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The problem with Gary's 4s bid is it sounds like you don't have a diamond control. I would prefer to directly bid 5d with Gary's hand as exclusion and gamble that I don't have a spade loser in slam and then if partner shows 2 key cards and I try for 7 he will bid it with a good spade holding easily. As far as David's bidding, I don't mind cue bidding a king but then following that by cue bidding a king in my opponent's suit at the 5 level- I hate-as I would always expect the Ace. I would say they were both at fault, and should be forced to play golf and eat together alone for a week. Maybe two.
July 28, 2012
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seems like a coin toss except for the fact that when you bid 4s the opponents don't always take the winning action in the bidding and they don't always lead or defend to par
July 26, 2012
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Gotta go with Italy–Alfredo “little Jimmy” Versace and Don Lorenzo are always very confident when they are sure they wont have to face Joe Boo.
June 16, 2012
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Hi Bob-I know you know this story but I thought I would share this with the well wishers…I was having dinner one night with the late great Paul Soloway when Soloway said “this Hamman is driving me crazy making me play 4 card majors”! I said Paul just tell Bob to go jump in a lake. Paul thought about it a second and said Bobby if Bob wants to play 3 card majors I'm in.
June 10, 2012
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you knew rho had ak10xxx of spades, the ace of diamonds and the ak of clubs at the point rho foolishly played the spades ace-I would think with heart K added in there rho might have opened 2c..marty bergen told me years ago if he knew the opponents did something crazy in either the bidding or the play his theory was to trust the opponents in the bidding much more than trusting them in the card play. these days everyone plays cards at such a higher level that I think marty's theory is now outdated.
May 12, 2012
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what a great match played at such a high level for 120 boards by 2 teams that proved again why they are the best of the best
May 7, 2012
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I think you are correct, Bar
April 26, 2012
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assuming you not playing a big club-what do you do when you open 1 club and they bid 2s and your partner bids 3h? btw, I love the Boo bid–I hate bids that have multi meanings that you often can never find out what they mean–we call these bids “Berki” bids and try to do away with as many of them as possible
April 26, 2012
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my first choice in a regional next year….monterey by far. been there for years not to play bridge–nicest place ever-someone call me, please.
April 24, 2012
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Now I see why there are 5 ice cream stores on every block….toothless rednecks….at least they have good business sense.
April 24, 2012
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although what you say is true about Gatlinberg it has much natural beauty and if you are spending time with people you really enjoy playing and hanging out with(as I did) then you really dont care if the restaurants and hotels are great or just clean and decent.
April 24, 2012
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correct as usual Rosi–issue really was the expected amount of hearts from partner
April 24, 2012
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I thank you true geniuses for your help–lucky for me I had jx of hearts and was defending 7d with their hands mirrored for +100–thats how weinstein and I roll….
April 21, 2012
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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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