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Nice analysis, thanks you!
April 14
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Oooh now I'm really glad I posted it – I missed this on my first pass! You're right that give the line I give on the clubs we will always go down on a spade shift. I guess on the spade shift W becomes the potentially dangerous hand so we must start with K. Now when W wins it if he continues spades we must hold up and then assuming they are continued again we must lose the club to E (which we can only do if we started with the K). If instead of continuing spades he shifts a heart after winning the K with his A we can play Q and another losing to W who will be safe in this case since he didn't set up his spade.

Thanks for catching that!
April 13
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I don't think you are home yet. Once you've cleared the spades you don't have an entry back…
April 11
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I'm surprised by votes for x by really good players. Is x not just negative double showing 4 spades here?
April 7
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Do you have a favorite bridge book? If so what is it?
April 4
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Seems like RC to me. Probability of playing the particular honor from Hx is 100% but a particular one from HHx is 50%.
March 9
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What would you have led? Why?
March 3
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oops good point about JTx I should've considered that more carefully. Still I think it's reasonable to play SA since there's a reasonable chance that even if that gives them an extra pitch they may not get to enjoy it if we cash our clubs.
March 3
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I also think that it could have to do with the relative ease of memorizing conventions and such in comparison to the difficulty of studying cardplay. I know early on for me it was much easier to memorize bids than to study and work out positions or count and visualize a hand…
Feb. 7
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Why?
Jan. 22
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drop Q on second round of diamonds and now perhaps he plays for losing diamond finesse instead of winning heart finesse?
Dec. 22, 2017
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Thanks for the comments! I wasn't thinking enough about the significance of the card he played to me in diamonds so this is quite educational.

If I decide it looks like he wants a heart shift since he didn't play the Q/K how do I decide between a low one or the Q? It still seems like a bit of a guess as to whether he has something like AJT (or perhaps only AJx if it's not reasonable for him to put in J from AJx) or something like Axx.

Is it reasonable to expect him to put in the J if he has AJx if I play a small heart (I'm imagining here that he has a hand like his actual hand but with Q being the J and 8 being the J)? It seems like if declarer has the HQ in that case playing J would cost a trick. If it's just a guess as to who has HQ then seems like he should get it wrong given the auction (that is I would think it's more likely E has 14 than 12 points on this auction)… This was match points if it matters (and if it does matter sorry for not specifying in article earlier).
Nov. 17, 2017
Daniel Sonner edited this comment Nov. 17, 2017
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Yea I was a little surprised by 3 too. First time partnership so taking 3 as suit preference would be ambitious I think…
Nov. 16, 2017
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Any idea where one can find the book “A World Bridge History”? I look on amazon and bridgeworld and google but can't find it.
Nov. 16, 2017
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On heart lead I think win A then play club to K then run off diamonds coming down to:
AK9
KJ
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opposite

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East gets squeezed since he has to hold 3 spades to guard against spades running, a club honor, and two hearts which is one too many cards. If he lets go of the club cashing top spades and exiting a spade endplays him. Pitching a spade or heart instead seems immediately fatal.
Aug. 1, 2017
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I just enjoyed reading parts of this month's hard copy of the bulletin
Sept. 6, 2016
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