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Ian Casselton
Ian Casselton
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My curiosity's been piqued
Hi Dominic. It's pretty easy to construct a 0-37 hcp opening system based on shape. IIRC, my former team-mates Appleton & Green did so back in the day (I believe it was called "Red Terror", red being the classification of such systems back then, in Australia at least). I've ...
What is partner's double?
Hi David. This is indeed an unusual auction on a couple of levels. I'm also not sure how to categorise my view as a vote. In the Bridge World lexicon, I would say this closest to "Co-operative Penalty" - I'm guessing that places me somewhere between your second and ...
Ruff risk or tackle trumps
Hi Richard. I don't think 2 is dubious with Ulrich's example hand. Underweight, yes, but at least you're likely to get to the right strain if that's your approach. A 1NT rebid, to the taste of some, is not mine - if I weren't going ...
Ruff risk or tackle trumps
Hi Kit. I hadn't considered that possibility - it does confer an additional advantage to the one I was contemplating! Is that how you would play the hand, on reflection? Ian C
Way to Recover
Hi Christopher. I don't know all Kit's methods (of course) so can't consider the merits in that context. As a matter of principle, however, I agree with you - if you can get all 4432, 4333 (and perhaps some or all 5332, 4441 etc) in via 1 ...
Way to Recover
Hi Kit. Four thoughts, building on Dave's comment/question. One: Could you have opened 1NT systemically (whilst keeping possible 4M contracts on the table) and if so, how would you forecast the auction to have then gone? Two: Given the essential balanced nature of the hand, I expect that ...
Ekren competitive
Indeed, Richard. But they also allow (1) a co-operative approach to penalising the oppo, and (2) the space to have both penalty and T/O options I've long held that this space is more useful to the defence if they are both strong and organised - take away either of ...
Ekren competitive
Hi Chris, Fair enough on the name. However, I can't see how 2 showing a pre-empt in the majors (in any sensible form) is better than 2 showing a pre-empt in the majors (in the same form). Yes, you get to pass 2 once in a ...
1st or 2nd round controls - below game only?
That was observed, Richard. It was additionally noted that despite having play, it wasn't great. I think it scored a 2 (in a 12 top context) IIRC Ian C
Ekren competitive
Hi Richard. I'm basically in agreement, though I'd need to know the range and style of Ekrens before I'd be sure on (2). Ian C
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