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All comments by Veljko Vujcic
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There are people who are open about their gambling (or addiction) - e.g George Jacobs is a public GA advocate.
It's great when someone has the courage to share such experiences.

For the “knowledge” part, it's not so simple as “yes” or “no”. Such things as positive example or encouragement or methods may help.

Stories about deceased players gradually become anecdotal in their nature and it would be a sacrilege to even attempt to supress them (unless there are openly malicious or untrue).
Oct. 2
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Hah, no, although I thought about that. “Reverse Idiot” would be in fact a Grosvenor, because there's no rationale in finessing on the first round. Even if opp was capable of doing that, he/she would do it only against top player as a fun of sorts. And they don't even know us.
Aug. 26
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I know the pair, they made excellent result at last year's Pula.

Against them, my partner was playing 6NT, and at an early stage of the play (2nd or 3rd trick) he played from xx in dummy towards AK109xxx in hand. The female player played an honor from QJx! Dummy had another long suit (KQJxxxx), so there was no chance that declarer tried some kind of trickery etc.

IMHO you don't make 60-something % regularly at big tournaments with this kind of bridge knowledge.

P.S.
My partner actually thought they were good and played her for “Idiot coup” - that she actually dropped an honor from Hx so she would trick declarer into a finesse - but that's a material for a separate post.
Aug. 26
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Please add option “other”.

I'd bid 5 with N's hand knowing partner is short in spades, my points are in partner's suit and we have 10+ clubs. However I can imagine PASS is a logical alternative and South's tank is very unhygienic.

As a TD, I'd make a survey and rule something like this (I'm not sure this is by the law):
<50% bid 5: roll back
between 50% and 99%: keep the score, assign PP to NS (severity of the pentalty depending on the % if that's possible)
100%: keep the score
July 6
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NS turned good luck into bad and shouldn't be rewarded for that. E behaved consistently throughout the bidding so I see no reason for a split score. I even think it's wimpish to call TD after opening 2 with 5 cards.
June 28
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wd
June 26
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A comment on Fox News:

“Isn’t the average Bridge player already a walking pharmacy?”
March 1
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I've always thought how QJ example is terribly wrong for explaining restricted choice. There's no objective pressure, no skill involved and it's just (cheap) psychology. Numbers that finesse is twice better (of course not everybody claims this) is just plain BS.

“Real” restricted choice, similar to Monte Hall, is covering QJ9 with K10 stiff. However, repercussions of covering/not covering (with Kx) are again psychological but they involve knowledge of higher, recursive order (I know that you know that I know…).
Dec. 5, 2018
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Restricted choice is overrated :)
Dec. 5, 2018
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Andy, your comment only proves how desperately the book is needed.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Someone ought to write a good book on breaking tempo and change this game forever. Also on the aspects when it`s ok to break tempo and how to know the difference.
Dec. 2, 2018
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west has an obvious non-dbl because p has 0/1
Nov. 5, 2018
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funny, I saw that one first - find it conceptually easiest
Oct. 23, 2018
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pass if i play lead directing tray positioning like fisher-schwartz
Sept. 29, 2018
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You're kind of right but I find it way too general.

Imagine 3NT played, declarer ducks lead twice (let's pretend there was no count given) and the guy on the lead falls into tank. A good declarer might use this to guess later what to play from, say, KJ, as opp didn't have a clear entry and thus thought about switching.

On the other side, if you are the partner of the opening leader, you might read this but it's completely useless, not to say annoying - with a clear entry your partner would signal anyway. He should've played in tempo in order to make the impression of a 4-4 suit break so that declarer might still go wrong.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Comment was very informative and just a tiny bit malignant. But removing it is heavy censorship.
Aug. 6, 2018
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Here it could hurt. E could have AK sec and declarer could miss the line. Now, contract would already be down a several and declarer would've had psyched, but still…
July 6, 2018
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E, but next time W will have doubleton and slam will go down on A - c!x
Nov. 18, 2017
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100% N, 100% S
Sept. 16, 2017
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For the same reason you might try for the overtrick!
Sept. 8, 2017
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