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The spade ten saves the day for them on this front with upside down s/p
May 20, 2012
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Irrespective of support doubles, east has an easy takeout double. 2NT scramble by West and you get to your top spot. Or if you defend,you defend 2S doubled
May 13, 2012
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First time I've heard about this. I recall the directors did not permit Hamman to waive an overtrick revoke vs the Italians in a Bowl final. 2003 i think
May 10, 2012
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Great post, Eugene.
The spirit of the laws is important. And we are humans, we have a right to exercise free will.
May 10, 2012
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haha. enjoyed it !
April 1, 2012
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Great stuff !
March 10, 2012
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For trick 1 play, standard count is (marginally) superior to udca. For remainder count, we play reverse present count, and I dont see any loss cases.
For which card to return when partner leads a suit, we play original fourth best. But I dont see returning the 2 from K1032 (playing the K at trick 1) being the same as giving count (7 then 2 from 732).
March 5, 2012
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Enjoyed the write up !
Feb. 27, 2012
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Agree wholeheartedly, especially with the point made by Mike Kamil about the impact being a layer below conscious thought.

Many important decisions in high level bridge are touch and go.

Negativity undoubtedly interferes with instinct. It can sway the choice between the winning and losing view, both of which are reasonably close on paper.
Jan. 21, 2012
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Amongst books in the last ten years or so, Roy Hughes tops my list of favourite authors.
Dec. 7, 2011
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@Phillip Martin : Fantastic post.

“The idea that you don't need to limit your hand so long as you keep making forcing bids is a fallacy that permeates Eastern Science Fiction”
Nov. 23, 2011
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Great post Bob
Nov. 12, 2011
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Believing imps has nothing to do with overtricks is a misguided notion. All the top pairs fight for every trick and a tight defence/play has an element of imparting momentum to the side that gets things right.

Yes, these players understand that the sanctity of making your contract and defeating theirs is paramount. But that has not stopped at least the following three occurrences

1) Versace in 2H in Bowl Semifinal Set 4 goes down with 8 top tricks
2) Muller in 4H in Bowl Semifinal set 4 does not take an extreme safety play and goes down
3) Brogeland or Saelensminde went down in 3NT in Bermuda Bowl final Set 1 a few years ago playing for the overtrick
Nov. 9, 2011
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The way people take advantage of current arrangements is not by doing any devious. Some take a disproportionate amount of time with no sense of responsibility that time is a communal element belonging to the whole table.

When you finally call the monitor/director, the usual comment is that we are only one board or only five minutes behind time. The real reason might be that one side is half an hour behind their real allocated time.

Since the monitoring starts only when the director/monitor arrives, the time-culprits have lost nothing and also the time-saviors are at unwarranted risk now.
Nov. 8, 2011
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“With regard to time pressure, it would be useful to get the reactions of people who played at the tables using the experimental technology in Veldhovn”

It was quite easy playing on the card reader tables. There was no discomfort/sense of intrusion.
The technology is in its emerging stage though. The output of final contract/cards played/bids made etc was not always accurate.
Nov. 7, 2011
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I think MR's comment about “culprits” starting with a clean slate AFTER the monitor is called is a very good one. And it is a major problem with the current time monitor process.

I see nothing wrong with the play for the “impossible” overtrick, even though I would not do it myself.
Nov. 5, 2011
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Ducking the queen of diamonds gives away information (about stiff dia) unnecessarily.
Ducking it with xx is the way to go !

A hand like this with its possibilities and probabilities is urgently in need of some sanity. The doctor recommends a Kit Woolsey post.
Oct. 3, 2011
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Good point, Debbie about West (possibly) being able to work out that inference.

However, if West is so clever, then could it be that his percentage defence on this hand is to play a spade at trick TWO ??
Playing for partner to hold SA, S void, or HA. Which is more likely than precisely Axxx of diamonds.
Oct. 1, 2011
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Dont think either of the inferences are valid

1. West cannot know that the heart queen is enough for a trump promotion. The diamond jack can lead to a serious disaster. Picture the same hand with declarer holding A10xx of hearts. DJ-K-A. C ruff high. Pull trumps and enjoy 5H and 5S when two diamonds and two clubs were cashing

2. Hand 2 doesnt look remotely close to an overcall in this situation

Seems to me like the hand is a total guess between declarer holding AKxxx,Axxxx,x,Qx or the actual hand.
Oct. 1, 2011
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Enjoyed your analysis ! Surely partner's best lead is a club with the majors locked up.
Sept. 17, 2011
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