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Charles Brenner
Charles Brenner
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Member Since
Feb. 26, 2011
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Bridge Player
about me

Alas, no time to play in several years. 

United States of America

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Bridge Accomplishments
Grand Nationals 3/4 (1975), Crockfords Cup 1st (1970)
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Buchwald on Bridge
The six minute Louvre
Where did East-West go wrong?
It did happen once, but this time is different both in that the previous one was about mathematics and in that you have at least a glimmer of a point to make this time. To be clear: I like your post as I always like your posts. But your argument ...
Where did East-West go wrong?
Bidding 2 with those balanced nothings looks routine but it doesn't hold up on reflection. Yes, after opening 1 and facing a similar position we bid 2, perhaps correctly, but the situations are different. The overcall isn't an opening bid and unlike the 1NT response ...
What do I smell?
David - Please clarify. What scoring method are you assuming? And what does "might" mean, i.e. might the argument also gain force?
What do I smell?
The 7 bid is reasonable. IMP odds justify bidding 7 even if North judges it to be well under 50% to make. Suppose the other table will collect a 500 or 700 penalty against 7x. Then you can pass for a push, or bid 7 to ...
Play the 10 or not...
True, 4H might be bid and made (especially if North has the major suit 10's) but regardless I take your point; +100 vs +300 usually matters. I can imagine ducking the 10 at the table but on paper it's impossible to judge.
Play the 10 or not...
I can't imagine a 6430 hand - Q109x at best - justifying partner's 2 bid, or a spade suit weaker than KJ... for the encouraging spot. Therefore partner must have at least 5 hearts and a 2nd round spade entry. So climbing 10 can't give away the contract ...
You Be the Coach - Part I
The rubbish argument is a good point but people respond with rubbish only when holding rubbish (and even then, not always). In view of the opponents' failure to open even in 3rd seat - and failure to overcall to boot - maybe being stranded in 2C opposite 8-9hcp is more probable that ...
Is E. Bot Married to W. Bot?
Yes, I'm saying that trying to play bridge by implementing a long list of special purpose rules is a ridiculously hopeless approach. Swatting mosquitoes isn't going to eliminate malaria. Your suggestion of "the" rule to ... implicitly assumes, by using the definite article, that the rule you've just ...
Is E. Bot Married to W. Bot?
OP cunningly omits the NT range. If the bots were told at least 15HCP then from East's point of view the defense is irrelevant; declarer has a claim. If the program is intended as a showpiece and a diversion it will embody simplifications. Someone suggested that in such a ...

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