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Assuming West is 5-5 in minors, you can play him for 2-1 or 1-2 in the majors. If he is 2-1, eliminate minors, cash one heart, and throw him in with his KS.

However, East's fourth-best 2H lead marks West with 1-2, so you need a different throw-in with his (hoped-for) TS. Now you cash two Hs and elminate minors and lead the spade toward Dummy's Axxx.
Dec. 14, 2018
Ross Amann edited this comment Dec. 14, 2018
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Assuming West has his 4NT bid, there are two different holdings you could play for. And the correct play is definitely not double dummy, given the help from West’s bid and East’s lead.
Dec. 13, 2018
Ross Amann edited this comment Dec. 13, 2018
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Life is too short to insist on 5 cards in the major…or in the minor. 4-5 is preferable since partner tends to pass the minor with three. But, how often will they catch you in a 4–3 2C or 2D contract?
Oct. 23, 2018
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This Claim that a bid is made because someone saw it invites spurious claims, usually by bullies intimidating inexperienced players.

Similarly, Assertions that Declarer played a card because a defender saw it occur too frequently at local clubs and cost the ACBL members.

Have we all forgotten Zero Tolerance?
Oct. 11, 2018
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It took me too long to figure out I was East.
Sept. 24, 2018
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Please, I have nothing but the best wishes for H&H. I am proposing a Plan B to keep Fantunes out of US events.

Of less importance:

I have heard that Nickell pays his teammates in full accordance with US laws. He is a class act. I would applaud the good news if I heard that other clients who do so too.

I suspect there may be a rationale to consider these services as delivered entirely outside the US. Please spare me these arguments.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Ok. Let’s try another way to skin this cat.

How much have Fantunes been paid for their participation in US events?

Do they apply for US tourist visas? Or for Green Cards?

Are these payments reported to via 1099-Rs? Or they considered bridge instructions delivered in the Cayman Islands?

Are their sponsors liable for violations of US law?

Is there anyway to explore these questions?

Would investigating them deter their entry in US events?

Is this war? Or tiddly-winks?
Sept. 23, 2018
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A simple suggestion.

Could the ACBL request voluntary statements from the 20 or so known bridge sponsors that:

1. They believe their hired teammates are honest
2. Are willing to accept penalties if any of their teammates are disqualified for cheating.

I suggest that the ACBL ask Nick Nickell to darft the first version of this pledge.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Has Zimmerman ever apologized for paying them millions of dollars to cheat?

If he has, I will gladly delete,this comment.
Sept. 22, 2018
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When you don’t know what to do, duck.
Sept. 8, 2018
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Is there anything wrong with AD, heart ruff, AS, KS, QS then runnig clubs? This makes with trumps 3-2 and clubs 4-2 as well as 4-1 spades with 3-3 clubs. The other candidate lines all seem to have problems with 5-1 clubs.
Sept. 8, 2018
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Fantastic stuff….how about how many times they make after L's doubles vs W's?
Aug. 26, 2018
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If Declarer has Ax AT8xxx x JT9x, he makes with double dummy. Perhaps we can threaten a club ruff and, after two,rounds of trumps, take two more and exit with,the KD.
Aug. 21, 2018
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I am not proposing that Game Forcing is a complete description or all the information to which opponents are entitled. But, if their defense to 2C depends on this, should they both be allowed to ask their screenmate and bid accordingly? If not, they should revise their defense…perhaps they could depend on the 2C strong checkbox on the opponents’ convention cards.

Though I would be very curious if a Director ever penalized a pair for having (slightly) non-matching convention cards.
Aug. 18, 2018
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If the agreement depends on 2C being a “game force”, why don't they both ask the simple Yes/No question? “Game Force? Yes or No?”
Aug. 17, 2018
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K from AK when suit was bid and supported is venerable advice…from Eddie Kantar.
July 18, 2018
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Let 1D guarantee four or more. Open 1C with 4-4-3-2. Also when you are comfortable rebidding 1NT, e.g., with 2-3-4-4 over partner’s 1H transfer. Only open 1D when you pmay need a 2C rebid, e.g., with 1-3-4-5 after partner’s 1H transfer.
July 9, 2018
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This question could use another possible answer:

I don’t play relay systems and l will laugh at your Konfusion
July 7, 2018
Ross Amann edited this comment July 7, 2018
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Exactly. Every match has been close and hard fought…with maybe two exceptions. Who can say which teams are stronger?
June 28, 2018
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If anyone cares, the Kaplan-Rubens evaluator rates these two as 19 and 15.
June 21, 2018
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