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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)

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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Technical question: is this 3!h bid forcing
I envisage my partner telling me about the most salient feature of her hand; if my cue bid is at the 2-level (as it will usually be) then I have a second 3-level cue-bid to ask about a stopper.
Technical question: is this 3!h bid forcing
My cue bids are about as unassuming as they can be; they simply say "bid something useful p". It could be extra length, delayed support, a side suit, or a stopper bid. I won't know until they bid.
Systems with no forcing opening bid or with all 1-level openings forcing
My system has 3 multis (2, 2, 2NT), a 2-way 1 opening plus a forcing 1 bucket bid (11+ hcp, no better bid); it is fully compliant with EBU level 4 (normal club/tournament level). The 2NT bid is however WBF Brown Sticker.
Keep Bridge Alive Solutions
100% agree Steve. I was fortunate to have a doting uncle who loved card games, I was playing cribbage before I was old enough for school.
Keep Bridge Alive Solutions
At the risk of being patronising: we teach them to play bridge not just how to turn cards over in sequence. The don't even see a bidding box for the first 8 lessons, but they do learn about developing suits, simple finesses, what to lead and hand evaluation (all ...
Keep Bridge Alive Solutions
Young people don't have enough time to play Bridge. We occasionally get 20-somethings signing up to our Bridge lessons, they usually drop out within the first 10 weeks.
Never mind the quality and forget about the width
NMTHQ, FTW is a phrase I often use during our teaching sessions to get students to bid weak long suits before shorter, stronger ones. Most of them are old enough to have heard of the sitcom.
Systems with no forcing opening bid or with all 1-level openings forcing
I'm not averse to a bit of blue sky thinking but there remains a rather irritating fact. All of the mainstream bidding systems (SAYC, 2/1, Acol, Precision, Polish, Blue, even Benji) are remarkably good at bidding the majority of hands. We all, at some time or another, embark ...
Technical question: is this 3!h bid forcing
It is from where I'm sitting.
Technical question: is this 3!h bid forcing
I have always considered bridge to be a partnership game and bidding to be a conversation. If my partner chooses to pass after I have made a minimum response to a forcing bid then I would deem it to have been a successful discussion.

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