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Mr Ford is on the right track: if no play works or if the normal play works no signal is given after dummy has seen the layout.

Real-life example:
Many years ago I was playing cut-around in a Sydney rubber bridge club for quite reasonable stakes. My partner was a friend of mine but we had played no tournaments together. He ended in 6 and I had four small trumps.

At the club a (doubtless bad) habit was for dummy and declarer to swap hands for a moment when the contract was big/important. That's the way it was… for the many wealthy people there the social/fun aspect counted for a lot and that's what we did. So accept it for the moment.

Upon seeing my partner's hand I saw we were off an ace and his trumps were AK1098. I gave partner's hand back, stood up and said, “I'm going to to the toilet”. I glanced at my LHO's hand and saw Qxx trump. I said, “I'll be back in a minute”.

I thought that a vul slam was in the bag via restricted choice but when I got back we were -100 on the hand. No one said anything and we played on.

I was the player last to leave the club. I got two paces down the corridor before I was grabbed from behind and shoved up against the wall.

“You ****, what the **** do you think you're doing? If the standard play works everyone knows you have to say, ”I'll be back in a *second*".
July 25, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment July 25, 2013
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Yes, it is indeed easy to cheat at bridge, and a great thing when the culprits are caught with hard evidence.

The Sion-Cokin case is one where the evidence was overwhelmingly conclusive, as was the evidence provided by the Don Oakie notes as discussed in the 2004 edition of Truscott's The Great Bridge Scandal. Anyone who can read that and conclude that Reese-Shapiro were not cheating is a few cards short of a deck, in my view.

As to Mr Yilmaz' question, what do I think of the incident and the ban… I think, the more these matters are openly discussed the better. If potential cheats know that they will be held in opprobrium for all time they may think twice…

BTW, has anyone else observed that pairs who are, shall we say, “doubtful”, are outraged when the director is called against them? How dare we!
July 25, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 2, 2013
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There was a Australian sponsor-pro pair of the 80s… “transfers after 1NT” was on their CC except that Pro never (and I mean NEVER) made one. Of course, Sponsor made transfers as normal.

With Ax Kxxxx Axx Kxx Pro would bid 4 over 1NT.
July 24, 2013
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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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