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Or, more simply, teach your grandchildren to play cards when they visit. Start with hearts, then spades, then minibridge.
8 hours ago
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Simple, really. First in a 16 team event pays 85% of the first place award in a 16 table pair event extending over the same number of sessions. Thus the winning team gets the same masterpoint awards as the average of 1st and 2nd in the pairs.
8 hours ago
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This is South's.

One drawback of using double of 2 to show a trap pass of hearts is that you may end up having to take at least 6 tricks with spades as trump. And if you can make a game, you will have to try to take 9.
10 hours ago
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Speaking of argumentative, Jack, you are on your own little island in the auction and now have made 4 additional posts trying to convince the large majority of us who disagree with 2 that we are wrong.
13 hours ago
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Anne is getting tougher on you.
15 hours ago
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I like 4NT - good hand with control but not enough to drive to slam.
22 hours ago
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Posting the deal here would probably be faster - someone would surely recognize it.
22 hours ago
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I suspect that you, like I, would have considered the E hand to be an opening bid. Failing to bid over 1 with that hand may be the partnership's methods, but the effectiveness of those methods is fading fast.

10 card and 4 honors in the majors, with a side ace? The initial pass was suicide, methods or no methods.
23 hours ago
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passing is usually a better option than bidding a new suit at the 4-level with not much.
23 hours ago
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The K is also more likely to drop singleton than the K.
23 hours ago
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Yep this is clearly best.
May 24
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I think you've got to give partner an out here. Many people are very aggressive to overcall 1NT with a void somewhere - you have little doubt where it is. And you have enough high cards to suspect that partner is taking advantage of that loophole. Yes, partner COULD have 11+ HCP, but that's odds against, and if she does there's a 4 card in her bidding box, too. There's no need to bid her cards for her.

In real life, opener had A10xx and lots of primes, and doubled 4. Partner, with her 5=0=1=7, ran and the upshot was 5X. Unfortunately for the defense, the opening lead was a heart, setting up some tricks for declarer; the penalty could have been 500 on a trump lead. But they had no game; indeed, their only making contract was 2 by opener and how were they going to get there?
May 24
Craig Biddle edited this comment May 24
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At the point where you had to decide between the hook and the Vienna Coup, you knew that S had begun life with 8 pointed cards and N 5. So the finesse was 5/13, or about 38.5%.

Giving S 8 pointed cards with 7 diamonds outstanding and 6 spades leads to the following relative probabilities for S's # of diamonds.

0-1 - impossible
2 - 28
3 - 336
4 - 1050
5 - 1120
6 - 420
7 - 48

So S is more likely to have 5+ than <5. When he has exactly 5, the finesse vs. Vienna Coup is a pick ‘em. S’s discards - 2 and 1, argues in favor of S having been dealt 5; there is no conceivable layout where S needed to keep 3 spades whether or not he was dealt the K. So your “read” was simply your vote on what was likely a 50-50 guess.
May 24
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Hardly. Just inexperienced. There is a difference between the two. :)
May 24
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Arguably?
May 24
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Spade is the winner. Partner has Jxx KJ10xxx and a minor suit Ace, declarer has Ax AQx and 4-4 in the minors.

I think leading a spade here is probably about a 15-20% chance.
May 22
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If partner overruffed with J5432 there is no hope for them as a bridge player, and they would not pay attention to the size of your heart anyway.
May 21
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S invited and N accepted with a 9 count. Is that normal for them?

Why would a “capable” declarer hop A without the K in hand? Even if he has Kx, he would play the Q to make sure he has a late entry to the clubs. So partner has led from at most 4. And he has discouraged spades. What else is left?

Low heart, in case partner has KJ8x behind Q107x.
May 21
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Levin-Weinstein's auction was very conservative, but their scorecard must have looked very good to them. They had no idea that Meck had gone down in 7 when the opponents had stopped in game against them and made 12 easy tricks.
May 21
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I did a few sessions in Philly, including the memorable Welland-Auken 4th quarter comeback. I never really worried too much about spot cards except where it was obvious that they mattered. It was still difficult, and several times I found myself a couple of tricks behind at the end But it was a great experience, and it really taught me a lot about how intense the atmosphere is in the late round of National events.
May 21
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