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The diagram worked now with pviewer instead of handviewer
{pviewer d=w&v=0&n=saq3hkq52dj74cakt&s=sjt964hj8dk2c8732&a=p1c1d1s2dx3dppxp3sp4sppp&p=dad4d8d2d6d7d9dksjs2s3s8s4s5sqd3h2h4hjh9h8h3hkhadqs6d5djc2c4}
Thank you for all the tipps and the help, especially to Kevin O'Dea who sent me this sequence. One last point though: I'm still struggling with page 2, namely showing all four hands and the suequence of play. Does anyone know whether I have to use pviwer or handviewer or both for that? As it is nothing seems to work again :/
April 5, 2017
Lauritz Streck edited this comment April 5, 2017
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I never really thought about that but there just might not be any legitimate smother plays (in the sense that they are the only line that work). At least in the case where Dummy has a master trump but to few cards and you have a loser in the sidesuit this appears to be true. If Dummys other card is the last of its kind: Three Tricks before the end you could just cross to the master trump and pitch your loser on that card. If there is another card out: The hand with the long hand needs to have it for the smother play to work, so you could just cross to the master trump and ruff it.
EDIT: I overlooked that the loser might be in the Same suit as Dummys last card, as in the example pointed out by Stefan below. And of course the trick you lose might be in trump like in Dales example below.
April 4, 2017
Lauritz Streck edited this comment April 4, 2017
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It doesn't seem to work, even if I put in just the first trick. Probably the whole Syntax is wrong, I used &p=… for the Order of play because it sounded like this on one of the sites with advice, not sure this is correct. Would anyone have the Code of a hand with Next Button and two hands from an article already published? I could Check the Syntax then.
April 4, 2017
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Thanks for the link! It doesn't seem to work on my laptop though for whatever reason, so I hope this is still okay. Next time I'll give it a try on another try.
April 4, 2017
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Both line work against 1354 specifically - if East has 1453 he can play his fourth hearts while dummy has to follow suit.
April 4, 2017
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Hm, never mind the smother part, a dummy reversal would work too in the same layouts.
Sorry if the play is hard to follow, I didn't manage to include a partial hand diagram either
April 4, 2017
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If West splits I could just win, cash A and Q and ruff a heart. If he doesn't win there are 10 tricks, otherwise he'll have to play a club at trick 11. Somehow I wouldn't have too many other choices if he had split.
April 4, 2017
Lauritz Streck edited this comment April 4, 2017
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I tried adding a diagram with the sequence of play on the first hand. I haven't found a tool to generate the play with the mighty “Next” button so I tried it by hand. Does anyone know what's wrong with this code? {handviewer d=w&v=0&n=saq3hkq52dj74cakt&s=sjt964hj8dk2c8732&p=dad4d8d2d6d7d9dksjs2s3s8s4s5sqd3h2h4hjh9h8h3hkhadqs6d5djc2c4}
April 4, 2017
Lauritz Streck edited this comment April 5, 2017
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At the table this hand passed and partner has Q AKDxxxx Axx xx, -650 instead of -300. Should He have bid his hand differently or is this just the price to pay for Petting pressure on the opponents in 3rd hand and having wide-ranging preempts there?
April 4, 2017
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Would you have bid 5 last round then? Sorry for the delayed editing.
March 14, 2017
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Kit Woolsey even advocated redoubling with a normal overcall in the Same situation (playing I think the blue ribbon Pairs) on the Basis that the (even top notch) opponents might not know there agreements in one of his articles, so having a misunderstanding here certainly isn't uncommon.
Sept. 14, 2016
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Thank you for writing this series! It really gives new and fascinating insights on the way to think at the table with every article.
One question to the content though: What would South do with a huge hand and no clear direction over 4? After all East might just be fooling around, even though that's unlikely in this specific situation. But I guess Likelihood doesn't really mesh well with firm agreements.
So could you please explain when after your agreements Double of an artificial call by an unpassed hand is lead-directing and when it is Take-out?
Aug. 20, 2016
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My mistake, I hope that won't change the votes too badly
July 20, 2016
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I guess I'm definitely not spoiling the hand for anyone still thinking about the problem now, so here are the results from the table:
The West Hand was:

K
10xxx
xxxxx
Dxx

East had

xxxxx
xx
Bxx
xxx

I followed the endplay-line Marc suggested above by cashing the hearts, ruffing a diamond, drawing trumps, cashing AK and KQ before exiting with a club.
As you can see that was remarkably successful. I still see West recounting the hand before cashing her diamond with an air of astonishment.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to think about the best line in this problem!
June 15, 2016
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With this Line you have the extra Chance that someone may discard his “idle fifth” in Diamonds. It seems almost impossible that an opponent will pitch two spades from say

Kxx
xx
Bxxxx
Qxx

after seeing his Partners second card in Diamonds and thus probably knowing that you have only four
May 6, 2016
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