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4NT
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I would take 3 as natural. No reason to rule out diamonds as a strain just because RHO showed AQx.
Nov. 9
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If partner is 4126 we need very little, but if he is 4135 or 3136 we need well-fitting cards - even AQxx x Axx AKJxx makes for a pretty awful slam, and I think partner would feel entitled to go on over any positive move by me.

With partner's actual hand, I am not sure I understand the 4 sign-off. The lack of redouble by us should encourage them.
Oct. 4
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He was playing for his partner to have the T.
Sept. 12
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The question is whether 4N is “demonstrably suggested” over pass by the hesitation. In this case, opener's actual hand is sufficient “demonstration” that 4N was suggested over Pass by the UI.
Aug. 2
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“8 board match at 20 VPs. Spots approximate. If it matters, this is the second board after a flat first board, against solid opponents slightly better than you.”
That's all nice to know, thank you. More importantly, however, I'd like to know whether 4 was forcing… If it was, 5 is hard to understand, if it wasn't, 4 is hard to understand.
March 3
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Brian, you wrote: “Strict drug testing rules unrelated to bridge performance = unimportant”
Do you know this is the case for Helgemo, or are you just guessing? (Not a rhetorical question - I genuinely don't know whether Clomiphene might help bridge performance.)
Feb. 28
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Personally, I'd bid 5C not 4S with your example hand - always last train when I need to make a fake cuebid. But more importantly, do you really think partner with your example hand should bid slam over a 5C cuebid from us? He needs a lot of cards from us (unless I have 4 out of the five A, K, AKQ, slam is almost never better than on a finesse), so why would he bid slam just because we cooperate once?
Feb. 10
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If you look at the NS hands only, what contract do you want to be in after the auction to 5?
Jan. 13
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What are the 5 bidders afraid of? I.e., what are hands where partner would bid slam over 5, but we don't want to be there?

Meanwhile, if he has a spade void (likely) and two minor aces, slam is gin, but how could he do more? Our hand is much better than Axx x KQxxx Kxxx (e.g. opposite - xx AJxxxx Axxxx), and partner might not even be sure about our heart shortness.
Jan. 9
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I don't think this is mysterious - GIB didn't know you had 6 hearts, so he was defending against you having started with 2533, and having A and 8 left after discarding to trick 11. Sometimes it's important to give away your shape against the bots ;)
Jan. 2
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Do you really think dummy can have the K on this auction?
Jan. 2
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Might the analogy to the securities industry also be helpful to provide a more robust legal framework for bans from playing bridge? I would think that the main purpose of lifetime bans in this industry is to uphold the integrity of the industry, not individual punishment.
Dec. 17, 2018
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I would really like to know how much thought the polled players gave the problem before answering. I find it hard to imagine one of North's peers getting this wrong at the table, for all the reason David G has given.

Yes, even blue ribbon finalists can be asleep at the wheel, but the comment would wake them up.
Dec. 2, 2018
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“But isn't it normal that when you voluntarily bid game, a later pass by either partner is forcing?” No.
Oct. 16, 2018
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Am I the only one who disagrees with quite a few items in Roland's list? I disagree among the DONTs with (1), (10), (11), some of (12), completely with (15), (16), to some extent with (18). Among the DOs, I think (1) and (3) are unfair expectations (and I'd rather have great commentators who don't have time to do “homework” than mediocre ones who do), and disagree to some extent with (4) and with part of (7). E.g. I am certainly interesting in knowing that Larry Cohen would lead a club, even if the play is moving to fast for him to explain why (and especially as often the reasons for one lead or another are obvious, it's just a question of how to weigh them).
Aug. 28, 2018
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I sometimes hop around, but when there is a world-class player (or former world class player, Larry!) commentating, I usually choose (C).
Aug. 28, 2018
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Andy, I think you and Boye/Les are talking about two different code of conducts:
1. Andy says by law it is fine to create UI with out-of-tempo signals (as long as you have an actual bridge problem).

2. Among top players, it seems understood that it is almost impossible to get (or give) adequate rulings on UI created by out of tempo signals. Hence the proper way to avoid these issues is not to break tempo when signaling.

Do you actually think that rulings give, in practice, adequate redress to possible uses of UI on defense?
Aug. 19, 2018
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So maybe this is not another problem where “Astro cue bids communicate exactly what you have”?
July 11, 2018
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3 Astro also shows a double diamond stop?
July 11, 2018
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It seems only a few years ago that go players were explaining, quite convincingly, why go is so much harder for chess than chess for computers, and why it will be impossible for them to ever play at the level of the best humans.
July 7, 2018
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