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This is what I tried to do by bidding 5H! (see reference to “destroy” above).
May 13, 2014
Niels Foged edited this comment May 13, 2014
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“We arrived late Sunday evening and did not know our seeding or if we were going to play the next day.”

The reason for Morten and Dennis arriving late and somewhat unprepared was that the father-son pair obviously(?) sticked to their plan of arranging and teaching at a junior bridge camp in Copenhagen the same weekend before flying to USA!

76 beginners aged 6-20 including my 11-year old son enjoyed their competent and engaged training. When I one week later showed him a picture of the Auken team with the Vanderbilt trophy, he apparently got a bit inspired, and asked me if we should play the tournament together next year?

Until then I enjoy every day, where he does not uncover my many flaws at the bridge table, and where he still looks for our invitation from the organising committee in the mail box.
Aug. 23, 2013
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For what concerns the 6D contract in Board 49, I agree with Paul, that Declarer (I know it is Welland, so I am probably missing something!)seemed to choose an inferior plan. At least after having cleared the trumps in trick 5, he could play spade A and K, if spades are not 5-1 (or 6-0), he is safe: trump a spade (13 tricks if 3-3), back to club K, loose a spade (spades 4-2), and claim rest. If spades are 5-1 or 6-0 he could still fall back to hearts 3-3.
July 31, 2011
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Thanks for your comment on the possible overtrick in the Board 22 slam.
Admittedly, I would also just have claimed my 12 tricks after the club lead.

However, going for the overtrick by substituting the lazy diamond discard on spade K with the two club discard on spade K and J is without risk, when simply delaying the decision:
After club A, and three rounds of trumps, simply play spade to A, and ruff a spade. Now diamond A and Q will show the fortunate position in that suit, and then spade K can be catched. Being fortunate once more spade Q drops out and both clubs can be discarded before the diamond finess.

When commenting on BBO, Roland Wald uses to claim bidding such obvious Grand Slams with ease, …but then again he might have gone for the spade finess on this board!:P
Aug. 10, 2010
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