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How is 4N help me find out if pard has 1, 2 or 3 aces? What will you do if pard bids 5, Pass or 6? If pard bids 5 you will bid 5 and pard is forced to bid 6 with 2263 but will pass with 3262. As Bas pointed out in the companion bidding problem, 4N then 5 over either 5 or 5 could be interpreted as a slam try in with control. I will make that an entry in the chapter „Various competitive situations“
Sept. 16
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Yes, 4N followed by 5 was my second choice. Bidding 4 or 5 never occurred to me.
Sept. 15
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One lie is as good as the other. This is why I don‘t play 4SF (or 3SF for that matter) in the traditional way. I can bid 2 as a neutral bid and pard will tell me why he bid 4SF. This could be 1) 4crd , no -stop, 2) 5crd with or without -stop, 3) slam try in , or , 4) 5-4 (I could be 1444). But even if you do play traditional 4SF, you should define follow-ups and if you do you will find out that you have lots of different follow-ups depending upon the first 4 bids.
Sept. 15
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 15
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Considering the crap people bid with these days, I don‘t think it‘s a good idea.
Sept. 15
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No, he’s a good player, but at times stuck on what he learned as a beginner. We get along very well, but sometimes I need the help of BW to sort out our differences (sometimes he‘s right and I‘m wrong!). In the parallel poll on high level negativ e doubles 13 out of 100 voters agree with his interpretation of a negative double on 4, even if that doesn‘t mean that they would have doubled with my hand.
Sept. 15
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 15
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Apart from a few minority votes, the choice seems to be between 4 and 6. My bid was 6 and pard with 4144 and both pointed aces decided to be a hero. Unfortunately LHO dutyfully led K.
Sept. 14
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X of 2N: usually balanced 10+, creates a force, pard should pass with 2/3, X with 3/4, bid with 0/1.
Pass then X: Penalty for the suit doubled, not necessarily for the other suit.
Sept. 14
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There are three different issues then:
1) am I to strong to open 4? I‘d never open 4 with two aces, too much defence.
2) if I open 1 will I rebid 3 because will play better then ? Hardly ever IMHO.
3) if I open 1 will I try for slam if pard can help in ? should be headed by A or K I think.
Sept. 13
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Exactly!
Sept. 13
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I agree with John. I rate the hand 13+, K&R says 12.85.
Sept. 13
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If I bid 3 pard already knows that 3N is not my primary interest, so if s/he still bids 3N it‘s for a reason. if I‘m still interested in a -slam I‘d bid 4, but I can also bid 4 completing the pattern or a quantitive 4N etc. Hands with 5 start with 2.
The benefit is that a space consuming bid is better defined. After 1-2 the main goal is often 3N. We primarily bid stoppers, not distribution. Knowing where partners strength is helps to decide if we take our chances above 3N. We may still end up in 4M on a Moysian if 3N is not playable.
Our 3rd/4th suit forcing structures follow the same principles in all situations, which is another advantage.
Sept. 12
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So 3 was nonforcing after all, I‘m glad!
Sept. 12
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1-1;2-3 is FG and natural, …-2 is FG and artificial or GI with 5-4 in our system.
Sept. 12
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 12
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An above average club player thinks 1-2 is NMF? Strange!
Now to the actual issue. It is certainly standard to bid 2 with the hand given as with all FG hands with 4M-5om. That doesn‘t mean that MAFIA (MAjors First In Answering, not always because you open your minor despite having a 4crdM) is not playable. It always struck me as inconsequent that 1m-2m denies 4M, but 1m-1/2om does not. If you play MAFIA your rebid is 3 showing doubt about 3N, either because you are short in OM and/or to try for slam. If you are satisfied with 3N, why bid ?
Sept. 12
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I assume that in your methods 3 shows -support otherwise I don‘t understand the bidding at all.Nevertheless S has overbid massively.
Sept. 12
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Ray, you are right of course. ATT I never answer with the name of a convention with only one exception (Stayman). I shouldn‘t take for granted that everybody at BW knows all conventions and their names. I edited my comment. BTW what is „Deadwood“?
Sept. 8
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Jyri, I agree with you. I prefer extensive cue-bidding plus D.I., but my new partner is an RKC-addict. For the time being, I concur.
Edit: D.I. stands for Declarative Interrogative. 4N declares that we control all suits and interrogates about extras for slam. Extras can be more key cards than can be expected, an source of tricks, trump strength, etc.
Sept. 8
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 8
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If only one minor has been bid, we play Crosswood. That is 4m is a slam try asking for cue bids, whereas 4om is key card ask.
Sept. 8
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 8
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Cards: usually around 13:-)
Sept. 7
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If you bid Drury with the E hand given as well as with Axxx, Kxxx, Kxxx, x you have an awfully wide range. Why not simply bid your normal 2?
Sept. 6
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