learning 2 over 1
Posted 2012-July-21, 17:33
Posted 2012-July-21, 19:58
GIB (the bots) does play a version of 2/1. You can check out its version at this link...
Gib system notes
I am unsure how much you can learn by playing with them, however. There are plenty of online notes, and in fact, complete descriptions of 2/1. Maybe you should google some of them. I hear Karen Walker has a nice "Get started" description, but I have to admit to never reading any of them other than Fred Gitelman's improving 2/1 articles (part i and ii) which are little dated now.
The main trick to 2/1 GF is to figure out the auctions after a forcing 1nt response, and the follow ups. The auctions without the 1nt response to one of a major in 2/1 are much easier than in SAYC.
Posted 2012-July-21, 23:32
Probably the best way to learn is to form a 2/1 partnership with someone (especially someone better than you) and play it with them.
Posted 2012-July-22, 17:29
and also at Bridgewinners.com at: http://bridgewinners...hor/larry-cohen
Larry is lobbying fo a simple version of 2/1 that all bridge players should learn instead of SAYC.
Posted 2012-July-24, 09:48
no but over the years before he died he did update things, Aces Scientific is far superior.
My only complaint about Hardy's original books were they just weren't easy to read, I don't know wether it was the font or just the way it was laid out.
Posted 2012-July-24, 16:37
You could also learn by watching vugraphs - most people playing anything non-precision is at least loosely based on 2/1. Ignore their 1-club auctions and wait for a 1-major opening - watch what they do and ask yourself why are they doing that?
Posted 2012-July-26, 06:22
I think part of the choice involves whether you plan to settle in with one or two partners, or you want to be ready to play with many.
If you have been playing SAYC online I imagine that you have had partners who say they play SAYC but have their own, and sometimes quite weird, interpretation of what that means, and they don't budge from it. It will be the same with 2/1.
Posted 2012-July-29, 13:07
He has a few ideas that are different than the way I learned the system, but he usually convinces me that his way works at least as well.
Definitely worth taking a look.