For those interested: the actual hand had ♠Kx and ♦AKQ in dummy, and 6412 in declarer's hand with ♥AQJx ♣AK. There doesn't seem to be anything surprising about that. You have to lead a diamond to prevent declarer from pulling trumps before cashing diamonds and then taking a ...
I also find it offensive that you've called out several players, my partner included, whose success in the highest level bridge competitions that exist speaks for itself.
There's no reason anyone should be insulting those players. The chair of the ittc should be a great deal more respectful.
Nice article as always.
Just a comment on the math of the Law of Total Tricks:
If there are 17 total tricks and they split 9/8 in 3♠/3♦ (or maybe ♥/♦) then bidding/defending nets +140/+100, so bidding is better in this case.
If opener has xx xx akxxxx xxx he's already got a slam bid, IMO. You showed a very good hand.
You're seeing the hand only from your eyes. "What sort of hand would take the auction of the 1N opener that is not the hand I suggested?" Look ...
I don't know why you involved me, but the discussion would be short. Anyone who knows my style in these spots already knows what I think: bidding 7♦ is terrible. It's a completely blind guess, and guessing 7 is a huge loser.