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Page 9:
“You choose to lead the 9 off dummy. East plays the 10. You duck, and West overtakes with the jack.”

Page 11:
“You lead a diamond. West plays the jack.”

Did he reach back in to his played cards? :-)

My guess is on page 11 you meant to say he played the king (or ace).
March 24
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That's the system we play - essentially we give up the natural 2N response and instead always play 1M-(anything)-2N as 4+ card limit+ raise (over which we have a bunch of systemic rebids for opener to show different hand types).

1S-2H-3H is specifically a 3-card limit+ raise in spades.
Jan. 22
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Sorry should have included that in the original post. 3 originally (instead of 2N) would have been a 3-card limit raise+.
Jan. 6
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Kevin is (and always has been) awesome!
July 26, 2018
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Nicolas - Breeze offers temporary tickets (good for 90 days) that are only $1 in addition to the fare added to them (rather than $2 for the permanent Breeze card).

Source: https://www.breezecard.com/ticket_card.aspx

So for visitors, it should only be $6 ($2.50x2 for round trip fare + $1 for the ticket).
July 23, 2018
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Thanks for going in the well! What's the most memorable hand you've played/defended?
July 12, 2018
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Yeah sorry, should have noted that 2n is leb
March 17, 2018
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Just to clarify - lebensohl is on here (fast denies)
March 17, 2018
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There's a slight possibility that W is 1-4-3-5, so I'm going to first cash AK of clubs and see if I can get an honest count signal from E (or maybe get lucky and drop doubleton Q offside).

If I think I've got the count right I'll continue with ruffing two clubs, otherwise will try 3-3 spades. If that doesn't work I can still draw the last trump and then take the club ruffing finesse.
Oct. 20, 2017
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I don't think 3 can be forcing here, as you can always bid 4 if you want to force again.
Sept. 5, 2017
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Did partner have a way to ask for keycards over 3?
Sept. 5, 2017
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Changed to mostly W. When we are playing leb, I'd just assume going through it would be a stronger hand.

Plus as JDonn mentioned below, W could have overcalled (though it's close).
Sept. 1, 2017
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I've abstained pending a system question:

Are you playing lebensohl after balancing seat doubles? If so, what would West's 2N followed 4H mean?

Also, should there be a 50-50 option (since none means something different)?
Sept. 1, 2017
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Assuming partner has Axx and declarer has 1 heart, partner will see the T on the first round (no matter who has it). This will make it clear that the J is an alarm bell, and hopefully partner can figure out to shift to a diamond.

Partner doesn't know that you have 6 hearts, so Q lead is ambiguous - declarer could have Kx and you QJxxx.
July 5, 2017
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Do we know if a poll was conducted? Seems like that's called for here (i.e. to help the director validate the existence of logical alternatives and what players of East's caliber would do without the UI).
May 30, 2017
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+1 - I just tried adding a forum to my forums, and it doesn't show up in my forums list (on BW homepage).
May 16, 2017
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Neural networks work quite well for perfect information games (chess, go, backgammon, etc.). Imperfect information games (bridge, poker) are much harder to simulate in neural nets.

Without getting into too much detail: perfect information games have a deterministic value function which can be used to calculate the highest value next move. Depending on the nature of the game, this value function may be extremely hard to compute, but it exists. Neural nets can efficiently approximate the value function.

Imperfect information games don't have deterministic value functions, in part because the “initialization event” isn't known (i.e. current position of pieces on a chess board vs. starting hands of each player in a bridge deal). Today's neural nets don't do well with indeterminate inputs.
Jan. 13, 2017
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Dbl followed by 5. I don't think just 5 does this hand justice (you would've opened it 2, right?)
Jan. 12, 2017
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Gonzalo - I think you may have misread my post due to its formatting. I was saying that after bidding 5 as a cuebid, it's unclear what your rebid would be over 5. Rebidding 5 at that point (after 5) looks like you're hunting for a card in partner's hand. I'm bidding 5 directly.
Nov. 8, 2016
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Wow.. I didn't think I'd be alone in bidding 4.. so here's my thinking (would love feedback):
At this vuln, W isn't going out on a flier - definitely has distribution but also some values.

Against a distributional hand, I'm looking at 2 defensive tricks. Can I expect my partner to also have 2? If W hasn't stepped out, then probably not.

Are we making 4? Probably not. But in my estimation it's a decent sacrifice against their likely making 4.
Oct. 25, 2016
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