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And prefer the color scheme suggested in the head post. The Dutch digital convention card has just these colors; see example (filled out) at https://rosalind.home.xs4all.nl/bridge/romi/grote%20systeemkaart%20rosalind%20&%20mina.pdf
3 hours ago
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Apparently double is presumed to show spades, which is not obvious and was not stated (as I play, it denies spades and 1 shows four+). If double does not (virtually) guarantee spades, 3 should be Choice of Games.
Oct. 17
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Usually when ‘looking for consensus’ this is not the place to find it, but here it is very close.
Oct. 12
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You are more likely to have a 5-3 heart fit, which you miss after doubling, than to have a 4-4 spade fit (a priori 54% versus 34%)..
Oct. 11
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Partner is supposed to act as if opposite a minimum three-suiter. The lesser balanced hands are 13/14–16. We can occasionally pass out a weak two with up to 12 opposite 12 balanced. We believe this is optimum, the latter term not to be confused with ‘perfect’.
Oct. 11
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2, showing at least five hearts and four spades, both possibly longer. (Te reverse, 54, is usually easy to bid after a 1 overcall.)
Oct. 10
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I play 2NT as 17–20 in either seat. Lesser hands double.
Oct. 10
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Funny, the same ‘Those that have …’ hold for Raptor.
Oct. 10
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I play 2 as either a weak two in diamonds or something very strong, so partner usually responds 2. Other than that, I do not think control responses are a good idea even over an always strong 2, as they tend to cost valuable bidding space. The priority should be allowing opener to show their distribution.
Oct. 9
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3. At this level of bidding, double is or should be forcing to game. On the other hand, partner sometimes has no option than to double with less than four spades.
Oct. 8
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Raptor is perfect precisely if your long suit is not so great.
Oct. 2
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Spoiler alert! Hand from the world championship:
http://www.imp-bridge.nl/nieuws-archief/mindere-dag-open-team
Oct. 2
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I, too, play this convention, but this is too weak a hand in too unfavorable a situation.
Oct. 1
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If you play Gazzilli (2 multibid), 2NT is usually something artificial. I play it as a good 14–16 and 6-4. Some play it as a strong 5-5.
Oct. 1
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I play Multi but with strong options, meaning 2NT/3/ are out. Over 2 we just always bid 3 with hearts.
Sept. 29
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A practical advantage of original count is the following. Most experienced players know by heart the 39 ‘partitions’ of thirteen cards into four hands: 4432, 5332 et cetera. This allows you, once the original counts of three hands are known, to count the fourth hand without actually having to compute anything.
Sept. 23
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I would not have doubled but instead would have bid 1NT Raptor.
Sept. 22
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“Why Bergen is so often quoted on BW as some type of authority?”

Bergen is one of the few theorists and authors not shying away from addressing the really thorny questions. That he is one of the few authors to even mention the 3NT bid in question is a point in case.

Whether his proposed use for this 3NT is best is another matter.
Sept. 18
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Marty Bergen in ‘Better Bidding with Bergen, Volume I – Uncontested Auctions’, Max Hardy, 1985 (ISBN 0-939460-32-7) mentions it on page 129:

“3NT. This is a very rare bid, since you are preempting the 2 bidder and making it hard for partner to show the hand type. The 3NT bid suggests a balanced hand with lots of ‘soft’ cards like queens and jacks.
Sept. 17
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Fit-showing jumps are basically sound but practically accident-prone.
Sept. 17
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