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Ian Wilson
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 30, 2013
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Likes: strong club systems, weak NT, canape. My favourite system is (therefore) Blue Club. Dislikes: 2/1 systems with their byzantine accretions of flying buttresses :)


Created a Precision variant that I play with a few partners. Working out a system is always interesting.


Prefer count in almost all situations. As Guido sayeth, "we may not be good enough to know whether to encourage or not; but we can usually tell whether we have an odd or an even number of a suit". Amen.


Intolerant of rudeness and poor ethics. I tend to over-alert and over-explain, and bend over backwards to avoid using UI.


Wish the ACBL would have simpler GCC rules. How can it be illegal to play Roman in 2013? Wish I could remember stuff well enough to play a relay system. Ambition: read and understand the rest of the chapters in Love :)

Bridge Information

ACBL Ranking
Copy of Basic Precision template
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Blue IP
Strong club; weak NT; 4-card majors; canape
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Paul & Ian 2/1
2 over 1 / no Bergen
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Ian & Joe 2/1 weak NT
2 over 1 / Weak NT
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Putting it to You
In my strong club partnerships, we alert 1M-4M and explain "not necessarily weak". This sometimes avoids tedious discussions about what 'preemptive' means, etc.
Strong club, 4c major system
MB: excellent point. Playing canape systems with their emphasis on distribution rather than HCP is very educational (and makes a pleasant change from 5M strong NT blah).
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: QT3 AKT4 AQT8 AJ
I have never been a big fan of Asking Bids in strong club systems, but I think that the approach used here has done a reasonable job without the memory strain of a better (relay) approach. At least on this hand we know about partner's 6th trump and total ...
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: QT3 AKT4 AQT8 AJ
4 would be control-asking in diamonds. You know in advance that the answer would be 2nd round control (3 steps: 4NT). 4 would likewise be control asking in hearts. It is not clear what 4N would be here. Top honour = A, K or Q.
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: QT3 AKT4 AQT8 AJ
This is somewhat painful since just before reading it, I played in my robot's Exclusion response (clicked on Pass instead of converting to 6 of our agreed trump suit).
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: QT3 AKT4 AQT8 AJ
Paul - partner is known to be missing either the A or K from the response to the trump ask. And since he has 3 controls, he must hold A + K.
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: QT3 AKT4 AQT8 AJ
Thank you, Richard, I can provide the following additional info: - with 10-13HCP, 5+, 3-, partner could have opened 2 (no weak 2 is available) - he has denied 3rd round control of clubs - 4/4 would be control asks 5 is undiscussed but I don ...
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: KQJ4 K632 J85 54
Very close. I didn't have the J. The only reason I opened is because after pondering an undisciplined preempt followed by an undisciplined 1 opener, I thought I had paused too long to pass, hence 1. That's my excuse, anyway, officer. Waiting for referral to be ...
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: KQJ4 K632 J85 54
My partner made a second penalty double. This generated -730 when dummy produced two trumps, two Aces, and diamonds came in for 1 loser. Declarer held AT98632 8 AK93 T. -730 was worth almost 20% (!) since there was clearly a lot of action on this board. EW's best score ...
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: T86 K954 QJ5 Q85
Paul: two questions- a) what shape(s) are consistent with partner's bidding? b) do you find 1NT incomprehensible?

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