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There is a book vendor based in the D.C. area that has a large collection of old and out of print books. I am sure he will have a booth in Philadelphia. Try him. And if he doesn't have what you want, he might be able to locate it.
6 hours ago
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You should ask even if you can see in your hand the rest of the 13. Otherwise, you are giving partner UI that you hold the rest of the suit. Of course, if it is already known what you have through the bidding, there is no UI. Bottom line, either always ask, or never ask.
Feb. 15
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3 to 3.5 covers is a limit raise. But if T Stone is your partner, this is a forcing raise. :)
Feb. 15
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The other day, our opponents bid to 6NT, using a KC sequence, off an AK. Unfortunately, I had the AK, partner was on lead, and there was absolutely no (legal) way to suggest the killing lead.
Feb. 9
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Since there is no indication I could possibly lose a trick, sure.
Feb. 6
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I've been tempted to put out the 7nt card after the third pass. (Not my first call in the auction of course.)
Feb. 5
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With strong hands, I try to envision how the bidding might proceed. Do I want to tell or ask? If I feel we can be more accurate if I tell partner what I have, I splinter. If I feel I can better place the contract if partner tells me what he has, I Jacoby.

With lots of As and Ks, asking is usually better.
Feb. 2
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If this were an Eddie Kantar hand, south would win the opening lead, cash three spades pitching losers, and draw trump, making seven.

(Yes, he published a hand like this decades ago, showing the trials and tribulations of teaching.)
Feb. 1
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Yes, unless you're Mrs. Bennett.
Jan. 31
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Did director rule out a mechanical error, i.e. did he mean to bid 2 but pulled out the 1 card?
Jan. 30
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It would have to be brown. Black points already exist. They're points earned at club games, excluding StAC, qualifiers, etc. (Other local events generate black points, too.)
Jan. 29
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Linda, that's counter productive. If they're arguing, you're probably going to get a good result on the next board. And if you leave, you're giving the good result to the next pair.

(Only kidding, more or less, but the observation is pretty accurate I believe.)
Jan. 29
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The best use is whatever partner wants. That way you don't risk partner forgetting your agreement, and when things go wrong you can blame partner. :)
Jan. 25
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I have had very good results with mini-Roman. Note, I don't play it, I just take the gifts from opponents. Either one of them forgets, or they mess up the responses. Stay out of their way.
Jan. 23
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John, I'm glad someone made your point. East can legally make any call he wants: pass, redouble, bid. However, he must be prepared for the probability that the director will make a ruling adverse to him if he does anything other than pass.
Jan. 22
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Double was Rosenkrantz.
Jan. 21
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I wouldn't refuse, but I might be so allergic to their presence that I might have a severe bout of “involuntary” sneezing and coughing in their direction. And since I would be holding my cards, I would be unable to take the proper hygienic measures.
Jan. 16
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Joey Chestnut's accomplishments probably qualify him under at least two of the categories.
Jan. 16
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But an unusual one. However, I believe there was such a score (in the NFL) within the last few years.
Jan. 16
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In an early episode of Big Bang Theory (a US sitcom about a group of socially inept scientists and their friends), Sheldon asked the group, “What's the best number?” and proceeded to expound on why 73 was. I was surprised the writers didn't have someone else say, “What about 28? It's perfect.”
Jan. 12
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