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David Morgan
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Sept. 26, 2011
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March 19
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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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Martian Standard Defense to Big Club
While I've never used it, Suction and similar defences to a strong club do have one advantage: they make it difficult for the opening side to find secondary fits. Consider an auction like 1-1-2-P 2 (where 1 shows H or S+C) This looks ...
1,3,5 leads question...
Not quite, Yu. Some folk who lead 1/3/5 do so from honour sequences as well. (See Kit's comment above.) For one of my occasional partners the lead of the A would deny AKQ (else lead third). This can obviously be advantageous, even though it's possible to ...
The 2017 Laws of Duplicate Bridge are around the corner
Isn't it a gerund? ( Looks to me like another example of Edgar's drafting: The Bridge World was (and still is) big on ensuring gerunds are preceded by possessives. I vaguely recall Edgar writing something in an old issue explaining gerunds and why ...
Research on Sexism and Bridge: Have your Say
Perhaps an alternative explanation is the gender of the opponents. A recent analysis of expert-level chess concluded: "Recent explanations for the persistence of both the gender wage gap and the under-representation of women in top jobs have focused on behavioural aspects, in particular on differences in the responses of men ...
Defence to Forcing Pass
So . . . being a bidding nerd who played a few years of forcing pass in the 1980s and then played it once a year (or two) in the Australian National Open Teams for 15 years or so, I did a lot of experimenting with defences to a fert. I had two ...
Freeing Up bidding Restrictions in International Tournaments
The assumption behind Kit's remarks (and it's one shared by some others who have thought carefully about this, such as Chip Martel) is that there is an advantage to developing an optimal defence to an opponent's system. While that may be true, it's a fallacious argument ...
Looking for Strong Club systems
There are many relay (and some non-relay) strong club systems that use 1H as ART and strong. As Alan notes, Paul Marston was an early advocate of this method, introducing it to Australia and New Zealand in the late 1970s. A small number of systems that use 1-1-1 ...
Who is the slowest player ever; Zimmerman?
Most experienced relay players take relatively little time to make their bids when they are describing their hand except after the opponents interfere when relays are still on, or when the hand is very unusual (meaning those relays are very infrequent). What can take time is when the asker has ...
Into the valley
Ah! The vagaries of bridge! At the next table my partner had a tool -- Namyats -- and used it. (Personally I prefer Kantar's idea and open 3NT with a strong preempt in either major but that wouldn't help on this deal as partner can't know it's right ...
Basic Kickback situation?
I have a different view about R(esponder)'s different ways to show long hearts. After 4SF I think the difference between a jump rebid of 4 and rebidding 3 then 4 is the quality of the heart suit, not R's overall strength. If playing picture ...
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