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Ian Grant
Ian Grant
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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)

Natural 1D , 5 card majors, weak NT.

Multi 2C, 2D and 2NT opening bids, Ekren-style 2H, normal weak 2S.

See website for EBU convention card.

Country
United Kingdom

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1S-1Nt-2H-3H-??
Aka: bid game and hope (who cares what the odds are).
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Some of us have lives away from the interweb.
Things Bridge Winners could change?
Some of us old farts were involved in building the first enmail systems.
Things Bridge Winners could change?
I put that first then changed it in case I upset someone (I must be getting soft in my old age).
Ekren with 6-4-distribution
I'm not surprised that Mike and I have a different experience of the bid because we appear to be using it for different purposes. Mike, primarily constructive, looking to find the best contract; mine, primarily destructive, looking to keep the opps out of their best contract.
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..as long as you don't make me use facebook.
Ekren with 6-4-distribution
...and doesn't work at all when you use 2 not 2 as the opening bid.
Ekren with 6-4-distribution
As with all pre-empts its not going down per se that hurts you, its going down when the opps would have done too. We think this is most likely when you have a balanced 7-9 count. We kept a lot of records when we first started playing 2 as ...
Ekren with 6-4-distribution
With unequal lengths you give preference. What you do with equal lengths is why I prefer Ekren as a 2 bid, you simply pass which puts a lot of pressure on your lho. Remember: this is a pre-empt, not a constructive bid.
Ekren with 6-4-distribution
My experience (5 years +) playing 2 as Ekren is that 6-4 is a bad idea, particularly if the 6 bagger is spades when you run the risk of playing in a 4-2 heart fit. You also have the risk of partner taking out to a 6-0 minor fit when ...
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