Alain Gottcheiner agot at ulb.ac.be
Tue Sep 11 11:20:45 CEST 2012

Le 11/09/2012 2:32, Robert Frick a écrit :
> On Mon, 10 Sep 2012 06:53:04 -0400, Alain Gottcheiner<agot at ulb.ac.be>
> wrote:
>> However, the most common excluded type (the 5332 hand with bad suit,
>> which is treated as a 4-carder, ergo Stayman) is covered by a notice in
>> the "important notes" section : "bad suit may always be downgraded by 1
>> card".
> You don't say how often it might be downgraded or under what situations in
> would be downgraded.
The idea is that we do it more often than other players. Very few, in 
our country, would open 1C with  Jxxxx - Ax - KQx - AKJ.

> Is this really a matter of partnership agreement?
 > TFLB says that common deviations may create implicit agreements, so, 
yes, it is.
 >If my new partner expects everyone to do that, does that make it illegal?
 >If I do it a few times, confirming my partner's expectations, does 
that change anything?

AG : yes, see above.

Best regards


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