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Wish I could do this at the table.
May 11
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Hey, I saw that rhyme first! (see below).
April 8
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AKJ5
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J95 Q108
J98643 Q72
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AQJ10632
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Sing a song of six spades
A pocket full of rye.
One and twenty Miltons
South's hand was almost high

When Q it was tabled
South began to sing
And settled down to pitch two twos
On dummy's ace and king.

Spade king was stiff in East's hand
Which was a little funny
The club queen it was single
Which cost South lots of money.

For when South led a low
You can see just how it goes
Along came the club ruff
And snipped off his nose.
April 3
Jonathan Mestel edited this comment April 3
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1 (Precision) opened on my right passed round to partner who doubled. Opener rebid 4 and with a scattered 10 count I decided to double. Dummy hit with two key cards and my opening lead let through the third overtrick for -890. 3 IMPS in. Partner thought he'd entered a madhouse.
March 13
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Nice one Barry. That reminds me of a correspondence chess game, which began 1 d4 “g6 and whatever you play I'll reply Bg7”.
The game ended 2 Bh6, Bg7 3 Bxg7.
Feb. 25
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Yes, but the way I suggested you only go down if you suffer an immediate ruff, which is much less likely, especially given the lack of a singleton lead.
Feb. 13
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Aren't you still off if N switches to a heart after winning Q? I suspect you should play a to the J after QJ.
Feb. 12
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I bid 2 and pass partner's (forcing) 2 rebid. He can have a good 3514 in our methods.
Nov. 4, 2019
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In some games, no quarter is given.
Dec. 14, 2018
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There is a practical point which many above do not seem to have considered. When RHO bids what you expect to be the final contract and the tray comes under the screen, if you and screenmate pass, the tray goes back and the other two, INCLUDING RHO, will pick up their bids and pass the emptied tray back. If you have any questions about the auction, you would then have to ask them missing half the bids. As a result, in the UK at least, it is very common to ask screenmate questions immediately following what everyone expects to be the final bid.
This is so much the case, that if I were the leader or the 7NT bidder and the tray was stuck on the other side I would assume that the defender was asking questions about the auction, rather than wondering about whether to double. This would certainly be the case if s/he were on lead. If not on lead, without screens one waits until partner has led so as not to pass UI, but with screens one feels more secure about asking - perhaps erroneously, as this post shows.
So I do not think the UI is quite as strong as many above assume.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Brace ourselves? I fear I'd need bridge work, but then I'm long in the tooth.
Nov. 14, 2018
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If I'd know he thought that was a 3 bid I'd have doubled too. Grossly lucky majors.
Nov. 6, 2018
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Actually, it looks like my -380 for 2Dx+1 could be worth quite a few matchpoints. RHO expects to be doubled in 3 yet bid it anyway. I am surprised so many people double - whom are you playing against? I think 2 was more likely to go down than 3 is.
Nov. 2, 2018
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I would sometimes pass 2x. Since I have the UI from the future auction that this would be wrong, I'd better do it….!?!?
Nov. 1, 2018
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I suppose it comes down to whether exasperation that oppo have been lucky again counts as “a demonstrable bridge reason.”

Do you believe declarer should always be allowed to make the contract after this silly remark by South, however he plays and however the cards lie?
Oct. 22, 2018
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Unless South had A up his sleeve and clubs were running. North has some sort of guess, and so does declarer,
Oct. 22, 2018
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Obviously S should have kept his mouth shut, whether he held Q or not. But I suspect he was annoyed by his partner's strange decision to play a 2nd spade, removing a likely losing option.
“You need something else as well!?” would be an appropriate reaction, though one best not voiced.

Suppose declarer had decided that South could work out from the hesitation that Q must be missing and was trying a “double bluff”. If declarer had finessed clubs the other way on the basis of this and gone down, is he still going to be permitted to make on appeal? That feels too generous to EW to me, unless the director establishes that South was acting deliberately.
Oct. 22, 2018
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Interesting. I think 4 is clear, and also best played forcing. We can still play 4NT, 5, 6. Are we really going to make precisely 9 tricks in NT? I would also bid 4 over a slow 3NT, but it seems from the majority view I'd be wrong to do so. 4 overstates the values. Axxx AJ9 Qxx Qxx?

(Edit) On reflection, maybe 4 is better, but I prefer either to passing 3NT.
Oct. 15, 2018
Jonathan Mestel edited this comment Oct. 15, 2018
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Quite so. For example, cash your 8 side suit winners, then 5 to the 7, return to the 10 and score Q en passant by ruffing a .

I think it's possible to have a hand where one side can make 6 and the other 7.
Oct. 11, 2018
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I disagree - once partner has passed, he is not invited to bid 4 over 4 at red - 1 is constructive. With the shortage, I expect to get away with a disruptive 2, even when perhaps I shouldn't.
Aug. 30, 2018
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