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Mike Wenble
Mike Wenble
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Oct. 16, 2016
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about me

Co-author with Sally Brock No-Trump Bidding (Master Bridge Series) 2005; author of several e-books exclusively available on Amazon; occasional contributor to Bridge World magazine

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Daily Mail Cup 1971; Rixi Markus Cup 1977; Regional Masters Pairs 2009 & 2010; National Pairs (Midlands) 2016
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Crunch Time
Interesting paradox: Any pair of collusive cheats whose misdemeanours have not yet been uncovered will naturally want to join with the boycotters in order to be seen to be adopting the moral high ground. Hence the first place to look for undiscovered cheats will be amongst the 'refuseniks'
Crunch Time
"In any such case of refusal, no reason shall be given by the Credentials Committee." Would not the process be better served if the Credentials Committee gave reasons for refusal?
2!C as 5-card Major Stayman
I'm a simple soul. What's wrong with 1NT - 2 - 2 - 3m?
A worthwhile lebensohl application?
"Lebensohl works well as long as opener promises not to bid 3♠." This is also true in a 'classic' Leb sequence such as 1NT - (2) - 2NT. Which is why transfers (aka Rubensohl) work so much better here.
Like many another convention, Raptor and variants thereof are good on the hands they are designed for, but the cost of what you are forced to give up to play them is too great. Here, if you have to start with a TOD on strong balanced hands, partner is constantly ...
4th suit?
"The bid of the fourth suit ... is not a convention. A convention is a bid which conveys a meaning understood only through pre-arrangement. The bid of the fourth suit is completely natural and may be capably handled by any intelligent player even if never previously encountered" (Norman Squire)
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
Sorry, no. It comes from their book Tournament Acol, now presumably out of print for many years. If I get the time I'll post a summary here. (Won't be today)
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
Transfers after Stayman were suggested by David Bird and Tim Bourke in the mid-90s.
What Is Partner Showing?
I find the idea that the sequence (1)- X - (1) - 1 denies four spades much more appealing.
What Is Partner Showing?
The major suits are not equal here. Just as it is more pressing for opener to re-raise after the auction 1M - 2M when M = hearts than when M = spades, so here I would be more inclined to pass (as doubler) with a minimum than if the auction had started (1 ...
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