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Nedju - my question was pretty straightforward. Have you read any of the judgments?

Or is your assertion that “the authorities expressed their view on the issue in their verdict, and such a view is very modern, MM century”, not based on your having actually read what the “authorities” in fact said in any written judgment?
Nov. 29, 2018
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Craig - I think Michal's point is that it would be unreasonable for W to play E to have a heart card since it's *very* unlikely that the early play would have proceeded as it did had declarer held the KS.
Nov. 28, 2018
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Nedju - are your comments based on a translation of the judgment that you can share with us?
Nov. 28, 2018
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Names could vary with the role the bots perform.

On opening lead: Larry, Curly and Moe
Subsequent defense: Caspiar, Melchior and Balthazar
Competitive bidding: Raglan,Cardigan and Nolan
Nov. 28, 2018
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Yes.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Avon - the notorious 1899 trial in Rennes provides a useful example of how institutions committed to preserving appearances are able to disregard inconvenient confessions.
Nov. 21, 2018
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Terrific article Nic - you've done her proud.
Nov. 20, 2018
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Richard - please keep posting. It's fascinating to see how the bots have evolved. It's also amusing to see that they periodically slip the leash and make a dash for freedom (Board 12 being an obvious example).
Nov. 20, 2018
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Charles - IIRC legend has it that John Crawford relied on just that inference to bring home a grand on the last hand of a night of rubber. The key suit was AKQTxxx opposite stiff.
Since every kibitzer remained standing expectantly instead shuffling toward the door, he took a a successful hook and picked up Jxxx onside.
Nov. 18, 2018
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Mike - I think we approach these issues from a *much* different perspective.
Nov. 18, 2018
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John - I think we'll have to agree to disagree since neither of us knows the exact layout. My reading of Hank's description indicates that it was a no-brainer at trick 11 for the defenders.

But as Dennis Miller said, “I could be wrong”…..
Nov. 18, 2018
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Not sure we are on the same page John - trumps were known to be 5-1 so it seems to me everyone knew declarer was either getting 1 or zero more tricks and that potential trick could only be a heart.
Nov. 18, 2018
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My point exactly Mike
Nov. 17, 2018
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Mike - because that happened to be the setting in which this incident happened.
Nov. 17, 2018
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Mike - seems to me Hank would have made the same concession had his partner coffeehoused against Mr and Mme Deuxdepiques…..
Nov. 17, 2018
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John - seemed pretty clear from the write-up that declarer was known to have 2 hearts in his hand at crunch time.

Given that pard over-called 2 vulnerable hearts, considering we have the Ax of that suit, and given that dummy had KTx, I must confess to having some difficulty conceiving of a lay-out where the Q cover was a possible play.
Nov. 17, 2018
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Surely we have all pored over hands scribbled on scraps of paper that were thrust in our faces by excited friends/team-mates etc.
So it seems pretty obvious that it’s the substance that counts.
Ignoring content, and instead focusing, in negative manner, exclusively on form, is counterproductive since it discourages posters from future participation.
Nov. 15, 2018
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Kevin - I gotta filling you extracted a confession…..
Nov. 14, 2018
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The back-cover of Under the Table indicates that Avon is currently working on a book that examines dishonesty and skulduggery in an unrelated, albeit far more personal area.
Nov. 6, 2018
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Congratulations on your well-deserved, hard won success! And I do hope you won't have to go through this process on an annual basis.
Nov. 6, 2018
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