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Ira Rubin would be horrified at all the passes.
March 1
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I have no recollection of posting this problem and no clue why I posted it. I presume I had some weird theory about what the right opening lead was. But we'll never know.
Feb. 18
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I'm dummy. At trick three, I'll play whatever partner instructs me to play.
Feb. 5
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You're arguing against the converse of what I said.
Feb. 2
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For it to be right to bid over an opponent's 1NT at IMPs, you need to take at least two tricks more in a suit contract than you can take in notrump. That is unlikely to be the case when your hand is balanced. Look at it this way: If partner opened a 6-8 HCP 1NT, would you pass or employ a garbage Stayman auction to get to a major?
Jan. 31
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I’m surprised 2 is the plurality choice. I thought the choice was between 2 and pass. Surely pass is right unless you have a game. If you aren’t going to try for game, why not just defend?
Jan. 28
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Isn't the club king at trick two better than the diamond king?
Jan. 25
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Doubling is more than a suggestion.
Jan. 24
Phillip Martin edited this comment Jan. 24
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I have no reason to believe the opponents have 8 spades. I have no reason to believe we have a 9-card fit. I have no expectation of making a game. I suppose one could bid anyway on the principle that it's painful to go through an entire auction without bidding anything, but I prefer to have a more constructive reason.
Jan. 23
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Unless those x's are actually X's, I doubt a passive defense is going to beat this. I think I need to go after a minor-suit trick before declarer can establish a spade for a pitch. The Q seems to offer the best chance. Obviously the queen could gain over a small one by deception, but it could also gain on technical grounds.
Jan. 21
Phillip Martin edited this comment Jan. 21
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“If two people at the table think you're going down–and you're one of them–you're probably going down.”
Jan. 20
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It's not as though that problem doesn't have an answer. You play the one you are most confident is a winner. Although I have noticed people get upset if you take too much time deciding which winner that is.
Jan. 12
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You didn't follow your rule, Michael. “Always play the jack unless you have to.”
Jan. 9
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I don't see how partner can have the heart ace. But it's easy to construct a scenario where he has the diamond ace. East bid 7 with a diamond void and took his partner's pass over 7 to show the diamond ace. West, however, thought he was simply suggesting 7, not 7NT.
Jan. 9
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It's interesting how often, when we fail to include ‘other’ as an option, ‘other’ turns out to be the right answer. It's indicative of how prevalent false dichotomies are in our thinking.
Jan. 7
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A natural 1NT in sandwich position needs a source of tricks.
Jan. 7
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Equal blame subsumes no blame.
Jan. 5
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I've never abstained because I wouldn't find myself in the position presented in the problem. In fact, some of the most interesting problems are those you wouldn't find yourself in, precisely because they are outside your normal experience. To my mind, the reason to abstain is that you feel, for one reason or another, that the problem is invalid and can't be answered.
Jan. 4
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3 might well be a better choice than double on the first round. But double hardly strikes me as so absurd that one must abstain.
Jan. 4
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Splinters should transfer captaincy. If you think you should bid again after you splinter and partner signs off, you should have done something other than splinter.
Jan. 4
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