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All comments by Rosalind Hengeveld
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I Play 1/-(overcall)-2NT as limit raise or better, but 1/-(overcall)-2NT as natural.
June 21
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4: South-African transfer to 4.
June 14
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We play 2NT-3 (Puppet)-3NT (no major)-4 as showing 5-5 majors.
June 14
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I have in my bag a ‘Muiderberg’ 2 for just this pattern: five (no more) spades and four+ of an unknown minor. But even when not playing that I would open 1, not a mini 1NT.
June 10
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3 showing ‘either’ a Choice of Games or a big heart raise will not work, as partner will not know what to do with many a hand. As I play, 3 is Choice of Games and 4 would be the big heart raise.
June 8
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I remember passing a nine-card diamond suit with short spades over partner’s 4 opening bid, because 5 would not be natural (4 made; don’t remember more details).
June 7
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Pass: for 4 to make, partner needs about three quick tricks and would have opened.
June 6
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2NT (natural 19–21 in pass-out), strong feelings this is too much to pass.
June 6
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When 4 was bid with a jump, such as here, it is supposed to set the suit and 4 is Kickback. When hearts were bid without a jump, such as (4)-4 or (3)-3, then 4 is natural.
June 5
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Was the board still to be played or had it already been played? In the latter case, easts action is still illegal but not really harmful.
June 4
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The Dutch world class internationals Sjoert Brink & Bas Drijver use their 2 opening bid as either the usual very strong options or a weak two in clubs (!). They must have been even more tired of passing yet another weak two bid in clubs. Personally I am not won for the method.
June 4
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Showing a ‘maximum’ over 2 may look smart, but it is not – for the reasons set out by Richard Fleet above: chances are partner has a mild slam try in diamonds and no hearts.
May 30
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So did I and sure why: because the answer to the first option is ‘no’ and the condition in the second option is not fulfilled, which just leaves the third option.
May 29
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In most methods, including reasonably sophisticated ones, there is a bid to show one long suit, forcing or not, but not a weakish 5-5.
May 24
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I would have opened 1 for the very reason of having no satisfactory rebid after 1- 1.
May 21
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I bid 3 Puppet Stayman (Dutch: Niemeijer) and over 3NT I bid 4 Weissberger, showing 5-5 majors. No option given appears to cover this, hence abstained.
May 18
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4NT: two places to play, diamonds or hearts.
May 16
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Double. Taking the chance that partner bids 3NT. Correct anything else to 5.
May 15
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2 Gazzilli, including any 17+, then after 2 (8+) bid 2, showing three (!) or four hearts; 3 would show five hearts.
May 14
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