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All comments by Rosalind Hengeveld
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Good question. No, we just bid 3NT. And the sequence is rare, has in fact never come up.
Aug. 26
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Weak to intermediate minors bid directly at the three level, strong minors go by way of the 2 overcall. The latter thereby shows either a long major in what could be a relatively weak hand, or a minor in a good hand.
Aug. 26
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Yes, the Netherlands Bridge League requires pre-alerts of ‘bids against which opponents may want to agree on a defense’ (Wedstrijdreglement 6.3). There are no announcements.
Aug. 26
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A weak notrump is basically a preemptive move. Transfer responses give opponents extra chances to come into the auction. Same reason as why ‘transfer preempts’ are a bad idea.
Aug. 26
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There are three basic ‘strategies’ for what an alert really means and, hence, what is alertable:
1. what deviates from a certain standard
2. what may differ from opponents’ expectations
3. what is artificial.

Most confusion about what is or should be alertable or not comes down to confusion on the basic strategy. The WBF Alert Policy is based on #3, which I personally think is the best one.
Aug. 25
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Maybe (not my style), but irrelevant here.
Aug. 25
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My vote reflects what I would do. My comment, if any, would reflect my tendencies. Here poster asks me to vote about tendencies, the example not withstanding.
Aug. 25
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No, it polls tendency.
Aug. 24
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I support on three for lack of a satisfactory alternative, as on
432 32 KQ432 AQ2.
Here, 2 is quite satisfactory. (I prefer to play Transfer-Walsh, though, which eliminates the case.)
Aug. 24
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What is the the 5 MWP rule?
Aug. 23
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4. Do not bid three of a minor if you do not want me to support with prime support.
Aug. 21
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In combination with 2 Multi, opening bids of 2/ are usually not weak twos but mean something different.
Aug. 20
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As I (and many) play over the weak notrump, an immediate 3/ (or 2/) is to play and can work preemptively. Invites with a long minor (or major) go through 2 as invitational Stayman, followed by 3/. 1NT-2 is game-forcing Stayman.
Aug. 19
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We already have such a ‘bastard child’: Patton.
Aug. 19
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Invitational minor suit hands occur more frequently over a weak notrump than over a strong one. Reasons are (at least) twofold:

1. Weak, especially mini notrumps usually have a wider range: 9–12 as I play, 10–13 as many play.

2. An invitational minor suit hand opposite a weak notrump will have side strength. That makes it less necessary that the suit be solid between the hands.
Aug. 19
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From experience I agree with the low frequency (while my system has bids for these hands).
Aug. 19
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Some days I hate having gotten out of bed.
Aug. 18
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A Mixed Raise is one trick weaker than a Limit Raise. Any raise of an overcall – which, as I play, does not promise opening bid values – is one trick stronger than a similar raise of an opening bid. So, if this hand would be a Mixed Raise of a 1 opening bid, it is now a preemptive raise.
Aug. 18
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True in an all-expert field. In more mixed fields, however, we need to set 6NT.
Aug. 17
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It helps as cross-imps neither has a datum nor needs one.

(For those who are unfamiliar with cross-imps:) You compare your raw score on a board with that of every other pair that played in the other direction, and convert the difference to imps, much as if playing teams. You average all those imp scores on the board. That is your cross-imp score on the board. No ‘datum’ needed.

Cross-imps is basically simple and straightforward, but it is tedious to compute by hand. That is why butler scoring was invented, which is basically a rough approximation but is easier to compute by hand. With the advent of widespread computing power, butler really has no right of existence any more.
Aug. 17
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