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Oh, BTW: desambiguating (sic) is one of those grotesque words that abound these days. Gowers would be appalled.
23 minutes ago
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Is it not possible to just accept that, whatever your system, there will always be min and max ranges for any bid, and if both partners happen to be at the same ends of those ranges the final contract will not infrequently be either too low or too high.
28 minutes ago
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No. If declarer holds 5-1-6-1 he is always down. If he holds 5-1-5-2 he is always down. If he holds 4-1-6-2 he can make by taking a first round finesse. We might have to decide whether to split our on declarer's first lead towards the dummy.
May 13
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And I would bid 2 (or 3 I have not made up my mind). When in doubt bid low. I am (mostly) with Cornelia. Fourth suit is a crutch.
April 11
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While we are on the subject, is the fourth suit artifical and forcing by a passed hand. I say no.
April 1
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Rohit, I thought Hamman's rule was: “if 3N is a possible contract…”. Perhaps you are referring to Hamman's lesser known changeling :)
March 31
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Nonsensical? Perhaps you are looking at another typo. Or perhaps I am
March 26
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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
Robert Stevens edited this comment 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
Robert Stevens edited this comment 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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