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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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Players who frequently raise on three will have a bid – usually 2NT – to inquire about trump length. And when they just bid game, they have five trumps. That way, any possible ethical problem disappears.
Sept. 16
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“The important thing is not to win, but to take part”

The important thing is to do both. :)
Sept. 14
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Mine does not; we presume a Multi is weak until proven otherwise. Usually, ‘strong’ versions are really strong; mine are 24+ balanced or game-forcing diamonds.
Sept. 14
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<giggle> yes, ‘slempoging’ does mean slam try
Sept. 13
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Sure, my own defense goes down to eighth seat (see here in Dutch: https://rosalind.home.xs4all.nl/bridge/romi/tegen2x.htm#multi-onbekend)
Sept. 12
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Double is a more or less balanced minimum opening bid (around 13–15 HCP) or any sufficiently strong hand unsuitable for another call. Bids are natural, except 4/ which is Leaping Michaels. Doubles of pass-or-correct responses are take-out. (I play Multi myself and so do most of my opponents.)
Sept. 11
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It helps if the weak notrump is a mini notrump (like 9–12 or 10–13). Then 1m-1M-2M is either around 13–16 balanced or weaker but unbalanced. This is quite manageable. See also the ‘Mini-NT when?’ thread.
Sept. 5
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The Dutch pair of Sjoert Brink & Bas Drijver uses no less than four different notrump ranges:
* 9–12 first seat favorable
* 9–14 third seat favorable
* 12–14 not vulnerable otherwise
* 15–17 vulnerable any seat

I personally play a 9–12 1NT not vulnerable in first or second seat, 15–17 otherwise.
Sept. 2
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Double: standard ‘Action Double’. Equally standard: the auction invariably gives rise to a director call, whenever partner took a second or more to pass. (I have always won such cases.)
Aug. 31
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That (Henrik’s) is exactly what the Dutch Players Council (‘Spelersraad’) advised. With at most very few exceptions either way (e.g., high-level artificial calls not alertable; weak notrump opening bids alertable). It is also close to the WBF Alert Policy, which, however, has more exceptions.
Aug. 26
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It does not pay to preempt too wildly at the three level over 1NT. Over a weak NT, which is itself sort of a preempt, it would often work auto-preemptively. Over a strong NT the penalty risks are substantial. This means that in practice (1NT)-3/, even if formally defined as weak, will come some way towards intermediate. Consequently, a two-way split between ‘weak to intermediate’ (directly 3/ as I play) and ‘strong(ish)’ (via 2 as I play) will suffice; a three-way split weak/intermediate/ strong is not much needed.
Aug. 26
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