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This is great.
June 26, 2016
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One can quietly state the result and ask for a volunteer, such as, “Three notrump North making four. Was either of you paying attention?” Seriously, why not just ask who prefers to check the score?
June 26, 2016
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Frances, as you probably know, Trump is polling quite badly with every demographic except white males. I read that people of color are about 8% of the UK electorate, but they are about 30% of the U.S. electorate (despite the efforts of our Chief Justice and others to block them). Trump is decidedly not the percentage play. Of course, we are still at the bidding stage of this particular board, but we look like reaching the least sexist presidential result in our history when this one is scored up.
June 26, 2016
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Thanks Ida, valuable post Justin. Between boards in the Celestial Duplicate, Helen Sobel raises a fist in solidarity!
June 26, 2016
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Late to the party, but this rings a bell with me. I've been told to hold my hand back on a couple of occasions when my hand *was* back and I felt certain that nothing in my hand could be seen. I did feel a bit irritated at having my all-too-elusive concentration disrupted in this way. But most of the time it was warranted. Cards yoga is just another of a myriad of skills the aspiring player must acquire.
June 26, 2016
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East has to consider when determining the lead whether partner has a lot of hearts after 1-1-2. West did remark that the J could conceivably have been a singleton, especially when the K didn't fall out of declarer's hand at trick 1. With only one clear chance to give partner a ruff, West dutifully sent back a heart at trick 2.
June 17, 2016
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Yes, indeed. Maybe even with a 1 response, I think a spade lead would follow from letting the stack counsel a forcing defense, since you know where eight or nine 's are. Partner's 8 would be daunting, but persevering with another high brings the 9 and partner surely has at least one trump, so you can tap declarer at least once.
June 16, 2016
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Thought this would be worth a post because it involved an immediate choice of defensive strategies against a low-level partscore. Does a forcing defense seem indicated, or should it be Ye Olde Safe Leade? Dummy hit with

QJ653 Q87 QT962.

Partner is looking at

98 AT642 76 J873

We defended; we have no special lead agreements in this situation and we play UDCA. East led the J and, when the smoke cleared, remonstrated with West for not returning a club when he won his A. Impartial observers judge that West must have been entertaining a forlorn hope of winning a second trick with his J.

This was a small Club game. Four declarers were in 2 (two down 1, two down 3), two were in 3nt (one in the N down 1, the other in the S down 2), and one got as far as 3X, down 3. We were one of the less fortunate defenders who only set it 1.
June 16, 2016
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If there really were bridge gods, the defenders would have had extreme distribution and would've been cold for two or three hearts. But virtue must be its own reward. Good sac.
Jan. 22, 2016
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So in the Flannery example, my mindset must remain that of a preemptive diamond bidder. For instance, I'd handle partner's response in a major according to our system for responding to weak twos in a new suit. After self-immolating from the bidding point of view, there is great satisfaction in knowing the ethical course and holding to it. Thanks!
Jan. 22, 2016
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I've been the forgetting partner a few times. (We don't play Flannery, but the example is as good as any.) But I don't twitch when I realize what has happened. Partner makes a normal bid - no UI at this point. Now, what are my ethical requirements? If I don't make a corrective move, am I misleading opponents about my hand? Can a corrective bid generate UI? I readily accept a bad board caused by my forgetting, but on the chance that I ever forget something in a future auction (:)), what's the proper course to take, besides not twitching?
Jan. 22, 2016
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Question. What if the suspension were lifted, and they entered a major tournament. Then, what if all the other competitors simply refused to play with them? Skipped their table? One long sit-out for L-F? Wondering what would happen.
Jan. 6, 2016
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We play a 13-15 1NT and, for reasons I can't work out, LHOs interfere more compulsively than over our 16+ 1 openings. We either lebensohl them or defend, often for a top board.
Jan. 4, 2016
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When I began to better handle people being people at the table, my concentration improved.
Jan. 4, 2016
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Ray, it was appalling. Luckily, there were two bars at street level pouring champagne and other libations.
Jan. 3, 2016
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Peg, nobody sent their bottles over to the guy who just grabbed five, or that's the way I read the OP. Yes, if you grab all four candy bars and, without the assent of the other three at the table, you walk away like the champagne guy, then yes, Peg, you are a goniff. We're talking about two different situations.
Jan. 3, 2016
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I can't find anything in the Laws about goniffing the champagne but somehow, to me, that incident seems to merit negative tolerance.
Jan. 3, 2016
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Judging from the ever-present lines, either this place is really good, or Jonathan/Bridge Winners are market makers, or both.
Dec. 6, 2015
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As of now, it appears that the crowd passed over the mini-lesson on complaining about the Denver hotel in favor of this master class. :-)

Edited to add smiley, am going to take quite enough punches at the Denver tables.
Dec. 2, 2015
Russell Williams edited this comment Dec. 2, 2015
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I'm in an airport on my way to Denver, so I made sure to read this great post and comments. For me, the moment of fanning my cards and meeting the next hand is always magic, superseding all nervousness. Debbie Rosenberg hit this point right at the top. In my case, no matter how I misbid or misplayed the previous 1-to-26 boards, opening that next 13 is like opening a gift.
Dec. 2, 2015
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