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Sriram, have you considered using a URL shortener for such links?

Here is the result of feeding the long link above into tinyurl.com:
http://tinyurl.com/ln4vprv
April 18, 2014
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So N-S bid their way to 4 with:

Kxxx xx xx AKJ10x

AQxxx Qxx xx xxx

and want to force the opponents to bid 5.

What you should do is tell N-S where to go.
April 18, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment April 18, 2014
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Australian Michael Courtney is the inventor of the ROBAB convention, to be used by a pair playing Relay when one player knows that there has been an accident.

4 = ROBAB: Relays Off, Baron and Blackwood
April 17, 2014
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On the layout you propose, East can ruin things by rising J on the second round, a play straight out of The Expert Game.

Better is for South to start hearts with low to the nine on the first round, a play straight out of Adventures in Card Play.
April 17, 2014
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Don't you have hand records?
April 16, 2014
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What is it that you mean by “problematic hands”?
April 16, 2014
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Suitplay tells us, for three tricks, low to the king (losing) and then low to the nine, has a 74% chance of success.

I think it's a good idea to do one's best to work through such problems (generally by counting cases) and then check with Suitplay.

http://home.planet.nl/~narcis45/suitplay/
April 16, 2014
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STRONGLY dispute the figure of 90% for all pass.
April 16, 2014
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Nothing beats a script for power, so your choices seem to be Borel and Thomas Andrew's Deal.

Bear in mind Mr Andrews is a BW member and has been kind enough to answer queries in the past.

April 15, 2014
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We learn that we are impudent and Dr Wladow is a victim, and that German headline writers have a sense of humour.
April 15, 2014
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Over 6 I will bid 7 and he do what he likes. He has the trumps and whatever else he needs I have. Not bidding the grand is timid.
April 15, 2014
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Perhaps 6 is more insistent upon strain… maybe 4-6 in the blacks, 5NT: 4-5 or 5-5.

5NT cannot be a GSF when we have those aces, so what remains is “choice of slams”, unless perhaps partner is somehow trying to get us to 7 and wants to know about the aces… but “5NT = ‘They took away my Blackwood’” is a little exotic.
April 15, 2014
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Kit is right; they never think they will be caught.

The great majority of cheats are psycho/sociopaths.

Characteristics:
- An exaggerated sense of entitlement
- Contempt for the rights of others
- Complete lack of fear of being caught out
- Lashes out in a fury when finally exposed
- Total denial of any wrongdoing, no matter what the evidence

April 15, 2014
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Most peculiar… we have 3 first-round controls, only one of which is likely to be duplicated, yet partner makes a slam force with a known spade fit.

I am settling for 6, hoping partner does not been “creative”:
Axxx Ax KJ Kxxxx

EDIT: Now I prefer 6, for the reason I gave… silly me!
April 15, 2014
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Clicking on a board No in the link will display the full deal…
April 14, 2014
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I did indeed mean that “the entire team vacates its place”, and the issue of what to do with the placings of other teams is separate. That is a matter for public debate and intelligent regulation.

It is certainly my view that those who team up with cheats must pay a price, regardless of what they knew. There are plenty of instances where nothing was done after cheating was exposed. Foolish and unfair, in my view.

1974: Indonesia is still the winner of the Far East after the Manoppo bros. found guilty of cheating

1975: Facchini & Zucchelli are still listed as winning the Bermuda Bowl

1979: Sion-Cokin, Sontag-Weichsel, Sternberg are still listed as winning the 1979 Mens BAM Teams

All of these titles should be vacated, no excuses.

There is a piquant lesson implicit in just leaving a placing empty; the vacuum will stand for all time as a warning to those who who think of dabbling in the Dark Arts…
April 14, 2014
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The article states that declarer crossed to a diamond at T2, making East play last on the next club…
April 14, 2014
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I sometimes use Google Translate, too…
April 14, 2014
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40 years…

Facchini & Zucchelli are still listed as winners of the 1975 BB.
Indonesia is still listed as winning the 1974 Far East
April 13, 2014
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