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Doubling seems a likely winner here. Both defenders can infer that the declaring side doesn't have longer spades than clubs. This suggests that leading a spade when Partner actually holds the K is less likely to lead to a squeeze than is leading a club when Partner actually holds the K.
June 10
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From the vugraph commentary:

Vugraphzfb: Zia [South]: “Just bid 4, I didn't know what you were doing” Cheek [North]: “I didn't know what you were doing - you might have had AK of diamonds”
kit: On actual auction, South was worried about being off the first 2 club tricks.
Vugraphzfb: Cheek: “I”m sorry, I didn't know what was going on - at no time did I know I was getting raised"
fabsayc: if cheek had no club control, would have rebid 4
Vugraphzfb: Zia: “we should actually play 4 by me would be forcing after a positive response”
June 9
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I especially liked the following insight from page 9:

“The problem is that the grand may depend upon the play as well as the bidding . . . If I misguess and they guess correctly at the other table, that would be even a bigger adverse swing.”
June 9
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Hi Adam,
I couldn't agree more on the value of imparting concepts to students. But I've found that it requires considerable judgement and mental agility of the instructor. I therefore suspect that a concept-based bridge curriculum wouldn't scale nearly as well as one based on rote, the latter's shortcomings notwithstanding.

There's also the matter of how to address the ACBL's having certified numerous teachers using the rote-based curriculum. Would there be a new, concept-based certification? Would that replace or be a step beyond rote-based certification?

Finally, this all assumes the ability to overcome decades of institutional inertia in this area.
June 9
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The only line item I see that seems germane is “6001 Forum monthly cost 40,200 $40,200”. (The first amount is under the “BOD” column; the second is under the “TOTAL” column.)

Added: The word “monthly” appears to modify “Forum,” not “cost.”
June 9
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You might consider also posting an article in the ACBL Elections Forum.
June 8
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I thought Bernard's point was that if East was 5=3=3=2, hen* could have ruffed in early enough for the defenders to cash a diamond.

Therefore, it seems that after regaining the lead at Trick 5, Declarer needs to play East for at least three clubs or at most two diamonds.

* Intended as equivalent of “he/she”. See my profile.
June 8
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I recall Alan Miller as the author of “The Cynical Observer.” Apparently, the column's authorship changed or rotated.
June 8
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Holding J10x, perhaps West would have retained both remaining diamonds to ensure a safe/cashing exit.

(Edited to correct malformed pip.)
June 7
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I took it as “long suit trial bid,” akin to help-suit game try.
June 7
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I believe that once an article is published, the author cannot edit its title.
June 7
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I believe you have 24 hours after publishing, to change “West” to “South” if so inclined.
June 7
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I decremented carbon's subscript because bots don't “C” as much. (Feel free to groan.)
June 6
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I wonder what induced East Bot to cash the K, given that I haven't yet thought of a sampled layout where it would be necessary.
June 6
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Page 5, "got off the schneid".
June 6
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According to http://www.bridgebase.com/doc/gib_system_notes.php, the bots would lead the 2 from all three of those holdings.
June 5
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I surmise that the chemical formula for botane is C3H10.
June 5
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Given the agreements, I would be tempted to respond 2 followed by supporting hearts. Game would have play opposite even just the red aces. On the actual deal, both players would soon be aware of the double fit, which seems to outweigh the value of the suppressed fourth heart.

Added: In case it wasn't clear, the point of “game would have play opposite even just the red aces” was that slam doesn't seem that remote.
June 4
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When my brother was a stockbroker, he told us about a situation at work whose punchline was, “The cancel of the cancel wasn't canceled.”
June 4
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Mike, my above replies were strictly meant to address the discussion-starter. I wasn't suggesting that it would be easy to find the diamond fit and the copious red-suit honors.

But I now see what might have been Ian's point: if East judges that Partner is more likely to hold a stiff spade (which would usually provide a 12th trick through two ruffs in the long-trump hand) than at least two spades, then 6 might be right in a strong matchpoint field.

Added: I think I'd still choose 6 over 6 in any event, provided that I can find out about the red-suit honors.
June 3
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