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Charles Blair
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Oct. 12, 2015
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Feb. 19
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Bridge Accomplishments
Dogged participant in Richard Pavlicek's monthly competitions. Life Master (USA) after 50+ years.
Favorite Conventions
Defensive carding: "let declarer tell me what he has". General principle: "The most effective sign-off is `pass'."
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Do they always pitch first from their 5 card suit?
Just curious. What did North's 3 mean?
Up or down, Charlie Brown?
I only skimmed previous posts, so apologies if I'm just repeating somebody else. Regardless of diamond holding, West has worked out that we're gambling on a diamond stopper and running clubs and decided to try to run spades. If East did not have ace of diamonds, he would ...
Charles Blair's bidding problem: A AQ98 AT643 AJ2
So far, only two people (David Boxley and Mark Jones) have come up with my bid, so I'm clearly outside the mainstream. I was actually dealt the hand shown, but I think there is a theoretical issue: is there such a thing as a hand that is too good ...
Bridge in fiction
THE FIRESIDE BOOK OF BRIDGE, edited by Jacoby and Morehead, has some interesting short stories with a bridge background. B. H. Friedman (not to be confused with Bruce Jay Friedman) wrote a novel, YARBOROUGH, with significant discussion of tournament bridge but no actual hands, in the mid-sixties. I think that ...
Best use of jump shifts?
I started out liking strong jump shifts, but my actual results with them have been poor. Weak jump shift responses to minor-suit openings do not happen often, but results with them have been much better than I expected.
S. J. Simon and economics
On page 40 of KILLING DEFENSE (1966), Kelsey writes "Lavinthal discards, being more controversial in nature, are not so widely accepted and have no place in this book." Times have changed? Chapter 3 of DEFENSE TRICKS (1963), by Hy Lavinthal, is "Discard Suit-Preference Signals." The publisher's preface says "This ...
Is it a demand or a suggestion?
I think Ely Culbertson commented on the difficulty of catching up with a previous underbid or overbid. Let's grant that partner is absolutely demanding six if I have the ace of spades or a singleton. Does that demand still apply when I only have KJ ? Does your partnership have ...
Maddison Square Gardens - unusual bridge event
Howard Schenken writes about the Four Aces Madison Square Garden event in EDUCATION OF A BRIDGE PLAYER. I think Mackey also talks about it in THE WALK OF THE OYSTERS.
S. J. Simon and economics
In his introduction to WHY YOU LOSE AT BRIDGE, Simon assures those who play bridge for pleasure that they can improve without mastering advanced declarer play: "Let (the expert) enjoy... them, together with his despairing psychics, his ever-weakening three-bids, and all the ingenious refinements in the carefully complicated systems that ...
S. J. Simon and economics
Thanks to everyone for this information on my all-time favorite bridge writer. Perhaps some may be interested in looking up two articles he wrote for THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, I think both in the early forties. One was called "Lean Days for the Bridge Pro". In WHY YOU LOSE ...

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