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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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3N play problem.
For starters, it seems like the opening lead must be won in dummy. If we win the first trick in hand, there won't necessarily be sufficient entries to establish and run the spades. Secondly, it has to be better to duck a spade completely than to play ace and ...
Default bid after 1!D - 1!H - 2!C - 2!S
This depends on the quality of your suits as to what the least costly lie is. It is impossible to give a general answer. There is no default bid. That being said, I don't understand why 3 is supposed to show 3 spades.
NYT Bridge RIP?
A few years ago, our local newspaper decided to abandon its syndicated bridge column. There were enough complaints by the readers that the column was back in one week. So, that's the answer. Write to the NY Times. If they get enough complaints, they will change their mind.
Is having a 3 level preemptor on lead a plus or a minus Vs in a 4M contract ?
I chose North slightly better because I don't want the preemptor leading his singleton in a side suit. But on balance I doubt if it makes much difference.
Is 1!S-1N Game forcing permitted on the GCC?
Aviv, Not allowing "purely destructive" agreements just begs the question. How do you define a "purely destructive" agreement. Until you can come up with a comprehensive definition which would allow us to look at any agreement and determine with no ambiguity whether or not it is purely destructive, we don ...
Which call do like the least?
Josh, Suppose you are playing in a new expert partnership, and partner threw this sequence at you without any kind of discussion. I'll grant that partner shouldn't be doing this, and I understand that you would probably try to find some hedge approach which best covers both possibilities ...
Is 1!S-1N Game forcing permitted on the GCC?
Aviv, I'm not saying that the bid gave us major problems. We do have those meta-agreements (virtually the ones you describe), and we were never in any doubt about what responder's bids would mean. I agree that we don't need 10 pages of written agreements to deal ...
Is 1!S-1N Game forcing permitted on the GCC?
I understand that according to the letter of the law the convention is legal. The pair took advantage of the wording in the GCC which makes it legal. I have no idea about the merits of the convention. In my judgment, a primary reason they play this (with no pre-alert ...
Is 1!S-1N Game forcing permitted on the GCC?
Aviv, While I agree with what you say in principle, it seems to me that there still needs to be some kind of control. Otherwise pairs can invent weird conventions with the express purpose of catching the opponents in a mixup. As an example, here was an auction Fred and ...
Safe Entry
Going up ace of spades and leading a club in 3NT is the right play if West has king of diamonds, West has king of hearts, and East has ace of clubs. Maybe it is the right line, but as you say it is very scary. It is certainly true ...

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