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That was something along the lines of : the act of observing disturbs the observed object. And thus limits the accuracy of the observation. Not sure how that applies here ?
Aug. 27, 2015
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Fair point, Alan. That works too.
Aug. 27, 2015
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Thanks for the hand, Gary. Worth knowing.

I have seen this combination discussed before in the context of a different match. My (possibly faulty) memory suggests it was covered in a Larry Cohen (the original poster here) article in TBW.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Steve, Can you please share details of the “deep nine” finesse involved in Katz Cohen indictment ?
Aug. 26, 2015
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Declarer's logical line on the KQ layout is to play ace another club.
Could a rational universe be a better argument ?
July 6, 2015
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Declarer's club duck play looks highly suggestive of a tenuous heart holding and a diamond re-entry.
July 5, 2015
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Undoubtedly, the play has a cost over a large spectrum of hands. But this way makes for better reporting !
June 25, 2015
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I was hoping to illustrate how good defence is not always the same as textbook problems. They tend to be solution centric at key points rather than small accumulation of advantages.
June 25, 2015
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Looks like a good approach
June 25, 2015
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Yeah, blocking the trumps for entry purposes can often be effective. Feels better here.
June 25, 2015
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Hope you can handle this, david. I prefer reading and writing items where emphasis can be placed. And broadly speaking the feedback on this matter has been positive.
June 25, 2015
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Thanks. Yes, one little slip and its all down the drain. No wonder most people find defence to be the hardest part of the game.
June 25, 2015
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Yes I agree. The defence's job often is to make things harder for declarer, forcing him to commit early rather than try everything out late.
June 25, 2015
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Thanks. I disagree with the assertion that the lack of a club switch is an indication of the holding of the king. There is no pressing threat in dummy and a club play from Jxx type holding could be a big mistake.
June 25, 2015
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The K lead is a high-risk, high reward choice. It would be well rewarded here.
June 25, 2015
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Finessing the club was perhaps the so-called “percentage” play. But it loses out on spade 3-3 possibilities for a start. Perhaps declarer should have blocked the trump suit to keep that option in play.
June 25, 2015
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Helgemo's line feels inferior to unblocking trumps naturally.

It is worth noting, at his table, Sementa's ultra strong play of the C5 from CQ542. To see the impact
(1) Imagine the same hand when declarer has CAK10x instead of CAK8x. Declarer will naturally test the spades first, hoping they are 3-3. Once they are 4-2, he has to guess whether to finesse the CQ or play for LHO to have been squeezed.

(2) On actual hand the club play destroyed declarer's second option. Which was Smirnov's choice at the other table : Play for spades 3-3 , if not play for LHO to have C10xx and have been squeezed (run the CJ).

That C5 was a POWERFUL defensive play.
March 22, 2015
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Without distracting from the (valid) criticism, I do want to say that the playing conditions for Reisinger Semi-Finals and Finals were perfect.

Lighting during the BAM and table spacing during Reisinger day 1 could be improved on.

March 19, 2015
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Thanks everyone for your votes, thoughts and suggestions.
March 10, 2015
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Cheers
March 9, 2015
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