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I don‘t understand the question, either you have a system or you play guess what.
Feb. 19
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Plus I would bid 4 with #3
Feb. 19
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Sorry, no WT in
Feb. 18
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Assuming that 3 is a „help“ suit game try (it‘s obviously not a short suit try) how good is my hand? Agreed, xxx would be even worse, but IMO even 3 is a slight overbid.
Question: if you have a free choice of game tries, what message would you want to send?
Feb. 17
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The OP stated as much.
Feb. 16
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I guess you are right. We play penalty doubles after outr WNT, so it‘s consequent to also play them after (2)-X.
Feb. 16
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Ian, am I to understand that you never raise your partners 1?
Feb. 16
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2 as natural nonforcing is a descripive bid wether it buys the contract or not.
Feb. 16
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Feb. 16
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Oh no, not that again. When will those silly comments stop?
Feb. 16
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Correction: that is why I play X as 13-16(15) balanced. The whole idea of this X is to nail them. I didn‘t X though.
Feb. 15
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If you play last train (but that is not stated in the OP) 4 is by definition last train, denying -control and neutral with respect to . It‘s hard to construct a hand where N has slam interest without -control opposite a limited (I hope) splinter bid. If a splinter bid is limited (as it should be) partner is the captain. By bidding 4 s/he is specifically asking for a -control and S should sign off without -control and bid something else with -control.
Chris, there is no such thing as a mild slam try. S described the hand and gave up captaincy. Just like BW, pard asks you answer truly.
Anyway, I assume that if the OP plays last train it would have been mentioned. You can find my reason for passing under that premise upthread.
Feb. 15
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Frances, I‘ve considered that too. What is your experience?
Feb. 15
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First of all a splinter should either show a stiff (but not A, K or Q) or a void. Opposite a stiff I count 11 working points, opposite a void only 8. I have a minimum and should pass now. Second point, bids that take away a lot of bidding space should have a clear message. IMHO the splinter message is „with less then a minimum in working points slam is not possible“. Here I have less then a minimum. Even 4 is a slight overbid. With K in stead of K the hand is worth 14 points and should continue passed 4 (maybe with Lackwood?).
Feb. 15
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That is what Robson&Segal propose, but they extend it to all 4th suit (why call it pseudo-reverse, it is always the 4th suit) bids. The disadvantage is that 1m-(P)-1-(2);3om pushes you to 3 with a potential 4-3-fit. Therefore I‘ve reversed the raise and 4th suit.
Feb. 15
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„…double…not because they want to penalise the opponents“ speak for yourself!
Feb. 14
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There are too many comments of this type already, I found the first two amusing myself. Then they became boring and now they are a nuisance. To be clear about it, from anybody not just from Mr. Wilsmore.
Feb. 14
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What was the lead?
Feb. 14
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„One must wave one's hand over the bidding box for a bit, so partner knows the double is for takeout.“. A serious comment from a person who accuses the BT of cheating?
Feb. 14
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Thank you all. We play Woolsey in direct and will play Woolsey in reopening too.
This poll is related to my bidding problem https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-fgtbj46a4g/?cj=765935#c765935. Here the situation is in our case (Polish with WNT) a little different. My reason for doubling with SNT or strong hand, is that pard knows that I have natural if I pass. From your valued comments, I learned that switching pass and X is superior.
Feb. 14
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In a WNT system: I raise on 3 or any 4333, bid 4th suit with 4. Double with max doubleton and SNT values. (Courtesy of Robson&Segal, but I reversed raise and 4th suit). With pick-up partners I usually play support X/XX, but IMO „definetly superior“ is an overbid.
Feb. 14
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