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I've been trying to figure out how this double squeeze works after the start you've suggested, and I can't seem to make it work. Could anyone please explain how the end position works?
March 5
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Would 3 be forcing here?
Feb. 25
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Congratulations and good luck.
Aug. 23, 2018
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This would work if the cards were drawn with replacement. But there are only 4 cards of each rank, so 13^13 is more than the possible number of rank sequences, and each is not equally likely.
May 19, 2018
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The ACBL alert pamphlet specifically mentions top+bottom as being not alertable.
May 12, 2017
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Thanks for the post about this cool hand. Jeff Goldsmith wrote an article about it closer to the time when it happened, and it has a few different details. The cards are played in a slightly different order, but it still comes down to the squeeze:

http://jeff-goldsmith.org/html/playitsam.html
June 13, 2016
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West pitched Q on the A.
May 30, 2016
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On the stated auction to 3NT, West would be on lead, not East. A seems to be the natural lead. Still the contact should make.
Jan. 8, 2016
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There is a similar theme in an old column from Jeff Goldsmith.

http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/html/solid.html
Aug. 31, 2015
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I noticed that the URL above http://web2.acbl.org/Suspensions/suspendedlist.pdf has been updated as of August 24. Mike Passell is not listed, but several new names have been added with probation periods starting in August 2015.

Is Mike Passell excluded because of the appeal, or has his punishment been reconsidered?
Aug. 24, 2015
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I sure hope the director was called.
Aug. 20, 2015
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Is there some current proposal to eliminate committees? Appeals would still be possible without committees, right?

The idea I heard a few years ago was to have a director panel handle appeals. I guess I don't know exactly what was meant by a director panel or how it would operate. If two directors come to the table and agree on a decision, would that be considered a panel?
Aug. 7, 2015
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The example hand only has 12 cards. Is it meant to be 3=6=1=3? The splinter makes sense with that shape, but I think the example hand is not quite good enough. The splinter should be a slam try looking for covers in clubs and spades.
July 15, 2015
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And the comparisons are even more limited than that.

For flight C you would only be able compare results when the board is played C vs C. About 1/9 of the plays of each board are available for flight C comparisons on average (assuming 1/3 of the pairs are flight C).
June 23, 2015
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Thanks for the information. I was not aware of the existence of this part of the website, and the email was signed as “Bridge Committee”, which was not exactly helpful.

It seems to me that lifetime total MP is a poor indicator of current skill level. The discussion that happened at this meeting about alternatives is a potentially positive development for tournament bridge.
June 17, 2015
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Congrats to the team! Who voted no?
Oct. 14, 2014
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A good exposition of the problem and variations is at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_or_Girl_paradox
Sept. 4, 2014
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Here's an exciting variation. Suppose at least one of the two children is a boy born on a Thursday. What is the probability that the other child is also a boy?
Sept. 2, 2014
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Steve Weinstein actually passed implying diamond control. Bobby Levin was the one who bid the grand. One of the coolest hands I've seen. :)
Aug. 1, 2014
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This was a pretty funny moment. :)
July 25, 2014
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