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Note to self: Def #2 = BAD.
Aug. 24, 2015
Paul Block edited this comment Aug. 24, 2015
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Now, I'm kind of wishing I had ducked the first one. It doesn't feel right to cash out my black winners. All declarer needs is ace, king, ace in the reds and he's home free, but if I duck I may only end up with the one defensive trick that I already have in the bank. Can partner possibly take 4 more tricks playing ping pong with declarer when declarer has the balance of power?

I'm cashing out, hoping partner has an ace and feeling pretty resigned that I'll be bringing back -600 to compare with teammates.
July 8, 2015
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Often the article's author will pick a card - choosing what they consider to be the least likely alternative - and designate it in their OP to function as “abstain.” Failing that, there is no abstain option.

In this case, the j would have probably been a logical choice for “abstain.”
July 4, 2015
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I suppose that if someone dropped over dead, and I was forced to pick up the cards of the dead man (who clearly saw some picture cards were there were none) and continue the auction from the point at which he died (which I expect was at exactly the point when his partner laid the red card on the table) then I suppose I would bid 3s. Since those conditions aren't specified in the OP, I abstain. I wouldn't have this predicament.
March 27, 2015
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I asked partner's opinion, and she said we should take a chunk out of 4h. I don't think I'd have asked, but if I wasn't willing to accept the response I shouldn't have requested input. It won't be my first -590. The 9 is on the table. Partner, please have the ace.
March 13, 2015
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After making a non-forcing 2 bid and hearing partner take a preference for diamonds, East apparently realized that the black cards that he had previously counted as clubs were actually somewhat more pointy.
Feb. 2, 2015
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@ Robin - Normally so, but this method of voir dire would not be useful here. I don't believe you'd be able to impanel a jury of the offending side's peers from BW participants.
Jan. 26, 2015
Paul Block edited this comment Jan. 26, 2015
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That's easy enough to correct. Just click on the call that you wish to make.
Jan. 2, 2015
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Given systemic constraints, I can't see how we can properly investigate for 6 clubs. Even if we tried and we determined that it was a good contract, all roads lead to playing it from the wrong side, namely, ours. I wouldn't be shocked if slam makes, but I'm going to settle for 3nt.
Dec. 17, 2014
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I can't speak for them, but I imagine that those who are bidding are hoping that LHO, being a newbie, will mis-defend and somehow allow the (otherwise hopeless) game contract to come home. That info was all that gave me a second's pause before I grabbed a green card.

LHO still has an opportunity to mis-defend and give us our top playing 3h (happily undoubled) and (s)he still has a chance to bid more!
Nov. 20, 2014
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South got what they deserved for opening 2 in 1st seat with:
AKQJ8
QT8
62
T64
July 28, 2014
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At a recent regional, a friend of mine (who has less than 10mp) and her (also beginner) partner were victims of this type of claim. They were “playing-up” in a higher level field and were already a little intimidated. Their opponents made the sort of sloppy claim that you describe, mixed their cards up and put them away.

Astoundingly, my friend got no relief from the director. The onus was put on her and her partner to recreate the play. As beginners, they didn't remember enough of the hand to be able to effectively contest their (much more experienced) opponents assertions.

After the game, when I heard about the incident I spoke with another of the director team who promised to follow up. At that point, of course, it was too late. My friend couldn't remember even which hand it was and hadn't done well enough in the event to persist. I was disgusted at this incident and found it extremely unfortunate that the director who had been called to the table failed to impede or penalize the offending behavior.

July 21, 2014
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I'm pretty sure we have whatever partner is looking for, I just don't have the guts to risk our 1370.
July 11, 2014
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What does partner know about this hand? He knows that we have doubt that 5 will make, and if we bid 5 he'll know that we prefer spades. That's it, that's the list. He doesn't know that we have a double fit and first round control of the 2 unbid suits.

I don't think teammates will be very sympathetic when we come back with +680 or +710.
July 3, 2014
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I assume partner has 7,AT63,KJ2,AKQJ5. It seems that the 3nt call makes it difficult for us to find our good 6 contract.
June 20, 2014
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If I didn't care about partner's opinion I shouldn't have bid 4.
June 20, 2014
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I'm not sure how 5 could be anything other than a simple preference here. I would think that (following this preference) if you are expecting or hoping for partner to bid again you'll be disappointed.
June 18, 2014
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6. We may not have slam, and if we do 6 may be the wrong slam. Even so, I think they're going to have to lead a heart to beat it. If I don't give them any information we just might make it, or maybe they take out insurance by bidding 6.

This is how I'll explain my reasoning when we lose 12 and my teammates want to know why I didn't just bid 4 like a normal person.
June 17, 2014
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Bid Better, Play Better by Dorothy Truscott
http://www.amazon.com/Bid-Better-Play-Think-Bridge/dp/0939460777

It's well organized and readable. Even though it has some age to it it doesn't seem dated (other than the nt ranges).
June 16, 2014
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So, which lead worked best?
June 15, 2014
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