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Too true Alan. I wish I could play more often in the rarified air of the experts, because little my typical opponent does is amenable to rational analysis.
March 23
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In reading these comments, and those in the thread immediately above, I wonder if perhaps N should not simply have discouraged on his first discard? Perhaps that is risky lest declarer hold a 1=4=1=7 pattern.

I don't know. Discouraging so that declarer will know that South knew that North didn't hold the A makes my head start to spin. I am sure this is one of the great strengths of Boye and other good players; that they are, consciously or not, sharply tuned in to psychological nuances.

I never can deduce anything from my typical opponents, even had I such keen senses: little they do makes sense.
March 23
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The 8-1 number assumes RHO, holding KQ, will take with the K or Q with equal probability. That is a very reasonable assumption, almost a certainty, although if, with KQ, he will always win the Q (or always with the K) the odds are lower, though still lopsided.
March 23
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Good thought Rainer. Ty.
March 19
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Yeah! Like <name-your-favorite-nationality-here>-Fishbein: double is takeout, next suit is for penalty
March 15
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I am sure that David is well aware that inexperienced players, holding the canonical QJ doubleton, universally play the Q. I believe that strong players have a bias to playing the J from this holding. I cannot prove the latter assertion; I wonder if anyone else believes it?
March 12
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Opening 1N enables your side to find the 5-3 heart fit easily. Not so easy after forcing NT. Of course, finding the 5-3 spade fit is now a real problem, and a more likely one since the more unlikely half of the equation is already satisfied.

Since I don't play forcing notrump, I would open 1N. But the fact that the suit will likely be needed to make 3N, and it will likely take time to develop the suit, suggests that the 1 bidders are better placed.
March 12
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Good point Rohit. Matchpoints.
I think you miscounted their tricks, Steve.
March 12
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Aloke has said it all, no? Knockout the entry of the dangerous hand, then hope A is in the other.
March 12
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Ian summed up my thoughts exactly
March 11
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I'll stand by it
March 11
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If there is hope for the survival of bridge it may well lie in the non-Western world. At the last Santa Clara CA regional there was a chess tournament also in progress. I think that four kids of every five were Indian. On BBO some of the most enthusiastic, and, dare I say it, most courteous, are Turkish.

In the West our future seems to be one of idiotic, violent video games.
March 10
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Well, that is an interesting stat. I would not have thought the fraction was that low.
March 10
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Hi Esko
Do you remember the Belladonna hand? It was described in a Kelsey book (and doubtless elsewhere), but I do not remember it well
March 10
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I think Paul is right. I usually pass on these hands and it never does well; certainly does not do well at matchpoints.
March 10
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Well, this looks like an old Belladonna hand. I am not totally convinced it is the correct play, but overtaking a and leading a low towards the J is one play. Of course, if they manage to get a trump promo and you lose three trump tricks with the A onside ..“the roars of applause will be stillborn”.
March 10
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Surely the issue is whether this hand is strong enough to bid 3 after partner's 3. I expect opinion to be divided, but clearly this hand is not an especially strong one. Kit asserts that we can just bid 4 after 4,but I wouldn't be surprised to hear that get doubled and to be down 2 or possibly even 3.

What would partner bid after a takeout double with, say:
Qx xx AKxxxx xxx
March 10
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Plainly that was David's figure of speech meaning: “I would not overcall without the 10”. Neither would I. But it doesn't stop you. Fair enough.
March 9
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I'd suggest that it would more than “sometimes” that leading a from a five card suit is better than leading a from two
when this is the hand opposite. Overcall a if you want or must, but I think that any argument based on the imperative of getting a lead is specious.
March 9
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You just finished telling us that you'd like a slightly stronger hand to overcall 1 than this one. Then that partner is unlikely to hold five s. If partner has a strongish hand a heart lead is not likely to be fatal for the defense; and if weak then his lead from five certainly looks better than his lead from two.
March 9
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