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David Morgan
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Sept. 26, 2011
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Oct. 16
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I was ensnared by bidding theory as a young player and still haven't escaped its clutches. Author of articles in Australian, British and US magazines; book reviewer for The Bridge World; member of the IBPA (International Bridge Press Association) jury that selects the bridge book of the year.


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European Format?
It's probably worth noting that there's a cultural heritage element to the different formats used on different sides of the Atlantic. Round robin competitions are commonly used in many European countries in a wide range of sports. All the major European soccer/football (depending where one comes from ...
Reese-Schapiro, 1965
"Reese-Schapiro and The Foot Soldiers are the only high profile cases I know of in which unusual posture or movement led to arrest. In all other cases the culprits were suspected long before their systems were broken, if indeed they ever were broken." I was told that many European players ...
Avarelli's Pass
Today it's clear to bid hearts but it's important to remember that bridge was different, even as recently as 1972. Many players in many countries still played doubles of preempts as penalties (a common method in the UK was for 3NT to be takeout) or as optional (this ...
4NT overcall when opponents are in 4!s
While agreeing that 4N shows any two-suiter will lead to tolerable results much of the time it has a serious flaw. Advancer has to assume overcaller has both minors so can only bid hearts if willing to go to slam opposite C+D. If advancer happens to choose overcaller's ...
The Desired Intent
Re 1: why the difference between signals at trick one and subsequent tricks? Do you favour suit preference at trick one because it's critical to decide which suit to attack? Re 2: the question was about East's play at trick two, assuming (as you do in the quote ...
The Desired Intent
Kit 1. I'm curious whether you have any rules that make the play in the C suit attitude rather than suit preference? Isn't suit preference the normal signal when partner is leading an obvious singleton? Do your trick 1 agreements affect how you signal on all subsequent singletons ...
Integrating the Semi-Forcing NT
If one of the points of playing 2C as a 3-card limit raise is to be able to stop at the two level when O(pener) is minimum, then surely it is better to play that 1M-2C 2M is a hand that has no interest opposite any limit raise. Now ...
Reason for Defense
It's true that two-way checkback offers responder more options over a 1N rebid than many alternatives. But, as Kit knows, it has some serious flaws. In particular, it reveals unnecessary information about opener's hand. If the partnership had ended in 3N, the opening lead and subsequent defence would ...
There is one factor affecting the choice of responses that Kit didn't mention: responding 1N means that when you play in the major the opponents will know quite a lot about O's hand -- as he will have made a descriptive bid over 1N. That will make their defence ...
Fast arrival doesn't work well in auctions where supporting partner/rebidding your suit could be a choice of games bid or showing slam interest. That's because the next bid in the same strain (4H in the problem auction) is typically needed to show the choice of games hands ...
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