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All comments by Rob Tamlyn
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It is not just an overtrick.

With the club K off how are you making it when E has AJ9x?

The defense has knocked out a necessary entry to setup the hearts. Remember declarer needs three entries to setup the hearts.

When does ducking from Kx gain when W knows that declarer has enough entries to setup the hearts?
April 8
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@Phillip, when you want to penalize 2H you pass and wait for partner's double. Of course you can play it the other way around.

My double rules are in a FG situation, double is penalty pass is takeout.

In a forcing situation (but not to game) OR a non-forcing situation, both doubles are takeout. As the level of the bids is raised, the double will be left in more often.
April 8
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How does playing low from Kx gain?

Without the club A being dislodged, declarer will usually be able to setup H's. Perhaps if E or W has J or Txx of spades preventing a second trump entry?

Ducking from Kx loses when partner has AJ9x of H's and the club K. It also might lose when declarer has Ax of H's. On a space basis it is more likely that partner has the J than declarer.

It is not clear to me that W ducking from Kx is correct. If he knows that declarer has two trump entries, he knows that it can never gain to duck (I think).
April 8
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Considering the second hand,

My precision partnership has adopted 1NT forcing in response to 1 (It is Mr Woolsey's fault even though AFAIK he does not play this). We allow 1 on 3 cards (this is Mr Woolsey's fault) with difficult hands in the 6-9 range with 44 in the minors.

In this case 1NT says I want to play 2 or 2 so opener bids 2 (unless 6=1 in the minors) and we would bid 2 with this hand.

I would think that you want to get to 2 with this hand when partner is balanced with only 2.

Over 2, opener can compete if he knows we have a fit in one of the minors: 2NT equal minors, 3 longer clubs. If he passes, I would bid 3. I cannot quite double for takeout since we lump some invitational hands into the 1NT forcing bid.

Bridge is war; there will be blood spilled although in this case it belongs to my “former” partner.
April 7
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Lots of good things can happen if I X instead of P.
4H making
3NT making
3H/3C part scores
push opps to 3 level down 1 with our 4-2 diamond fit. Opps yell at each other and chuck the match. OK Adam's opps would not do this but mine might.

Only one good thing can happen if I P instead of X.
Avoids 2/3 diamonds X

I think of X as the equivalent of bidding vul games aggressively. Just indirectly.
April 7
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Mike, dont give up on bridgewinners. They have done an excellent job except for this whopper of a mistake.

Instead, complain to the ACBL for letting their bridgewinner id be used to perpetrate this hoax. Unless it really is not the ACBL Official id, in which case bridgewinners had better change their description of it.
April 5
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I want to know if the “ACBL Official” bridgewinners account really speaks for the ACBL. This is the description of the acccount on bridgewinners:

“This is an official account of the American Contract Bridge League. All posts by this account have been approved by an ACBL official”.

If that is so, then we should stop complaining about Bridgewinners and take our complaints to the ACBL. I have done this but they claim it is not their account.

So which is it, an official account for the ACBL or not?
April 4
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The point that infuriates me is that this “joke” was not at all funny. It just wasted my time reading. I saw the headline but not the fine print that this is an April 1 post. And it is now still wasting my time.

It is not analogous to your Boris Johnson joke. That is funny.

I feel a little better having lodged a complain with the ACBL that someone is pretending to send out official announcements and practical jokes in their name on bridgewinners.

Or is it the case that this was an official “joke” from the ACBL?
April 4
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I wonder how the perpetrator of this joke and the site administrators would feel if this post was discussed on a respectable news site (for example CNN).

This site is so good it will be able to withstand the extreme negative feelings most of us have about this joke.

I also wonder why the ACBL has not asked that this post be taken done.
April 4
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I would guess a whole bunch of bridge players are so grateful that we have BBO right now that they would react as I do to your comment.
March 30
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You have to admire Zach for putting himself on display, mistakes and all. I hope other world class players are willing to do the same. As Mr. Woolsey says “I am only human”.

One thing I noticed is how fast he places the unseen hand HCP and distribution. I have to work on that for sure.
March 30
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It is my understanding that if you play in an ACBL sponsored club game on BBO, the ACBL will try to figure out what clubs you normally play at and give them some (most?) of the entry fee. Is this true?
March 29
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When the NT opener says 3C is forcing to game that means that the NT bidder and the responder are expected to keep bidding until we reach game (or double).

How can you call this recklessly breaking the rules when many believe that it is not against the rules?

What you are suggesting is that we must now add the phrase when describing any of partner's bids: “But he may not have what his bid implies”.

Against casual club players, I would suggest that this maneuver and others like it should be avoided.
March 29
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I think there is a third choice. You missed this paragraph:

“Just as important, and perhaps critical to the clubs' and perhaps the League's survival, is that because the lion's share of the card fees generated from these special games will be going to the clubs, online players everywhere will be able to lend that helping hand to bridge clubs throughout ACBL land.”
March 15
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Certainly a concern but BBO I would guess has a very small impact on overall internet load (compared to say watching a netflix movie). I am more concerned that bridge players are likely to overload the BBO servers themselves.

There were some disconcerting messages from BBO today about system overload.
March 15
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Speed ball games are good IF your opponents do not make your table late. I have experienced that far too often. I thought there would be a penalty but it appears that BBO did not know who was the cause.
March 15
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Tempo issues could be improved if BBO behaved as the tray does with a screen. The two bids before your bid could be programmed to arrive at the same time.
March 13
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2 should logically show diamonds. If you are balanced with 2 diamonds you must bid 2NT (perhaps getting to 3) or Pass. Responder cannot have 4 Hearts.

A 2 bid without diamonds is suicidal.
March 11
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3NT could be the only making game. We do have what looks like 8 tricks and concern that we will have 3 fast spade losers in 5D (perhaps ruffing out partners Q). Partner may have failed to bid 2NT instead of 3 due to shortness. I think our sequence (not bidding 2S immediately) suggests a club problem for 3NT.

Even if we do not leave in 3NT, partner might work out that Kx is good and QJx is bad for 5.
March 10
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Whoops fixed
March 9
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