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Another advertisement for upside-down signals.
Oct. 14
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Sorry, this discussion makes my head hurt.

When did people stop thinking?
Oct. 12
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True, but attitude is not a rational explanation in this situation.
Oct. 12
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David, I don't understand your comment.

Count has nothing to do with attitude. It is informing partner of the count. He can use that information in any way he sees fit.

You would give count here whether or not you wanted clubs continued.
Oct. 12
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In this situation, the J is, for all intents and purposes, not an honor. Partner is known to hold the AK and the dummy has the Q. So the J is just a card. If you are playing standard carding, the play of the J is clear.
Oct. 11
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West should shift to the J.

That shift probably will not result in multiple diamond ruffs, but it makes it easy to get 3 heart tricks.

As for the play of the club suit by East, playing standard signals the J is automatic and East should do so in tempo.
Oct. 11
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 11
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I met Harold a few times as he played occasionally with a friend of mine, Arnie Fisher. Harold was quite a character.
Oct. 7
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Ian: I don't doubt that arrow-switching achieves some marginal benefit. I just don't think it is worth the trouble.

It is similar to using a web movement in a club game. Sure, a web movement is likely to be preferable to other movements. But the amount of gain involved is (1) not really significant given the circumstances; and (2) more trouble than it is worth.

I suspect that either of these “improvements” are more for the psyche of the TD than for the benefit of the players. (Note: “psyche” not “psych,” often misspelled as “psyche”)
Oct. 7
Art Korth edited this comment Oct. 7
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I suppose arrow-switching is OK, but my general take on this is that is much ado about nothing.
Oct. 7
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Over the years, I have frequently played against Beth and have followed her bridge career from a distance. I distinctly remember having a good round against Beth and Bill Cole in my first regional win in Philadelphia in 1977. Having a good round against Beth and Bill was definitely a good omen, as it was very rare.

A tremendous loss. My condolences.
Oct. 3
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I agree that the 5 call is way out there. So NS should not get any benefit of a ruling against EW.

Assuming that EW has any evidence as to their actual agreement, my opinion is that the result stands.
Sept. 26
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On Board 121, if you hit the “Next” button to see the play, the first trick goes C6, C5, C9, SJ! First time I have ever seen a revoke in a hand diagram.
Sept. 24
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I don't understand.

It seems that turnout at the sectionals is negligible. So you complain when one is eliminated?

The Nebraska Regional “is one of the best in the ACBL.” And turnout is down. What about this is the fault of the ACBL?
Sept. 24
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Ed: Needless to say, I disagree. That is why CANNOT is in all caps.
Sept. 24
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Ed: I really do not understand what you are saying.
Sept. 23
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In my opinion, North should not be keycarding. North described his hand well to South, and South has not described much at all. So South is the one who should be keycarding, if anyone.

But that is not the question being asked.

Once one partner takes control in a keycard auction, the other partner CANNOT overrule the asker on the final contract WITH ONE EXCEPTION. If the asker makes a call which confirms possession of all of the key cards, responder may be in a position to count 13 tricks and can then bid a grand.

Since that did not happen here, responder cannot overrule asker's conclusion.

To take this point one step further, responder must bid the grand IMMEDIATELY after the call which confirms possession of all of the key cards. If responder merely makes a reply to asker's inquiry, then asker signs off, responder cannot decide to bid a grand later. Responder gets no more authorized information from asker's action in response to responder's call, so responder cannot now decide to bid the grand. However, responder may get unauthorized information from the amount of time it takes asker to sign off in the small, and that is where problems arise.
Sept. 23
Art Korth edited this comment Sept. 23
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I thought it was Tom doing the talking here.
Sept. 20
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I always liked the way that “fortuitous” applies to card games. Playing no limit hold 'em, I once got to play a 42 and flopped a full house. I considered that to be extremely fortuitous.
Sept. 20
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I have always referred to a 3-3 fit as a sub-Moysian. Interesting that a 4-2 fit would be a super-Moysian.
Sept. 18
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“I echoed in spades to show my doubleton!” said Tom fortuitously.
Sept. 18
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