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Hi Stu, Strong NY-area player looking for a partner for Wehrner - last minute cancellation. 3400 MP (117 plat, 1000 gold), 60 Power Rating. Leave tomorrow, staying at Cosmo. Email paullewis321@aol.com.
July 17
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Perhaps you're confusing me with Paul Lewis in Las Vegas?
March 16
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I'm confused by this note since I don't think I know you. Please email me privately. Paullewis321@aol.com
I am still free 1st Fri/Sat.
March 16
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No thanks. Don't play pro and looking for someone at my level.
March 15
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What is partner telling you? He didn't bid 5D - so you must be missing the ace of diamonds - BUT HE'S STILL INTERESTED! And he KNOWS that any finesses you might need are working. He must have something like AQJxxx A xxx xxx and need to know whether or not you can bring in the minors with one loser. With something like Kxxx KJ KQx AJTx you have to bid 5S since you'll surely lose a club in addition to AD. If you don't have KD, again you must bid 5S since you're off 2 diamond tricks. But with the hand you actually have, you can count 12 tricks with the AD and KC onside - so you should bid 6S.

Alas, my expert partner unaccountably passed 5 hearts….
Dec. 15, 2018
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Reasonable question. Partner bid 5C. Perhaps she feared I was void in hearts?
Dec. 14, 2018
Paul Lewis edited this comment Dec. 14, 2018
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Found a partner. Thanks to all.
July 17, 2018
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The diamond leaders won, as partner has Qx. In retrospect, I think this hand is instructive. Your diamond preempt did its job and made life difficult for East. Logically, anytime he has a strong hand with clubs, he doesn't have the luxury of needing 2 diamond stoppers to bid 3NT.
March 24, 2018
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Itzik is right on. Partner IS 1-3-3-6 and Pass WILL be a very bad score - this is OUR HAND and you can't let them steal. Your values are too soft for 3NT - unlikely you can run 9. I'm surprised nobody mentioned DOUBLE - cooperative (“BOP” is what my friend Mel C. calls them). Partner's hand: K QJ9x Kx AK9xxx and would have sat for a double with defensive values.

Clubs are 2-2, so 3S goes down 2 and 4C makes.
July 16, 2017
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Undiscussed, but I think 3Nt would be to play - probably 2-2 in majors. 4C wiuld be slam try with ace of clubs.
March 16, 2017
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My mistake - meant Sandwich, not Snapdragon.
Oct. 26, 2016
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Thanks, but I suspect you're confusing me with Paul Lewis who is married to Linda. My team finished 19th.
July 28, 2016
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I think that statistic is just what I'm suggesting. Applications of it would develop over time if data were easily available to the public.
July 28, 2016
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Partner's full hand was VOID 987x QJx KQxxxx. I certainly would double with that hand. Pulling to 3C? Maybe…..
June 9, 2016
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Glad y'all agree with me - but partner had a spade void and KQxxxx of clubs. 2S was not a success.
June 8, 2016
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Thanks for the info, Peg and Gary. I took about 40 years off from bridge – but the idea of Denver in December makes me shiver….
Dec. 13, 2015
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I think the time has come to consider moving the Fall Nationals to earlier in November. EVERY one of the past 5 years, the Fall Nationals has had lower attendence than the other two. Spring and Summer are almost always over 1000 tables – Fall is NEVER over 1000 (at least not since 2007). Let's experiment with having it the last 2 weeks of November, ending Thanksgiving Weekend. That way, people wanting to spend Thanksgiving with relatives could leave early.
Dec. 13, 2015
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It would be nice if the ACBL would build a database/spreadsheet on the website showing the number of entries at National events at previous nationals.
Dec. 6, 2015
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We play 2 over 1 is game-forcing, so there was no need for 4th suit forcing.
June 23, 2015
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What does LHO have that she cares about KEY CARDS IN SPADES? The King of Spades must be an important card to her – she must have a doubleton spade. If you lead either ace, she can pitch her hypothetical spade loser on a red suit king. And a trump lead won't help either – declarer can knock out a red ace and use the Ace of Spades as an entry for a pitch.

So what's left? You have to play partner for the Q of spades and lead a spade (he has it). RHO's hand - xx x x AKQJTxxxx. You're all wrong! Wish I had thought of that at the time – I lead A of hearts.
Jan. 6, 2015
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