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I play Rusinow leads against both NT and suit contracts. I do reverse the normal order of leads when leading from 2 honors doubleton. So, for me, that means A from AK doubleton and K from KQ doubleton (as opposed to the lower of the two honors from length).

I have never seen anyone lead Q from KQ doubleton.
Jan. 1
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I remember that a friend of mine and I jointly subscribed when we were in college. We entered one of the contests and won $50.

I don't remember how long the magazine lasted. Clearly, subscriptions and advertising revenue could not finance the prize money it was paying out.
Jan. 1
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Pogo.

This may not be a direct quote:

We have met the enemy, and it is US.
Jan. 1
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Randy:

Regarding (1), I said that the electronic playing environment would exist only in the later rounds of the Spingold and Vanderbilt and the finals of NABC pair and BAM events. A fully electronic tournament is certainly possible. Desirable is another question.

Regarding (2), I said that delaying the appearance of the other three players actions to the fourth player would partially obscure who was taking the most time. It is not a cure all.

Perhaps my ideas can be improved upon. But it is far past the time to just sit still and ignore the problem.
Jan. 1
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By the way, a word about the electronic playing environment.

One of the ways in which information can be conveyed is the amount of time it takes a player to take an action. This can be partially obscured by the software by waiting for each of the three other players to act before revealing the actions to the fourth player. Furthermore, if time permits, the reveal to the fourth player of the actions of the other three should be delayed so that a fairly uniform time period elapses.

I hope that I have explained this the way that I intend for it to be applied. But the concept is clear - try to eliminate UI conveyed by the speed of a player's actions.
Jan. 1
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In the present era of known and unknown cheats at the highest levels of the game (and certainly a number of known and unknown cheats at lower levels), it never ceases to amaze me that there is significant resistance to moving the late rounds of the Spingold and Vanderbilt KOs and the finals of NABC pair and BAM events to a fully electronic environment. The same can be said for ALL sessions of world championship events.

Would this make it impossible to cheat? Impossible is a strong word. Much more difficult is probably accurate.

With all due respect to the strides made in exposing cheats and seeing that they are properly sanctioned, it is clear that the job has a long way to go. And this is made much more difficult if the national organizations allow those who have been discovered to get back into the game.

So, enough with the “social aspects of the game” and “table feel.” Let's get our major championships clean. There is plenty of time to socialize after the game is done.
Jan. 1
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If you have a takeout double now after 1m - 1M - 1NT passed back to you, what did you have on the previous round after 1m - 1M?
Dec. 31, 2018
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It makes sense to play a double of 1m - 1NT in passout seat as takeout if your direct takeout double of 1m is not light.

However, a double of the auction 1m - 1M - 1NT in passout seat has to be a trap pass of 1M. Both you and your partner had chances to act previously. With rare exceptions, the only hand where the hand in direct seat over 1M cannot act would be a hand which wanted to penalize 1M (although a direct bid of 2M should be natural).
Dec. 31, 2018
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Similar in theory to one of my favorites - with all due credit (if credit is the right word) to Dave Treadwell.

“Ethnic” Fishbein (insert your favorite ethnic group in place of “Ethnic” in the title).

Double of a preempt is for takeout. The cheapest bid above the preempt is for penalties.
Dec. 31, 2018
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As I have mentioned before, people have the wrong idea of the definition of “psychic control”.

It is not a bid that asks partner to show or deny a psychic opening. It is a bid built into the system which shows significant values - a hand that without this feature would bid more. The use of the psychic control keeps the bidding low and allows the psyche to get out of the auction.

So, it is not important that opener is allowed to distinguish between the two hands in Ken's post above. The fact that responder is not allowed to bid more is the psychic control.

