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Your first two answers in the poll are not actually opposites. Someone might agree with both at the same time. One could argue that relay systems are banned because the ACBL thinks they are hard to defend, but in their own opinion they are not hard to defend.
Sept. 5, 2016
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When you play a card so that the back face is showing - that way no one can see what card you played and tell you that you should have led a different card.
Sept. 5, 2016
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A and then 3 to the T. Then try to set up dummy's clubs for 3 spade discards and 1 diamond discard. If the finesse is on it makes if hearts split, and if not, you still have some side chances.
Sept. 4, 2016
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You need to reduce trump length. After the beginning sequence, take the lead in the dummy with the K. Play a club and ruff low. Cross to dummy with the K and play a high club. 5 card ending:

N: JT6 97

E: Q95 Q T

S: A876 A

Lead a club from dummy. If East ruffs, overruff. You now have 1 more loser. East has to avoid ruffing by pitching. If East pitches a heart, ruff low, cash your diamond, and toss in with a low spade. If East pitches a diamond, pitch yours and play a club again. You're in the same situation where a ruff allows an overruff and a pitch allows a throw-in.
Sept. 1, 2016
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In the modern lexicon, a sport is a physical game or contest. And you're actually quite outdated in your thinking that games provide no value or are “just for kids”. At least in the US, since The Settlers of Catan hit in 1995, the board game market has grown by leaps and bounds. Look at the annual revenue of Magic: the Gathering alone. This market should be the people bridge advertises itself to, not the Olympics-watching market.
Aug. 23, 2016
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What does opener do with (43) shape in the majors? If you show your 4-card major you may miss a 3-5 fit in the other major.
Aug. 13, 2016
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Are we talking specifically about what will help players win the Spingold? Then probably they have enough time and experience to memorize their systems and to not make system mistakes. But for me and my partner of 3 weeks (or even 3 years)? I'm not going to bite off more than I can chew.
Aug. 4, 2016
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So this is a kind of question that I see on BW often but I don't understand. You've given us background on your system agreements with your partner (but not your entire system) and ask us what a bid means in an obscure situation. Doesn't that entirely depend on your agreements with your partner?

You tell us what your bid means in a “similar situation” without really explaining what the similar situation is or what the difference between that situation and this one is. We have no reason to suspect that the meaning of the bid is different here.

How can anyone answer anything other than 6 4 under the given conditions? Unless, of course, your question is meant to be “what agreement should my partner and I make about this” rather than “what does it mean under our agreements” and you're looking for helpful suggestions. In that case, the question could use some clarification.

Similar to this kind of question is the “play problem” from a real board that is actually more of a quiz where the OP is waiting for someone to guess the line of play that happens to make on how the cards actually lie. IMO the purpose of a play problem should be to find the percentage play, not to guess the play that makes for a certain lie of the cards. Or, it could be, but it's all about how you state your question.

edit: Well, I misread 4om as 4oM.
July 13, 2016
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment July 13, 2016
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Microsoft Powerpoint or Google Slides. Simply make 1 slide to specification and then copy and paste it for each slide you want in the finished product. Then replace the information in each duplicate slide with the desired information until you have all slides accounted for. (Doing it this way guarantees the text and image placement is the same for each slide.)

If you're looking for a program to automatically (rather than manually one-by-one) create a slideshow with text based on meta-data stored in each image (for example because you have 1000+ images) then I have no idea…
July 13, 2016
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The defenders are allowed to read the declarer. They are simply not allowed to try to deceive the declarer except by a legal bridge action. You make it sound like the defenders are sitting ducks. They do have a defense against being read. They can play thoughtfully at a constant and reasonable pace. They can show no emotion on their face. They can act robotically so as to not reveal information.
July 5, 2016
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I think you just need to know if declarer has 1 or 2 spades. If 1, it seems clear to take your A. If 2, you might want to duck the first round. But to make that better, you would have to assume that declarer can draw trumps and play their second spade to the dummy. Seems unlikely when partner hold 4 trumps. If declarer does have 2 spades, partner will get in on the third (or earlier) round of trumps and play a spade.
July 2, 2016
Andrew Sinclair edited this comment July 2, 2016
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Does X not show 4 hearts?
July 2, 2016
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Call director because I hold 14 cards.
June 21, 2016
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Guys and gals (and others),I think this issue has been discussed enough. Please stop commenting on it. Thanks.

Non-sarcastically, I think leaving it to the site administrators and moderators to lock a comment thread when they deem it necessary is best.
May 25, 2016
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high ruff.
May 22, 2016
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Partner should have no more than 3 hearts and 3 spades and therefore must have 4 clubs. Partner might have K98, 8, 8x, or 8xx. Therefore you should lead J. You profit if partner had a singleton and you will never get any heart tricks if partner holds 8x or 8xx. If partner had K98, you need to convince him or her to cover with K to make your T an entrance to your hand in case you need to lead spades twice because your partner holds AJ9 or Q9x. A J should promise the T.
May 20, 2016
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Regarding your last paragraph, under normal circumstances after the A lead I assume a suit preference signal would be given by your partner for diamonds. So a diamond switch would become obvious.
May 17, 2016
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Counting HCP, East should have known that it's unlikely that West has a club honor. East should know to look for a diamond ruff.
May 9, 2016
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I can see three lines of play.

The first you cash the spade ace then play the A, K of hearts getting a diamond discard. Then draw trumps. Later you can try the club finesse or not.

The second you take the two hearts tricks (and the diamond discard right away) then ruff a diamond in dummy and try the spade finesse. The club finesse is still available later.

The third you can forgo the diamond discard to take a spade finesse and after the spade finesse works take the diamond discard. The downside is that if the spade finesse fails you lose your diamond discard. But if that happens you can take a club discard instead, guarding against the club finesse of the jack failing.

What I'm most interested in is what we can infer from east's bid. It probably promises at least 6 diamonds, maybe 7. Therefore west is more likely to have the spade K. But beware west holding KTx in spades because then west can cover the Q and make his or her S T good.
May 8, 2016
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