.
Aug. 1
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Hard to imagine that 5 is the only way to make a slam try. Quantitative is … well, uhh … sub-optimal
July 31
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 31
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A sub-minimum double for sure but not offshape. The hand is worth 11 points (DK, K&R, my count) and nothing extra for ruffing potential, thats sub-minimum for me. The hand has support for the unbid suit, thats not offshape for me. Our agreement is that a minimum double of 1M should have 4crd OM. No way I would double with that hand.
July 24
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Lackwood, 4-4 kickback and 4-4N -lackwood.
July 13
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3 is AT LEAST invitational. Follow-ups as per Kit are 3=0-1, 3=doubleton, 3=3(4), higher (5)6.
July 11
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Michael „It's merely ‘extra values in context’“. Exactly, but then I don‘t understand why you want to roll back to 4X. I‘d bid 5 no matter how long pard tanked before doubling.
July 11
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1) Hey Buddy, bridge is played in lots of countries, survival is independent of the ACBL.
2) Options 4 and 5 are mutually exclusive (more or less), neither of them will stop the game.
3) Apart from Other, I don‘t like any of the options.
So here‘s my Other: Change of work-life-balance!
The 9to5-jobs have largely disappeared. People are working in shifts (which is not good for mind sport in general) or have to combine 55+ h/wk (plus 24/7-availability) with a family.
I played as a student, then stopped and came back after retirement. Nowadays the pressure on students to finish at an early age prevents them from playing a serious game of bridge,
July 11
ATB
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Since we are in a game force 2N is stronger then 3N. Give N one more in stead of a (which S can expect) and A in stead of K (although A probably is onsite anyway) and 6 is decent with K sure to be onsite. But even if you disagree with 3, passing it simply is not possible.
July 10
ATB
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Ron the Greatest, I can hardly imagine that a player of your caliber would pass 3.
July 10
ATB
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1) S double shows a trap pass willing to defend 1 (otherwise 2). N should pass.
2) 2 is FG. N should bid 3N with a minimum, 2N is stronger and the correct bid at this point.
3) S expecting 5-4 in the minors makes a slam try. I can‘t believe N pass.
July 9
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