What requirements do you have for opening the auction light in the third position when you are light ? vulnerability? strength? 4-card major? etcetera?
All responses will be welcome.
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My feeling is that, in expert play, you should open in 3rd seat if you'd be willing to overcall, OR if you'd be willing to open in 1st seat. (Of course, sometimes you make 4 card overcalls. Nonvulnerable, I'd overcall 1S over 1C on AKJx xx xxx xxxx or KQxxx x xxx xxxx) In expert play, I also think it's profitable to psyche frequently in 3rd seat favorable, but unfortunately that's actually illegal in most bridge jurisdictions (as frequent psyches make a partnership agreement and an agreement to open as light as 0 hcp is illegal). (Note I'm not an expert.)
Now, I'm not going to follow that at the local club. My partner probably isn't prepared for it, but even if I was playing with someone who was, this kind of aggressive bidding scares less skilled and less competitive players away (and we end up with not enough players at the club for a game). Also, against worse players, we already do well enough by just outplaying them and there is no need to take extra gambles, even if the gambles work out more often than not.
I'm just an intermediate, so keep that in mind.
I think this has to be divided into different kinds of opening bid: