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I need 4 tricks in s, but it's not the only issue. Please see David's comment above.
July 13
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Excellent deduction! That's exactly what West had, and it seems to me that your line is the only way leading to success when East inserted a honor. Yet, if East plays a small and your T wins, I guess, then, finesse is not needed and playing a is also OK.

Note: Obviously, if one assumes that East played small from KQ9x, inserting 8 spot is necessary.

Edit: I've added the first note to the top paragraph
July 13
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment July 14
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Another question: Can you make it if West has
AKx KQTxx xxx xx, or
AKx KQTxx Kxx xx?

I think West could set it by continuing s.
July 12
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment July 12
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The important question is if 4 is makeable when West has Kx or Qx? So, how meaningful is it to delay playing 8?
July 12
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment July 12
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You didn't miss anything. I asked this just out of curiosity (due to a discussion about the play), and maybe to find diverse views…
July 12
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment July 12
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When West discards a , dummy doesn't pitch a but .
July 8
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It is the layout nearly figured out by the declarer at that stage. I could have put “?” instead of 4, T and Q, but the software doesn't allow me to do that.
July 8
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Yes, #26 it is! Thank you for the link. I will go through all those fifty tunes of squeeze when I find time.
July 8
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment July 8
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Discarding T instead of T would be a big mistake if West's highest spot card in were greater than that of declarer's.
July 8
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I am convinced that Steve's line is the best; also elegant, and simple enough.
May 21
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Timo: As I already said, I cannot argue with that. However, it looks like a good idea and fun that we play a tournament (any kind) together when you come to and have time in Turkey. See you…
May 19
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It's on the next page of the main article Stefan.
May 19
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Hmmbrkf, interestingly good point. I cannot argue with that although the odds you mention are arguable, depending on bidding style of opponents (as you note). Anyway, I am still inclined to see my partner's line as best. :)
May 19
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Erased since already implied above.
May 19
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment May 19
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I didn't think about playing a at trick 3. Considering Stefan's layout, it looks the second best by a small margin.
May 19
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In the original deal,

West had: K52 QT Q863 JT76

Only 8 declarers made it out of 47 in 6.
Feb. 13
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When West has the long s, it looks reasonable to play A, K (pitching a from dummy) and ruff a .

The analysis (as far as I was able to manage):

(1) When West has xxxx:

Now, our s are good. We cash A, come to K, discard a on a good (West following), and ruff a . As long as West has at least two s, we're home.

(2) When West has xxx:

We come to K and play another . If West has 3-3-3-4 distribution with Q, (s)he will have a problem. If West discards a , we ruff a , cash our last trump and play the good ; if (s)he discards a , we simply cash A and J. A rare endgame!

(3) When West has xx:

In this case, finesse was necessary, in addition to finding West with Q to the third. So, we go down because we cashed top s.

(4) When West has Qxxx:

As in (2), we come to K and play another . Now, the last resort is West's having doubleton Q.

(5) When West has Qxx:

We come to K and play a good . West ruffs and plays . Then, we still need to find West with Q.

NOTE: I haven't looked into the case where East has the long s; however, then, success probability is lower.

EDIT: In (2), the phrase “we simply cash A and K” was corrected as “we simply cash A and J”. Thanks for the notice.
Feb. 13
Okan Zabunoglu edited this comment Feb. 13
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I had once had a chance to play against the Schwartz Team (with Krekorian, Casen, Blanchard) at the first match in my only Spingold experience in the 1990s, and got knocked out right away. It was an unforgettable event…

My condolences to his family and friends.
Feb. 11
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Thanks a lot for your comments and/or the information you've given.
Jan. 14
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Recollecting the other articles of Liam Milne; I am still not sure about the catch in this one, and waiting for a conclusive statement from him.

Happy new year.
Dec. 31, 2018
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