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Kit, what if declarer was holding AQJxxxx/Jxxx/-/Qx? He could try to make a camouflage play knowing he was playing against a great defender to make him falsecard with Hx.
Aug. 23, 2017
Veljko Vujcic edited this comment Aug. 23, 2017
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I got to make another poll about if this poll makes sense. Good luck at your tourney.
Aug. 18, 2017
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I thought that problem is generic enough to present it like this and it's really stripped down to these three considerations. For example pard can't have KQJ stiff as declarer would've ducked 2nd club as well etc.

It's presented this way on purpose, because it doesn't tackle bridge skill in such extent but rather delicate issues of concentration, trust, tactics etc. I only hope the presentation was clear enough.

Thanks.
Aug. 18, 2017
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3c was overbid imho if you don't have mechanisms to show intermediate hands (playing gazilli etc). 2c or 3nt
April 29, 2017
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@Richard Fleet
any return could be bad. he'll probably get spade trick anyway. this way we sort out the position, as you said, handle the action to declarer and read from his moves (and from signals potentially). my bet is that this is a slow hand and not of “draw 5's and AK” type.
Feb. 7, 2017
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I'd play J at trick 1
Feb. 6, 2017
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Once at MP's I opened 1N (in tempo) in 3rd with J sixth in and nothing else, it went X on my left, 3N on my right and my (not regular) pd doubled. I remember I thought it was a terrible bridge decision to X - he agreed.

I'm just trying to say we should be honest to ourselves when these things happen, try not to judge our actions liberally and others' actions conservatively. And try not to kill the game by suffocating it with too strict regulations.
Sept. 21, 2016
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why wouldn't he make a simple 1 call? it's 95% 5 cards and <10 hcp
Sept. 15, 2016
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a) lead Q originally (semi-joking)
b) lead K then Q, pd shouldn't overtake but show S/P
July 6, 2016
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Depends at which point of the game it happens.
June 29, 2016
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>>Kit: And how is it to be determined whether the reason for your pause is because you truly hadn't decided what you were going to do or because you were trying to elicit a tell?

There may be more complex examples out there, but in this case we could eliminate this by thinking ahead.
June 29, 2016
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>>Kit: … I might get it wrong, but aren't I entitled to draw any such inferences?

You are entitled for sure, but I think you're drawing inference from his tempo, not his emotional state. However when it's declarer who tanks (as in the original example) only inference that can be made is based on demeanors of the opps. Here tank can be abused - trying to make opps yield to pressure.
June 29, 2016
Veljko Vujcic edited this comment June 29, 2016
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I always liked that play. It's a bit provocative, but intelligent and funny
June 29, 2016
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Huge unlike for Kit's comment here (probably the only unlike in years).

Declarer is not supposed to profit from reading opp's demeanors but from decoding their (honest) tempo. If this breaks, we get recursive coffeehousing all around and the game breaks.

Back to the original question, (imho) it's allowed to think in such a position but it's not very noble. Simply, there are players who could get overexcited by the suspense.
June 29, 2016
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Hi Geoff,
There is a recursive poker element at the end of the hand - could you explain your reasoning behind a guess.
May 24, 2016
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mr Ace is dealt A and then other 51 cards are dealt randomly
May 17, 2016
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i'd always bet on mr Lucky, imagine all the good hands for mr Ace wasted (redealt) because mr Lucky didn't get his ace
May 17, 2016
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two simple points imho

-declarer shouldn't get away by taking inferior line and asking for compensation later (a 2-way shot).

-defenders shouldn't get away with UI - i'd almost always lead a heart here but most players would lead a spade. after a slow pass W is even more likely to have “hit me somewhere” type than 12 or even 15 bal.

i might still lead a heart but wouldn't expect TD will buy my bridge logic after pd's tank.

so i think result should stand plus pp for ew or something similar.
April 5, 2016
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time for a justified application of godwin's law?
Feb. 24, 2016
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declarer can't have that, he would have claimed 12 tricks on lead
Jan. 21, 2016
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