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More then „some“ merit, but I‘d go one step further (same step as in ma Polish) 1 is always unbalanced, open 15+ all balanced hands 1.
April 1
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The post asks for 1st hand (I assume). #1 is to strong (if you open light?), I‘d open 2N in our system (a good WT in either minor) with #2, so yes 2 if playing that as WT.
April 1
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Special or not, you must have SOME agreement.
March 30
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If „no special agreements“ means that you don‘t even play some form of lebensohl, blame on both of you. The way I play leb, 3 shows 4crd without a -stop and 4 is natural, not even 100% forcing. E should simply bid 4 whereupon W should make another bid. Although not a fan of RKCB, I‘d probably bid 4N.
March 30
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What or where is this „EB article“?
March 29
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I am/was with Richard, but Davids solution gets me thinking. Looks better then anything else I‘ve read here and elsewhere.
March 29
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Unlikely to take 9 tricks in 3N without having to give up the lead. If that assumption is correct, 11 tricks in 5 seem shaky. Pass may be our last possible plus.
March 27
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I‘m with you…even later
March 26
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Which of those are P,P&M originals? If I had a hammer is Pete Seeger, Don‘t think twice, Too much of nothing and When the ship comes in are Bob Dylan and Leavin‘ is John Denver. I don‘t know the rest.
March 26
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I didn‘t read anything about 5-5ms, just both ms.
March 26
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Frances, how slammish is 3? Are you really going past 3N with less then 40% of your points in partners suits and good stoppers in both majors.
March 26
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Tyler, AJxxx≠AJT97
March 23
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What more do I need then one or two round aces?
March 22
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„how would your partner show a good raise in ♠? Can you stay away from the 3-level?“ Sometimes, but not always. We open light any way and a raise to 2M shows 8-11. The problem are hands that weren‘t worth an opening bid, but are now to strong for 2M. I plan to play Swedish Jacoby, by a PH that must be with a singleton, otherwise not strong enough. After 1M-2N we are protected by the law. What remains are 5m-3M-4-1-hands. We could bid 3m (invite with 6crd by UPH) with those because we would have opened 2N with that type of hand.
March 21
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Nigel, first thing I said to my partner as he insisted upon Drury is „ok, but then open 2M if you are not prepared to pass F1N“ That sounded good, but is it really a solution for Qxxxx, xxx, AKxx, x?
March 20
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Louis, I also like to open your example hand in 3rd and then pass 1N or a natural 2m.
March 20
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Against Multii X is 13-15 balanced (or strong), maybe we can get them. 2M is t/o of OM and F0.
March 20
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If you freely taise on 3 it should be competitive IMO. It is not the same as in the uncontested auchtion, where I don‘t need to make a competitive bid. Plenty of other possibilities to make a game try.
March 19
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Exactly that plus 3m natural invite. I bid 3.
March 18
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Not what I expected. K&R gives 13.6 for N, which I hadn‘t expected either. I rate S as 12- and N as 12+. Being a light opener, I‘d open as S, but not force to game with S.
March 18
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