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I would have chosen 3d as north giving partner room to bid 3h which I would happily raise to 4h–i would prefer to have a stronger diamond holding-and in fact on the given hand it is possible partner would choose 3nt instead of 3h-although it seems better to now show his good 5 card suit and assume partner would give him 3s as a “punt” bid allowing him to bid 3nt with spade stopper(s) also. I thought it also a little curious that you play 4s is a qbid slam try over 3s instead of a good 3 card suit and suggestion to play the 4-3 on this auction when your hand and distribution are limited. I wish you would start writing about hands from last year's Vanderbilt or some other event so I could forget about last years Cavendish already. Terrific article as usual, Cowboy.
March 31, 2012
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congrats to kyle, a superstar player with tip top ethics at the table and a great guy away from the table
Feb. 28, 2012
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great article, very funny, now I see where David got his sense of humor
Feb. 23, 2012
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As a teammate for the last few years and a fellow competitor for a lifetime I can honestly say this was an easy choice.
Jan. 18, 2012
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Jill, The Well" is going great. You are doing the job we anticipated.We know you are extra busy today but Rufus and I are wondering when we should expect some blueberry pancakes?
Jan. 12, 2012
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Great play Cezary–as usual.
Aug. 7, 2011
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Good problem Jason,nasty opening lead choices. I confess I would have lead the heart q, assuming that some of the time declarer will be 5+-5 in the majors and if dummy has raised to 4h with 3 I definitely want to get the trumps going. If declarer has 6 spades a trump really looks right.. With my opening lead success dummy will be xx,j10x,ajxxx,xxx and declarer will have akxxx,kxxxx,qx,k and you will understand why people jump to 3h against me on hands like this.
Aug. 6, 2011
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there was NO alert on either side of the screen-my teammates were entitled to know what their opponents knew so they have a chance to right side 3nt as they would have with an alert.
Aug. 4, 2011
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BERKI a HERO!!!!!!!
July 25, 2011
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Seems like the issue is whether the 1s bid guaranteed “some length” or could it have been done on x or xx? i wouldnt know since I don't ever make these kind of psyches. Sounds like Chipper thought when he bid 4s and then X'ed that his partner didn't guarantee any length-and he was bidding 4s opposite potentially a stiff or xx and was now protecting his equity. This bidding is totally understandable since to me it feels dirty to pre-discuss these things with partner-especially when they probably have psyched only a few times in their 30+ years. And of course this is probably the MOST ethical pair of all time. I like Joanna's answer much better.
July 18, 2011
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Joe you need to have more tolerance for people who can't really play bridge, all they can do is knock other people, blog nonsenseday and night,and if they ever had to wear a shirt required in the conditions of contest they would be forced to wear a tent instead.
July 16, 2011
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Although I remember at the time saying I'm sorry I didn't overcall in clubs so maybe you would have lead a heart, this opens up another can of worms that I would love to address and see what people really think. For years I have been saying along with many other players that there should be a mandatory hesitation by the declarer when the dummy comes down so that 3rd hand can play in tempo, the opening leader has a chance to think about the hand so they can play in tempo and I believe the rest of the hand will go faster and the defenders will be able to play in better tempo. It takes the “fast play discovery play” away from the declarer which is definitely a part of the game, but improves the overall tempo and ethics and timing of the rest of the hand In addition to this “new rule”, there should be another new rule-that is- a mandatory 20 seconds before the opening leader is allowed to lead. Yes, this will slow down the game, but will greatly improved the ethics of the game. We will not be so sure partner has lead a singelton, or a lead from qj109x which is immediate as opposed to a 10-15 second Q from qjx or from 1098 ass opposed to k1098x trying to find partner. I would say the tempo of the opening leader is often such that Smith echo is a waste of time and should probably be better used as a suit preference situation by the opening leader. I know on this particular hand Steve took a very long time to lead–maybe it was only 45 seconds at the table and maybe it was 2 minutes but it was a long time considering it went 1nt and all experts are already thinking about what to lead against 3nt when they hear 1nt on their right and they are not bidding.So my “new rule” would not have saved our tempo problem here. I know my response is a little like Rosanna Danna Danna on Saturday Night Live after she had an opinion about something totally unrealted to what Chevy Chase was talking about and then Chevy Chase blasted her for her unrelated response-so i'll just say “never mind” and go quietly now.
June 18, 2011
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YEH for the Moss team and YEEEEEH for the JOEL team, my man Louie and I get to go for the Gold with our girls….doesnt get any better.
June 11, 2011
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sergey-next april fools stunt by stevo and your in……
June 1, 2011
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You are correct, Cowboy. I think you should bid 5c. If Fred has Axx,x,xx,akqxxxx should he bid 5c hoping you have a stiff spade and a 3 card club fit or should he hope you will bid 5c with 3 clubs and a stiff spade? We DONT agree that with 7 clubs and 3 spades and a side Ace Fred should bid 5c in the hot seat when he knows almost nothing about your hand outside of the fact that you bid 1h and passed 3nt and 4h, but he is hoping when its your bid you know something about your hand and can act intelligently based on the previous bidding. Maybe Fred should stop running marathons and start riding wild horses so you guys have a chance at being on the same page on low percentage risk/reward action hands? Your obviously really good on the other hands.
May 31, 2011
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I cant understand the final pass. I assume the Cowboy must have fallen off his horse and hit his head. They could have 10 spades and we rate to have 10 clubs. Who knows who is making how much? Maybe we both make. Maybe they make and we down 1. And yes, maybe we both down 1—and they judge correctly and sell out. Once in a long, long while we will go down 2 and they dont make. So my opponents play perfectly (dont bid on when wrong and defend correctly) and the cards are such that noone makes, I pay them small. When they slip, or games are making, pay me big. The way I see it, desparados try to be perfect on these hands. My partner and teammates are too good for me to take these poor risk/rewards views.
May 31, 2011
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Congrats to the Bathurst team, it was quite a run. Special hats off to the current World Champs Diamond team, cards really didnt go their way for most of the match yet they still showed the heart to play as spectacularly as they did in the final segment. It was a great show all around.
May 18, 2011
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I can tell you growing up in Miami Beach and playing against Edith weekly was really fortunate for me. She was certainly as tough as anyone, and although she was surrounded by legends like Barbara Brier, her brother Billy Seamon, Russ Arnold, Sid Mandell and many others she stood out amongst them as someone so competitive, with so much class, and of course always dressed to perfection.Edith was almost never on time for any bridge game, and believe me when she would walk into a room play would stop. She was the Queen Bee. In the 70's my older friends used to tell me men would fight to play with Edith in the mixed pairs like nothing anyone has ever seen- not because she was the best woman player in the world but because she was so beautiful. I cant imagine there will ever be another one like her. Its a great loss to the Seamon family and those of us that were lucky enough to have known her.
May 15, 2011
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I would not want my partner opening 1nt if he defends like this–no matter how destructive…
April 17, 2011
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no greg her name was Muffin–it was a big drippy sandwhich….
April 16, 2011
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