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3, the A which could be in Ws possession for all pard knows is either an entry for my or a second chance to lead a .
23 hours ago
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I had a similar situation and did bid 3N. LHO didn‘t lead a from his broken suit and I had an easy go for 9 tricks. He was fuming, bellowing „how can you bid 3N without a decent stopper“. I just replied „I‘d rather be down in 3N then in 4!“.
Aug. 14
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No, but 4 is the winner. We would have won the club tournament had we played 4.
Aug. 14
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That is exactly what happened, I had :AQxxx, :Axx, :xxx, :QT. We lost both black Ks plus A.
Aug. 14
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 14
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I guess best use for 4 is RKCB. Without agreement I would take it to be natural (my original vote). Since the question is what it SHOULD be, I changed my vote.
Aug. 13
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Frances, am I right that transfers start at 4? I like the idea, but would expect that 1m-(3)-3 and 1-(3)-3M are natural.
Aug. 13
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We play strictly MAFIA, 1 would be negative anyway.
Aug. 13
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My partner must have considered the hand to strong for 2. After taking a closer look, I agree with you.
Aug. 13
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 13
ATB
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Of course W should make a responsive X, but then what? I don‘t think the result would be diferent.
Aug. 11
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Agree with distributional aspects. As for strength, upper limit for my Raptor is the minimum for a power double, making the range around 10-16.
Aug. 11
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I would X with 41(53) unless the 5crd is good and the 3crd is xxx and bid 1N with other 4-5m. To me the main reason for playing Raptor is to have more chances to enter 5he bidding.
Aug. 11
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Aug. 11
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IMO standard is 1N showing values. Playing 1N as weak without a 4crd that can be bid on 1-level is a possible agreement. It is especially usefull in combination with Raptor where you have to X with 15/16+ balanced.
Aug. 11
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Done.
Aug. 11
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„After 1♣, 2♦ must be a GF with 5+♦ and possibly 4=M“ not necessarily.
I play strictly MAFIA and 1-1N is used to show , balanced hands with 6-9 go into 1.
Aug. 10
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IMO this question is not specific to PC. WJ2005 has strong jump shifts with slam interest and an emphasis on suit quality, I prefer WJS even with a good 5crd suit if I wouldbe unhappy passing after 1/-1M;2/. There is one other pair in our club playing PC, their JS is opening bid strength with a decent 5crd suit. That would never be my choice because its to unspecific. 3-level bids should be even more specific.
Aug. 10
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Cowards:-)
Aug. 10
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Odwyrtka is correct, I mistyped and can‘t edit the comment anymore.
Aug. 10
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Those things happen occasionally. If it happens I take my loss as a man and open 1N on the next board if that is our systemic bid. If your opps really stopped opening mini-NT vul after one bad board, they‘d better play scrabble.
Aug. 10
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I‘d be happy to be able to play at a level where I have to revise my methods.
Aug. 9
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I simply play XX is business. Now if they run, both opener and responder can X. If Pass is either strong or some weak hand only responder can X. Our Pass is not strictly forcing, opener passes with 4333. We alert Pass as „no 5crd suit, not strong enough for XX“. Another advantage of the „weak pass“ is that more often then not partner of the doubler gets nervous and saves us the trouble of running.
Aug. 9
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