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1 2 3 4
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4 is also gambling
July 4
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Maybe … but not an easy decision. I will post the continuation so that people know what you are referring to.
May 4
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Maybe 6 was making or maybe someone was crazy enough to make a move on this hand and went down in 5.
In any case, general opinion seems to be clear enough :).
March 9
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My firned ruffed two spades as proposed, then played for the J fall or squeeze possibilities, and made the contract.
But he was not sure if that was the right approach and asked me to post the hand.
Jan. 11
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Best line seems to be clear now.
Thank you all for your comments.

For the record, it was successful at he table.
Jan. 11
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Unfortunately the new generations think of something else when talking about “The Avengers” …

You can also say that Diana Rigg was the only woman to marry James Bond in a movie.
Nov. 8, 2018
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In the first scene where Bogart appears in Casablanca he is in his office analyzing a chess position; that was an inner tribute to his interest in chess.
Nov. 8, 2018
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I think in many (if not most) tables, West showed also his Diamond suit.
That made South concern about the 4-0 break more reasonable. Particularly if East somehow managed to find a double of the final contract.
Sept. 9, 2018
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The deal is highlighted in the great book “Famous Bridge Disasters”.
Apparently some of the heart contracts going down were doubled and even redoubled!
Sept. 8, 2018
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You are all in the right track. But what happens when West covers with the A the first round of ?

Incidentally, what is the a priori probability of West having both honours (knowing that East does not have them both)? And what is the probability of West having them both after he played the A?
July 9, 2018
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Four trumps.
Two outside aces.
A useful void.
A good five card suit as source of tricks.
Never support partner's suit.

This seems to be not so unusual in BBO.
June 30, 2018
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Thank you to all that answered and commented so far.
I will wait one or two days and post the actual hand so as to see how different decisions would have fared.
May 29, 2018
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This is a nice problem, as the “obvious” solution that comes immediately to your mind is not the right one.

And it is not because the problem is ambigous or incorrectly stated; it is because your mind think it knows both the problem and the answer and does not really think what is written but what it has already decided. Never happened at the bridge table?

To make my point, think at the problem stated in this way: imagine we have to gamblers whose strategy is to try to win two times in a row, so that when they win one time they bet all the winnings the next roll. One of them is trying to get a 6-6 sequence while the other a 1-2 sequence. If the game is fair (i.e. the house pays 6 to 1), which strategy is better?

Obviously this is a zero-sum game, so there is no strategy that can change your expected winnings (or losses). Maybe this is the question you thought you were answering.

Does this contradict all the comments regarding the posted problem? If you think about it for a minute (how the bettings would develop), you will see that it does not. But to be fair, I cheated since I did not state the conditions of this other problem in a clear way.
April 6, 2018
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Without really bad breaks 6 should have many chances; if partner cannot complement my then I may be able to ruff one.

Of course, it is a bit a shot in the dark as he could be something like 8-0-4-1, but if that is the case we may even be down in 4.
March 29, 2018
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The situation is terribly fuzzy because the range of hands that North and South can have (both in terms of HCP and distribution) is very wide. North and South know very little about what the other has.

But with the hand you show it would be too lazy (and bad bridge) for South to bid only 4. That hand should be something like 4 or 3, but not a simple 4.
March 23, 2018
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Sorry you did not appreciate the humour ..
March 15, 2018
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Apologies. You are right, I did misread the problem.
March 1, 2018
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Sorry, I meant 1 5 3 then 2 (which is in position 1) then 4 (which is in position 5).
March 1, 2018
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You start from the edge but do not go 12345 … try 1 5 3 2 4.
March 1, 2018
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