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3 should be just competitive for everyone. Wasn‘t it Kit who said „if there is no game try available, just bid game (and try to make it)? In this case however, what else can 3 be?
April 25
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7 is better then 6N, but how to get there? In my system the bidding would start 1-1;1-2. Now W knows E has 5(+) to the K and max 5hcp. The book says further bidding natural. It would be nice to have a relay here, but 2N must be nonforcing, probably singleton because W can still have 19 points. We have a general agreement that we show extra length when accepting a quantitive raise. Probably the best bid here. In this case …4N-5;7. E would always show a 6th of course and maybe bid 5N with a rounded Q. Would we find it ATT? I‘m not sure, but in the post-mortem it‘s all very logical.
April 25
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I wouldn‘t open the first hand because it‘s not worth an upgrade to 11 POINTS. i wouldn‘t complain if you open 1 as an opponent, but I don‘t understand why your explanation is 11-15 HCP (sic). As for the second hand, I always explain 3m as „possibly 6crd“ or if 3rd hand „frequently 6crd“.
April 22
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Donald, I have learned a lot from Robson & Segal, but in this case I don‘t agree. Your „if only I could remember it all“ is telling. I don‘t want to overcomplicate competitive bidding by differentiating according to vulnerability. Kit‘s arguments are compelling and that‘s what I prefer in this (and similar) situations.
April 22
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…asks to unblock or count.
April 20
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I don‘t play DONT, but can X to show opening bid strength with a good lead, which is exactly what I have. With one partner I play CRASH and to tell you the truth, I have absolutely no idea what to bid. I‘ll ask him.
April 20
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Our agreement in a competititive auction is that a bid in the enemy suit is ssgt, others natural with a tendency to be lead-directing.
What are „spiral raises“, never heard of the term.
April 18
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Exactly
April 18
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If people weren‘t always trying to right their wrongs, there weren‘t so many wrongs to right (Oscar the Owl)
April 18
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Why should we?
April 18
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Not so, Jay, you are mixing two things up.
1) If E has a systemic opening s/he should open of course and in the light of that agreement it is not trash. If not E shouldn‘t have opened in the first place, period.
2) After having opened the bidding according to our system, E should support with support. There are two ways to show support in a contested auction (if you play support doubles): either you raise or you double. Usually we raise with 4 and double with 3. Now ask yourself why! For game purposes? No. We want to give pard a help in taking the 3-level decision. 4 might tip the scale to bidding, 3 to defending. With 3433 and KQx in opps suit, we prefer defending, so we double.
April 18
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Talking about points or value of the hand, not hcp! If you agree to open 11point hands thats fine, so do I if I have a 5crd M. But then you cannot bid game or force to game with 12 and certainly not with 11. So first the pair has to decide how light they open (okay, zero is proper hand evaluation), then responder must act according to that minimum.
Once you open, you should support with support, but I‘m with Frances in that a support double does more justice to the hand then a raise.
April 17
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Right, it said 3QT is always an opening.
April 17
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Roland, I couldn‘t have said it better
April 17
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Craig, 2 reasons: 1) 1M-2 always 5, 2) balanced hand principle, strong balanced should ask.
Part of the structure is still under discussion, but the idea is:
1M-2; 2 natural or min, not 4OM or any balanced. …2 4OM, any strength, all others show extras 2 4, 2N 6(+)M, 3m (and 1-2;3) 5-5, 3M max 1 loser opposite small stiff.
Responder usually relays with the balanced hand, (most) other show 5(+).
Similary: 1M-2;2 catch all like 2 above, 2 4OM, any strength, 3 4crd, rest as above.
April 17
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Yeh, Axx is better then KJx
April 16
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1: Fast Arrival should only apply opposite a limited hand.
2: Play Picture Jump (with a very narrow definition) opposite an unlimited hand.
3: Playing 2 as including balanced FG, use 2 as catch-all, responder to relay with the balanced type
April 16
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 16
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I‘m not even bothering to think about an alternative to 3N. That‘s where every pair will be…barring those who have a misunderstanding of course.
In our case:
1 (Polish, strong is 19+) - 1 (6+, natural, FG opposite strong, so no partscore)
2 (19+, max 3crd ) - 2 (6-9 artificial)
2 (relay) - 3N (any 5332)
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With luck we get a -lead from Qxxx(x)!
April 15
Ronald Kalf edited this comment April 15
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If you are referring to the 2nd post be aware that the difference is not just the 5th . My reason for giving the same answer was heavily influenced by the holding.
April 15
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With the J its 10.85 K&R, 11+ my count. Pass in my book, but sometimes I don‘t follow my own rules.
April 15
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