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So the right line is J, A, ruff with 2, AK, ruff with 6, then ruff club with 9?
May 23
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2-2NT by the robot is especially maddening.
May 21
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In 20+ games James has not mentioned bridge. I had no idea he played until I saw this thread.
May 10
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The card combination charts say that the best play for five tricks is to finesse the Q, because you can bring in the clubs if Kx is onside or the singleton J is offside.

https://www.bridgehands.com/S/Suit_Combination_4.htm

I think you want to play for five club tricks here as the hand is cold if the clubs come in.
May 7
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I have three club tricks and two spade tricks, so I need to choose how I am going to play hearts. Let's assume the K is onside. If the K is singleton or doubleton I need to play low to the T in order to get four heart tricks. If the king is third I need to run the Q. If I can only get three heart tricks I will need 3-3 clubs.

I will run the Q at trick 2.
May 6
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Partner opened 3 vul, I would blast 6.
May 1
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6+1 should score pretty well. Some declarers will draw trumps and may make only 6 and some pairs may not be in slam.

To make 7, I think you need to ruff three hearts low. On a trump lead, I would win the K, ruff a heart, cash minor winners and crossruff. If you can ruff three hearts low, you will score five trumps, four minor suit winners, and four minor suit ruffs. I would not classify 7 as “good”.

I don't think it's necessary to bid this grand.
May 1
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Throwing your cards across the room would be a bad idea, too.
April 9
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I don't think the BBO UI is suitable because of the small click space. But I'm sure something suitable could be created.

Instead of a tablet, maybe a computer with a nice large touch screen could be used, such as the Dell P2418HT. Then you might have a sort of tactile feel like you do with cards.

https://www.dell.com/hr/business/p/dell-p2418ht-monitor/pd
April 9
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I have considered using modafinil, more for work than bridge. But I decided against it, more for cost reasons than ethical ones.
April 4
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Doubler's hand was AQJxx Txx x AQJx
March 29
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Yes, I am going on Friday.
March 19
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Thank you for an interesting and thought-provoking post.

I have always assumed that the bridge-playing population would fall off the demographic cliff when the baby boom generation died off or got too old to play. This would be followed by the clubs not having enough table count to stay open and then the ACBL could not sustain itself on a much smaller playerbase and would fold.

But maybe this is not the case.

I think efforts should be made to get kids and college students interested in the game. Plant the seed, so to speak. At the same time the local clubs can market the game to recent retirees and the empty nesters. ACBL can generate incentives for the clubs by paying royalties to the club owners from sanction fees or membership fees paid by players recruited by the clubs, as Chris Compton has suggested. Nothing motivates like money. :)
March 14
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I don't know.
March 11
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There are two kinds of people, those who have lost important data to a computer failure, and those who will.

Personally I use Carbonite, but there are lots of good products out there. A local backup is insufficient, I think. A bad power surge could take out your entire system, then you are stuck.
Jan. 31
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Cool story, but there are some corrections you need to make.
Jan. 27
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Don't cash the spades against GIB. A lot of the time they will discard one.

Your first discard from hand should be what you want them to discard, thus a spade.

On the three diamonds, first discard a spade, then club and heart.

You have the legit major suit squeeze, 3-3 spades, or they discard a spade from four of them.
Jan. 25
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I have played a lot of Starcraft and this was a very interesting article. Thank you for posting.
Jan. 25
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You could always play in ABA tournaments.
Jan. 22
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Sure, West could open 1NT. :)
Jan. 15
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