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So… my opinion is that, in a few days, you should:

- provide the full deal
- either thank the commenters for their input or tell us what you think is the right lead and why.
Dec. 19, 2019
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Here are two people with whom I played occasionally in the early to mid-1970s… they gave up bridge for other pursuits:

https://www.science.org.au/profile/laurie-faraone

https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/michael-millward
Dec. 19, 2019
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It is my opinion that posted questions should be of two main forms, and the type is disclosed after a short interval.

1. I am unsure of how best to proceed and seek guidance.

Having allowed time for replies, the poster should disclose as much of the deal as is known and thank the contributors for their thoughts.

2. I think I have interesting and valid thoughts regarding a particular situation; if I am right, maybe it will add to the knowledge-base of some readers

Having allowed time for replies, the poster should disclose as much of the deal as is known and present his choice of action with supporting reasoning.


Now, Andrzej, I observe that you often post without following such a style; you provide neither the full deal nor anything along the lines of, “I believe the best play is… for the following reasons…”, nor anything like, “Thank you, I now agree with… that… is the superior line.”

Consider your article:
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-matter-of-taste-open-to-your-proposals/

What is the full deal? Do you have thoughts and supporting reasoning about the best line?

And this article:
http://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/intermediate-forum/mps-squeeze/

Are you seeking guidance as to how best to play? Or do you have some interesting thoughts about the best line, so that some of us may learn something?


To leave these matters unresolved is (at least for me) somewhat irritating.
Dec. 19, 2019
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Agree about 1… at Goulash, one's bid must show real stuff, for the auction is likely about to explode…
Dec. 19, 2019
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You may be thinking of Wan Li…

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/wan-li-unplugged/
Dec. 19, 2019
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Maybe this…
https://sites.google.com/site/psmartinsite/Home/bridge-articles/the-monty-hall-trap

In any event, the topic of defenders' suit lengths and changing odds is discussed at length in “Bridge Odds for Practical Plauyers” and “Expert Bridge Simplified”
Dec. 11, 2019
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Sorry, my books are in Thailand while I'm in AU.
I can give the full deal in 5 1/2 weeks…
Dec. 11, 2019
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1958 Bowl, Italy v Argentina.

A heart lead gets a ruff for down one, partner having AQx.

And that's what Siniscalco led….
Dec. 10, 2019
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Was 3, by arrangement, a slam try?
Dec. 6, 2019
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Good question.

Maybe a week ago I ordered a “first edition” of Mollo's book so I could see for myself… if there's any variation I will let you know.
Dec. 4, 2019
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“Expert Bridge Simplified” (Jeff Rubens) may be a match, but I'm going off memory of 10 years ago, so no guarantees.

https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/bookstore/itemdetailpages/itemdetailpage_1646.html
Dec. 3, 2019
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As well, if East has three diamonds, some of the time, West will raise.
Dec. 2, 2019
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I, too, play:
After penalty double, all subsequent doubles are penalties.

When talking to Australian players, I hear that this marks me as some sort of low-life pervert.
Dec. 1, 2019
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Correct.

Having bid 1, 3 is wrong; partner will look at, say, Qx favourably, and x as a bad holding.
Nov. 30, 2019
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So, to return to the first deal Mr Yates discusses…

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 124. They are vul
Belladonna
A5 9 K10976 K10732

P 1 P 1NT
?

Belldonna tried a most successful 2, Avarelli having a good 5-3-1-4.


That deal is an interesting match for:
1957 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 101. They are vul
Avarelli
K82 KJ1095 A8543

1 P 2 ?

Avarelli's 3 choice was even more suitable, for GB had a 4-5-0-4. (At the other table, Leventritt didn't have to guess anything; he bid 2NT)


So, are we seeing a principle at work here? Bid the lower suit, in order to be able to run if needed?

Maybe… after all consider this:

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 45. Both vul.
D'Alelio
5 QJ3 K9843 AQ75

1H ?

D'Alelio chose 2. Partner was 1-3 in the minors. How wise!


But… what was going on here?

1957 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 86. You are vul.
D'Alelio
AJ7 7 K9643 K987

1 ?

This time, D'Alelio chose 2.
Partner's minors: AQx C! 10xx.

Puzzling!


But, I think we become less puzzled when we see:

1968 Olympiad Final, board 59. Neither vul
Pabis-Ticci
K J8743 J KQJ1082

P P P 1S
P 1NT ?

1969 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 72. Neither vul.
Forquet
Q J7654 AJ10532 A

2* ?
* Precision

In each case, the overcaller chose 2. In each case, partner had a singleton in the long minor and four hearts to two top honors.


Can we see a pattern here?

Yes. Bid what matches partner's hand.


Indeed, that was the theme of my article:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-talk-that-never-was-the-blue-team-rule/

The Blue Team Rule:
When selecting a bid or lead, the choice is made by direct reference to partner's holding, in terms of lengths, shortages, range and ace-count.

I am unable to understand how anyone can read that article and not have the gravest of reservations.


Mr Yates:
…comments such as “The Italians had a habit of making lucky guesses” would not be accepted as evidence in a court of law - except to establish bias on the part of the speaker.

Ron Klinger:
Even without necessarily knowing the method of cheating, it can be detected by inconsistent actions on equivalent holdings and constant success with offbeat and dubious actions. Leading an unsupported ace and regularly hitting partner’s singleton tests the bounds of credulity. Similarly, leading from a king-high holding and constantly finding partner with the ace or queen is success well beyond expectation.
Nov. 30, 2019
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For fifty years at the Double Bay Bridge Centre, one could play Blackwood and Stayman and get to watch Tim Seres remarkable cardplay skills…
Nov. 29, 2019
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We agree. I am aware that, as regards W-E, the poor DBV was put through the wringer. Most regrettable.

I wish DBV all the best in the future.
Nov. 29, 2019
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Très chic!
Nov. 29, 2019
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Well, I guess I could use either my profile on file with the CIA or ASIO… and no, I'm not joking.
Nov. 29, 2019
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We see: Fantoni, Lanzarotti, Buratti, Nunes and Vivaldi.

Amusingly, in a perverted sort of way, Sr Lo Presti was playing. He was declarer in the infamous 2015 “Blackout” (Nunes' DA and ruff) deal.
Nov. 29, 2019
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