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Wow. Just wow.

No wonder committees get so many decisions wrong. This is such an open-and-shut case.

N/S agreed to play drury and both forgot. I don't care how many points they have, it is their responsibility to remember their agreements. E/W are entitled to know what their agreements are.

If S had properly alerted N's bid, I am more than willing to accept E's contention that he would have doubled for the lead. (I believe I would have done so and his willingness to risk making the comment is prima facie evidence that he indeed was preparing to do exactly that.)

On a lead, N/S would almost certainly not make 5.

As for E's ‘Natural?’ comment, I am far more hesitant to ascribe sinister motives to it than Mr. Vujcic, Mr. McGuire and friends. If I made such a comment at a club game against I/N opps it would be to help jog the opponents memories. If I remain silent, I can take a 2-way shot later (if it turns out to have been drury.)
May 20, 2013
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment May 20, 2013
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It means they're going down in 3.
May 20, 2013
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Very eloquently put, Mr. Burn. I haven't seen so much double-dummy backseat declaring since I last sat in the Cayne peanut gallery on BBO.

While specifically kx onside is indeed fairly unlikely, specifically xx AND stiff club onside is even more unlikely. AND even moreso once the tempo is considered, at least against the vast majority of players.

The last bit is the aggravating (for declarer) part. If E returns a club in tempo, declarer has A CHANCE to allow table feel to overcome a priori probability. And it seems that a fair number of others indeed did so (assuming the same defense at most tables, which seems likely.)
May 20, 2013
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I don't like slow play at club games and I especially don't like slow play that looks like coffeehousing (whether it is or not here is only known by others.)

I approve of the director call, because behavior like that impacts everyone's ‘fun’ (for those worried about fun.)

Local rivalries (that can last years or even decades) are JUST AS IMPORTANT as some random board you played against Joe Shmoe at a nationals, yet everyone would call the director here if Joe Shmoe did that.
May 19, 2013
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Well, that's another reason I dislike psychs. The ethical conundrums they so often pose. (Whether a psych has been exposed or not, hidden agreements, etc.)

While I was playing with a partner who I knew would pass 5 if I bid it (because we have no sophisticated (and very few unsophisticated) slam-going tools in our arsenal,) it felt wrong as the psych hadn't truly been ‘exposed’ and in theory 5 might be a slam try (however unlikely that might be.)
May 18, 2013
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To Erik-Jan's points, didn't ducking the first heart not also give world class defenders a strong inference that S is short in and that his actual shape is his most likely shape?

It would surely be automatic to cover at trick 1 otherwise.

I think E showed a distinct lack of imagination with his defense. He should have been asking himself why on earth trick 1 was ducked. Why did S not want him on lead so desperately that he was willing to risk looking silly if W turned up with J9? It surely wasn't because he holds Ax or xx or qx in as that holding can be attacked with equal effectiveness from either side.
May 18, 2013
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I'd just cover and hope that E goes for a ruff and W ruffs with a natural trump trick. I think that IF your line is best it is only best against a tiny subset of players (I understand the people at the table probably constituted part of that tiny subset, I just meant in terms of presenting this as a ‘lesson hand’ for general application.)

I think I'd crawl under the table and die when that 9 of hearts hit the table at trick 2. +140 was a happy ending, though.
May 18, 2013
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In the interest of science (and reminding myself of why I don't like psychs as I periodically seem to need to do) I tried psyching in a little 12-boarder on BBO and it (probably, had everything else gone more or less the same) cost me and my partner first place.

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?myhand=M-26085579-1368844303

Clever opps not to double.
May 17, 2013
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment May 17, 2013
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I started to bid 3. It's REALLY close. Opps sure are doing a lot of passing, almost feels like a failure to alert happened.
May 17, 2013
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My 2nd favorite psych is psyching exclusion with appropriate hands.
May 15, 2013
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My favorite psych is the psych partner considered making and then decided not to.
May 15, 2013
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I'm surprised at the lead.
May 13, 2013
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3, although not discussed, would show this exact hand … lol
May 10, 2013
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I blame whoever got mad first.

(Tip: I usually get mad when I'm maddest at myself.)
May 5, 2013
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I'd really like to see the vugraph table livestreamed. It's a little underwhelming just how little ‘playing bridge online’ has changed in the ~20 years we've been doing it. If guys can broadcast themselves http://www.twitch.tv/lethalfrag playing video games at home, surely we can provide basic high definition video coverage of our national championship.
April 28, 2013
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-1 in game, -1 in slam … what's the difference?

Edit: I'd blame neither or both. South was a tad undisciplined, but North can visualize slam opposite a disciplined 3N (even with D, assuming HA 7 solid and a little something else) so why'd he pass?
April 27, 2013
Jonathan Ferguson edited this comment April 27, 2013
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Good luck to the Brady Bunch (I'm sure you've never heard that b4.)
April 26, 2013
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If RHO shows out on the first and the A is on the left, quite an interesting 10-14 with (at best) - kjx jxxxx Ktxxx
April 26, 2013
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Nope, you ruffed the 3rd club, you ruffed 2 and you ruffed a high, there is no to K left.

I blame Henry. He dismissed Barry so fast that I was looking for something ‘clever’. (And yes, Barry could have fleshed out his post some, but when you're first post you don't want to be mr spoiler and his post was pretty clear.)
April 26, 2013
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Don't you mean Barry's line? (Since they're identical and Barry made the first post in the thread.)
April 26, 2013
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