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Tony Rolfe
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July 17, 2018
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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.

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Australia

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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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Butler vs Cross-IMPs
I've just finished the first round of the cross-IMPs event. It was an arrow-switched 8 table relay Mitchell. The thing I did notices was that making an overtrick is significant. On board 2 we played 4 tick for +23, but those who made 11 got +30. Obviously, dont ...
2!D opening
In my favourite (albeit brown-sticker) multi, 2 is either A weak 2 in hearts 5+/5+ blacks, either 5-9 HCP or 8+ Playing tricks 23+ balanced when 2NT rebid is non-forcing GF diamonds. Probably not legal in ACBL, but fine in most competitions here.
Is this AI or UI?
I hadn't read the post by Peter when I wrote the above. When one of the people who wrote the law says what the law means, that makes any further debate moot. I stand corrected.
Is this AI or UI?
In my thread "Hypothetical UI Question" the conclusion, by David Stevenson, was that having AI before Law 50E2 is applied means that the AI is still available after Law 50E2 is applied. The actual situation was that declarer had denied an Ace during the bidding, you have one Ace and ...
Hypothetical UI question
Thanks to all who contributed. It seems, from David's excellent reply, that having AI before Law 50E2 is applied means that the AI is still available. AI trumps UI.
Is this AI or UI?
"So what information do you imagine that refers to?" I imagine it refers to the circumstances by which the card became a penalty card. Was the card led out of turn, accidentally dropped etc. Was anything said at the time? The lawmakers could easily have said "Once a penalty card ...
Is this AI or UI?
50E3 says that "information derived from the circumstances..." is unauthorized. It doesn't say that the fact that the card was a penalty card is unauthorized.
Is this AI or UI?
I'm a club level director and it may well be my inexperience talking, but I think that the situation is less complex than this thread suggests. I believe, and please correct me if I am wrong, that the laws of the game are AI to everyone. Similarly, any conclusions ...
Auction Whacking
Not sure if this counts, but... Back in my Little Major days we realised that 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 would be a perfectly rational sequence, but we never actually bid it at the table. 1 is the strong bid in the ...
Stig Holmquist's bidding problem: Kxx KQJx x AKQxx
That's how I play it. 2 followed by 3 is a 5+/4 slam try, Stayman followed by 3M is game-oriented.
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