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I'm less optimistic than you that it only takes a few minor changes to get rid of cheating. Even if you could enforce such changes whoever wants to cheat will find a way to bend the rules.
I think that, unless bridge is moving toward more individual tournaments with standard bidding and carding systems and less focus on fixed partnerships, it will accelerate the slow death.
This should also help with attracting new people but that's another discussion…
Dec. 17, 2015
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Thanks… it could be that but I found odd that it always scrolls to the video add and not, for example, all the way up.
Sept. 15, 2015
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Since we seem to use this thread for everything, there is one other issue related to navigation on page: I'm on laptop using Chrome… from time to time the page scrolls all the way up (apparently because of the video add). Is there any solution?
Sept. 15, 2015
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GemNess?
May 22, 2015
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The assumption that one reads comments only after resolving the problem seems fair.
April 8, 2015
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I think the moral here is that self inflicted ethical constrains are poppycock when playing with screens.
April 6, 2015
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Great article… as always. Many thanks!
With the hand where a trump shift might be necessary, the position looks right for a simultaneous double squeeze. I went to DF and found out that the contract can be made even without one. The declarer just needs to play 2 rounds of trumps, finesse in diamonds and then ruff a heart and the small diamond in hand. I believe he should find the line - based on the action, West is almost sure to hold 2425, after following to two rounds of spades.
Dec. 14, 2013
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a. 4
b. 3 (but I'm expecting others to bid 3 - some game try)
c. 3 (and don't think it's close)
d. probably not but with (a) I feel it's pretty clear to push for game
Sept. 6, 2013
Radu Vasilescu edited this comment Sept. 6, 2013
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When you asked the question about pass on page 2, I marked “bad call” in my mind. After a little more thinking, I'd say it's between 2nd and 3rd option.

Given that…
- pard bids up to 4th level versus what may be a lead directing xx AKxx xxx xxxx overcall
- with your hand, you need xxx Qxxxx xx xxx and a hook against opener (and a little) for the slam
… I agree with the directors.
Aug. 30, 2013
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Given the timing, I'd be closer to calling the cops than to answer the question. Between friends, the answer provided looks entirely appropriate.
However questions like “Do you have an agreement for 9 HCP vs. 1NT opening?” and “Would you describe you partner style as aggressive / conservative / middle of the road?” should probably be answered and would give the declarer the information he/she is entitled to.
Aug. 13, 2013
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Yes, and I like my chances in 3NT from the right side better than the actual 2H.
Aug. 11, 2013
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I'm not sure I agree that is normal to downgrade with 5-4 and the points in the long suits. I'd probably “bid my hand” since with a perfect minimum opening the heart game should have play. Beside this we're vulnerable…
Aug. 10, 2013
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It might when West's holding something like A KQx AJxxx KJxx

… or K AK ATXXX KJTXX
Dec. 23, 2012
Radu Vasilescu edited this comment Dec. 23, 2012
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I wouldn't bid 5C holding this hand. Yes, on this board West will know it shows something useful. However on other board he might have something like A KQx AJxxx KJxx and bid a slam off 2 aces (because your 5C cannot show anything else than the CA).
Dec. 23, 2012
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I'd say East should go the other way around… pretty much like he did. With 5 good spades he might want to keep 4S in the picture (even in the 5-2 fit) especially at MP.
Dec. 23, 2012
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Added a comment above saying pretty much the same before reading this… Fully agree.
Dec. 23, 2012
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I agree West bid very well up to the pass at 5D. He had less successful alternatives at (probably) each of his turns. However he fell from grace. For all he knows, East can have (and actually bid) a hand like xxxx Kx KQxxx xx. East must have another card outside the good trumps and it's not in the blacks.
Dec. 23, 2012
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I might be completely off but… does 2H over 2D promise real suit? Isn't an option for the advancer even if it does?
Dec. 9, 2012
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@Kit: what would have been 2D-X-3D. I'm guessing it has some other meaning than good diamonds with fit for both majors…
Dec. 8, 2012
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Very nice analysis… I'd like to point out two things:
1. East's pass at 2D (manifesting diamonds) trades the information about long, playable suit for the inferential misinformation about the short major. At this point he needs to decide what information he want to pass because, very likely, at his next turn the bidding will be too high.
2. East should realize the West's chain of thoughts after the first round of hearts and play H9 (showing, maybe, 2 of them) to force West to abandon the suit and putting the defense on the right track. After the lead, East knows the whole hand and his only chance is West having short diamonds and something in trumps.
Dec. 8, 2012
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