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Mark Whitman
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Feb. 5, 2012
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Against very good opponents, I claim all remaining tricks as soon as I see a way to take all but one.  On a good day, the opponents will figure out a way for me to take the rest that I wouldn't have found myself, accept the claim, and move on to the next board.  On a really good day, the opponents will figure out a way for me to take the rest that I can't even follow, accept the claim, and compliment me on my improving declarer play.

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Unethical Conduct Accusation
If declarer was describing his side of this incident, do you think he'd refer to it as the time he got hitched in Vegas?
Doubling Rhythm
I held the north hand and we repeated your auction at our table. I got out with down 1, undoubled, in 3NT for a little above average. Afterwards I thought that I probably should have quietly passed over the 3 preempt holding A 8 4 K 6 ...
Missed Opportunity
"near 100% line" is a big overbid. You won't have a clear direction if east follows to three diamonds, and if east follows to only two, how are you going to feel if east ruffs the fourth diamond? If you've stripped all the trumps, there is no throw-in ...
Mark Whitman's bidding problem: A9876 AKQ9 J QT5
3 would nominally be a help suit game try, but partner would raise hearts with 4 and an acceptance. The problem is that partner won't have much help in hearts, so he might very well not accept a game try even though he holds what you need for ...
Retaining Control
Sorry. This was intended for the intermediate forum. I'll try to have it moved.
In The Well: David Berkowitz
Hi David. Maybe 7 or 8 years ago, you and your wife presented a wonderful seminar on defense at the Glen Rock Bridge Club in Maywood, NJ. There was something of interest for everyone from near-beginners to near-experts. Any chance of other seminars in the near future?
The Extra Chance
Nice article. As North, I'm not sure that I would have skipped over 3 to cue a void in my partner's first-bid suit. And as South, assuming you were cue-bidding either first or second round controls, I would have returned to the trump suit if my partner ...
The cost of a bridge game
Here in suburban New Jersey less than 10 miles west of New York City, $15 will get you 24 boards in a daytime game and a modest bagel brunch. The one evening game each week is a comparable bargain at $12. The price is roughly equal to what a movie ...
The Common Game, 5/19/2018; Board 27
Paul, thank you. I'm with you on the use of Stayman. I would have raised 1NT to 3NT in a heartbeat and been stuck with down one. Of course then the play of the hand wouldn't have been quite so interesting. Perhaps most people are opening the South ...
Mark Whitman's bidding problem: AQJ83 QT5 98 T43
This was from Wednesday night's Common Game. The Common Game analyst suggested passing 2 rather than taking a false preference to 2 or rebidding the spades. I had bid 2 at the table, but wasn't sure what was the percentage bid.
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