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Tony Rolfe
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Member Since
July 17, 2018
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Member Type
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about me

I'm an above average club-level player who started way back in the 1960's playing Acol at school.    Between school and Uni I played a lot of bridge at Cardiff bridge club and later represented Sheffield University in the late 60's.  I started playing Little Major at Uni and had great fun and some success with it as a system.

I stopped playing when my job didn't give me the time to play, but I still kept an interest in the game and developed my brown-sticker multi-two system during that period.

After leaving England, living in Bermuda for 5 years and moving to Sydney, Australia I eventually moved to the Ulladulla area on the NSW South Coast in 1994.  I soon discovered the local bridge club and started playing again after nearly 30 years.   The default system at Mollymook is Standard (5CM SNT) but I didn't enjoy that scheme.  When Little Major became legal in Australia I played that with one partner for a couple of years and then we developed our own system based on 11-14 NT, 5CM, unbalanced diamond and a short forcing club.  Almost all responses to 1-level openings are transfers.

I am now an Australian Silver Life Master, hoping to live long enough to become Gold Life Master.


Bridge Information

Member of Bridge Club(s)
Mollymook bridge club.
Favorite Tournaments
Local congresses (Nowra, Batemans Bay, Mollymook)
Favorite Conventions
Transfers! My favourite system uses transfers over all 1-level openings.
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Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
There's nothing new under the sun, is there? Do you have any links to their methids?
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
My ideas for the 2 bid... 2..... Puppet to spades, promises 4 hearts and 5+ spades 2.....Forced, then... Pass.....Weak 5+/4 2NT.....any invitational 5/4 ..... Pass..... declines invitation, 2 spades ..... 3/3.....Accepts invitation, 2 spades, weak in ...
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
The 3-level bids do give me some ideas. I'm pretty well settled on 2 to show all 4/5+ hands and I can show all GF 5440/5431/5422 plus invitational/GF 6+ below 3NT. That has taken a lot of stress off the other ...
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
Looking closer at the 2 bid, if I make it a puppet, opener must bid 2. Then responder can pass, right-siding weak hand, bid 2NT with any invitational 5/4 (opener passes, bids 3/3NT/4 or bids a minor if worried about the other minor ...
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
Ideally I'd like this transfer structure to mirror the 2 and up bids directly over 1NT, as in my 1NT engine thread. The obvious difference being that those deny a major and these promise one. My basic plan was to use 2 as 5+ spades, 4 hearts ...
Our second hand double of a multi 2 is "Penalty of one major, takeout of the other" and the East hand fits like a glove. We end up doubling whichever major they bid.
Queen of Trumps ask when playing RKCB 1430
Kantar suggests using 14/30 when the strong hand asks, but 30/14 when the weak hand asks since the most useful/likely response in both cases is 5, allowing 5 as the Queen ask. That does mean that you have to know which is the strong hand ...
Queen of Trumps ask when playing RKCB 1430
That makes sense, Mike. I'll have a chat with partner.
Escaping after partner opens a weak NT
My escape: Pass forces redouble and is either willing to stand 1NTxx or knows where it wants to run. XX is any 4333, pick a suit 2, 2, 2 is weak and the lower of two 4+ suits 2 up are strong single-suited or 2-suited hands ...
Queen of Trumps ask when playing RKCB 1430
After a 0/3 or 1/4 response, 5 of the trump suit is pass with 0/1, show the Queen with 3/4. The cheapest other suit bid is show the Queen regardless. Any other suit bid is Specific King ask. 6 Trumps denies the Queen, new suit shows ...
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