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Great read! I also agree that this was a fantastic tournament (but not just because of the results… ). The Slovak Bridge Federation did a great job arranging it.
Jan. 10
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They played all segments and yes, Emma got married and changed her last name.
Aug. 25, 2017
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Thanks for the recap! Considering 3 is down from the top on #31 I think it's too much to say that it's the best spot. Some pairs got to play 2 after all :)
Aug. 20, 2017
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Ola and Mikael (Rimstedt) play their 2-opening as 18-19 NT (no weak two included) so that made it easier to bid on Pepsi's hand.
Aug. 20, 2017
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I couldn't watch the match so thank you very much for the summary. Just a minor detail, Sylvan-Wrang do not play a strong club as you say concerning #24 but rather a natural system with an unbalanced diamond opener (which is probably why he opened the ten count). This can be seen on #26 and #27 where the opening bids did not match a strong club system.
Aug. 14, 2017
Mikael Groenkvist edited this comment Aug. 14, 2017
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Junior Europeans in Poland 2013. East picks up AKQT9 AKQ A AKQ5 as dealer. Many took their first (?) chance at opening 7NT and did hit Jxx of spades and three low clubs in dummy. With clubs breaking, 13 tricks were easy. Several pairs reached the slightly better 7. http://www.eurobridge.org/competitions/13Wroclaw/microSite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=014.18..978
April 17, 2017
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I don't have the same experience with them as Ulf does (for natural reasons) but have played them for about five years with good results. I like to only use them when they show specific suits, just like I prefer our Michael's to show specific 5-5:s, so for example not after (1) or after a catch-all (1) where both minors are in play. This makes CJO:s less frequent but makes it easier to take high-level decisions.
April 3, 2017
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This is one of the best things I've read here (which obviously says a lot).
March 31, 2017
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The Cavendish is played as IMP Pairs.
March 21, 2017
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See Nick above. About doubleton leads, we have to agree on disagreeing :)
March 21, 2017
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Hi Adam! We would have to ask the pair in question. Maybe they dislike leading from 109x? It also sure looks easier to beat this if partner has a stiff diamond than anything else.
March 21, 2017
Mikael Groenkvist edited this comment March 21, 2017
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You don't, just like you don't after partner has opened 1NT.
March 6, 2017
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We play Gazzilli but I don't think the West hand is worth the upgrade to 3 with such weak diamonds. It's still a great convention that helps with other problems, however.
March 1, 2017
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My opponent's at the White House Junior Internationals did bid
2 - 3
4 - 5
6 - Pass
a couple of years ago.
Jan. 6, 2017
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Should have been 4, thanks!
Dec. 29, 2016
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But did Kantar go two down?
Dec. 29, 2016
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A top-notch West might also return the T rather than a low heart when in with the K :)
Oct. 28, 2016
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Ekenberg told me that Fredin was very close to pitching a heart (so close that he could see the card) before changing his mind and instead discarding the K. As a heart seemed to be an unlikely card to discard from an original 2-4-2-5 (idle fifth strikes again?) he instead played him to be 2-4-3-4 from the start.
Oct. 27, 2016
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Sure, there is a risk that West has five hearts but some players (not that there are many) would prefer to overcall 2 on JTxxx than to double. With only two hearts and one spade, East might also have bid over 4.

Your line doesn't work even if hearts are 5-2 as East (when in with the K) shifts to a club. West then goes back to hearts to set up that trick before the A is removed.
Oct. 26, 2016
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Only three of them did psyche though (and one of them is not named).
Sept. 24, 2016
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