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Mats, there are lots of different pros and sponsors. Years ago Victor Mitchell always took the blame. But he was such a great player that no one believed him. Some sponsors don't mind or even enjoy it when the pro admits his error. Only some sponsors are influenced against rehiring a pro who makes an error. Let's face it, it's a weird scene. There are very few sports where the amateur buys his way onto the team. That's why we tried prize-money individuals in the early 90's. Perhaps we should try it again.
June 15
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Good point. She should not signal for diamonds with Qxxx. Only with queen third or fewer.
Oct. 29, 2019
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Oct. 27, 2019
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Amen, amen!
And you as well, David
Those who give a blessing are blessed by G-d in return.
Oct. 12, 2019
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Tanya,
Hi. I'm happy to say the Polo Grounds was before my time. :)
Oct. 10, 2019
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Ron, thanks so much. G'mar Chatima Tova and Good Yom Tov!
Oct. 10, 2019
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That’s better!
I was charmed by the 3 jxxx idea. :)
Oct. 8, 2019
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Ron and Adam, I don't remember Johnny Rau. But thanks for the info!
Oct. 8, 2019
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Probably right to let East win the first trick, because you can get to your hand to play the clubs, if you choose to do this (assuming West follows). Also East might hold two club honors and unblock the next one when he returns the suit.

On this deal, East will probably return a club in case partner led from 10xx.
West must guess well and pitch a spade instead of a heart.
Now declarer might assume Jxxx in each suit, as in those rubber bridge days, leading from Jxxx was taboo.

So cash two diamonds and lead out four hearts.

West wins and must lead a spade or cash the diamond Jack first.
If he leads a low spade you throw him back in for a diamond trick at the end.
If he leads the jack of spades, you win and throw East in for a spade finesse!
Not simple. All based on the 4441 assumption.
Oct. 8, 2019
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I don't know. He sometimes came to the Jersey shore in the summers of the 1960's.
Oct. 7, 2019
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Exactly!
Oct. 7, 2019
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Wow. Now I remember he relief pitched for the Yankees in later years.
Oct. 7, 2019
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Harold and his first wife Joyce were friends of ours. We had many good times with them. We also saw Harold and Joyce in Las Vegas sadly right after her son was lost in 9/11. (He worked at the top of the twin towers.) We met Harold's lovely wife Janis at the nationals this summer. A most exciting memory was when I partnered Al Rand with Harold and David, as they carried us to first place in a national Mens BAM teams. I'll say kaddish for him.
Oct. 6, 2019
Matthew Granovetter edited this comment Oct. 6, 2019
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Josh, just saw this. Can you send me the address or contact info of his wife?
Thanks. I'm at granovetterm@gmail.com
Oct. 6, 2019
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So there are two opposite ways to play this hand. Discovery and Conceal.
Sept. 9, 2019
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Good point, maybe because at our bridge club, only some open.
Sept. 9, 2019
Matthew Granovetter edited this comment Sept. 9, 2019
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6-4 is possible, but 5-5 is probable.
Sept. 9, 2019
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I love Michael's point, and then Bernie wrote just what I was going to write in reply, but I came home too late. Another point is that since East might be brilliant, maybe he's partnered by a less brilliant student – it happens – and then South, in the scenario HK, HA, ruff, club ten lead, West may go up king with the CK or play low without thought without the king. There are lots of ways to discover!
Sept. 9, 2019
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So sorry to read this. Pamela and I were friends of Anders mostly because of the series of articles he wrote for our magazine, Bridge Today. They were about the theory that leading shortness against a suit contract is superior to trying to force declarer, even when you hold long trumps.
We naturally corresponded a lot between New York and Malmo, and later between Israel and Sweden. I refer to him all the time in my bridge classes or when I’m coaching. He was an original writer and thinker.
March 25, 2019
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Congrats to the Glassons! I guess nice guys do finish first.
July 25, 2017
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