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Good work…
June 30, 2013
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Almost.

I think it is clear to shift to C8 from J8xxx AND DKQ.

The second holding you give is more debatable.
June 29, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment June 29, 2013
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Players who like attitude shifts understand that to “dislike” a suit implicitly states that one has a useful holding elsewhere.

On that basis, a shift to 8 at trick two is a certainty to result in a correct cash-out.
June 29, 2013
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What about shifting to the 8 at trick two? If declarer had Kx East does not want partner returning a club…
June 27, 2013
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Victor Zirinsky of Hong Kong tried to create a VP scale whereby winning by 20-10 imps scored better than, say 70-60. It, too, created scores to two decimal places.

Zirinsky scoring was used in Far East Championships in the late 60s and 70s, if I recall correctly.

In the unlikely event that anyone is interested, the formula is here:
http://www.bridgeguys.com/sec/glossary/z/index.html
June 15, 2013
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Perhaps superior to reverse the meanings of:
1N 2
2 3Major
April 28, 2013
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What could North have done differently? South, on the other hand, has 7 1/2 clear playing tricks - a 3 rebid.
April 14, 2013
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There was a 70s Bridge World article on deception by Reese called Near Neighbours, where options from J9 doubleton got a mention…
April 5, 2013
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Concur with an earlier comment…
Pick up a copy of Ruben's Expert Bridge Simplified.

Kelsey and Glauert's Bridge Odds For Practical Players is equally good and equally readable.

Either book will provide all the real-world information about bridge odds that you will ever need.
April 2, 2013
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Anyone expecting to play 2 doubled is living in Fantasyland. As has been pointed out, the hand is worth less now that clubs break badly. 2 is about right, especially against opponents who know when to lead trumps.
April 1, 2013
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Along the lines of your grandmother's counsel:
“In an argument of you against the world, bet on the world”
Frank Zappa
March 31, 2013
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Tim Seres was a life-long advocate of using a 2NT response to ANY suit as natural and GF. He maintained that games should be bid quickly; bidding “around the clock” was a great help to strong defenders. As well, a 2/1 response is now a real suit.

Yes, one needs a GF major-suit raise, but whether it should be 2NT is debatable.

Eric Kokish holds similar views; you can find complete follow-ups to 2NT natural and GF here:
http://www.bridgewithdan.com/systems/KokKraftWkNTSys.zip
March 31, 2013
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Why bother speculating about improved methods? We must wait for Mr Pokorny to tell us what we should think. Then we will know what is best.
March 28, 2013
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4 should certainly be a given option…
March 26, 2013
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I like 3D and then 4C over 3S. See “Choice of Games Cue Bid”, Ed Manfield, Bridge World, July '85
March 26, 2013
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Let's hope the remaining hands are more susceptible to sound analysis.
Feb. 28, 2013
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Get yourself a free copy of SuitPlay… a most excellent program. It will verify that Mr Hainsworth is correct. http://home.planet.nl/~narcis45/SuitPlay/
Feb. 22, 2013
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The late Olec Minc (Sydney rubber bridge player) ALWAYS fiddled around if you lead an honor through him and he was not able to cover. This caused Tim Seres to comment that, with QJ bare opposite Ax, you should rise Ace if you lead the queen through Olec and he fiddled… a bare king offside being a greater chance than zero.

There are players who fiddle with a singleton (one who does so deliberately has played for Australia)… I think Mr Donn's comments are correct.
Jan. 9, 2013
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If you think there is little on play, go back over Phillip Martin's Gargoyle Chronicles. They are detailed examinations of expert thinking bid-by-bid and card-by-card, using random (no special theme) hands. I think they are first-class… as good as Play Bridge With Reese.
Jan. 9, 2013
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