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Bear in mind that since 3rd hand rates to be short in hearts BOTH opponents may have a penalty x here. So passing may fool one person at the table– but that would be partner.
May 1
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After 118 votes, other than the original poster there are two abstentions; I guess the poster's friend will see that as a split panel. This is the first x-0 vote I've seen on any bridge issue where X exceeds 30.
May 1
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Maugham said he got all the cards and was the sole winner that night.
April 30
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To quote one of my favorite I'm sorry I'll Read That Again episodes “Well, imagine my surprise!”
April 30
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I used this deal as the final example in Deceptive Defence as my favorite ever. Bobby Goldman from the Macallan 1991 or so (believe it or not a J9 example!) might have replaced it.
April 30
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The answer is William Somerset Maugham.
April 30
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I can confirm Andrew Robson has made the jack play from AJ9 in Khokan's example (not against me) in 1986/7 and Mike Kopera ducked from the KJ9 when I led the queen against him with Qxxx facing 10xxxx in a NY regional.
April 30
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Names initially selected at random then I added a couple of red herrings.
April 29
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it is perfectly possible for the time frame.
I'll post the answer tomorrow am but I suspect most people who wanted to guess have done so already.
April 29
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I cant seem to find the answer online; isn't there an Ichabod in Georgette Heyer's ‘A blunt instrument’?
April 29
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It was I believe MR who may with tongue in cheek have proposed that as a defender one should ‘always’ play the J from J9 on defense. I cant recall if it had to be a doubleton for the play to be correct.
April 29
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Going back to this last comment. I've at least twice paid off to beginners on my right in this position:

J932

K864 Q10

A75

opening lead 42QA
trick two: 56910

If I ever get this one right at the table I'll take a bow and claim…something.
April 29
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Do you mean that your finding those lines was the greatest play on the deal? If so you are probably underestimating your analytical powers (well maybe only slightly).
:)
April 29
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Great article Michael . I know I've been following up the thread more than any other on BW. As I posted to you under separate cover Martin Hoffman is reported to have made this play in a column I wrote in 2006.

His defensive trump suit was:

A10x
Kx — J9x
Q8xxx

I ‘stole/borrowed’ this from a written report in a book/article probably from 2005 or so.

Can anyone find that original report?

By the way I echo your comment about Helgemo, who is certainly one of the world's top players and truly imaginative declarers.
But as GeO Tislevoll reported he once lost a trick in a Grand Slam with 10x facing AQJ9x when the king was onside by leading the ace and low to his 10 in hand. He told me that he always follows his instinct not percentages.
April 29
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if you were a defender with Ax how likely would you be to go up with the ace? This is not a question to which I know the answer.
April 28
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Copyright Terence Reese ‘The Expert Game’ – though his line on a three-count was something like ‘a queen better than my average holding at rubber bridge’. Maybe the last chapter or last deal of the book.
April 28
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That raises an interesting question about online etiquette. I guess we need some kind of ‘best practice’ established.
So, would you say the same Kit if you had Qx of trumps (and declarer might have an ace-queen guess) and you take a minute, or 30 seconds – long enough, anyway, for it to be clear that there is a tempo break – to play low from your doubleton queen? Would you say something to declarer?
April 27
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I think Kyle Larsen won an IBPA award for a play of this sort; alas, I feel this one was considerably easier to spot so the play though meritorious wont be in contention.
April 27
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I think 1-1-2-2NT-4 to show 3-6 is available and will rarely get you to high as a result of opener's overbidding unless his hand is really a weak two…in which case…he might have opened one.

I'm just in the process of rewriting Test Your Bridge Judgment and I note I'm having this discussion with myself.

It almost (but clearly doesn't) go without saying that you treat
Jxx/AQ10xxx/Jx/Kx differently from QJx/A10xxxx/Jx/Kx. (apophasis..aposiopesis?)

Trying to impose system on a sequence that requires judgment will produce the result it deserves.
April 27
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After 1A-1NT-2B-2NT using 3A as forcing is fine…but you may also be able to use 3C to cope with some of the forcing hands. that requires work; but if you want to pm me for suggestions please do so.
April 27
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