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Okan Zabunoglu
Okan Zabunoglu
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Member Since
March 22, 2013
Last Seen
Feb. 19
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about me

I am an academic living in Ankara, Turkey. I started duplicate bridge around 1984 when I was a graduate student at ISU in Ames, Iowa.  (Thanks to the departed Harvey Burkholder, the director of Ames Bridge Club during those years.)

Nowadays, I can only make time for playing in one or two major national team tournaments in my country each year. I also help administrate the web page of my bridge club: (sorry, it is only in Turkish).

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Okan Zabunoglu's bidding problem: 76 AQ J8 AQ96542
My approach, too.
Kursat Ozsahin's bidding problem: --- QJ875 5 AQ87432
I am not sure, it depends on partnership agreements; however, these high-level sequences are rarely discussed although they have a greater potential for IMP exchange. If 4NT is not used as KCB, something like this could be thought of: first, 4NT later: longer , first, 4NT later: long ...
Kursat Ozsahin's bidding problem: --- QJ875 5 AQ87432
Double now, bid s later. If the relentless kibitzer tells me that I probably showed 4-6, I will respond: "an extra card in each of my suits does not bother (esp. at this vulnerability)."
Which bid is most liable for the final contract?
This deal came up in the club stage of the Ankara Teams Championship about two weeks ago. At eight tables, the contract was 2 three times, 3NT three times (one went down), 4 two times (made). Two pairs stopping at 2 were the top pairs (one being ...
Which bid is most liable for the final contract?
No detailed special agreement, just a jump overcall in the balancing seat would show 11-15 with a 6-card decent suit.
In search of the 9 spot
Excellent deduction! That's exactly what West had, and it seems to me that your line is the only way leading to success when East inserted a honor. Yet, if East plays a small and your T wins, I guess, then, finesse is not needed and playing ...
In search of the 9 spot
I need 4 tricks in s, but it's not the only issue. Please see David's comment above.
In search of the 9 spot
Another question: Can you make it if West has AKx KQTxx xxx xx, or AKx KQTxx Kxx xx? I think West could set it by continuing s.
In search of the 9 spot
You didn't miss anything. I asked this just out of curiosity (due to a discussion about the play), and maybe to find diverse views...
In search of the 9 spot
The important question is if 4 is makeable when West has Kx or Qx? So, how meaningful is it to delay playing 8?

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