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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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Kit - Sally
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Run to Safety
I've agreed that I trust your analysis that cashing the queen of hearts before leading the queen of diamonds can cost a trick if East has K9 doubleton of clubs, a doubleton small diamond, and the defense is perfect. I'm not playing against perfect computers. I'm playing ...
Run to Safety
I don't "know that West has 5 diamonds. East could easily have Jxx or Jxxx of diamonds. At any rate, suppose I lead the queen of diamonds before cashing the queen of hearts. West wins, and lead back a heart which I win. Now what? I'm forced to ...
Run to Safety
Perhaps it could. I haven't worked out all the details. I'll take your word for it. But are we really supposed to worry about one specific layout for a play that overall figures to either gain or break even?
Play 4S
Even more important, suppose LHO's shape is 0-4-4-5. By discarding you have 10 winners (5 spades, 3 hearts, 1 diamond, 1 club). The ruff eliminates one of those winners, and I don't think you can get it back. Ruffing with the 7 of spades is right only if ...
State of the Match
David, That is not valid. The point is that there is only one way to play the clubs, assuming you aren't doing something very strange. Once you have given the opponents a spade trick and set one up for yourself, you are simply down to the club finesse. By ...
Play 4S
In addition to Leo's very good questions, I would like to know the vulnerability. Since West might have something close to a 1NT overcall or a takeout double of 2, whether or not the opponents are vulnerable could be an important factor. Once again, when presenting a play ...
Declaring a grand.
That is quite correct, Dale. And this hand is a perfect example. Imagine West holding Kxxx of clubs and the queen of hearts. If declarer leads the jack of clubs at trick 2, West would have to be concerned that declarer's hand is: AKQx KJx AK J109x. If that ...
Choices in Kickback auction
I think it is a great concept. If responder doesn't want to move to slam, he can go back to 4 over 4 if appropriate. Saves a possibly critical step when opener has an RKC call, and gives responder maximum options otherwise. Why didn't I think ...
Assign the blame on this BBO hand
Very simple. Opener doesn't bid 3 with Kx of clubs. He bids 3, setting the trump suit. Opener knows that the partnership has at least as many spades as clubs, probably more, and opener has the interiors in spades making spades almost certainly the best strain.
Declaring a grand.
Why do you say the jack of clubs will almost always be covered? Would you cover with Kxxx (no 10 or 9)? If declarer has J109x of clubs and needs a pitch from dummy, covering may cost the contract. Once again, when presenting a problem give us all possibly relevant ...
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