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In BB; Italy v Norway, an Italian pair also went wrong.
On the lead of the 9, declarer played the ace, north following with the 6. Declarer drew 2 rounds of trumps as north played 2 then 9. When declarer next ran the J, north played the 3. On winning the K, south switched to the 9!
I have no idea what signals the Italians were playing.
Sept. 23
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Someone pointed out a very clever and deceptive play that west could have made, which was almost sure to fool declarer.

When a heart was played to dummy's 9, he should have won with the queen, not the 10! That would have been a great defensive play.
Aug. 22
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Thanks Giles.
Somehow it didn't occur to me to try that before - really silly!
Aug. 22
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From ‘The Complete Book on Takeout Doubles’ by Mike Lawrence.

“(page 68) WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF YOU PASS AND DOUBLE WHEN RHO REBIDS A NEW SUIT?
(1) P (1) P
(1) Dbl?

Don't wait up for this one. I mention the possibility only because if I didn't, someone might think I overlooked it. In theory, you are making a takeout double of spades, showing the other three suits, including clubs and hearts. You could have 8 A873 KQ106 AJ74

Fortunately, you are unlikely to hear this sequence. If it does occur, though, this is what it shows.”
Aug. 14
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Quite right about the timing of the play. GIB says that declarer must finesse the before playing a . Of course this is double dummy stuff.
July 28
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Good to know, thanks Ray. But I'm sure it's not just me who didn't know this about Keith.
June 13
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A great post, but I'm still none the wiser as to what the actual Law is.
Perhaps a leading TD could clarify this most important issue.
June 12
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Andy, your post ranks about 498th on my list of comments to be considered thoughtworthy.
May 12
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Thanks all for the feedback so far.
It seems to me the time has come for the Bridge Authorities to implement some standardised Regulations regarding the use of Bridgemates.
May 12
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And watch Gromov - he keeps a close eye on what Nunes is doing with his scorecard, and then he turns towards Fantoni, who is clearly looking in the direction of the scorecard. It's almost as if Gromov catches him out (21:02), as Fantoni makes very fast eye contact with Gromov, then moves his head and eyes further to his right, and then shifts in his chair. Gromov then looks back in the direction of Nunes' scorecard.

Seems to me that Gromov was a bit suspicious and/or uncomfortable with what was going on, but we would need to ask him to know more.
May 11
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Doug, you wrote MM twice; just a typo, but should be FF.
Thanks for the analysis - good spotting.
May 4
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I have don't have a copy of their Convention Card handy, but I recall that some years' ago, Meckwell wrote ‘frequent upgrades, no downgrades.’ (I would imagine under: System Summary; General approach and style).
So they thought it was worth uttering.
March 3
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Is this 2/1 or not? If 2/1 why didn't south just raise to 3?
Feb. 25
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David, as you clearly feel very strongly about this issue, I don't know why didn't vote (but it's no big-deal).

Btw, I'm in full agreement with most of your comments.

I had the hand at the table and felt compelled to pass. I disagree with the notion that north was far more likely to be thinking about what to do with a balanced 17-19 point type hand. With that, a decent player (my partner is a many times South African champion) would have found the double. It shouldn't have happened, but he got snarled up just long enough for the BIT to be clear to me, on:
AKQxx A10xx xx xx
Feb. 17
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Thanks for posting. Buchwald's stuff is terrific.
Feb. 16
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Kieran, I think calling the first pass wet and the 2 bid comatose is bizarre.
Feb. 14
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Of course this concept first appeared in Play Bridge With Reese, entitled ‘The Little Old Ladies.’
Feb. 9
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Ok Joe, I've added stuff in the main post.
Jan. 28
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So what's your line of play to make 12 tricks?
Jan. 27
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Same here.
Oct. 21, 2018
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