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When Kit Woolsey dines out, does he ask to see the radar?
Dec. 8, 2019
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It seems right to me that BBO not be a vehicle for censorship.
Dec. 8, 2019
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Agreed, but “intergalactic” is hard to pun on.
Dec. 8, 2019
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Jeff, I think you're right. I was vacillating on how many clubs to cash and happened to be at “two” when the music stopped.
Dec. 8, 2019
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“As to leading a D to the K, well, is that play much better than 50%?”

QJ-fifth (or -sixth) and at most two side queens seemed to me inadequate for a simple overcall at unfavorable.

Still, maybe it's better (after taking the A at Trick 1 and unblocking the A) to cash up to two high clubs before leading toward the K. If you get good news in clubs, then you'll know it's safe to establish the defenders' fifth or longer heart if that suit fails to break.
Dec. 7, 2019
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I see that it's IMPs, thanks.
Dec. 7, 2019
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If East continues with a spade at Trick 2, are you ducking that also?
Dec. 7, 2019
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Form of scoring should be included.
Dec. 7, 2019
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I suspect that MR's four-word answer is “knock out the ace” (KOTA), which I believe I first saw attributed to him in a comment by Michael Xu.
Dec. 7, 2019
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I'm starting on hearts because (1) we have seven pieces in the suit; (2) it postpones finessing into East (in case clubs are 5=2); and (3) West's failure to lead spades mildly suggests H(H)x(x), whereas West would tend to avoid leading hearts even without the ace.

Added: I forgot (4) the first round of hearts is certain to yield a winner; and (5) the first round of hearts doesn't risk losing a trick to an original nonmaster.
Dec. 7, 2019
David Levin edited this comment Dec. 7, 2019
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It might be helpful to.know the pair's agreements on fourth-seat balances and on advances of those actions.
Dec. 7, 2019
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Given that North's double showed three-card support, I'm not sure why the jump to 3 must show six pieces.
Dec. 6, 2019
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I guess not. I thought it was based on “Sitting on the corner, watching all the girls go by.”

Added: Just looked it up. I've heard the song but evidently not enough to have assimilated all of the lyrics.

Added II: Another lookup revealed that it's “standing (on the corner)”, not “sitting”.
Dec. 6, 2019
David Levin edited this comment Dec. 7, 2019
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(Apologies to Bernstein and Sondheim)

Convention cards seem pointless
They give you little space
They're burdensome to fill out
And easy to misplace
Disclosure is for systems
“Just bridge” is what we play
I'm not sure what
Else there is to say

Oh, Senior Director, these pairs don't have cards
Inquiries get me “Dog ate it” and other canards
We have regulations, but they are ignored
Why don't you dock them half a board (half a board)
Half a board, half a board, half a precious board
You should penalize them half a board
Dec. 6, 2019
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I was half expecting the comma in the title to be followed by “watching all the milk go by.”
Dec. 6, 2019
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I found interesting that the best defense against either contract involves playing one of the defender's top three trumps at the first opportunity.
Dec. 6, 2019
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I seem to recall that Better Bidding with Bergen says to open 2 (strong) if at least one of the following is met:

* Your hand is no more than one winner short of game
* Your hand has more quick tricks than losers
* You'd be sick to your stomach if your opening one-bid were passed out.
Dec. 6, 2019
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6 appears to fail if East plays the 7 at Trick 2.
Dec. 6, 2019
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My concern was that you had 14 cards.
Dec. 5, 2019
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I see that it's been fixed.
Dec. 5, 2019
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