The original K-S system included controlled psyches (not to be confused with psychic controls). If opener psyched, he was expected to have 3-6 HCP and some length in the suit bid. The psychic control with a big responding hand was 2NT - which showed a strong 2NT opener. Opener would bid 3NT with a psychic opener and something else with a real opener. The 2NT psychic control allowed for the possibility (quite strong possibility) that opener had psyched.
Dec. 31, 2018
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+1400 is just +140 with an extra zero. And, everyone knows, that a zero is really nothing.
Dec. 30, 2018
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There have been quite a few H/W pairs who were suspended in the ACBL.
Dec. 30, 2018
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I don't disagree with you. But, clearly, the 3 bid was intended as natural and taken as natural by the 4 bidder. And, if the 4 bid was intended as a cue bid, it was not interpreted that way.

EDIT: As pointed out below, there was no 3 bid. Yet, the 4 bid was interpreted as natural and became the final contract. I doubt that I could have achieved that result.
Dec. 26, 2018
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Last I checked, you could not see your partner's hand during the auction. From either player's point of view, going beyond 4S could result in a minus score.
Dec. 26, 2018
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I am not a mathematician, but I will try to explain:

AQT opposite xxx. The most likely way to legitimately make three tricks with this combination is to play for the K and J to be in front of the AQT, so that you can play small to the 10 and win the trick and later play small to the Q and win a second trick, with the A taking the third trick. The chance of the K being in front of the AQT (all other things being equal) is 50%, and the chance of the J being in front of the AQT (all other things being equal) is 50%. Basic probability leads to the conclusion that the chance of two 50% probabilities both occurring when they are independent of each other is 50% x 50% = 25% (0.5 x 0.5 = 0.25). So the chance of the K and J being in front of the AQT is 25%.

AJ9 opposite Kxx. If you want to play for the Q in front of the Kxx and the 10 in front of the AJ9, you can lead the J intending to run it if not covered. If the next player covers the J with the Q, you win the K and then play towards the A9, intending to play the 9 if the next player does not play the 10. Just as with the last situation, this requires that two cards are located in a particular place. The odds of the Q being to the right of the J are 50%. The odds of the 10 being in front of the AJ9 are 50%. If these events are not related to each other, the chance of both of them occurring simultaneously is 25%. This is only 1/2 as good as the 50% chance of the Q being in front of the AJ9, because then you don't care where the 10 is.

If, in addition to the A, K and J, you have the 10 in either of the two hands (the 9 and the 8 are not relevant) then you have two ways to finesse for the Q. This is any combination of A in one hand, K in the other, and the J and 10 in either of the two three-card holdings (for example, AJx opposite KTx). All other things being equal, the chance of the Q being in either hand is 50%. So you can finesse in either direction.

I hope this makes sense to you.

When I say “all other things being equal,” this is not just an empty phrase. You usually know something about the opponents' hands which tip the scales in one direction or the other and make the decision something other than a pure guess.
Dec. 26, 2018
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Assuming that 3 was natural, it is easy to miss the 4-4 spade fit. So you were able to find the best strain, just not at the best level. I think you did fine.

There is no guarantee of safety beyond 4 by either player.
Dec. 26, 2018
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I suppose that by posting this thread, you may find the “statistically” what the posters believe is the best line of play by tallying the results.

But based on probabilities, playing the K and leading towards the AJ intending to finesse is clearly best.

Distinction between “statistics” and “probability.”
Dec. 26, 2018
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Yes, 3 shows some values. But it is a big underbid. Opposite a very light takeout double with classic shape - x KQxx Jxxx KQxx - you are virtually a claim for 6 and likely to make 6.

The rest of the auction will work. I don't know if is best, but it works.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Next thing you know there will be a card added to the bidding box at NABCs for use when certain person(s) who have had there membership reinstated arrive at your table.

“Please do not cheat” :-)
Dec. 24, 2018
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Randy: The money is just another type of damage piled on top of all the other types of damage that the cheating caused.

The bottom line is that, no matter how remorseful, no matter how rehabilitated, no matter what, a significant portion of the bridge community will not accept the cheaters back into the bridge community.

Count me as part of that portion.
Dec. 21, 2018
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