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Kit Woolsey
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Kit Woolsey is a world-class bridge and backgammon player, analyst, and writer. His most recent major victory was winning the Cavendish Invitational Pairs in 2011. He was elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2005 and lives in Kensington, CA.

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At least now we know for certain the answer to the question posed in the title.
The bot can count quite well. I can think of a couple of explanations for this action. 1) The bot may have bid 3NT because you showed a 5-card spade suit. If you have a 4-4 spade fit playing in spades may get you an fifth spade trick if there ...
Lovely biddings
You can't combine all chances. I think best is club ruff, spade to ace. Then: If trumps 5-0, spade to jack and do your best for 4 heart tricks (playing person with long trumps for queen of hearts, as can pick up Qx). If both follow, club ruff, heart ...
Cash or not to cash?
I would lead a small heart at trick 2, win the expected diamond return (discarding a club), and lead another small heart. Even if the opponents are able to take 3 spade tricks, there is no way they will do so as they will never dream that I have the ...
How do we avoid this disaster?
The concept of returning original fourth best is dead wrong. I have often seen this lead to a suit being failed to run because the opening leader thought his partner was returning top of a remaining doubleton. It is better to return your smallest club. Partner will know you started ...
Hamman's Rule
I don't think so. While declarer probably doesn't have a singleton diamond, it is possible. Also, this is risky with the queen of spades a potential entry to dummy. You don't know for sure partner has KJ doubleton of spades at trick 2. It looks like there ...
Hamman's Rule
It goes both ways. If LHO has a doubleton spade, what you say is true. But if he has a singleton spade, a suit contract might be defeated by a spade ruff when you have Kx of spades.
Hamman's Rule
It guards against a stiff king in partner's hand. But the lost tempo will usually be more serious. The idea behind leading the ace of trumps is so you get a look at dummy which may tell you what to shift to.
Your Lead Trick2
I was talking only about hands where it was pretty clear to both partners that we need the first 5. If that isn't the case, it is a lot more complicated.
Your Lead Trick2
The actual dummy might create some ambiguities. Let's assume the dummy is such that it is pretty clear to both partners that if we don't take the first 5 tricks we aren't defeating the contract. This dummy pretty much fits into that category. Let's see what ...

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