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 Post subject: Bridge: Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:35 pm 
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Does anybody know if there are any books in English covering the Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system? It's very much the standard around here.

Failing that, do you know of any other French authors with books about it.

The way he mixes red, bold, CAPITALS and COMBINATIONS of all three totally puts me off reading his books.

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 Post subject: Re: Bridge: Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:03 pm 
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I don't know of any books in English covering the major 5ieme. I used (when I went to classes here) 2 books from the university of bridge: one covers the bidding and the other card play both using the official system of the French bridge federation.
Another very useful little handbook, again from the FFB is Le systeme d'enseignement francais which covers all the bidding of the major cinquieme. Available from www.ffbridge.assoc.fr


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 Post subject: Re: Bridge: Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:40 pm 
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So what's the english translation/ bridge meaning of the majeur cinquième?
I replied to Albert's query on another forum, saying when we played bridge here everyone used Acol.
Does it mean an opening one bid with a strong major hand, or an opener of eg 5H when looking for slam?
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 Post subject: Re: Bridge: Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system
PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:27 pm 
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Thanks, deemar.

Patf, 'majeur 5eme' means a five card major. The whole Lebel system revolves around findind a contract in hearts or spades with a minimum fit of 8 cards.

If you have 12+ points and a 5 card major you have to bid it, even with a better minor. If you have one or two four card majors you must did diamonds or clubs. This means you might open 1C holding C2,3,4. Similarly, if you hold S6,8,J you would support a 1S opening even if you also hold C4,7,9,10,J,K.

Then there's a whole heap of conventions that use club and diamond bids as signals.

Interestingly enough, I've tried googling for Michel Lebel books in English, plus trying Amazon & suchlike. No sign of them. It looks like the system is very much a French thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Bridge: Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:04 am 
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Is it not based on Standard American-5 card majors? There are probably quite a few points that the French have introduced though.


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 Post subject: Re: Bridge: Michel Lebel 'Majeur 5e' bidding system
PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:34 pm 
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Deemar,

I'm not familiar with Standard American-5 card majors, so I can't comment. Apparently Lebel's been pushing his system for a long time now and it is firmly entrenched in France. Personally I find it overly artificial.

Here's a heretic's view of the system.

http://le.gagneux.chez-alice.fr/edito8.htm

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