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5 may have been intended as exclusion, and through that, the 2 missing aces can easily be found. In a vacuum, NS should not be in slam.

4NT in this context should just be “I can take 10 tricks, and my vulnerable game is worth than I expect to earn defending 4SX.” 6 is a realization that if S can take 10 tricks on his own, and looking at KJx and Qxx in the majors, there definitely is some slam here, given that it is very likely S has long, solid diamonds.
Feb. 11
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Correct, it seems the discovery play can only benefit.
Feb. 10
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I was assuming after South exited with the j.
Feb. 9
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In 5 declarer will have to play A and a low and hope that South doesn't unblock the J.
Feb. 9
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I think the standard for Youth is any 11 count now :)
Feb. 7
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After winning the heart, run trumps.

Presumably the end position is:
North has x AK87 A9
East hasQ Qxxx QT
South has xx J9 xx x
West has KT JTx KJ

On the penultimate trump:

If West pitches a red card, then that red suit will be set up for the 12th trick.

Thus, West pitches a club, then we pitch the last heart from dummy and East's best discard is the heart. Then we can lead the 9 of diamonds, West covering, then we win and play A and a club, west pitching a heart. The diamond spots are now good enough to win 2 out of the last 3 tricks.

There may be other end positions where east is winkled into leading into dummy's diamonds after being endplayed with a heart.
Jan. 9
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Doesn't declarer have 12 top tricks after discards of both heart honors? 6 Spades, 3 hearts, 2 diamonds, and 1 club.
Dec. 21, 2017
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Correct, Mr. Mamula. Also the reason that there is “no indication that it was edited” is because it wasn't edited. Both links were there from the inception of this post.
March 19, 2016
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“Because they ALWAYS won against USA so that they “had to be probably not honest”as well?”

1976 Monaco, 1979 Rio, 1983 Stockholm just to name a few that Italy lost to US (Italy with a team of Belladonna/Garozzo/Forquet)

“we are the GREATEST COUNTRY in the world and noone is allowed to forget it even for just a second. YES, despite we are ”small“ in terms of players, we have the greatest achievements”

Can we avoid sweeping claims with no data?

In the span of 1950-2013, the US has won 14 Bermuda Bowls, Italy has won 15; and also, most of those wins came from between 1957-1969. If one also includes the US accomplishments in the Venice Cup and Senior Bowl, it has the “greatest achievements.” Granted, Italy has produced many great players(Garozzo, Belladonna), but one cannot just assume they are "universally recognized as the greatest.
Sept. 28, 2015
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I received one such book through a donation to the Atlanta program, called Power Precision by Alan Sontag. Pretty inspiring, and I would like to thank the unknown person who donated this book. Any unwanted bridge texts will be appreciated by the junior bridge community.
Sept. 25, 2014
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Kinda off topic, but I think there is a really nice 10 VP scale. The winner gets 10 VP, no matter how big the win, and the loser will get anywhere between 0-9 VP depending on the loss. (I forgot what the ties were, I think 5-5, but not sure). This VP scale clearly solves the problem of the “When a team goes 6-0 or 7-0 in matches and loses to a team that lost twice but blew out several opponents, scenario.”
Jan. 6, 2014
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Is there some sort of article on Pavlicke's masterpiece? I never heard of it, and nothing comes up on google.
March 23, 2013
Richard Jeng edited this comment March 24, 2013
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In the 6 hand, you and your partner have the same hand. :)
Aug. 31, 2012
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I remember this board….. we were in 3 making exactly 3 because I also drew 2 rounds of trumps leaving no entry :)
Aug. 6, 2012
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Dutch Doubleton is a basically the same as Dutch Acol with 1 could be a doubleton.
Dutch Doubleton is more simliar to SAYC than regular Acol. Here's a link http://www.bridgeguys.com/Conventions/biedermeijersayccomparison.html
June 30, 2012
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Don't you mean 6NT making 6 +1440?
June 26, 2012
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This book talks about illuminating cardplays and strategies. Very interesting.
June 11, 2012
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They still have kid's programs. :) http://www.acbl.org/nabc/index.php?a=2012&b=Summer&c=child_care
April 26, 2012
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scared me for a second… then I realized it was April Fools :)
April 1, 2012
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I've already accumulated more than 500 points, and I'm still 11…… This will be a drastic change as this means I'll have to pay full price. I think this is a way to not encourage young players. ACBL should continue to have this discount….
Feb. 20, 2012
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