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If anyone cares, the Kaplan-Rubens evaluator rates these two as 19 and 15.
June 21
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I can see ways to make if South is 1-6-3-3 or 1-6-4-2 or 1-5-4-3 …without using that silly 9H in Dummy. Is there a way to combine all of these?
June 16
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Hell’s angels played all 32 matches: 32*16 and were way up in the Butlers. What a team Norway almost had!
June 16
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It should be noted that Kit’s version, which .i also play, does not include a strong hand option for the 2D opening. Thus the 2D bid is not forcing; once we ended in 2DXX. I have seen this version called Wagner, as distinct from Multi.

As I understand the ACBL rules, I provide opponents with the multi defense sheets…which are, frankly, not that appropriate for Wagner.
June 12
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Hmm..a new idea!

Going back to my line…after three rounds of Trumps that behave, running the JS gains against QTxx onside and loses to Q stiff offside..
June 10
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At least ome world-class Declarer ducked a club at trick 2 and went down one when trumps misbeahved.

I prefer taking three rounds of trumps. If they misbeahve, set up spades in three rounds, fingers-crossed, and concede the high trump.

If trumps behave, well see my next post.
June 10
Ross Amann edited this comment June 10
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This would be an insane agreement if alerted. That would just incite the opponents to double to show spades. It is obviously illegal and worthy of censure.
June 9
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Recently we had a post on DD analysis vs world class players. The result was that DD defenders did .25 tricks per hand better…which is, indeed, the old-timers’ estiamte of the cost of the blind opening lead.

So, aside from that, DD is roughly equal to expert play.
June 2
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So after partner’s 1S and a 1D overcall, you can bid 1H…and if the “overcall” is changed to 2D, partner is allowed to remember you bid hearts. Hmmm.. is this sequence game forcing? A one round force? Bidding theorists want to know.
April 17
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I alert 1C as 2+ and 1D as 4+.
April 10
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What is the exact question? Are we playing for 2 diamond tricks? Or three?
April 10
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And do you consider that pyscher to be ethical?

Do we care how other players view us? Or only about whether we have obeyed the letter of the law?

When partner fails to alert, should we try to alert the opponents without appearing to mislead them?

Ok…everyone thinks I am insane and wants to play bridge against me because I care about both the letter and the appearance.
April 9
Ross Amann edited this comment April 9
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The only solution is to tell them your bid might have had a minor…but then voluntarily say you do not have one on this hand.

Then no one will feel deceived during the play and, if this costs (which is unlikely), it is partner's fault for not alerting.
April 9
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Only one partner for Zlatan: Peter Fredin!!
April 2
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Another clue: both of the pointed suits have extended menaces…so South cannot defend by giving up either of those Ks.
March 30
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As long as diamonds seem to breaking 4-4,win in hand and lead a spade to the K then ,if it wins, lead the queen of spades. You could hold your losers to 2 spades and 2 diamonds.

In theory, after winning the first round of spades, you could switch to the double heart finesse or a club to the ten. But 4-4 diamonds seems a better bet.
March 21
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As to Mr. Pascal’s posts on the subtleties of European justice vis a vis the US, am I allowed to ask about the nationalities of the questioned partnerships? I will refrain from this question if he stops his lectures.
March 19
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I would be interested in the opinion of the first Director at the table…namely, Zia, who was Dummy at the next table.
March 17
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I was doing Vugraph at a nearby table. There were frequent heated arguments at the Lavazza table, sometimes with opponents, sometimes with partners.


Too much espreeso?
March 17
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David Bird is always humorous. He laughs at every comment he makes.
March 16
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