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Although I am a convinced Leb addict, here it doesn't work.
July 1, 2017
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I agree with not jumping on a 5-4.
July 1, 2017
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“A sensible auction would have been 1♠-1nt-3♣-3♦ (ask)-3♥ (5+♠ and 4♥)-3♠”
How do you find out if pard has or (or non at all) stopped?
July 1, 2017
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John, that's what logic dictates. In your example, we have to play 2 anyway and can try to find a better fit. In the OP we are forcing ourselves one level higher if there is no better fit.
There are too many situations to have an agreement on all. If there is no agreement try logic. I admit that my partner and I sometimes apply a different logic. We discuss those situstions and have an additional agreement aftwerwards.
By analogy 1-1; 2 is non-forcing, 1-1; 2 is forcing.
July 1, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 1, 2017
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It seems illogical to me that 3 is non-forcing: without a -fit I have to bid but with a -fit I can pass?
June 30, 2017
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Making 4 doesn't improve the bidding.
June 30, 2017
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No1, see my comment about -tricks in a -contract and -tricks in a -contract.
No2, I particullarly like my 3 little diamonds.
June 29, 2017
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Very likely that the long -suit isn't worth a dime in a -contract. Equally unlikely that you're not able to make a substantial number of -tricks in 4. Plus you've got the A, what more do you want? I'd rather pass 3 then bid 3! Not that I would, but it IS the last makeble contract.
June 29, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment June 29, 2017
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Anyway, I cannot remember asking the meaning of 4N in an uncontested auction during the bidding. After the bidding UI is not relevant.
Funny thing: most people just assume that 4N is RKCB and just ask for the meaning of the response. We never play any form of BW after cueing and opps are very surprised by the answer. “Uh, 4N wasn't RKCB???” Unheard of:-)
June 29, 2017
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Usually RKCB is used, Blackwood is not enough and neither is ace asking. 1430 is to much, opps should ask the meaning of the response, you should tell opps AND your partner how to respond. Strictly speaking even RKCB etc. is not correct, because it's telling more about the responses and not about 4N. The correct explanation (but nobody does it) probably is “strong slam interest, but not sure if we have the necessary number of key cards”.
June 29, 2017
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Absolutely agree. First I don't know what wrong wit cuebidding the italian way. Secondly it's worth showing a top honour in partners (probable) suit (for some it could even be the Q). The way we play non-serious 3N, it strongly suggest shortness in partners suit and 100% denies A or K.
June 28, 2017
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I abstained because calling 2 rediculous is exagerated. You had your reasons, but they are not good enough. If you think you need less then 2 tophonours for 3N (and I agrree) then just bid it. I've given up inviting 3N after an opening of 1N. 1N-2; 2Y-2N means “I was hoping to find a 4-4-M-fit” and opener passes more often then not. What 3 means is a matter of partnership agreement.
June 28, 2017
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On average, Ian, brudge is about statistics. But I had expected that you would come up with “not if pard has KQJ”, that is a better example.
June 28, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment June 28, 2017
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Ian, IMHO Axxx, x, Axx, Axxxx will produce more tricks if there is a 4-4-fit in then Axxx, xx, Ax, Axxxx although both have the same LTC. The point count reflects this difference.
In a way Paul and Doug both have their points. I agree with Paul that a mere average is not enough. Even +/-0.2 would be excellent, but +/-2.0 would not. But Doug's simulation is helpfull nevertheless, because I dot believe in 2.0. If it were +/-2.0 we wouldn't be using Milton Work Count as the basis for more then 70 years.
June 27, 2017
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Plus don't be afraid to double opps for penalty. Especially where SNT is standard, people tend to be very lightharted because it's “only a WNT”
June 27, 2017
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Yip, EK is my all time bridge hero. The first bridge book I ever red was HTPWB. We had our most successful time playing KSU.
June 24, 2017
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I have played KSU in the 70s according the Bridge World notes (http://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/readingroom/kaplansheinwoldupdated.html#C-1)
and played it 3-4 years ago before we changed to our Polish Club variant.
There is a Google group on KSU (https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!forum/kaplan-sheinwold). I tried to find fellow campaigners to adept KSU to 21st century bridge. There was a thread on the topic, but it petered out. There's not much traffic anymore.
After rethinking, I must admit that 1 (or 2 in your version) is better then 3 because of s. It might be a good idea to have 1m-1M; 3m denies 3M.
June 24, 2017
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Richard, in the KS that I know, 2 is not artificial, although it doesn't necessarily show length. So between 1 and 2 you would choose 1 not 2. Bill is right however, the hand is strong enough for 3. A hand that would open 2 if s were a major.
June 23, 2017
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As I have written upthread you can read “5-13 hcp, max 3crd M” on my CC.
As for your second question, this is a difficult topic. I have asked if I should alert and the answer was “no”. Our 1M is limited to 18 WP so it is reasonable to pass if game is unlikely and we see no reason to preempt opps. We do not generally pass a 7-count, otherwise the range for 1N wouldn't be 5-13.
In Germany alerting Pass, Double and Redouble was forbidden until end of 2015 and it is still unusual to do so.
I had a long discussion if we should alert Pass after 1WNT-(X) because we expect opener to run. Now what if RHO passes only because he thinks I will run? The alert now is “no 5crd and not strong enough to redouble”.
Our 1M-2M is 8-10/11 which is a bit stronger then usual. I alert partners raise, explain “a bit stronger then usual” and we get to play 2H. Dummy is exposed and my LHO sees something like xxx, QJxx, x, Kxxxx. “That's a perfectly normal raise, had I known that I would have bid”. They felt intimidated, same could happen if I alert 1M-(P)-P.
I am not a fan of alerting anyway, IMO a complete CC should be sufficient. As I have written in other threads, Alerting just makes people to lazy to read the CC.
June 23, 2017
Ronald Kalf edited this comment June 23, 2017
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Michael, I'm not discussing your style. As long as you are successfull, stick to it. Just as I stick to passing with a misfit even if I have 6/7 hcp long as I keep getting more good then bad scores. That is not the point though, we're discussing if your opponents have the right fo know that 1N could be bid on a zero count. I simply don't understand why you don't want to put it on your CC, that's all.
June 22, 2017
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