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Kit Woolsey
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July 29, 2010
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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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Director call against the Israelis
Here are my conclusions about the bidding: Obviously downgrading and opening 1NT isn't clear, but one would hardly downgrade a hand if the goal was to bid to a thin but making slam. In fact, had East opened 1 and rebid 2NT it could be quite reasonable to ...
A Better Play
Yes, that looks accurate. I hadn't seen that Andy had (erroneously apparently) suggested cashing the ace of diamonds after the jack of clubs holds. The key (which you hadn't stated but is quite obvious) is that if East has a club to return (which he might have in ...
Hall of Fame - Distaff Dissed?
For exactly the same reason. As I remember, in one of those years nobody got in.
A Better Play
I can't refute Andy's logic. As that chess master (I can't remember his name, but probably somebody knows) said: When you find a good move, look for a better move. Andy apparently has done just that.
A Better Play
I don't think so Stefan. East wins the ace of spades, and returns a spade. Obviously you are planning on ducking. West wins the jack, and leads a heart. Even if East does have the king of clubs, what 9 tricks can you be sure of taking?
Hall of Fame - Distaff Dissed?
I don't think the sex of the candidates has anything to do with it. I believe it is more a matter of the competition. I was inducted into the HOF in 2006. One other person was also inducted that year -- Betty Ann Kennedy. While Betty Ann is quite qualified ...
A Better Play
It is pretty obscure. It is hard to imagine West is leading from a 4-card suit with a nearly entryless hand and knowing his partner has a 5-card suit and the stronger hand. I think you can pretty much be sure the hearts are 5-2.
How should I handle this situation?
You didn't get a top on the board because your partner forgot your methods. You got a top because of your apparently winning decision to bid 6NT. Suppose your partner had bid 3, transfer, and then over your 3 (or whatever you chose) he then jumped to ...
Balance? What is going on here?
The key factor is your club length. If partner has a doubleton club he would have made a takeout double or an overcall if he has anything decent, so you are clearly outgunned. If partner has 3 clubs he might have a good hand and have to pass, but if ...
Leading from a weak hand
I am assuming we are talking IMPs, where overtricks are relatively unimportant. Matchpoints involves different issues on hands where you are unlikely to be defeating the contract regardless of the lead. There is no principle. Every hand is different. The key is to have a plan to defeat the contract ...

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