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Love your post.

It is easy to posture one's stance in situations that one will never find oneself in.
Nov. 30, 2015
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Thanks Joel. Are you able to detail the error and the browser you used ?
Seems fine to me on Chrome
Nov. 24, 2015
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Julian,
The play on our auction might be different from the line I indicated.
Shedding my modesty, I dare say I would have made :)

The aim above was to suggest that a perfectly decent line of play (in an uncontested auction) may lead to an unsuccessful outcome

Sartaj
Nov. 17, 2015
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I considered the play in 4 on the 10 lead.
It is quite possible that it would go : Win D, SA, HA, HK, SK, SQ and now it seems like declarer is down (he was hoping to ruff the third diamond in dummy if hearts were 4-1.
Nov. 17, 2015
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Thanks Roy. I'm a big fan of your books.
Here is another article where something similar to what you referred to happened
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/cunning/
Nov. 17, 2015
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Thanks Julian.
It is interesting to speculate on how the play might have gone in 4 on say a lead at our table. Many possible variants exist if one (tries to) avoid the double dummy bias.
Nov. 17, 2015
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Roald,
Thanks for your comments. Some answers.

1. I think the first page or two of the article have the meaning of 1NT = Majors or minors
2. Given that 1NT was ambiguous, 2m would be natural so I think my partner's 2S bid was spot on. Starting with a double can create new challenges with the fifth spade unexpressed.
3. I disagree that 3 is a beginner bid. If this were a bidding panel problem even some experts would choose it. Especially at the table where one often takes the natural action in tempo in the bidding.
5. I was a bit lazy in depicting the full hand. The link is here

http://www.nswba.com.au/tourn/res.asp?yr=2015&dir=champ/mxt&E=0&R=4&B=18&T=O

Sartaj
Nov. 16, 2015
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Usually the third guy is too :) ha ha
Nov. 15, 2015
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Thanks Suv. Hopefully will be ready around Christmas.
Nov. 15, 2015
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Fixed.
Nov. 15, 2015
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Thanks Gary. It would have been neat if clubs were 5-2 then i could be a real hero. As it is, guess I just get to write an article and soak in the feedback :)
Nov. 15, 2015
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Thanks Ken. Thats a funny story.
Nov. 15, 2015
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More indulgence in the upcoming book !
Shameless plug :
http://www.sartajhans.com/book
Nov. 15, 2015
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Thanks.
Nov. 15, 2015
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That reference to Lanzarotti is unfair, Jessica.

There is nothing immoral about playing with a convicted cheat AFTER they have served their sentence.

That some people find it abhorrent is their own personal taste.
Oct. 19, 2015
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“J753 opposite A1082 - small to the 10; If it loses, ace next. If an honour appears, win the ace and 10 next or small to the 10. (45,78%)”

The computer program equates the two singleton honours in the East hand with two small singletons in the West hand.

However, East with KQ9x COULD have played low and got two tricks after declarer played the ten.

So, the technically correct play after small - honour - Ace is for declarer to play the ten next.
Oct. 15, 2015
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A similar situation was discussed here
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/kosher/?cj=26872#c26872

Peter Boyd made a great comment

This situation is a little tricky. The standard behavior and expectation of actively-ethical experts does not align perfectly with the strict wording of the laws, IMHO.

Legally, you can think when you believe you have a problem, and the opponent reads your huddle at his own risk. So legally, the weak 1-8-2-2 hand can huddle and pass, if they are honestly deciding which call to make.

However, as you can tell from the above discussion, that is not how most experts treat this situation. The “normal” or “expected” meaning of a huddle followed by a pass of partner's 3S opener is a reasonably good hand without a Spade fit. The huddler is deciding whether to bid 3NT and/or 4S to make, then decides to pass. Many opponents will draw the inference that the huddler has values, and will not balance on a marginal hand, or even a fairly normal hand, after a slow pass.

Most actively ethical experts will understand what the normal expectation for their huddle is, and will not huddle and pass with any weak hand, even a strange one, since they will not want to “huddle out” their opponent.

I think that is the better way to play the game, though it is not strictly legally required, IMHO. I believe you should try extra hard to bid and play “in tempo” in some specific situations when you know that to do otherwise could easily damage your opponent, even when you are technically allowed to think for a longer time.
Oct. 15, 2015
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But he can't afford the jack with K10x (when playing the Ace is crucial)
Oct. 15, 2015
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It is heartening to see the wheels of official machinery (get into) motion.
After the WBF's sorry effort, this statement is a welcome sight.
Oct. 14, 2015
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I didn't think of it either until I started writing the article :)
Oct. 10, 2015
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