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If (when) 4 gets doubled, I run to 4, which should surely show this.
18 hours ago
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A heart lead from East transforms the hand into a simple squeeze against East, which succeeds. The heart lead from West defeats the hand as Murat said.
July 17
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This, of course, is true. However I believe that the OP intended to ask what your preferred agreement is.
July 13
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@Peg.
My dad was not a game player of any kind. However, he had something in common with yours. He never EVER gave false compliments for non-achievements. When he congratulated me for something, however mildly, I knew I had made it to be the best of the best. And when he said nothing I resolved to try harder.

I really believe that this modern crap about “self-esteem” and patting kids on the back for simply showing up is just that - crap. What's more, the kids aren't stupid. They know they haven't achieved anything, no matter how much fake adulation they get.
July 12
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Hah! That's my definition of a person with drive. And who will succeed. It has little or nothing to do with whether he is a better bridge player but a whole lot to do with whether he is a better person.
July 12
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I don't see any difference between the two except that the first one showed an interest in a major. A separate issue: this auction quite clearly shows how useless NMF is over 2NT.
July 12
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My personal definition of expert is someone who makes less than one boneheaded play per session. That puts me right on the edge.

I have no idea how that translates into the UK system.
July 12
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Instead of AutoBridge, I would strongly recommend Fred Gittelman's “Learn To Play Bridge” available from the ACBL at https://web3.acbl.org/newmembers/free-learn-software. I have been through “Learn To Play Bridge 1” and it is simply excellent although the UI is a little dated. I don't know the second program but it is written by the same author after all.
July 11
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I personally would love this as I prefer to play up. I don't enjoy beating up baby seals and would rather face real competition. A two-session event could be played as a one-session Swiss followed by a bunch of 4- or 5-team round-robins.
July 11
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For books, I'm too out of date as well. However some people I respect love “Bridge for Dummies”. It's written by Eddie Kantar so it can't be bad.
July 11
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Bidding spades makes the subsequent auction much easier if, for whatever reason, you bid again. This is true whether your next bid
is voluntary or forced. For example, if pard now bids 1NT you have a comfortable rebid if your original choice was 1. Same thing if he cue-bids.
July 10
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Given this West's defence was, to be generous, incredibly sloppy. What was the rush to win either Ace anyway? Did he at least acknowledge his errors?

East, of course, did nothing wrong.
July 10
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My guess is that declarer ran trumps. Then East either pitched a club or all his spades. I seriously doubt that, in a club game, many declarers even thought about ruffing a club, still less that west might have a problem.
July 9
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That's the line Ian suggests. As I noted above, it is easy enough to defend against. Clearly you should take advantage of defensive errors of course.
July 9
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West can defeat this line by ducking either Ace or by returning a spade at the end. When declarer is trying to shorten his trumps, don't help him.
July 9
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The UI is simple; partner was not sure what the ten of spades would mean. Of course, with a void, he would want a diamond switch. In view of his failure to make a Lightner double, the Meta-AI is that he is a poor player and is probably prone to hesitations without much justification.

I make the diamond switch largely because it is my only reasonable chance to beat the contract (unless it is always going down).
July 9
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I think the quality of the players is very relevant. South's final is beyond stupid, as Richard said. I believe that South is an average player at best. As such I doubt he was able to deal with the situation and so I would give him the benefit.

A good player should be able to work out what to do. The opps gave him a chance at a great result and he decided to act beyond stupid instead. If South is good, he deserves the result.
June 18
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IMO, and I did not hold this hand BTW,2 is clear cut. I don't expect pard to hold some moth-eaten suit over the double. Furthermore 2 directs us towards the most likely game and sets up to compete against their spade fit.

Also bidding diamonds followed by hearts and clubs describes the hand perfectly and economically, as the actual auction shows. The question here is not how to describe the hand but rather whether to go for the throat.
June 15
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If you must open this hand, I far prefer 1
June 4
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Thanks!
May 21
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