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Ray Fink
Ray Fink
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Member Since
Jan. 28, 2016
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Bridge Player
about me

Follows suit: Almost always

Counts to twelve: Almost always

Counts to thirteen: Some of the time

United States of America

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Bronze Life Master
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Evaluate, obligate, partnership
Agree that you should not refuse to cooperate with partner after showing a LR. My main partnerships have started playing 3NT as the cuebid for the Last Train suit M-1. Though some ambiguity remains in cuebidding sequences that Serious/Frivolous 3NT attempts to remove, the Last Train M-1 call now ...
A pet peeve
Many said players are "learning" from other players of their caliber, not from bridge teachers per se. Intermediates learning from other intermediates, it's like learning about sex from grade school classmates: Nobody knows very much, and most of what they know is wrong.
A pet peeve
I voted "should know better", but in practice they are not likely to learn this in club play, or Gold Rush events, or B/C/D events, etc I encourage the players I mentor to "play up" whenever possible; a few of them find their way into A/X events ...
What rules do you ever let "slide" based on experience level?
In my small-town home club, there is no point in even trying to make break-in-tempo rulings. The level of play is so low (at best, a 199er game), it would take at least 15 minutes per board to make the rulings at every table. And who would I poll in ...
The Pros have no idea
of 2000+ pairs, 7 pairs in 7NT making, 22 pairs in 7 making. Hardly any partscores
Dummy Plays Wrong Card
JohnL, this was a small friendly club game, no nefarious actors, all known players. My thought at the time was to establish the facts as best I could. Three players saying they heard "low club" was strong evidence (one is hearing-impaired), but declarer seemed genuine in her statement that she ...
Dummy Plays Wrong Card
My question remains: What if declarer insists that he called for a low club, but dummy and opponents disagree? It's not a question of unintended designation. I had to rule on a very similar situation recently. Dummy and opponents said they heard "low club" but declarer (very soft spoken ...
Dummy Plays Wrong Card
"If it is agreed that declarer called..." is the tricky part. What happens when the defenders (and dummy, apparently) all say that declarer called for the ace?
The Pros have no idea
The results in The Common Game, 170 clubs reporting, 900+ tables 6N+1 95% 6N= 88% 6D+1 75% 6D= 62% 3N+4 52% Not the Life Master Pairs.
The Pros have no idea
Monty, exactly right. It's a different game out here... In my small-town club, I watched my N-S opponents stumble into 6NT on a comically bad auction, making 6 for a cold top. One pair reached 6. The rest of the small field played 3NT.

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