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Ruff the last spade, then three rounds of diamonds. You can fall back on the club finesse if East wins the third diamond and returns a low club.
Oct. 16, 2016
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Declarer seems to hold either 5=1=5=2 or 5=0=5=3. In the former case leading a club will give declarer a heart discard (eliminate a loser), and in the latter case leading A will allow declarer to ruff and draw trump, eliminating the chance of giving your partner a club ruff.

In the former case, declarer might have something like
AKJxx x AQxxx J8 and partner Qxx J9xxx xx A53. In the latter case, declarer might have AKJxx - AQxxx J83 and partner Qxx J9xxxx xx A5.

In the latter case, it looks more likely that declarer would have opened 1 than in the former case, but it also looks like the hand with which partner is more likely to lead the A. Overall I am playing the A, playing declarer for 5=1=5=2.
Oct. 16, 2016
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I agree with Phillip that because West did not double, the drop appears to be the correct play.
Sept. 20, 2016
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How about poll twice as many players and ask half of them the questions in the opposite order? If you see a big difference in how the questions are answered, then clearly the order matters. Now you have all the data you need to make a good ruling.
Sept. 6, 2016
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Well, currently the choices are confusing which is maybe why most people are abstaining.
Sept. 5, 2016
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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
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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
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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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