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If the opening lead is allowed to hold and North shifts to a low heart, Declarer's best chance seems to be to play the K. If South has the A, a heart ruff is almost inevitable: it would have been hard to scrape up a cuebid for North without a club honor.
Aug. 23
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I would think that Declarer might skeptically view the heart jack, on the grounds that South might have bid 5 if holding say, AKxxx(x) J Kx AKxx(x).
Aug. 22
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Maybe “defused” was an overbid.
Aug. 21
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It would have defused readers' concern that the author was ridiculing someone else's actual bridge actions.
Aug. 21
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Brian Zaugg,
I think we're in agreement. I addressed the possibility of drawing a line because it seemed to follow from David Corn's comment about non-members who occasionally play in tournaments. I like the idea of pricing services according to the cost of providing them and not to subsidize some other service.

My only reservation is that before making a change such as eliminating the non-member surcharge, the ACBL should (in my opinion) plan to regularly compare the gain in tournament revenue against loss in revenue due to canceled or lapsed memberships, and be prepared in case there's a substantial net minus.
Aug. 21
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I enjoyed that.

Nitpick: "You ruff the third one high."
Aug. 21
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“In any appreciable way, does it really cost ACBL or its Districts or Units any $ to let non-members drop by an occasional tournament & play a session or 2?”

I wouldn't think so. But where should the line be drawn between “occasional” participant and “regular” participant? And would non-members' activity need to be tracked, so that this line is applied consistently?
Aug. 21
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I don't recall seeing anyone on this page dispute the principle of paying expenses where they are generated (to borrow your phrase). I sense that the concern is whether the ACBL has the ability to bring that about in a sustainable way.
Aug. 21
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If the deals weren't necessarily authentic, the article's opening disclaimer ought to have mentioned that.
Aug. 21
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Third, it takes away Responder's ability to preempt at the four-level.
Aug. 20
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Nitpicks:

1. Page 3, bottom, “eight boards left to go” could have been written, “eight boards left” or “eight boards to go”.
2. Page 7, first sentence, the “margin” would be the difference rather than the score itself.
Aug. 19
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The play on Board 22 gets interesting if North discards a diamond on the second round of trumps. I believe that Declarer could still get out for down one by switching to diamonds (South's ruffing the third round), ducking the heart return, and ducking a heart continuation. At that point, Declarer threatens to either draw trump and cash out, or arrange a heart ruff, and I don't see how the defenders can stop both.
Aug. 19
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“Following my 4 bid, E-W and I began to put our bids away…”

I trust that this breach of procedure didn't actually happen.
Aug. 19
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Although the article seeks input regarding the play, I'm curious about whether West considered having Partner pick the strain for slam.
Aug. 18
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That makes sense. I must have misconstrued the phrasing in your earlier comment, although now I'm not sure how.

Added: This comment was addressing Steve's reply to my earlier comment.
Aug. 16
David Levin edited this comment Aug. 16
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"(2) East rises ace. If East returns a diamond, I will draw trumps, try spade ace and king, then take a club finesse. If East does not return a diamond, I can play either hand for the club king. But, since East could force my decision, I will play West for the club king.“

I'm confused by the last sentence. If lacking the club king, mightn't East prefer to return a trump, so as not to preclude your taking two high spades followed by a ruffing finesse in clubs? Or were you referring to a different ”decision" (facing Declarer)?
Aug. 16
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I find that if I comment (other than in the discussion-starter box) of a thread that I'm not “following,” the “Follow Discussion” button does not change to “Unfollow Discussion,” even though my posting the comment triggers my following the discussion. To resume not “following,” I then need to click the “Follow Discussion” button. Alternatively, one could refresh the page so that the “Unfollow Discussion” button appears and then click it.
Aug. 9
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Let's not overlook also employing Gerber, where “also” means not only “by the same partnership” but “in the same auction.”
Aug. 9
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May I suggest that a more suitable forum for this interaction between Mr. Gold and Mr. Selway might be an area having a four- or eight-sided enclosure.
Aug. 9
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+1 for “sticks out”.
Aug. 9
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