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I was reminded of how I executed a very similar squeeze the day before my daughter was born. I simply called it an endplay:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/endplays-and-babies/
June 2
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Partner has AKTx Axxxxx KQx -

Instead of playing 6S we defended 5C and set it a trick

Not much of a moral here except to say that preempts work.
May 7
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I thought style was irrelevant. Since partner jumped to 3NT, they clearly have game-going values and would have bid 1D with four diamonds and four spades.
April 13
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Would you and Jean be able to get to 6C after a 1D opening? After 1D - 1H would you rebid 1NT or 2C?
April 13
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I created a followup poll that assumes you voted for 4D:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-zth5pu1xmj/
April 13
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I completely agree with what you said in any other context.

A human, though, holding Q9x of trumps against 7D and seeing the dummy come down with T8xx, knows that the grand is going to fail. Opponents have clearly overbid and you're about to get a terrific matchpoint score. What purpose does falsecarding serve? Are you somehow hoping to set it two and turn 98% into 100%?

First of all, it's pretty evident there's no way this contract is going down more than one. Second of all, by playing the Nine you give declarer false hope, which is then crushed when you show up with Qxx.

What purpose does that serve other than screw with your opponent's emotions? I mean, if this is the early stages of a long knockout match, *maybe* there's value in trying to mess with your opponent's mental state, although I don't like to play like that. But in any other context, it's just cruel for the sake of being cruel.

I remember a couple of years back, in the Vanderbilt (I think?) finals, both pairs got to 7D off the Ace of trumps. One table doubled, the other table did not. Although it turned out the reason there was no double is that the player holding the Ace of diamonds boxed his cards early in the long auction and didn't realize he had the Ace of trumps until he spread it again to make his opening lead, there was a lot of discussion on bridgewinners about whether doubling was even necessary, since you'd expect to be winning a double-digit swing anyway and there's no reason to taunt your opponents about the fact that they misbid the hand.

I think the same level of sportsmanship applies here. You're about to get at the very least a tie for top, 95% or better; why rub it in?

Again, I exempt the robots because what do they know, they're just randomizing from equals as you said. A human, though, should know better.

All my opinion, of course.
March 9
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Thanks, Jeff, for your kind words. They are much appreciated.

There's a couple of college students who have joined the regular game here in Minnesota, and I convinced one of them to try exploiting the robots in the Individuals. Yes, I'm corrupting today's youth. :)
March 9
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Thank you so much, Jeff, for taking the time to proofread these and add your commentary. It's good work you do, and I appreciate it. :)
March 7
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I looked at how other people played the hand on board 5. If you lead low to the King of clubs and a low club back, the robot puts in the Eight. If you play the Nine, the robot covers. These are both 100% losing options but the robot seems oblivious to this, blindly covering an honor with an honor, so to speak.

Likewise on board 7, from what I saw in the play records, if you lead the Jack, the robot covers. So maybe that's why this result is universal and I got lucky. If you play the Jack and the robot doesn't cover, it doesn't have the Queen. Then playing the King is called for.

Huh. Learned something new. Thanks for making me look, Bob. :)
March 6
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Thanks Jeff!
March 6
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Y'know, I missed that completely about board 3. With trumps 2-1 it's just a matter of giving up a heart. Thanks, I'll edit my analysis.
Feb. 19
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I would have gotten a very good score. However, I had no idea his stiff was the KS. If it had been the KH instead, I would have made 3NT easily.

It's an example of the kind of poor decisions the robot makes. Most people don't show singleton Kings.
Feb. 18
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Thanks, fixed.
Feb. 18
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The robots are not strong enough to improve with. They make far too many basic bidding errors and erratic defending decisions to rely upon.

After a certain point you either give up on the robots or have fun with them. I choose the latter.
Feb. 18
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<duplicate; ignore>
Feb. 18
Richard Lawson edited this comment Feb. 18
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It's an artificial strong 16-18 with 3 or 4 spades. Wild man that I am, I didn't think this quite qualified.
Jan. 20
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I would have bid over 2NT
Jan. 9
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You're absolutely right about this. It's a play I would have made in my sleep against a human, but the robot so often blindly continues its opening lead suit if ducked that I reflexively ducked. I should have taken more time on that hand.
Aug. 10, 2017
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Yup. Hard to believe, too. This session more than the other three had me really struggling to understand why the robots were choosing the actions they did.
July 27, 2017
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My comment was more along the lines of if you have zero keycards you don't usually show your void.
July 27, 2017
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