[BLML] Walk-in matchpoint pairs

Richard Hills hildalirsch at gmail.com
Tue Mar 20 03:00:32 CET 2018


Gordon Rainsford:

What does 2S mean? Does double show spades or a strong hand?

Richard Hills:

The event is populated by Canberra semi-experts. Almost all Canberra semi-experts play four-suit transfers, with 2S as a transfer to clubs.

Double of 2S would have shown a strong hand, typically 15+ hcp.

Hence at the table the player chose to overcall 3S.

Alas, the alerted 2S was the Range Probe convention, usually inviting 3NT (sometimes inviting slam). Therefore the 1NT opener had an easy penalty double for 800.

The ABF correctly requires the pre-alert of unusual methods which are frequent. But unusual methods which are infrequent are merely listed on the system cards, giving their users an unfair advantage against careless opponents.

Best wishes,

Hilda Lirsch

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> On 19 Mar 2018, at 7:30 PM, Gordon Rainsford <gordonr60 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> What does 2S mean? Does double show spades or a strong hand?


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