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Okan Zabunoglu
Okan Zabunoglu
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Member Since
March 22, 2013
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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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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?
What kind of squeeze is this?
When West discards a , dummy doesn't pitch a but .
What kind of squeeze is this?
It is the layout nearly figured out by the declarer at that stage. I could have put "?" instead of 4, T and Q, but the software doesn't allow me to do that.
What kind of squeeze is this?
Yes, #26 it is! Thank you for the link. I will go through all those fifty tunes of squeeze when I find time.
What kind of squeeze is this?
Discarding T instead of T would be a big mistake if West's highest spot card in were greater than that of declarer's.

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