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Two-suiters are awkward if you have to start with 2. My suggestion: don‘t open 2 with a real 2-suiter. 2 is either a WT in or any strong 2-suiter. I can send the follow-ups to 2 (including competitive bidding!) by private mail.
Sept. 14
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„This seems all wrong.“ is a very friendly comment. I‘d call Haralds comment…
Sept. 14
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Even the janitor and the kibitzer at the other end of the room do not need any information whatsoever to know that there was a bidding misunderstanding.
Sept. 14
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Kit, did 2 set ? If yes, how would you switch to if pard has Q in stead of Q. If no, why is 6 s/o and not the next relay?
Sept. 10
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Craig that gives W 5-4, surely s/he would have another bid then 3 for that holding.
Sept. 7
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I‘m an optimist and play E for 2461, if are 4-1 I lose anyway. E doesn‘t lead his singleton because it‘s the A.
Sept. 7
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 7
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A bit more optimism please.
Sept. 7
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are probably 6-4 and 4-3. E is more likely to hold 4crd then W. That gives E 10 red cards. Any length is bound to be with W. I‘d have played to J and run J.
Sept. 7
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Jyri, I‘ve never played that, so I can‘t comment that, but I do believe you. I‘m talking about a natural 5crd M system. Polish can also avoid the problems that I have mentioned above, but even playing Polish I prefer a WNT.
Sept. 5
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No matter how you play it, either your single raise has a large range or your jump raise will get you uncomfortably high if responder is minimum or you will have to pass a lot of 1m-openings.
Sept. 5
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If the hcps are in the long suits the hand will be worth 14 points in support, if not I would open 1N. 14-17 is easier to handle then 12-16. In 70s KSU 1m tends to be a tit stronger then today.
Sept. 5
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Ray or anybody else playing WNT will not raise with 11hcp, 5431 with 3crd support. On 1m-1M;2M Kaplan writes „Value of 15-17, high cards plus distribution, normally 4-card support, could be 3 cards (rare).“ The 3crd raise is a) rare and b) always with 15 K&R points (that is without dummy ponts) in order to be safe when we go for 3N. A hand like QJx, Kxxx, x, AQxxx (13.1 K&R) is worth 16 in support of and therefore a sound single raise, but will rebid 2 over 1.
Sept. 5
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Very interesting indeed. If you consequently adhere to it, you can expect a passed 2nd seat to be relatively balanced. 4th can balance relatively safe because there usually will be some kind of fit.
I just don‘t understand the part concerning the so-called penalty double. First of all it isn‘t really a penalty double in the sense that you expect pard to pass with few exceptions. Secondly the double gives opps more opportunities to find a better landing spot. I can remember only once going for a number in the past 7 years. We had more bad scores from 1N-2 vulnerable against a partscore.
Sept. 5
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Michael, are you deliberately misquoting?
Sept. 5
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„The auction 1m-1M-2M is awkward playing a weak 1NT opening compared to playing a 15-17 1NT opening.“ The opposite is true: playing SNT the single raise can be as low as 12hcp with 4M333 but also a distributional hand with the value of 16 points, the jump raise will have value of 17-18 then. Playing WNT the single raise has the value of 14-17 (KSU 15-17) and the jump raise 18-19. This is one of the big advantages of WNT.
Sept. 5
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Same but A or K in the doubletons
Sept. 4
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I guess it‘s my own fault. I should have written „We play Woolsey against 1N and we are not going to change that. We only play against strong notrumpers, so don‘t worry about penalty doubles. All I need is your advice on strength requirements.“
Sept. 4
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Barry says it all, nothing to add.
Sept. 4
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Sept. 4
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In all cases 3rd/4th suit reverse or not is FG and basically a marionette (opener usually bids the next step). The only exception is 1-1;2-2 which can also be bid with 5-4 inv. Doesn‘t apply after 1-opening because we open 2 with a minimum -onesuiter.
Sept. 4
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