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David Levin
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May 13, 2015
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about me

I live in the mountains of western North Carolina (US) and work as a freelance editor of nonfiction. The latter was preceded by two lengthy stints as a systems engineer in the telecom industry. I have written and self-published several books and ebooks (one on bridge, the remainder on chess) and have recorded several digital audio tracks. I last played bridge in 2007.

Effective October 29, 2016, I will try to consistently use the gender-neutral Swedish pronoun "hen," which means "he or she" or "him or her," and the gender-neutral Swedish pronoun "hens," which means "his or her" or "his or hers."

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"Hottest" Debates Among Bridge Experts Today?
Law 16B1a (2017 edition): A player may not choose a call or play that is demonstrably suggested over another by unauthorized information if the other call or play is a logical alternative. That differs from "worst option for your side..."
Play this slam
Hamish seems to use a lot of gadgets, so maybe 2 didn't guarantee hearts.
Play this slam
"One reason to discard on A is to unblock the hearts. Otherwise, I can't run hearts even if I find LHO with Kx." Why not cross to South's 8 and then back to North's Q?
Defensive Carding in Higher Dimensions
"Because, (1) if West is holding off the first round why should change his mind on the second round (unless he sees something that changes things)? (2) This way the defense comes out ahead whenever West holds the ten of diamonds (then West knows to win the second diamond.)" East ...
Partnership Defense
If dealt AK and QJ, might East have considered playing the Q at Trick 1 (hoping to induce a diamond continuation if West gets in)?
Partnership Defense
"If they play a club early, taking out the ruffing entry, declarer can still eliminate the minors and play ace and a heart, which is superior to the finesse." I believe that if Declarer assumes that hearts are 3-2 (which is suggested by the play), then only the finesse works ...
Indemnity insurance for bridge teachers
For information about professional indemnity insurance in the US, one's insurance agent might be a good source. If the request is from someone who might come to the US and teach bridge, one could inquire with US insurance companies.
ATB: Missed Slam (corrected)
Bidding 4N seems to have some redeeming qualities: 1. It takes away that call from West. 2. N/S are at favorable. 3. East's presumed spade length make[i]s[/i] it extremely likely that N/S have at least an eight-card fit. 4. South can establish many tricks ...
ATB: Missed Slam (corrected)
If West had bid 5 over 5 and East had then bid 6 holding AKQ-eighth xx J Kx, I wonder where folks would be placing blame.
ATB: Missed Slam (corrected)
I would have thought that West's double followed by bidding 5 (in contrast to bidding 5 directly over 4N) showed slam interest.
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