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Thanks Fred and Sheri for the bridge education products, especially Bridge Master and the deals of the week. I have enjoyed and greatly benefited from them.
July 17
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Congratulations! Very well deserved. My Dad played against Curtis Cheek and a client in 2009; on one deal, Curtis’ partner did not see an initial bid, which led to a ridiculous auction, and they conceded a -2000 penalty. My Dad recounts that Curtis went out of his way to comfort and reassure his partner; and he did not show the slightest sign of being upset at the result.

This has become our favourite example of how a player should conduct themselves in face of a bad result.
Jan. 18
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Sorry, I didn't see this comment. I was not looking for specific pet methods for this problem.

This simply seems like a decision on how many diamonds to bid (if at all). Methods in use didn't seem to apply to this problem (I suppose standard expert agreements apply, double for majors, NT for minors).

I was given this hand, and 3 seemed pretty routine to me, and 1 seemed wrong (given that I'd bid 1 with a 5 card suit and less offense).
Jan. 16
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Agree. Here's my favourite sentence: “But I find it much more satisfying to see what I missed in that auction than to congratulate myself for finding the obvious 7
Jan. 2
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Thanks all for the responses. Michal Czerwonko nailed the problem. I believe 3 should be natural. 4 would be non-forcing. I'm not sure what Grue switches are; from the responses, it looks like that would solve the problem. Otherwise, how do you make a forcing heart raise?

I was introduced to a convention called Mulberry in the recent past, which too would solve the problem.

I was the responder here, and chose to keep things simple and bid RKC. (With most partners, 4NT would be natural and extras. With my partner on this occasion, I knew 4NT would be RKC).

It seems to me like over 4NT, opener can bid 7NT. What hand can responder have to ask RKC where grand wouldn't make?

It turned out that partner did not know how to respond 5 key-cards and responded 5, and passed my 6 response. A few of the solid players who played that evening did not know the response as well (one of them responded 5 on the exact same auction).

Responder's hand:
KQ9x J10 K10xx Jxx
Dec. 24, 2018
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What are your thoughts about bidding 3 now, John?
Dec. 13, 2018
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These are my sentiments as well. I see no way to both protect my club king as well as involve partner, so I make (what I think to be) a practical call so that the defense does not lead through my K.
Aug. 29, 2018
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Thank you very much Shireen! I have read the book several times over, and absolutely loved it. It is a delight now to watch the videos!
Aug. 29, 2018
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Hi David,

Thanks for being in the well!

1) What are your favorite bridge books?
2) How did you resolve conflicts and arguments with your partners?
Aug. 27, 2018
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IMPs
July 29, 2018
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Hi Ralph,

What are your favourite bridge books?
July 12, 2018
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1. Any Kelsey book
2. Any Reese book
3. Any Victor Mollo book
4. Bridge Squeezes Complete by Clyde Love
5. Any Julian Pottage book
6. Right through the pack
7. Any Martin Hoffman book
8. Any World Championship Report book
9. Any bridge problems book (e.g. Problems Corner by Patrick Jourdain, Kelsey has lots of “Test your <x>” books)
10. Adventures in Card Play
June 6, 2018
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Given what happened, I suspect that this EW pair would bid 5 even over a direct 4. The result notwithstanding, the takeaway indeed is to bid 4 directly.
May 29, 2018
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Thanks Alan, for your efforts in going through all the scenarios.
May 21, 2018
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Edited to specify IMPs scoring.
April 9, 2018
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Thanks Kit, edited the text to reflect that East played the 4, UDCA.
April 9, 2018
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Hi Chip,

Thank you very much for being in the well! Playing against you at the table was a true privilege.

1) What are the factors that distinguish a world class player from an above average player?
2) How did you make the transition from an expert player to a world class player?
3) How did you resolve conflicts and disagreements in your partnerships?
April 5, 2018
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Duh. You're right.
March 27, 2018
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The main question I had in posting this hand is, should we be looking to try for a 4-4 spade fit? At the time of this comment, only Drew has bid 3S. Is there a case for double to be played as showing 4 spades?
March 27, 2018
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An aggressive double for me. Not routine by any means.
Feb. 14, 2018
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