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Gabriel Fractman
Gabriel Fractman
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 28, 2014
Last Seen
11 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I live in Madrid, Spain. Bridge is only my hobby, but I try to take it as seriously as work and family allow.


Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Played for Spain's National Team on several occasions, last one in Budapest 2016 EU Champs (no, I was not in Wroclaw :).
Regular Bridge Partners
Gabriel Carrasco
Favorite Tournaments
EU Championsihps, Biarritz
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Bridge Players and the movie world
Unfortunately the new generations think of something else when talking about "The Avengers" ... You can also say that Diana Rigg was the only woman to marry James Bond in a movie.
Bridge Players and the movie world
In the first scene where Bogart appears in Casablanca he is in his office analyzing a chess position; that was an inner tribute to his interest in chess.
Bad Luck trumps broke!
I think in many (if not most) tables, West showed also his Diamond suit. That made South concern about the 4-0 break more reasonable. Particularly if East somehow managed to find a double of the final contract.
Bad Luck trumps broke!
The deal is highlighted in the great book "Famous Bridge Disasters". Apparently some of the heart contracts going down were doubled and even redoubled!
Do not misplay this slam (like I did ....)
You are all in the right track. But what happens when West covers with the A the first round of ? Incidentally, what is the a priori probability of West having both honours (knowing that East does not have them both)? And what is the probability of West having them ...
Where did East-West go wrong on this hand?
Four trumps. Two outside aces. A useful void. A good five card suit as source of tricks. Never support partner's suit. This seems to be not so unusual in BBO.
Gabriel Fractman's bidding problem: AKx AQx KJxxx Ax
For the full hand, see
Gabriel Fractman's bidding problem: AKx AQx KJxxx Ax
Thank you to all that answered and commented so far. I will wait one or two days and post the actual hand so as to see how different decisions would have fared.
Which is more likely?
This is a nice problem, as the "obvious" solution that comes immediately to your mind is not the right one. And it is not because the problem is ambigous or incorrectly stated; it is because your mind think it knows both the problem and the answer and does not really ...
Andy Stark's bidding problem: --- AKQJT7 --- AJ76543
Without really bad breaks 6 should have many chances; if partner cannot complement my then I may be able to ruff one. Of course, it is a bit a shot in the dark as he could be something like 8-0-4-1, but if that is the case we may ...

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