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Chris Willenken
Chris Willenken
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Nov. 14, 2011
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about me

Professional bridge teacher and player living in NYC.

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United States of America

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Regular Bridge Partners
Past: Ron Smith, Roy Welland, Michael Rosenberg, Jan Jansma Current: Eldad Ginossar
BBO Username
junior
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Grand Life Master
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Memory Strain
Perhaps declarer in 5 should lead a trump to the nine. I don't imagine many defenders would insert the ten from KT74, even though it is probably the right play looking at that dummy.
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
Bob, I find your assertion that the second-place teams in these events were "imaginary winners" completely incomprehensible. First, here is a thought experiment: Imagine that Levin-Weinstein accidentally enter a limited masterpoint pair game. The error isn't discovered until the end of the game, and Levin-Weinstein not surprisingly have the ...
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
Bob, None of us who has been cheated out of medals or titles cares one iota about the masterpoints. We care about someone looking back at the results and thinking that team X was superior to us at bridge in events where team X was merely cheating.
What do you make of this?
Running from 1Nx seeems completely routine with this hand, as the tricks are too slow for notrump when the opponents hold the balance of power. Anyone interested in developing this type of judgment for themselves can look at partner's actual hand, which was 4333 with queens and jacks. In ...
In The Well: David Berkowitz
Hi David, You raised two fantastic children. How did that happen? (Other than the obvious answer of Lisa.)
Define Your Bids Before I Tell You My Defense
Adam, It is not merely 'my argument' that players may vary calls in response to the opponents' systems-- it is the only remotely plausible reading of the Laws. A straightforward thought experiment might help you here: Let's imagine that the opponents had access to a full database including every ...
Define Your Bids Before I Tell You My Defense
Andy, Methods and tactics are not the same thing even though both are partnership understandings which need to be disclosed. As long as the broadcasted method is not changing, I am free to vary my tactics as I like. (Of course, unethical pairs may have concealed methods which masquerade as ...
Define Your Bids Before I Tell You My Defense
Phil, Your questions have straightforward answers. But before I answer, let me give this overview: absent evidence of a concealed understanding, it is totally irrelevant what the notrump bidder and doubler actually held. A player is entitled to transmit a false message at virtually any time.* The question is what ...
Define Your Bids Before I Tell You My Defense
Adam, In my example, opener is transmitting the same message in all cases-- he expects partner to react as if he has 15-17 HCP in a balanced hand (bid game with 10 etc.). In your example, there is a concealed agreement to transmit a different undisclosed range to partner (13-15 ...
Define Your Bids Before I Tell You My Defense
Still not OK because the prior bid must logically be agreed first, but please read my comment above which directly answers your question. In the legal case, the broadcast message is the same, so partner is reacting to a 15-17 notrump regardless of how often it might be flaky.
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