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Patrick Shields
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Feb. 5, 2012
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Dec. 7
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How would you play this?
Here's my confession : I was faced with a ST lead from silent opposition and beat the queen with the king. I had a small chance in diamonds, and I wanted to make sure I could try to ruff out the club queen when that was an option. I started ...
A question on the laws
I accept that there are different preferences as to what will maximise enjoyment. I simply yearn for a world where bridge players can compromise when that happens, without needing to refer to the Law Book to decide on who gets their way.
A question on the laws
The question being asked is one we should not want to ask. The Laws are there to help the game run smoothly, and restrictions such as taking out hands when opponents are not present are there to help avoid mistakes happening (and to avoid some other unwanted effects). The fact ...
The Next Step
I believe this *honesty* is key to resolving BIT issues. We must accpet the fact of BITs but get into the habit of acknowledging BITs so that partner knows what the position is and has a better chance of acting correctly. And it makes it more straightforward for the other ...
Did S take advantage of a failed alert?
What I haven't seen mentioned is North's action in failing to alert. For me, failing to alert is a **positive** declaration that the bid is natural, and that if in doubt the answer is to always alert and to do so promptly. If quizzed (which won't always ...
Trash Twos
1. Whether your weak twos are trash or not, I do believe in transfer responses as a means of incorporating forcing and non-forcing suits, and the continuations can easily take care of all the game tries we are used ot having. 2. Some simulations I did a few years back ...
1S 2S 2NT
I have been playing 1M-2M as a positively constructive raise for some time, which does affect this, but the two hand types where we can lose out on after 1M-2M are those hands where we belong in the other major, and hands where we belong in a slam in a ...
Are very light openings against the spirit of the game? Are they a form of Psych in 21st century clothing?
The above discussion has focussed on light openers which have 8+ hcp, but the really light openers have less. In England, the EBU regulates that you cannot have an agreement (implicit or explicit) to open at the 1-level hands with fewer than 8 hcp. The consequence of this is that ...
A Small Taste of Open Bridge: The 2018 Camrose
Don't you have to redouble to tell your partner that you have three aces, so they can bid 7N with the heart ace?
Active ethics: A Step too Far?
I voted that this was a step too far, but I have since been pondering whether I can always be 100% sure of that. And the answer is rarely. I must therefore be extremely circumspect in not telling of my own revoke. In a case where the revoke really did ...
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