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My 4 is NOT fast arrival, it is a picture bid. You NEVER play fast arrival until pard is severely limited. 1-2; 2-4 is fast arrival because 2 is 11-13 shows in our book.
Dec. 23, 2016
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We do not play canapé.
Dec. 23, 2016
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Our philosophy: 2 is minimum with 0-3 in , with min and 4crd support bid 4m (splinter), 4 (4522, no m controls) or 3N (4522, at least one m control). Wit maximum bid 3m 5-5 good suits, 3 4crd support, 3 good suit, otherwise temporize with 2N.
Dec. 23, 2016
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1N is F1, with max opener bids again after responder shows preference. 1 is limited to 18, responder needs at least a good 6 for 1M. With 16+ from opener 2N or 3m should be okay.
Dec. 23, 2016
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The other way around: 2M is 0-2 (and so is 3). With 3 you show shortness or min/max if balanced.
Dec. 23, 2016
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1st cue in partners suit should be an honour, with a stiff bid “non-serious” 3N
Dec. 23, 2016
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Correct Yuan, I forgot to mention 3N. We usually play 3N as non-serious. In this (and similar) cases non-serious means shortness in partners suit.
Dec. 23, 2016
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In my book 2 is always 5+ and openers raise always 4+. Therefore is set and 3 shows A or K. The only bid that (probably, because undiscussed) “unsets” is 4. I would expect 4522, strength in M's no control in m's.
Dec. 22, 2016
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“All is blood”. I don't agree with that either, it's just one more option.
Dec. 22, 2016
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“' trying to decide on whether to play game or slam.” Not anymore, now that opps have given us a 3rd option.
Dec. 22, 2016
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Exactly!
Dec. 22, 2016
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In my book 3 says “pass only with minimum and misfit”, which exactly what I want.
Dec. 22, 2016
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I have two reasons for NOT playing Precision: 1-opening and 2-opening with 4crd M. Polish Club has a natural 1 but keeps Precision 2. MPP makes 1 even more nebulous. But there is still hope: An Unassuming Club or my version Quickborn Unassuming Club. It has a WNT, 2 with only and a natural 1. What you should do in any form of PC is open balanced hands 1N or 1. Then you have 1-1M; 1N to show 4-5(+).
Dec. 22, 2016
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Well I don't psyche against beginners or players wo mess things up even without my help because I have an advantage already and it's unlikely that I significantly increase it by psyching. I admit that it has nothing to do with protecting them. Anyway it would be against the law.
Dec. 21, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Dec. 21, 2016
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“ A player may deviate from his side’s announced understandings always, provided that his partner has no more reason to be aware of the deviation than have the opponents…”
1) “always” is more then once per session
2) “his partner has no more reason to be aware…than have the opponents” As I consider the bid given in the OP “just good bridge”. I expect a good bridge player to support this point of view. Therefore a good bridge player wiil be aware of the possibility of a deviation as much as my partner.
3) From 1 and 2 I conclude that this type of psyche is always allowed playing against good opponents (qed).
Conclusion edited
Dec. 21, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Dec. 21, 2016
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Mr. and Mrs. Wolf, once you start penalizing what you call “convention disruption”, you start “freezing” bridge. Any new idea is bound to be forgotten once in a while before it is firmly established in a partnership. I am sure Stayman has been forgotten many times in its earlier days. Generally one should expect to profit from opponents mistakes on average. Of course there should be score adjusments because of misinformation, but not penalties for a convention forgotten.
1-(3)-X-all pass. 3 was explained as / but was actually long . Pass over X was (after the bidding was over) explained as “no preference” althouh she actually had 3 in and 2 in . 3 was down 1, but we had a game in . No MI, no score adjustment. Pard shouldn't have doubled with -fit, so it was our own fault.
Dec. 20, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Dec. 20, 2016
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Yes
Dec. 17, 2016
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You make a mistake, you pay the price. I think this is a common mistake. I did it, my partner did it. I want to play Michaels, pard wants to stick with Ghestem. To change an existing agreement more then 50% is needed:-(
Dec. 16, 2016
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Simple cue iinv(+) 3crd support or some strong hand (in my case 15+). Jump cue and fit-jump with 4(+) support!
Dec. 15, 2016
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“If he has only seven, partner should have some form of compensation.”
Like 4 s.
Dec. 15, 2016
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