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Richard, I agree with the main part of your comment (I‘ve shown longer which is the main feature).
Ben, 3 IS preference, it‘s also stronger then 4.
Dave, we usually do not open 1N with 2 M doubletons. If I do open1N we will be in 4 or 4 anyway with this hand.
Sept. 25
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 25
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Michael, then there are those who post here asking a question and keep insisting on their way when they get the „wrong“ answers
Sept. 25
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Ben, Paul, Richard, what exactly do you want to achieve with 3 as a punt? If S wants to play 3N he can simply bid it. What kind of hand should N expect if S bids 3 as a punt? When does he bid 3N and when something else? If it really helps, we‘ll change the meaning of 3 (and then play 4/ as an artificial slam try in /).
Sept. 25
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Sibrand, why ask if you are not willing to accept the outcome?
Sept. 23
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The result (73% for option 1 so far) turns my world upside down! What else is 3 but a limit raise? Are you really bidding 3 to prevent opener from bidding 3?
Sept. 23
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Kieran. Bidding game to make does.
Sept. 22
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Good luck to all the quarter-finalists, particularly those from The Netherlands:-)
Sept. 22
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Mike that‘s dangerous ground nowadays because it smells like fielding a psyche (not that I mind).
Sept. 21
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That was „only a suggestion“ dated 1993 (but I do like the book!). Kit‘s rule: pass is forcing if we have shown inv+ values and the invite has not been declined (I‘m not sure if I quoted 100% correctly). From „Matchpoints“ by Kit Woolsey (2015): „Consider the following common type of auction with none vul.: 1-(1)-3=limit raise-(4). By our definition, if South passes it is forcing, since the partnership has a fit and game-invitational values. It might be N-S who are saving if they bid 5, but it cannot be correct to sell out undoubled.“
Sept. 21
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Mike, slam is a very remote possibility if N has a normal overcall.
Anyway, for me pass is forcing and pard would simply pass my forcing pass.
Sept. 21
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If S psyched 3N he was willing to play 4. Why then shouldn‘t we play 5 N having more offense and less defense for his 2.
Sept. 21
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RM, you have my sympathy.
Sept. 20
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My choice is between 3 and 4, both minority choices, I don‘t understand 3.
Sept. 20
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Abstain, what do the system notes say about 2? Wouldn‘t be surprised if we can play 2X.
Sept. 20
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1) Yes. We have a rule that if we voluntary bid game to make, we are in a force.
2) Pass. I don‘t expect to make 5.
3) X. I probably have 3 tricks, pard should have 1+

Added: I agree with the 3-bidders
Sept. 20
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 20
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The strong Players knowadays tend to bis on rubbish, I‘d even consider playing Fishbein
Sept. 20
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If I were to change my system after each bad result, I‘d soon don‘t know what we are playing. I’m not saying that our system is etched in stone, the contrary is true. Penalty-X plus leb is perfectly reasonable.
Sept. 20
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„They are weak players“ Barry tells us. How about this: 1) we have at most 25hcp, 3N is not possible, 2) I don‘t have a major and neither has pard, 4M is impossible, 3) I have no aces 5 is impossible, ergo 2 is a good contract. „They are nice people“ Barry tells us. I would tell them that if pard takes a lot of time before making a call, one should be careful not to be influenced by his thinking. But if they arel weak players who are already playing for a long time, I wouldn't bother.
Sept. 19
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Ray, I‘m not so sure if lay juries are a good idea.
Sept. 19
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They should substract 1 point for a stiff king but even then there are 12 left and we have come a few days away from the Goren area. Furthermore they should add 1 for a decent 5crd (my rule: containing 3+hcp. Later you can teach them even better evaluation methods (Danny Kleinman for me). @Bill, I would open with a small .
Sept. 18
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