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Favorite Bridge Memory
Walking into the local club at the tender age of 31 (1980) armed with 16-18 and Blackwood that I had gotten out of a book. In a few months I got to play with a decent standby and we won. The next week we won again. And then ..."What is this club bid you call Stayman and I'm worried about my clubs?". And we didn't win.
Winning 2 events at an old sectional when they only had 4. I had 200 masterpoints. My team won the thu bam and my partner and I won the sat open paris. There were no strats or flights.
I had a bidding problem in the balancing seat. If partner didn't know that that could ever happen, maybe she/he will learn. His 3♥ isn't really helping. I see nothing wrong with bidding 4♦ given this context.
I guess it's impossible for the 2N bidder to ever figure out you can have this hand when you bid 3♦.
I've made the comment in club games a few times that my 3♦ means I can have 1 diamond and no clubs.
I think many ...
True, if hand records didn't reveal that contracts make more from one side than the other, some beautiful contracts(sided) would be missed.
Sometimes it takes a while to find the lead that breaks things up.
And the time that it takes given looking at all 4 hands probably ...
Not one of North's 13 cards stops the defense from getting 5 tricks.
At the table, there was a short postmortem. North said something about their heart lead and then (intuitively) said "was there something I could have done?". South said "yes, you could have lead a spade".
I think it is possible for somethings some people have said here to be right.
Namely the higher expectancy of getting tricks from the stronger hand with the stronger suit.
Bridge World Magazine in the 1970's had articles by Robert Conot. I'll bet the books you mention have ...