Opinions about this convention ?
Posted 2012-February-23, 13:02
2C = 5 clubs + 5 spades
2D = 5 diamonds + 5 spades
1S - 1N - ????
2C = 5 clubs + 5 hearts
2D = 5 diamonds + 5 hearts
They show 5-8hcp approximately (stronger hands double)
Those could be modified to 4+m - 5M to be more aggressive.
My first intuition is that those are cool but not very good as they are infrequent and bidding natural 6 card minor at 2 level is not total waste (the argument for the convention is that hands with 5 spades are much more important and with 6m you could either jump to 3 level or maybe be better off passing anyway). On the other hand one of the best pairs in history of bridge played that way.
So... what do you think ?
Any other thoughts about showing spades in:
1H - (1N) - ? sequence ?
Posted 2012-February-23, 13:10
When I play the simpler method of 2♣ as a surrogate for a negative double, this comes up a lot more.
Posted 2012-February-23, 13:52
On the other hand, I am happy to give up a penalty double (and play this way with one partner) so any bid below partner's suit is a transfer, and X is a transfer to clubs. With both your examples covered by the convention I simply transfer to the lower then bid the other 5 card suit. Normally of course you transfer to a long suit and pass, sometimes you can show your suit and then rebid partner's major with a suitable doubleton.
Posted 2012-February-23, 14:04
so I play ALL suits below 2M after 1M - (1NT) - ? as values here and fit in the major
xx - jxx - xxx - kqxxx would be such a hand. if they compeate to 2 spades it would be nice if partner raises one level with axx in clubs and lets them play with a club single or bad hearts
Posted 2012-February-23, 16:01
1M (1N) ?
-------2D=hearts if 1S was the opening; if the opening was 1H it shows 5, (allowing 2H contract)
-------2H=simple raise of 1H, or if responding to 1S, showing 5 hearts and spade tolerance.
-------2S=simply to play 2S.
Using this method we can show a minor and the other major if we choose to do so..via the continuations; but we are not overjoyed about giving up the penalty double.
Posted 2012-February-28, 12:46
1H-1N-2c = spades +hearts.
I.e., to play in spades unless partner has a 6th heart or a 05 in the majors. Something like QTxxxx Kx xxx xx, or so. It seems to come up quite a lot, but sometimes even when you play in hearts you would ratner play in the worse spade fit due to entry trouble. Also sometimes helps you get to game.
Posted 2012-February-28, 13:28
This also means the method is the same regardless of the suit opened, so you don't need to remember as much (important for me).
Posted 2012-February-28, 14:35
Posted 2012-February-29, 01:48
Posted 2012-February-29, 02:54
We do this except we link clubs to hearts and diamonds to spades as we do in other auctions. So 1♥-1NT - 2♣ and 1♠-1NT-2♦ are the good raises.