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Form of scoring should be provided.
Oct. 2, 2019
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I continue to be struck by how often a play or defense decision can be resolved by counting winners.
Oct. 1, 2019
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I see that these have been fixed.
Sept. 22, 2019
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Page 7, second-to-last paragraph above diagram, “Partnerruffs” -> “Partner ruffs”.

Page 10, last paragraph, “shift succeds” -> “shift succeeds”.
Sept. 22, 2019
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On this deal, it's certainly convenient for 3 (over a 2N advance that shows 8-11) to be strong enough to permit Partner to drive to slam with a maximum. But how would Intervenor handle a hand like x AJxxx KQx AQxx?

Also, I imagine it would be helpful to newer players to have some guiding principles, one of which might be, “Game before slam.” So, if Intervenor holds x AJxx KQxx AQxx, maybe 3 (over 2N) would be a strain probe that denies a five-card suit and doesn't promise a huge hand.

I'm not saying this is the right approach, but it seems to me that suggested auctions for particular deals would be more beneficial if accompanied by a broader scheme.
Sept. 21, 2019
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What a great way to portray bridge as a game played by old people.
Sept. 20, 2019
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The hand diagram should say, “East”.
Sept. 20, 2019
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Leading a heart for a finesse at Trick 2 might avoid a guess later. If East takes the K (Dummy's diamonds' making it dangerous for East to duck) and returns a club, win (pitching a diamond), take the diamond finesse (assume it wins), and cash the A. If the 8 doesn't fall, cash the A and ruff a diamond with the J. If West started with Kx, there's a guess after all: draw trump and hope spades are 3=3, or cross in spades to ruff Dummy's remaining diamond (hoping East started with K8x).

If the heart finesse at Trick 2 works, cross to a spade and take the diamond finesse. If East wins and returns a club to the closed hand, repeat the heart finesse (assume both follow low), cash the A, cash the A, and ruff a diamond. If diamonds don't break, hope for 3=3 spades.
Sept. 20, 2019
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I don't understand. Was the auction different when the article was first posted?
Sept. 20, 2019
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Curiously, the crosstable for the Bermuda Bowl (http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/wuhan.19/microSite/Asp/crosstablerank.asp?qtournid=1640) uses scientific notation for Russia's score against Norway: “-2.000001E-02” instead of “-0.02”.
Sept. 19, 2019
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Nic, I'm curious as to why you used Google rather than a meta-search engine that supposedly hides the user's identity.
Sept. 18, 2019
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The author's faculty webpage (https://english.wustl.edu/people/edward-mcpherson) includes a link to an interview on the Leonard Lopate show (https://www.wnyc.org/story/54200-the-backwash-squeeze/).
Sept. 17, 2019
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I can see it now…

Don Adams: Would you believe I made a grand slam last week missing four aces?

Listener: I find that very difficult to believe.

Don Adams: Would you believe three aces.

Listener: (shakes head “no”)

Don Adams: How about a one-eyed jack?
Sept. 16, 2019
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If in writing “lazy,” you meant to suggest that the task could be accomplished easily, I'm sure many of us would like to hear how.
Sept. 15, 2019
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I see it's been done.
Sept. 15, 2019
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“So it appears that the WBF can overrule the decision of its own anti-doping Tribunal.”

Even worse, the WBF seems to have disregarded its own regulations.
Sept. 15, 2019
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Diagram on page 7, restore North's third heart and delete the 3.
Sept. 15, 2019
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“West thought 3 was in the context of game choice and thus the following 3NT showed doubt about contract.”

For me, East's bidding 2N instead of 2 shows a robust heart holding. So, I'm not sure why East would intend 3 as a strain probe and then bid 3N over a rebid that if anything discourages that strain. I'd therefore take East's sequence as showing slam interest.
Sept. 15, 2019
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Excerpt of Law 73 (2017 edition):

D. Variations in Tempo or Manner

1. It is desirable, though not always required, for players to maintain steady tempo and unvarying manner. However, players should be particularly careful when variations may work to the benefit of their side. Otherwise, unintentionally to vary the tempo or manner in which a call or play is made is not an infraction. Inferences from such variations are authorized only to the opponents, who may act upon the information at their own risk. (Italics added.)
Sept. 14, 2019
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Richard, you just might now be responsible for another initiative.
Sept. 14, 2019
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