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>Death sentence: 3N=25-27

Yeah, that's funny,
both 3NT-opening,
and 2C-2D-3NT are defined by GIB as 25-27hcp.

Which one does the robot chose, when it actually has that range?
23 hours ago
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> “Played in an area club game where the bots filled in for a half table. Director used best BBO bots.”

Just curious, how does this work, practically?

When I play vs bots online, BBO always supply the deals.

How do you feed the deals from a local club game to the BBO bots, and make them bid+play it?
Feb. 9
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Hi Saskia,
This app is for single-user only.
For 2 players there are apps you mention.
There is also this useful site:

http://www.correctcontract.com/
Feb. 8
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Thanks Martin!

In your phone, just click the link above to bring up the app.

Then, in the browser menu, select “Add to home screen” or similar to create a convenient shortcut to it.

I don't think you will notice much difference vs an android app.

The current deal, as well as hcp/suit settings are preserved between sessions.
Feb. 2
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Feb. 2
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Thanks folks for feedback!

I'll see what extra-features I can whip up :)

Suit lengths criteria and save function will be straight-forward to add.

DD-results, is trickier though, for several reasons – firstly, since opps' bidding currently is not related to any specific hand layout, only their combined suit-lengths in the 4 suits.

I have a half-baked idea, though, that might be of some use, when opps are silent throughout the bidding, and one could just randomize a pair of oppo-hands…

I'll be back :)
Jan. 21
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Jan. 21
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Hi Frances,

Yes, you can at least do sthg similar in the BBO client, but with many more clicks each time you set up the table :)

A feature I didn't quite find there, though, is to control opps' bidding in a simple way, as well as both players in your own pair? And you have to re-enter the hands criteria anew every time you logon, I think?
BBO-client is very nice when a pair practices online toghether, but to me was more awkward for singel-user usage.
But maybe I have missed sthg…

And I agree opps' bidding in my app isn't very intelligent, it just follows very simple rules based on their combined suit-lengths :)

That's why I gave some background and the purpose – simply to practice or “rehearse” your own system/methods in as convenient way as possible, esp for mobile use.
Jan. 20
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Jan. 20
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This might be what you're looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/Simpler-Blue-Club-System-Mississauga/dp/1771401893

Came out this year, 2018, and includes strong-1C, 4cM openings, and canapé-bidding in some sequences.
Dec. 18, 2018
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Or play 5542-openings, and open balanced 15-19 with 1.

Then you can play, either
1-1 with all weak hand without major (as above), or
use transfer responses with 1-1 without major.
Dec. 14, 2018
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One method I have seen (but never played) is, with balanced hands, people open 2+minors, and select opening-suit depending on the hcp strength.

For example, with weak-1NT you could open,
15-17 => 1.
18-19 => 1.

Thus, 1-1NT-2NT shows 18-19.
After 1 you can use 1 on all weak hands without 4+major.
Thus, 1-1X-1NT shows 15-17.
Dec. 14, 2018
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Dec. 14, 2018
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> “Other natural bids are ‘alertable when opponents would expect otherwise’”

if the jumpshift is thus limited to 15 or 16hcp, isnt that reason to alert it under this rule?
Nov. 25, 2018
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> All 4 players could carry their own personal bridgemate or similar electronic device and put down contract.

Excellent proposal!
Or at least 2 devices for each of North and East.

Sometimes, thinking about the last play or bidding, I approve the result kind of mechanically and then don't remember if I really checked the score….
Sometimes North enters the score and has already OK'ed it himself… shouldnt happen but it does…

Would be much lower errors with two separate entries :)
Nov. 25, 2018
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> “Tournament hands tend to favor this bidding method as they are pre-dealt to have interesting features.”

Where did you get that idea from?

It's illegal to deal anything but random-deals in tournament-play.
Nov. 9, 2018
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> I would expect Partner to continue with the ♠T upon gaining the lead.

Why?
From his viewpoint, u cud have AKx and he has JTx.
Nov. 8, 2018
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> “We found that we almost never needed a negative double.”

You never need a neg-X after 1M-(2m) ?

That sounds questionable…
Nov. 8, 2018
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-MOVED-

ps. Why is there still no DELETE button?
Nov. 8, 2018
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Why?
Nov. 7, 2018
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We recently started playing transfers after opps' takeout-double,
and also after their tangent-bid overcall.

Examples:

1D-(X)-
XX = 4+hearts.
-1H = 4+spades.
-1S = Denies 4card M. Some values and “transfer to 1NT”.
-1NT = 5+clubs, etc.

1H-(1S)-X = Some values and “transfer to 1NT”
-1NT = 5+clubs.
-2C = 5+diams.
-2D = Invitational Heart-support.

The main advantage is that when we win the contract,
overcaller has to lead away from his honours, often “into the dark”.

It's actually more rare than one might think,
that these situations occur, but has worked fine, so far.

We also play transfers after
1S-(2H), and 1H-(2S), so:
-X = Both minors, or strong hand.
-2NT = 5+clubs.
-3C = 5+diams.

1H-(2S)
-3D = H-support, invite+
-3H = Support, less than invite.

1S-(2H)
-3D = (undefined)
-3H = S-support, invite+
Nov. 7, 2018
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Nov. 7, 2018
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>“2NT should be a 4 card invitational+ ♥ raise”

Provided 1 is 5+,
it doesn't make sense to require 4cd support here,
unless you specify some other bid for 3cd support inv+.
Sept. 2, 2018
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>“Since G/B 2NT here could, presumably, be ”bad with ♣s, ♦s, or ♥s"

Isn't that normally called Lebensohl?

G/B-2NT rather refers to opener's rebid?
Sept. 2, 2018
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Sept. 2, 2018
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Of course, you can always explore it,
but if it turns out there is no fit,
(say opener is 4-1-3-5 and responder 2-4-4-3 or similar)
where are you going?

You often end up scrambling into a lousy higher partial than the majority,
who open 1, and then play in 1NT.

Of course, they will also find a 4-4 major fit, that you may miss if you Pass 2.

In my experience, this is a frequent recurring painpoint of such system.
It works much better if 2 is always 6+suit and denies 4M.
Sept. 1, 2018
Stefan Olausson edited this comment Sept. 1, 2018
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