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I agree it is an error to think that a ‘simple’ system – in the sense of one with few gadgets – is thereby simple to play.
Dec. 15
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We play 1M-2M as constructive and our ‘game try’ is usually 1M-2M-4M. We can, however, issue a short suit try or ask with 2NT, both of which are often slam tries, or 1M-2M-4m, which is a long suit slam try.
Dec. 15
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By the way, ‘consensus systems’ have a way of not working well and not catching on. The reason is that they lack what can be termed ‘conceptual integrity’. In more mundane words: they tend to end up a hodgepodge of narrow majority preferences that do not go together too well.

In the Netherlands we once had a consensus system dubbed ‘Biedermeijer’ that was drawn up after polls (not online polls in those days). It never really caught on.

Of course, player preferences in this and other areas can still be interesting.
Dec. 13
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I would not be surprised – and I consider it likelier – if both five-level contracts go down.
Dec. 12
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And ‘gender-neutral’ – which looks the same in Dutch – was just voted the most irritating word of 2017.
Dec. 7
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I hate Gambling 3NT and I know better uses for the bid. I also agree with Brad that one should not preempt with as solid suit.
Dec. 7
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4: this useful convention shows a mild slam try or better in partner's major and leaves bidding space (such as for 4 Last Train). 4 would show clubs. I would have expected to be the only one voting for this bid; now should I be glad or disappointed? ☺
Dec. 5
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For some reason some (intermediate) players live with the idea that a strong two bid primarily shows a one-suiter. Not so. This is a prime example.
Dec. 5
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Penalty pass of spades (!), negative of hearts.
Dec. 5
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No, as 1NT is neither articial nor highly unusual.
Dec. 5
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Can always bid (or transfer to) their suit.
Dec. 5
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1NT: these Raptor hands are second to the Bridge World Death Hand only in forum frequency. This is a bare minimum, though.
Dec. 4
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I know partner may have a long solid minor. But nine out of ten times they have a balanced hand. And more often 15 than 25 points.
Dec. 4
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I play that after 3, 3 could be a stretch on a minimum, but at the four level, support shows extras.
Dec. 4
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Then why did they not open 3?
Dec. 4
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Players who take a full minute to shuffle their hand after play - even when the board was played for the last time.
Dec. 2
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3♣: 5-5+ pointed suits, can be weaker with 6-5. A version of ‘specific’ Michaels.
Dec. 1
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By the way, with two spades and five hearts opener over the transfer bids 3NT.
Dec. 1
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It appears to me that 2, being natural (not artificial) and not extremely unusual, is not alertable under international WBF (and EBL) jurisdiction.
Dec. 1
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I would pass not vulnerable against vulnerable.
Nov. 30
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