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I took it to mean “double-stop hold-up.” But this usage of “double hold-up” seems to undermine clarity.
Dec. 29, 2019
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I could see North's doubling 3 to convey that N/S hold the balance of power.
Dec. 29, 2019
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Page 11 contains two instances of ‘vunerability’.

Added: I see that this has been fixed.
Dec. 29, 2019
David Levin edited this comment Dec. 29, 2019
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Knowing N/S's general approach (2/1 GF, Precision, etc.) might affect one's interpretation of the 4 call.
Dec. 29, 2019
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Dec. 29, 2019
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What's the form of scoring?
Dec. 28, 2019
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I don't know how this partnership formed, but I see that you're new to the Charlotte area. If you haven't yet met Jerry Helms, it might not be a bad idea to introduce yourself. I don't know him intimately, but our interactions have always been pleasant.
Dec. 27, 2019
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;)
Dec. 27, 2019
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After the second deal, I would have been tempted to say, “I guess I haven't improved since yesterday.”
Dec. 27, 2019
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Oh Jonah, he partnered the Whale…
Dec. 26, 2019
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At least it's shapely dogshit.
Dec. 26, 2019
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Mike, I wasn't wild about that either.
Dec. 25, 2019
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I think that North should infer that there are at most 14 HCP outside North's and East's hands and that West's 3 bid makes it unlikely that Partner holds substantially more than half.
Dec. 25, 2019
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If you're alluding to North's overruff at Trick 4, I hate it too. But it seems to me that even if North discards a spade, Declarer has enough information to read the distribution accurately and thereby make an overtrick, by taking both high spades and leading a diamond.
Dec. 25, 2019
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Perhaps Andy intended the 1 call to be in seventh seat:

1 (P) P (X)
P (P) 1
Dec. 25, 2019
ATB
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Assuming that 5 denied or was intended to deny slam interest, it seems to me that South failed to draw at least some of the available inferences about Partner's hand.

One inference seems not to have been mentioned: West failed to support hearts, suggesting that North held at least five pieces.

Another (alluded to above) is that North's 4 call should indicate few first-round losers in context–probably no more than about three.

Based on the above, South might have constructed sample hands for Partner. This presumably would have shown that if South had to make the final decision after 4, then 6 seems better than 5.

But South didn't have to and shouldn't make the final decision. If South passes 4X, North has a chance for a last-train 4N (if the partnership plays it that way), after which it seems clear for South to bid slam.
Dec. 24, 2019
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South's decision might be influenced by whether 2 was unlimited and whether it could be bid with longer than 5=5. Either would buttress the case for not giving West another chance to call.
Dec. 24, 2019
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Tracy, I believe that you can fix it until 24 hours have elapsed since “publishing” the article. Look for an “Edit” button in the right column when you view this page while logged in.
Dec. 24, 2019
ATB
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I find odd that this article never made “trending.”
Dec. 24, 2019
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