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Nov. 2, 2015
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Bidding by beginners goes 2NT-P-P-P and dummy has 8 points. We pointed it out to them and they asked if we could let them play 3NT and we said sure. We managed to take 5 tricks on the lead and they asked if we could let them play 2NT after all, and again we said sure. Clear zero of course but they are still playing ;)
Nov. 2, 2015
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All the firsts are magic moments: first tournament, first time we won a tournament, first internatonal game, first time I qualified to represent my country, first world championship, first trophy (I was young and reckless and blew half the prize money on a bottle of champagne at the gala dinner and sipped some out of it), first squeeze, first time I underled AKQ to defeat a contract, first time one of those wacky squeezes in Adventures In Card Play came up at the table except I was dummy ;) First time we won zonals in my country so I could hear that roar from the vugraph room that I had read about but never experienced (I was kinda teary eyed on that one)…
Looking forward to more! Maybe the first time something I learned on this site that I joined recently comes up at the table!
This is why I bridge :)
Oct. 28, 2015
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In my country you can open it. Many players play 2 strong 9+ playing tricks. I used to play that but do not anymore. I would not open 2 with this it could lead to all sorts of disasters, but I have seen many players open 2 and 2 on similar hands, including ones with zero defense. I used to try to explain why it is not a good idea only to see them doing it again the next time so now I just do not bother.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Anything where 1NT-3NT is not natural my partner insisted we play that for a short spell until HE forgot it. He still suggests it every now and then but is only allowed to play it against me ;)
Oct. 25, 2015
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Qxx would be around 13 and would offset Qxxx with S which is around 5 so I still believe Line 1 is better but not when N has 6 Diamonds
Oct. 25, 2015
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I was just trying to get Line 1 to become higher than Line 2 I also did not look into 5-2 with N overruffing for the 6 Diamonds case. At the table once Line 1 goes over 50% I would go for it but if I knew N had 6 Diamonds then I would finesse without calculating anything because it should not be even close.
Sorry I did not explain my reasoning :)
Oct. 25, 2015
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Ignoring Q singleton I think it works out something like this…Line 1: 31.1 (4 with South) + 2/7x30.5 (Qx with either) + 7/15x31.1 (3 with South and trump with N) which is around 54% and better than finesse
If N has 6 Diamonds then it becomes 31.1 + 8.7 + 2/8x31.1 which is around 48% so line 2 becomes better because the odds of N having the last trump drop considerably if he holds 10 red cards.
Interesting problem thank you :)
Oct. 25, 2015
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Ah yes thank you Dale I have read both books :) Going to find them and read them again it has been a few years :)
Oct. 25, 2015
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Those french cards got me a few times…not seeing s the 1s and thinking the V are kings
Oct. 24, 2015
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I can think of many but this recent one was epic AND on Vugraph. It was in the final segment of Zonal BB qualifications.
I am not a morning person and it was bad enough going into the 16 board segment down by 19 before my brain started working. With only a few boards remaining I thought we has recovered some of the losses, and may make it, but was not sure.
Partner opened multi green against red and holding 2 spades and AKxxxx hearts I bid 2s. When the tray came back they were bidding so I decided to bid 3H.
The tray came back again and to my horror I had passed instead of bidding it and they had bid 3NT.
Remember the book ‘Why You Lose At Bridge’? The last Chapter title is A Cow Flew By. Well, a whole herd of them flew past and I decided the solution to my imaginary problem was bidding 4H now. Did I calculate that even 5 tricks may not materialise even on a good day? Of course not..I was obsessed with telling partner about those Hearts.
I paid 1100 in 4Sx and to add insult to injury 3NT was going down.
I felt horrible. I had let my team and my country down by being totally stupid.
Partner, to his credit, stayed cool as a cucumber and did not say a word. That hand woke me up. You have to put such hands behind you and focus on going for the kill in the remaining boards.
We did win in the end. Our teammates had played really well and we picked up a couple of good swings after that disaster :)
Oct. 24, 2015
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That reminds me of a festival decades ago. This woman with a low cut top came to our table, said Hiiii to my partner and leaned towards him and started small talk. I could almost see his eyes popping,
He opened 1H. I responded 1NT not forcing… then it went 3H-3NT-4H-4NT. He shrugged and passed. When both opponents showed out on the second round of H he finally started paying attention to Bridge,
After the hand he went: You had 4 Hearts and never fitted me? I said: Even if you had 13 of them there was no way I was going to let you play this hand ;)
Oct. 24, 2015
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i tried the smileys on my keyboard it removed the text ;)
Oct. 23, 2015
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I do not understand the spade lead if I do not want to lead Clubs I would try a Diamond. I do not understand the spade discard partner may be ruffing the third one even though he/she played King before Ace of Clubs. This is why I voted for other team mates ;)
Oct. 22, 2015
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We went into the playing room at 17.00 yesterday and the flags were not yet on the tables the gap was very narrow between matches 2 and 3
Sept. 28, 2015
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So tempting to vote for my underdog team as a joke… but I voted for USA1. I had the honor of playing against Meckwell in Beijing and in real life they are ten times more impressive than in books or on vugraph. They are also one of the nicest top pairs I ever played against. They have what it takes to win this.
Good luck to everyone. May the best honest team win!
We may be the underdogs but I will play the best bridge I can with honor and dignity. It is such an honor and a privilege to play the BB! Go Jordan!!!
Sept. 24, 2015
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We play combined long/short suit trial bids I would use Spade short suit trial bid with the S hand to get to game
Sept. 22, 2015
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No need to be sorry it was good for my bridge :)
Sept. 21, 2015
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You probably do not remember this at all but I played against you and your partner in the 2004 Istanbul Olympiad. You were North South. I bid and automatically tried to push the tray (those days some EW were pushing the tray after bidding when they played against us and I was very naive and had no idea they were not supposed to). I cannot remember which Swedish player was on my side of the screen but he firmly said ‘Don’t touch the tray' and something about only NS can do that.
I was very upset for being scolded and felt very bad. I could not understand why he was so angry. I apologized and just wanted that match to end quickly.
Since that day I never touched a tray as EW so I thank you for that.
All those years I wondered why you did not tell me in a nicer way, but after reading this post, now I understand.
Sept. 21, 2015
Sireen Barakat edited this comment Sept. 23, 2015
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I like the proposal. In addition to the different reasons given already I do not like holding the cards. I am sure they are full of germs especially when they travel in pairs tournaments. Plus if they are plastic they ruin the environment and if they are paper we save some trees.
I think the game will go electronic sooner or later it is just a matter of time. Would love to try tablet bridge!
Sept. 19, 2015
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