In the comments section of this question, it was noted that the late Barry Crane would open "an 11 high card point hand containing a king. With good distributional hands open lighter." The downside to this, as a commenter noted, was that "he built an entire system around the concept of early entry and early exit, and deliberately sacrificed slam accuracy as the trade off."

I would be wary about "sacrificing slam accuracy as the trade off" in rubber bridge or even IMPS, because of the potential for large losses of points. But at matchpoints, I am less concerned about lost slam scores and more concerned about winning 10 point "knife fights" (sacrificing 100 points to save a 110 part score).

Would such considerations lead me to choose bidding systems that make these, or similar, trade-offs at duplicate but not at other forms of bridge?


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