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http://web2.acbl.org/casebooks/2017KansasCity.pdf, case #9.

Very similar auction, the 4 bidders claim that the hesitation before double 4 made 4 more attractive, not less :)

Since the hesitation can make the pull more and less attractive at the same time, I suggest we dub it the Schrodinger's Hesitation.
April 5
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I am not sure hesitation makes 4 more attractive. Quick double would deliver the information that the hand is “pure” (either take-out or penalty or very strong - subject to their agreements).
Also, for less experienced players there is a possibility of “is my partner going to understand this double correctly” type of hesitation.

Here's one hypothetical line that, actually, makes 4 more attractive - partner is probably is not strong enough to make a quick dbl -> I don't have any defensive tricks -> But we have massive spade fit and favorable vulnerability".
April 4
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Correction to the bidding notes - 1 was 11-14 balanced or 17+ any distribution.
April 1
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Sorry, that's my omission. In the original bidding 1 was Polish, but I decided to substitute this with Precision (as more people are familiar with it) without thinking about the consequences.
April 1
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As you cruise through an evening LA on your Harley Davidson, a huge naked man stops you and demands your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.
You understand that your choices are very restricted, but you argue the usefulness or any possible outcome.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Court: I sentence you to 1 year and 8 months in prison.
Odd: F*$#!
Court: Ok, 9 months.
Nov. 28, 2018
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“I'm positive one day a bridge-literate or better sponsor would assemble the top five world players and her(im)self, but what winning with such a team will prove? ”

That you still aren't able to beat the Blue Team if the Blue Team follows the Blue Team rule.
Sept. 22, 2018
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Happened about 10 years go to me (I was on the “offending” side though)
My partner was on lead against 4M in an auction where I had made an unusual NT overcall, and partner bid clubs.

Partner lead the A and found KQx in dummy. I had to decide whether to try and get a ruff on the other major or establish the suit. Eventually I made a decision and played a low (or a high; I don't remember really) club.

We set the contract, but the opps called a director and told him and my tempo break indicated that my card was a suit preference and not attitude. I attempted to convince the director that it's pretty pointless to play attitude in this situation, but he awarded the contract to the opponents anyway.

Whether I agree with the decision or not, this example illustrates that the TDs are empowered to make this sort of an adjustment based on bridge laws.
July 26, 2018
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.. and then he again opens a singleton, Quartzy. I don't really understand how one can play with humans, they are so erratic and unpredictable. I wouldn't call that bridge, that's quasi-bridge at best.
June 25, 2018
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Is this matchpoints? Why would E never show his diamond support? I know the hand would no longer be beautifully instructive, but this is insane, especially knowing the suits won't break well.
March 28, 2018
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I was able to get a photocopy of their defensive signals exaplanation
https://ibb.co/dhYpG6
Feb. 3, 2018
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I think Boye in his Fisher-Schwartz investigation report provided a hand very close in point count and structure to the one in question and mentioned (by quoting someone if I am not mistaken) no high caliber player would stay away from game opposite to a standard 2NT opening (unless the player knows that the opposite hand is weak).
Dec. 20, 2017
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- Director!!!
- How can I help you?
- I asked for medium rare and my chateaubriand, obviously, isn't.
- You can accept it and it stays on the table, you can send it back to the kitchen or you can order another meal and your steak stays on your table until someone finishes her meal and then has to eat it at the first legal opportunity.
Dec. 12, 2017
Ilya Kuzkin edited this comment Dec. 12, 2017
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I suggest you play with Eric Greco.
Oct. 27, 2017
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“Papas Bravas” - a group of programmers working on a bridge AI engine.
Sept. 21, 2017
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“Jxxx Jxxx xxxx x – pass. If partner bids 2♣, bid 2♦.”
You've got an easy 1 bid, why would you want to be somewhere else

“x xxx xxxx xxxxx – bid 1♠ and run to 2♣ when doubled.”
Oh, the opps might be extra happy when the bidding proceeds
1 - (2) - 2 - (x)
Sept. 18, 2017
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I see no problems with discouraging clubs, showing the spade switch.

First, this is just a preference, it's not a command to lead spades at trick two.I don't expect partner to switch to a spade at trick 2 with QTxx or a similar holding.

On top of that, I can totally stand a spade switch and ready to play a low club back. I wouldn't expect declarer to guess this right on the auction and the lead and in fact it might be the best defense available (should partner have K9x of trumps or Txx of trumps and the A)
Aug. 31, 2017
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“I wonder what happened to him.”

According to Wikipedia he became a backgammon player and a “runner-up in the 1996 World Cup; as of 2007 he was the 5th-rank player in the world”.

Sometimes life takes interesting turns. Based on his pedigree I suspect he could become a really good bridge player had he chosen that path over backgammon.
Aug. 2, 2017
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Ken,

I know where the confusion is coming from because I fell into the same trap.
Instead of “The first four and a half tricks” it should read “The first five and a half tricks” (3 rounds of black suits, diamond to the ace, running the Q, playing a small heart).
July 31, 2017
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