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John D'Errico
John D'Errico
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June 19, 2010
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about me

Semi-retired mathematician (numerical analysis, applied math, linear algebra, statistics, etc.) I like woodworking, especially wood turning. I enjoy writing up bridge hands, which I find can improve my own play, by forcing me to think about what is happening at the table.

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Rafael Sacramento's bidding problem: KJ JT92 K75 A872
If the KJ of spades are any value at all in 5♡, then they will take a trick on defense too. If they are not useful, then I have a balanced 8 count. A mantra that I learned some years ago is "Flat hands defend".
A puzzle solved
I'm slightly confused. Lets say you continue clubs, hoping for the ruff, not gained. Declarer gets to pitch 3 spades away then, but only 3 cards. He ruffs the spade 10 in hand, so you know not to bother saving any of those worthless AKQ of spades. In fact ...
Petition for NABC+ Midnight KO
As a morning contingent member, I do like my Bloody Mary in the am, sans alcohol, of course. I just call it tomato juice.
Unique or at least very special
I'd respectfully disagree (that there is something amiss.). There is no need for anything to be amiss. In fact, we should expect to see coincidences, at least occasionally. The human eye is very good at seeing patterns. Play enough bridge hands, and there will be pairs of hands that ...
Is this a way to run an organization?
I don't think the event organizers can offer extra points to specific teams as an attractant. However at least they might have offered free entries for any team that was willing to play up. The ACBL would probably have found a way to make that impossible too. I was ...
Is this a way to run an organization?
Just a memory? 5-10 years from now, an increasing fraction of the league will be in memory care units. No memories will remain.
How do you act and alert after partner's missbid?
When I wanted to teach my dog bridge, he tried to "ruff" everything. Worse, he kept getting into trouble, because there were just too many "paws"es. It was entirely too sad of a "tail" to tell.
Showing both majors over 1NT - 2!C
There is some logic to your comment, but I would rather get out low. Garbage Stayman has preemptive value of its own. So if we can get into 2 of a major, and they cannot find a way back into the bidding, then we win. If they do manage to ...
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: KQT964 AJ54 5 Q9
Seems clear to me. That is partner's fault, for not having the hand you needed for your bidding.
Showing both majors over 1NT - 2!C
It costs you too much. - You lose incentive to use a garbage/creeping/crawling Stayman sequence, since opener might get you too high. - It sometimes gives the defense a roadmap, by telling them too much about the shape of the usually hidden hand.

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