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I play (in a Polish Club variant) 2S is a splinter raise to 3, 2N is either a -splinter or a 3-bid with 3crd (3 asks, 3 p/c).
July 4, 2016
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The Romex I know (and played) uses CONFI to ask for CONtrols and search for a 4-4-FIt with sufficient controls for slam (Super-CONFI for grand slam).
July 1, 2016
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Well, if yo force game with a lousy 15 hcp plus 3 for a singleton, you must pass with a lousy 6 hcp hand. I rate responders hand as 5+ and openers hand after a 1-response 17+. That totals 23- not enough for game. Playing 1N 11-13 has the effect that 1-1M; 2M always shows extras, either in hcp or distribution. 3M would be the value of 18-19, splinters stronger. Even then you hardly have your 1M-bid, but iv you choose to bid, at least you play 3M, not a hopeless 4M.
July 1, 2016
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Why use Gerber at all? With two balanced hands you need to know the number of controls (A, K). With an unbalanced hand you need to know the number if key cards. In my partnership 4 is never Gerber, but a jump to 4m is minorwood if 3m would be forcing or we can establish an FG in another way. With a pick-up I try to avoid Gerber because it is likely to lead to to misunderstandings. I would accept Kit's alternative, but then 2-2; 2N-4 is likely to be the next exception and pard could come up with further situations where (s)he thinks it is only logical.
July 1, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment July 1, 2016
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I ALWAYS think before playing the first card, then play in a quick and unvarying speed unless something unexpected happens. That includes thinking when there is a singleton in dummy or Axx in dummy and a singleton in hand. There is nothing unethical about that. I do the same as defender and if declarer immediately to the first trick, I'm still allowed to think about the defense.
June 29, 2016
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And what do you open with 10/11 and a good 6crd? Pass???
June 28, 2016
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As a matter of fact I googled KSU bridge system and got bridge construction expert system from Kandas State University:-)
June 27, 2016
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Sorry about wasting your time.
June 27, 2016
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Christopher, how would you bid with the minors reversed?
June 26, 2016
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I like the KSU 2/1: FG unless both rebid their suit. I've played this in KSU, Precision and other strong club systems, Romex and now in Polish Club. We have just one more exception: 1-2m; 2-2N/3m; 3 emabling us to open light with 5-5 Ms.
June 25, 2016
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Wouldn 't it be possible that pard has a void in the“impossible” side suit?
June 24, 2016
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Exactly! If this is the definition of a penalty double, I can vote “all”
June 24, 2016
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I double if I have a good lead, pard leaves the double in with 8+ and 3 suits stopped or comparable defence. With less bid 2 or own suit.
June 24, 2016
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While I do agree that you can put your 21-22 balanced in precision (or polish) 1 with neglectable disadvantages, I don't like your 2N-bid. You give opps 3 options: penalty oriented double plus two substitutes for t/o. I wonder if there is a better use for the 2N-opening. BTW Ron Lel suggested (in another forum) 3 for the minors with only 2 options for opps.
June 23, 2016
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Bid 3 on 4, support , rebid , all F0 or 4 cog
June 23, 2016
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3, but I would have passed 1.
June 22, 2016
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On a lead my are worthless unless pard has Ax in and if (s)he has Ax…
June 22, 2016
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Before bidding 3N there is still some room to inquire about a stopper.
June 19, 2016
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Well, I guess the alternative is pass (unless X does NOT promise 4crd ). As for me pass is NOT an alternative, there is only 1N. Generally I don't take stoppers for 1N to seriously. Even if opps pick up the first 5 tricks all is not lost.
June 19, 2016
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Damn it, for some reason I had 2-X-3-… In mind. I change my vote to 4.
June 19, 2016
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