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Turn them loose with a computer simulation at first so they can get lots of hands in. Only after seeing the general structure of play will they understand what to even consider when bidding. I suggest a computer simulation as it means you don't have to spend time playing with a completely clueless person and they can learn on their own. If you situation is ...


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I'd like to start with your question; "Are there times when a hand with a 7-card suit is too strong for a preemptive open?" Yes, absolutely. The way I learned preemptive 3-level opening bids is that they signify a 7+ card suit and 7-11 points. This is further restricted to 6-10 points when not vulnerable and 8-12 point when you are vulnerable. Clearly then, ...


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Pre-empts should show a number of tricks and then you use "cover cards" in a situation like yours. If partner is used to pre-empting on 7 to the QJ and nothing else then you're going to pass on hands like that, but if partner has made a normal pre-empt you can assume a rule of 500, so 6 tricks if not-vulnerable, 7 if vulnerable. Of course you have no idea ...


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In part-score bidding the most competitive is neither side vulnerable because the penalties for either side going down are lower, so playing rather than defending will be favourable unless both sides are going down or someone is doubling and the contract is going at least 2 off. Thus actually in part-score bidding they are both opposites, the middle ground ...


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Certainly it's reasonable, whether or not you are a Bergen acolyte. But it ought to be a rare hand where raising with only two trump is more attractive than the alternatives. These situations come up more often in competition. For instance, if the auction started (1C) 1S (2C) I would be happy to raise to 2S with something like AQ Kxx xxxxx xxx I agree ...


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Tere are a myriad problems with this approach when added to a non-Bergen system, particularly if partner is not in on the new agreement. The missing trump is roughly equivalent to missing over 1.5 points. Thus the bid should not be made with a minimum raise as you suggest, because the missing trump has made it a sub-minimum raise. Thus only with 8-9 HCP ...



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