Permission to revise and extend my remarks?
On Sunday, June 18, 2023 at 1:25:51 AM UTC+7, James Dow Allen wrote:
> Partner held
> QJx AKQTxxx K Ax
> and opened 1H in second seat.
> I need a very good hand to open Two Clubs (and occasionally miss
> games for that reason), but I would open 2C with this
> hand despite that it has only 16 HCP if the singleton K is ignored.
> I call it a 9-trick hand....
I neglected to mention a key point.
Even if you treat the singleton K as completely worthless,
the 3 HCP are important to the decision BECAUSE the high point-count
increases the risk that the hand will pass out at 1H.
(Either K in partner makes game likely.)
I think opening 2C, followed by minimum bids of hearts, hearts and hearts
describes the hand well.
> I dealt and opened 1C with
> T9 AJ9 764 AQT86
The precise threshold for a minimum 1-bid is a matter of style.
I know my minimum is slightly lower than some others'.
50+ years ago I played in a regional match-point tournament with
an expert. I'd never played with him before though we hung
out in the same circle of experts. The ONLY comment he
made as we were preparing our simple convention cards was
"Open all 12s and most 11s." That comment stuck with me,
though I still pass most 11s at IMPs.
And the 4321 system DOES undervalue Aces considerably.
The bidding system we and most of our friends
played was almost identical to SAYC, despite the 50+ year gap.
One difference was that we played 3NT and Singleton Swiss
as the major-suit game raises. That was in Northern California;
Jacoby 2NT was more of a Southern California thing IIRC.