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Nick, I think this line is similar to the one proposed by Mike Doecke above. If following this approach, it is more accurate to cash the spades before releasing the second diamond stopper.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Neil, When one of the world's top declarers goes down in a contract, I think he deserves a bit better than “it is a little surprising….” assessment.

I dont think we can read too much into discarding a spade. East knew he was going to make two discards while partner followed. That the spade pitch was first or second does not make much difference.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Yup, it was quite exciting watching the hand live. Perhaps we'll hear from the horse's mouth himself about ER's assessment !
Oct. 10, 2015
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Franco, If I read you correctly, you are saying that for the Q lead, West is more likely to hold QJ10(x) than just QJ10.

This involves considering the multiple possible universes from which West might lead the Q. Out of all of these, only has the specific QJ10 holding.

I suppose this is correct. It is very rare that a situation is viewed this way. So curious to find it out if this is legit mathematically too.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Cheers Prahalad.

The next thing coming is my book. You can register for it at this address :

http://www.sartajhans.com/book
Oct. 10, 2015
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Oh I see, you are advocating 3 rounds of spades ..Now if the long spade is with West, you play a heart to the jack. Going for two finesses. Otherwise you West will win 3rd round of diamonds (unless the opps have really stepped out).

I like it. Neat.
Oct. 10, 2015
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Thanks guys …
Oct. 9, 2015
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Thanks. Don't shoot the bird too early
Oct. 9, 2015
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Mike what if East has 98x and three spades … Can't west cash two diamonds and the long spade ?
Oct. 9, 2015
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As an (non-US resident) ACBL member I heartily agree :)

The Reisinger permits a hop through the seeding loops that players without great records suffer.

Also, agree that trialling the KO with the 2-day swiss to set the seeding is an idea worth trying out.
Oct. 8, 2015
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Spot on.
Oct. 8, 2015
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These are two FANTASTIC ideas !

Many of top-16 team pairs elect to sit out the Blue Ribbon Pairs usually anyways (Would love someone to actually check out and quantify).

This would help retain the Reisinger in its rightful place and leave the Blue Ribbon open to the vast majority of players who wish to contest it.
Oct. 8, 2015
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Great post Peter. A discussion is logical only if sentiment is quantified, as you have done here.
Oct. 7, 2015
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I am a big fan of the Reisinger.

Each board has a serious impact on the scoreline which permits a fairer outcome over a short span of time than IMPS scoring.The first three positions in a Reisinger rarely feature a surprise.

The Reisinger also remains the only world class event that has retained BAM scoring. Relegating it to teams that did not make the Round-of-16 would destroy the prestige that it holds.

If bridge tournament formats were based on majority views, we'd possibly all be playing a swiss two weeks long.
Oct. 7, 2015
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The KQ of spades might have been onside from declarer's point of view so a spade to the jack in early play is quite normal.
Oct. 5, 2015
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This is a great case where ONE hand is enough to nail someone down.
Oct. 2, 2015
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thanks harald
Sept. 23, 2015
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Kate,

Your tale reminds me of one from the Australian trials earlier this year. I played 3NT in the early stages and in the two card ending could risk my contract for the ot if ALL of the following had occurred : the opponents had bid totally crazy, given false count in every suit, switched to a deceptive honour not true honour, AND bared an honour down to singleton. I thought it was way too much to give up on this so I took my (risky) overtrick for plus 630.
The other table was in 4H down 1. So it was the same 12 imps. Again !

Mind you, we lost the final match by 1 IMP over 96 boards so a trick somewhere or another MIGHT have been enough.

Sartaj
Sept. 22, 2015
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Hi Josef, Can you please elaborate on the “prior 3 bids together” concept. Thanks Sartaj
Sept. 22, 2015
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Kurt, From the point of view of declarer playing A and another, ducking a diamond gains nothing and loses overtricks with hearts 2-2
From the point of view of declarer crossing to dummy to safety play the hearts, I still dont see a gain case.
What am I missing ?

Edit : I guess with hearts 3-1 and playing OT hungry HA and another, we achieve our OT objective.
Sept. 22, 2015
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