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“Would he lead away from the queen of diamonds?”

Given that, after the projected play of going after clubs, East is marked with A, the answer is yes.
June 21, 2014
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It's easy to have a blind-spot… I speak with great authority on that topic!
June 21, 2014
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East has spade support, a void on the side, and never raised? Zero chance.
June 21, 2014
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W is bidding over a 2 opening. There is no reason he needs to have “something” in hearts; furthermore, the double finesse loses only when the “something” is KQ bare.

“W does not have KJ in spades” is extremely tenuous reasoning and in no way justifies paying out to KQx(x) onside.
June 21, 2014
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Get a (free) copy of SuitPlay and read Bridge Odds for Practical Players, Kelsey and Glauert.

Anyone who votes for option 1 has an insight that eludes me.
June 21, 2014
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They are not strong communicators, but they don't argue much either. Sort of strong, silent type. They don't get jealous; you can see other rocks if you want.

Good: They don't drink, don't smoke and don't leave clothes lying on the floor.

Bad: They do no work at all around the house.

Biggest problem: You will need an electric blanket to get them warm before you get into bed.
June 19, 2014
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Croatia would be a lock for first place, if only Dean P were playing…
June 19, 2014
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Gary is likely right; a record percentage of those unwilling to respond.

The point is, there are none so deaf…

Anyway, after the idiotic and childish PM Nat sent me, he's going on IGNORE.
June 17, 2014
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So Leo approached you and said, “Listen old pal, I've always valued your opinion and I really need a hand with something; I don't quite know how to go about it.”

Or did you appoint yourself as BW's Righter of Wrongs and Doer of Great Deeds?
June 17, 2014
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Quite so. If Leo thinks the ACBL is giving him the rough end of the pineapple, let Leo deal with the ACBL about it.

Agree with Hendrik above; we know few facts so our opinions are worthless.

This article is possibly the most peculiar posting on BW I have seen.
June 17, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment June 17, 2014
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Bridge Basics, by Richard Pavlicek:

http://rpbridge.net/bbtc.htm
June 15, 2014
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If you want a simulated comparison of opening leads, Matthew Kidd's LeadSolver is what you want.

http://www.lajollabridge.com/Software/Lead-Solver/Lead-Solver-About.htm

However, as has been noted at BW before, there are some strong arguments in favour of being somewhat skeptical of the results of such simulations.
June 14, 2014
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“The problem with censorship is that it makes it impossible for those who impose it to discover that they are wrong.”
J S Mill
June 13, 2014
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It is not certain that W is looking for a slam… he may well be showing a marked two-suiter so E will be better placed if they bid 5.

June 10, 2014
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Socratic dialogues have a responder.
June 9, 2014
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I think the new site is a massive improvement over the old.

A quick fix for the finding of material is to have a “Site Map” link down the bottom.
June 7, 2014
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We are having a misunderstanding.

I think the handling of the W-E affair has been excellent. No one could ask for more in the way of publicly-available relevant evidence and information.

My criticism relates to the 1976 Burgay phone tape affair, where the Italian body instigated a cover-up; refusing to issue any findings at all, until forced (then putting up a whitewash), and “losing” the evidence.
June 7, 2014
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Yes, the “remember that, partner” is an illegal instruction to partner.

This “experienced local player” could do with a little counselling.
June 6, 2014
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Agree. The German authorities and players have done a fine job; open, documented and clear.

This is a massive contrast to the 1976 Burgay affair where the Italian bridge body instigated a disgraceful cover-up. Where is a transcript of the tape so people can judge the matter for themselves? We are never going to see it…
June 6, 2014
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