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Comparing the length of this thread to “real” bridge problems I conclude that alerting is the most controversial part of the game.
Nov. 4, 2016
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It doesn't and is not intended to do so. With Qxxxxx and out I pass and there is no choice between 2m and 2M. My WJS is a descriptive bid, not a preempt.
Nov. 3, 2016
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Valid in all jurisdictions: You are allowed to ask even if there is no alert!
Nov. 2, 2016
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I prefer to get the weak hands rather then the strong hands of my chest. Our definition is a hand to weak to make a (mild) invitational bid that prefers 2M over 2m if pard has a minimum unbalanced opening.
Nov. 2, 2016
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It is hard to apportion the blame. S slam try is a bit exagerated, but worse then that: NEVER SPLINTER WITH A VOID. RKCB by N with 2 open suits is simply crazy.
Nov. 1, 2016
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N is worth almost 15 points (almost 1 for 2 aces, 3 for a stiff with 4 trumps). Your methods are also to blame. You should have a way to show your singleton . Playing your methods, I would at least have bid 3 assuming that is natural and forcing.
Nov. 1, 2016
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3 is most difficult. In 2, 4 and 5 you didn't even try to get to 3N and 1 is obvious. My rule is “forcing when in doubt”. I voted all FG because I have my doubts about 3, after all we skipped the whole 3-level. The problem with 4SF is that opener has no idea WHY pard bids it. I suggest to play 3/4SF as a marionette after which partner explains his bid. 3 would go 1-1; 2-2; 2 (puppet, 2N would show 1444)-3 = 4crd , either looking for stopper or mild slam interest. Now a fit has been established and 4 is non-forcing. My partner calls this gadget Quasi-Lebensohl.
Nov. 1, 2016
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Simplest is not the same as best.
Oct. 31, 2016
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Granovetter works (and is perfect if you have a way to bid the “Bridge World Death Hand”, 6m-3M). With the hand given in this post I would just bid 3N. After all both opps had a chance to bid 1 and didn't. I would be more worried with and reversed, but then you have an easy 3. 1-(p)-1-(p); 3 is trickier because LHO now must bid 2. With an expert pick-up I would still bid 3 (with and reversed).
Oct. 31, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Oct. 31, 2016
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1-1 (of course I open 1 and would never open 2 even if weak)
2-2 (artificial, forcing, opener almost always bids 2N, confirms 6+)
3 (slam try in )-4 (cue, denies / controls)
4N (this really is a hand for RKCB)-5
5 (spiral scan, asks K)-6 (confirms and denies other)
7N
Oct. 28, 2016
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The most interesting bid is 4 as a slam try in (how do you make slam tries in the other suits?). I guess 4 (or 4) would be negative, others RKCB sreps. I'm not generally a fan of frequent RKCBs, but my experience with extensive relays (Regres) was short and long ago, so maybe I could change my mind (should I ever play a telay system again). I am a fan however of using spiral scan after RKCB.
Oct. 27, 2016
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Oct. 27, 2016
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John, even if pard is void you have 73%.
Rainer, our definition is max 1 loser opposite a stiff
Oct. 27, 2016
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1-2 (FG)
2N (14+, waiting)-3 (sets the suit)
3-4 (italian cues)
4N (D.I.)-5 (A)
6 (denies A)-6 (my are good)
7N (If run, I can count 13 tricks)
Oct. 27, 2016
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You can put me in the “take out take-ot” camp.
Oct. 27, 2016
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“I am assuming that the 2♥ bid shows 10+ points or thereabout, but that opener's pass is not forcing, and that double would have been for penalty.” If this is so, we clearly have the BOP. Are you going to let opps play undoubled at the 3-level? In my partnership this is a forcing pass situation. With your 4 examples, I would bid 1) Pass, 2) 4, 3) 4, 4) Pass and bid 3N over X.
Oct. 27, 2016
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If 2 is NFB you can only pass. If 2 is forcing and you have only invitational values, pass again. If you have FG-values, you can bid 4 only with a self-sufficient suit but every other bid is allowed.
Oct. 26, 2016
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Dorsn't apply if you allow cueing 2nd round controls.
Oct. 25, 2016
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We play DJS as minimum game force splinter, 3N balanced. SJS as a limit raise splinter or to strong for DJS, but 1-2 and 1-3 splinter or balanced. We do not splinter with a void (bid 2/1 first) or stiff A/K (treat as balanced). A void is pretty rare and a void without a decent side suit even rarer.
Oct. 24, 2016
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We play Lebensohl, so 2 is non-forcing. Our 2 is always 6+ no 4crd M. X is penalty oriented.
Oct. 23, 2016
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Rohit, I guess you shot the slam and ask for confirmation that you did the right thing. Better to try to learn from the comments then to argue agains them if they don't confirm your opinion.
Oct. 20, 2016
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