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After one heart - pass, “Four Hearts!” bid Tom fitfully (and supportively).
“I forgot we play Rusinow,” said Tom misleadingly.
“Boards go down a table, East-West pairs move up a table,” said Tom directly.
Sept. 18
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“One town's very much like another
When your head's down over your pieces, brother.”
–from the musical CHESS

I played chess rather than bridge when I was young, but aside from that difference, I completely agree with Alan's assessment.
Aug. 24
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At the table, I was East. Partner passed the 4H slam try. My stiff king was opposite his AQTx. Trumps were 2-2, and North spared us a guess by leading one. The jack of partner's 4-card suit dropped tripleton so we made 7.

Partner then criticized me for not having made a stronger slam try. I felt that if anyone was to be blamed for missing the slam, it was him. I devised this poll to see whether the expert community agreed with my judgment. I gave only two options for the West hand because I felt that ten choices (2 X 5) was plenty already. I was mainly looking for feedback on hand evaluation, not bidding. But I do appreciate as a side benefit the discussion of the meaning of cuebids in this auction.
Oct. 27, 2017
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According to the accounts I've read, Bloodgood didn't really “rig” the tournaments. The rating inflation was an inevitable consequence of the flaws in the rating system concentrated by a closed pool of players.

Bloodgood also held the record for the most simultaneous games of correspondence chess. When he was sentenced to death for murdering his mother, he was allowed to send mail for free to anyone–a privilege afforded to Death Row inmates to facilitate their appeals. His sentence was soon commuted to life imprisonment. Then, he could no longer afford to buy enough postcards, and had to forfeit most of his games.
April 8, 2017
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Bottom of page 4: you have South winning the Ace of diamonds, but he already played it on the first trick.
April 8, 2017
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If you are “ethical” and bid 3NT, will West be “ethical” and avoid leading a spade, which may be the only lead to set the contract? I agree with Richard that pass is the right call.
Feb. 4, 2017
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How could that happen? Wouldn't an above-average score for North-South be a below-average score for East-West?
Jan. 21, 2017
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I played against Fishbein last night. But it was the *first* time I'd ever seen it.
Dec. 17, 2016
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Preempter's double after partner's raise to game can also mean: “I want to save, but I'm giving you a chance to leave the double in if you have a strong hand.”
Sept. 6, 2016
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I had a partner pass my strong 2C opener once. (He was a good player, but was distracted by the director making an announcement.)

Righty balanced with 2D!
March 19, 2016
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It would have helped if you'd stated in the comments that you play 1430 responses and specific kings.
March 10, 2016
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Puppet Stayman at the two-level is incompatible with Garbage Stayman. I think that's why more pairs don't play it.
March 5, 2016
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Probably most voters didn't realize that 3C was forcing.
Feb. 18, 2016
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Partner's double asked you to bid your best suit, so do it. Don't overthink this because you're in panic mode about the possibility of going for a number at the one-level at favorable vulnerability.

If East has more than a minimum opener, he's going to be looking for a game, not stopping to try to collect +300 or +500. If you pass, you may later regret not having made a lead director.
Jan. 28, 2016
Lloyd Rawley edited this comment Jan. 28, 2016
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If we're going to forgive Ed for mis-stating the problem, I think we should also forgive East for taking longer to pass than his hand warranted.
Dec. 26, 2015
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Some other drivers might misinterpret your license plate too, but they'd be afraid to show their displeasure because you might hit them.
Dec. 13, 2015
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Please correct the auction. I can't work out where you went wrong, but it makes no sense for you to have overcalled 1D on a 4423 9-count.
Dec. 13, 2015
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If hearts had broken 3-1, so that the East-West contract made, would we be assessing the credit?
Nov. 20, 2015
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I haven't worked out how to get the extra credit yet, but there are lots of hands that fit the rest of the scenario, for example:

N AKQxx x Axxx xxx
E - JT98xxxx Txxxx -
S Jxxxx AKQ - AKQxx
W xxx x KQJx xxxxx

North is forced to lead a low diamond, and to play two more low diamonds as West wins three honors and South discards three hearts. Now declarer crosses to dummy with a heart. On the run of the hearts North discards the ace of diamonds, and dummy is good.
Nov. 17, 2015
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Peg, Kieran: these hands raise an interesting ethical question for dummy. What do you do when, in a notrump contract, partner calls for a trump?
Nov. 16, 2015
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