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Im playing something similar, which may be of interest? They are transfer splinters in all the 1NT 3X auctions. So 3c shows short diamonds, 3D short hearts…..3S short clubs

You need some strict rules for shape the higher the bid made is, as you have less room to unscamble shape. Eg 3C has room to sort out (34)15 shapes, where as 3S does not so its wise for the bid to promise four hearts and four spades.

This approach leaves the opener still able to select NT with the danger suit double stopped and one nice extra is you complete the transfer when max and having no wasted values in the short suit. Makes bidding 5m or slam easier.

This approach can clear up many hard to bid hands that are 5431 5440 and 4441 shapes.
Sept. 21
Steven Allen edited this comment Sept. 21
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I dont think its that clear cut. There may be a way to show 5 spades and a balanced hand and get North involved? The ATB would be entirely different if South bid 3NT and north passed with AKQ AJxx Axxx Jx or similar
Sept. 20
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Just got one for this, but have noticed less lately, but then i have been very busy and not posting
Sept. 20
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Agree North is blameless here, but we have not been told what options South had outside of bidding 3S or 3NT, so I have to abstain
Sept. 20
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In EBU land, you must announce the 1NT opening range when made. Advising your playing system before start is not compulsory, but most of the better players do it routinely
Sept. 19
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Indeed it is. Alive and kicking in the UK
Sept. 14
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We do this all the time in the UK. I open up with, Hi we play a wnt, 5 card spade suit only and w2's in the majors. It takes all of 5 seconds and saves lots of hassel later
Sept. 12
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Do really put the score card on the back of CC? Thats such a bad idea, it effectively makes them useless as you dont want people looking at them then!
Sept. 12
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Yes I agree completely. WBF was new to me once too, so can understand now what he was thinking. Also I now know that many alert what I would consider normal descriptive rebids in other parts of the world….each to their own I guess
Sept. 12
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Thanks Adam. Our match was playing under WBF regs, but it good to know why he was upset. He's new to WBF regs me thinks
Sept. 12
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Post this as a bidding poll. If 80% pass then, clearly the auction has self diagnosed itself. If not then the UI has assisted. IMO the UI is too clear to be ignored and if South was not penalised and educated after this i would feel the director has failed in his duties
Sept. 10
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If 3C is a GF both minors bid then this auction from Norths perspective is a 74 or 64 slam try in diamonds and clubs. The UI from Souths actions has overruled that. North must bid 5D next.
Sept. 10
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I said the same thing Steven, you have to be sure of what your assessing to risk it. If you are not then don't. The figures given for this one on face value make the risk worthy of taking on average…..but are they right?
Sept. 9
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Surely this is about stats? If we are sure we gain 1 imp 9 times in 10 and lose 5 one time in 10

Then our nett gain is 9-5 = 4 imps in ten hands or 0.4 per hand.

It is therefore profitable overall and worth taking. But you have to be sure of your estimates, opps style etc etc.

Probably not worth all the effort in a long match
Sept. 9
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Donald - read below. It really depends on where you play in the world if this is a standard method of making a mild slam try.
Sept. 7
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Ohh I would want to be in slam Jeff, just saying its not 100% to make, but looks to be close to 70% even when the defence start with a diamond lead
Sept. 7
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I think you will find a lot of contributers here dont play Texas and for them this auction is not a slam try. But even if you do I think north is to strong for a mild slam try.
Sept. 7
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Even if accepted, it should be noted the slam is far from cold. Its only the position of the DK that makes it solid in this case
Sept. 7
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Even if not, surely North is worth 5S after the transfer completion?
Sept. 7
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All leb sequences can be honed or modified to suit the area of bidding they occur. At no point has anyone said that's not the case. The points I made earlier in the thread was that there are two simple forms of Leb that are ready packed and can be agreed by a partnership quickly.

If your in your regular partnership of 20 years or similar then yes, you would be advised to hone the system to suit.
Sept. 6
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