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Absolutely no chance of Alexander Allfrey and I playing against collusive cheaters in Istanbul or anywhere, anytime.
May 3
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Well done Marion, 100% with you. They did not cheat once, or a hundred or a thousand times. It was way more. They cheated multiple times per deal. Deal after deal; year after year. They severely tainted over a decade of top-level Bridge. We’ll never get it back. Can I join Zia and others in asking as many top players (and all players) as possible to express your views on this post. Don’t hold back!
Sept. 21, 2018
Andrew Robson edited this comment Sept. 22, 2018
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For me 4♦ is an amorphous slam try in spades, perhaps even without a diamond control. You'd rather have more than a singleton spade but there's no other option. Over 4♥, I'm bidding 4♠ and over 4♠, I'm passing. If partner has (almost) solid spades he'll reailise how good a hand he has and bid on. I'm happy to lock in to spades after parter has bid the suit three times.
March 9, 2018
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Thanks so much Amy. The more he thought, the more I was confident he would pass. In fact I think he knew to pass after half a second but was just checking and checking he wasn't about to be foolish.
Aug. 27, 2017
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As Tom, says, a gift from the gods. I knew David held ♠KQxxx and, from hid 4♣ bid and subsequent interest in third round control (6♣) ♣AKxx, I knew little of his diamonds other than the ace but he presumably had a heart control (with two small cards, he'd likely bid 5♠ over my 4♦). So he has either KQxxx Kx Ax AKxx, in which case he can bid 7NT over Seven Diamonds, knowing there are four diamond tricks; or his actual hand (which I thought more likely) in which case we get the precious ruff in the short hand. He could conceivably have KQxxx x Ax AKxxx but even then Seven Diamonds has good chances (especially on a non-spade lead), and much better than Seven Spades / Notrumps.
It's very rare that both players know their partner's hand before a card is played - here we both knew. Well passed David, you were a dream partner all week.
Thank you all for your kind comments, we are both thrilled, it's not too hard when you put together the inferences and count winners but one could easily muck it up at the table.
Aug. 27, 2017
Andrew Robson edited this comment Aug. 27, 2017
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yay, brilliant, well done
July 29, 2017
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I think this is a perfect textbook hand for Two Clubs then a jump to 3NT (showing about a Strong Notrump). You may still get to Six Diamonds if partner patterns out to Four Diamonds with, say AKxxx, KQxx, Kxx, x
June 30, 2017
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I would have bid over 1N even if partner had passed let alone bid 1H.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Cleaning up top level bridge is vital for its future. Otherwise our wonderful game will continue to be enjoyed by many socially but die out at the top - a real danger in any event. We must applaud Boye for his courageous initiative and tireless work to clean up the game.
Sept. 1, 2015
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I strongly believe, like Steve Bruno (and others) that the defender should play the heart as he planned. Frankly I would think nothing of it. To enforce the unintentional spade is not in the spirit of the game of bridge and the more people who enforce such things, the poorer bridge becomes (and the less likely it has to have a flourishing future).
May 10, 2012
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4D. I would have thought partner does not have four spades, or he'd have bid 2S, therefore he is something like KQx, xx, xx, AQJxxx or KQx, x, xxx, AQJxxx. Bidding 4D, cue bid (can't be natural having failed to bid 3D over 3C) gives partner the chance to cue bid 4H (with the econd hand) over which I can bid 6C (goodish contract: 3-3 spades or squeeze) and partner may have stray card such as SJ or DQ.
April 29, 2012
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Kit, I think a really excellent article, one of your very best. The hidden gains of the favourable vulnerability is really worthy of study, whether you are a PAW or a POW…
April 23, 2012
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Fab win in Memphis Ish, I for one was not surprised having played with you I know what a great player you are. However great you play though, It is your giving back to the game, as you do so well, marks you out as a true great. See you on San Fran buddy.
April 12, 2012
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Yes, I think Marty did too much here. After 1-P-1-P-? you'd get votes for 2 and 3 but none for 4 and certainly not 4. Understand the desire to bid more after the competition but surely Tom's 4 is better than 4. I would say 4 says nothing one way or another about a diamond control; indeed 4 should probably not guarantee a diamond control eg AKJx, Ax, xx, AQxxx. Slightly differently to Henry I think there is a strength difference between 4 and 4 - 4 is more slam interested. Michael's bids were pretty reasonable i m o.
April 4, 2011
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Yes, really good Gavin.
I was also surprised by your comments re the 4 v 4 on the board Michael flags up. I strongly recommend and play natural slam tries here.
Also I thought you might have considered passing after 1 2 P P with AQJxxx, KJ10, AK, xx or am I resulting?
Feb. 20, 2011
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Q is an interesting card. Steve implies it's more defensive, I'd say it's a warning that West may have extra offense to compensate for missing that card. Probably not getting so much v 4 changing the odds in favour of bidding. Perhaps.
Jan. 11, 2011
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