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How pd is going to interpret my 3? Ask for stopper?
13 hours ago
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But I have defensive values! Also I'm happy that I'm not a declarer with all trumps values of side (I do not believe pd has AKQJ)
Sept. 18
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I had partners, who were in despair with bad 23…
Sept. 18
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“Modern” players start with Q in a second!
Sept. 17
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I'd qualify those plays as psychological or table presense…
Sept. 17
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Pass is bad. At MPs it would be impossible!
Sept. 17
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In bidding robots take into account tips or stronger tips i.e. principles. Sometimes the actual (i.e. considered for a given bidding position) tips are contradictory. The reasoning can lead then to an “impossible” bid.
Sept. 17
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Is double t/o in this position?
Sept. 17
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Is it the table presence and or psychological maneuvers what you have in mind Steve? Those advantages are equally important (and difficult…) for declarer's play and defense.
Sept. 17
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3N and their 2x have bad expected scores.
Sept. 16
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Jeff commented his point from Bols Tips article in the following way:
The BOLS tip article demonstrated several ways that a defender, with a choice of equally-good technical plays, should try to pick one that alleviated a potential problem for partner. A simple case was in a two-card ending leading to partner's two winners instead of cashing one and making partner guess the last card.
Sept. 16
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I found a deep mathematical-artificial intelligence reason to treat declarer play and defense play as actually similar at both: strategic and tactical level. I published a sketch of this research in Polish bridge quarterly Swiat Brydza. I hope a more extensive sketch will be published in The Bridge World in a series of articles.
Nevertheless there exist important psychological reasons that make defense play more difficult and the discussion above confirm those reasons!
Sept. 16
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Thanks Alan! Since I'm corresponding with Jeff I'll ask him to participate within this topic or at least to give me an updated summary of his article.
Sept. 15
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You have spotted, David, a very important aspect of bridge. Only working hard at the table all the time, allows us to perceive critical moments and find optimal move, when it is really necessary.
Sept. 15
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You underline very important the good defender duty: helping partner whenever you have more information and you suspect he may make a mistake.
But we must be very cautious. The good declarer can read your discards (he is in somehow similar situation as your partner) and may accurately modifiy an initial play line. Don't you think so?
Sept. 15
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In Poland politics also enters into non-political activities and discussions. I suppose that there are countries where this kind of involvement is more cruel.
Sept. 13
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Assumption that E has the Q is rather absurd. It means that E has distribution: 6=4=2=1, which in turn means that W has 8 clubs. And with such distribution he starts with K doubleton…
Sept. 9
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It is possible, Tom! I was thinking also another way: Why does Ronald give us this problem?? If the reason is the one you consider, Tom - then the solution is the following.
At this table there occur 3 circumstances:
1. Opponents chose week sequence: 1 - 2.
2. We play Lebensohl, which allows us to find diamonds fit.
3. Additionally - taking into account my hearts holding - we have very offensive holding.
The solution is to bid: 5
Sept. 9
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Yes, I was trying to make similar analysis as Dave.
If we can assume that nearly nobody is going to repeat this table's auction, then it is insignificant wether we pass or bid 5. There is third possibility: double. But it also is irrelevant.
Sept. 9
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But it seems there is here a quite original theme:
W can win (at least theoretically) 3 times with his queen. Each time he can not do it for different reason. Finally when he must win, he is endplayed.
Sept. 8
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