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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

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Grand Nationals 3/4 (1975), Crockfords Cup 1st (1970)
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Plan the play
Kit - ok, granting your argument that finessing the led suit never works, West with K+K won't lead from either and when a red suit is led the chance in the other suit is 2-1 as you say, not my 3-1. On the other hand if West has all ...
Plan the play
Seems convincing, and I cannot reconstruct the table of cases that led me to accept Bernard's post. I'm going to blame whiplash from jet lag.
Plan the play
Agreed. It's just choosing which red finesse.
Plan the play
Hmm. If we assume that West will always lead a red suit and prefers to lead the non-king suit when having one red king, then a heart is led - 1/8 of the time at random from K K - 1/8 of the time at random from x x - 2 ...
Plan the play
I don't say heart finesse at trick 1 is clear but there is an obvious argument in favor. Consider the simplified view that the heart finesse, spades behaving, and clubs behaving, are each 50% chances. To a first approximation finessing at trick 1 is to hope for two of ...
You've seen this trump suit before
A technical point re "Further, it seems you're also counting the 3 spades that have been played so far. As I understand vacant spaces odds, you can't count partial suits like that." There's nothing about the logic of the vacant spaces method that requires the suits to ...
You've seen this trump suit before
Marty, please read my words in my previous post, not just the numbers. I didn't purport that the numbers are "correct". They're only illustrative examples to make it obvious that known distributional information matters, thus making the point that your calculations are incorrect because you ignored that vital ...
You've seen this trump suit before
Marty, I would agree with your numbers if nothing were known about the opponent's distribution. But of course the chance of West having two spades changes when we learn (or assume) that West has six hearts, three clubs, and that West and East have so far followed suit in ...
You've seen this trump suit before
Otherwise put, although it is true that West if is more likely to have two spades than a singleton, playing for a singleton still looks like the percentage play. The point of course is that you can only cater to one of West's two possible doubleton holdings, Qx and ...
Help settle an argument please
Declarer doesn't have to be 4432 for it to matter what we lead after (prematurely) winning the A. Paul Barden gave the hand xxx KJxx AQ10x A10 where it matters.

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