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Ian Grant
Ian Grant
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Member Since
Sept. 14, 2015
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about me

EBU rank: Premier Life Master.

I play my own "Grumpy Club" system in partnership with my wife.

Short (forcing) 1C (11+hcp, no better bid) with forcing 1D response (neg or natural)

5 card majors, weak NT.

1D in 1st/2nd seat is 9-11 balanced or natural, natural in 3rd/4th.

Multi 2C, 2D and 2NT opening bids, Ekren-style 2H (3-11 hcp), normal weak 2S.

See website for EBU convention card.

United Kingdom

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Superior Defense to 2N Opener Showing both minors?
Comp versus Inv Only angels should attempt to land on pinheads.
What is the purpose of attitude signaling?
My general rule is the signal means: "If you are stuck for a lead then I would prefer you to lead suit X". Sometimes I will signal for a suit I am bereft in, simply to protect my holdings in other suits.
What do you do about this curious explanation
"Is it 100% forcing?"
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
Ah, the fickle finger of fate....
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
Ok I'll spell it out. Had you played board X as NS in a normal movement you would have bid the slam and gained imps. However, you end up sitting EW on this board, your good ops bid the slam and you lose imps. If that's not a ...
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
Yes, but fail to see the connection.
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
DB: you appear not to understand the double-whammy effect of an arrow-switch; without the arrow-switch each board is either good, bad or indifferent. In the situation I described what would have been a good board for you turns out to be a bad one.
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
Me too; that's why I play predominantly MPS.
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
That's not a justification John, that's how to work out the number you need to switch to make the justification work 'in the long term'. Short term it can be a disaster. Consider a difficult slam hand which only the better players will bid (including you). Unfortunately you ...
Zero-max imps (new scoring method)
I don't care about the long run, events tend to be single day affairs (for the same reason I don't accept the 'arrow switches are mathematically sound' spiel). Ideally the par score would be set by an expert panel but this is impractical for most events. We don ...

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