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Hi Ralph,

Thank you for volunteering your time to be our partnership coach. You lend insight and experience that our NPC cannot, and he is first to admit it!

You talk about how reading a little bit every night can be more effective for improving than playing hours of live bridge, such as Hugh Kelsey. Do you have a single book would you recommend most for this purpose(so not Adventures in Cardplay)?

You've also mentioned how you use your table feel to make critical decisions. Do you have any fun table feel stories?

Thanks,
Will
July 12, 2018
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I was as shocked as anyone when declarer went up with the A at trick twelve. But now I think it was a very deep and well reasoned play, for a reason I did not see anyone mention yet. If the Wei pair did have a misunderstanding on their way to 7D and opening leader was staring at Kxxx of spades, wouldn't a spade have been an attractive lead? He can see his spades are sitting in front of the strong hand, the hand that asked about spades. It seems normal to me to lead a spade here and force the opponents to commit early. On the other hand, if opening leader was not looking at the K of spades, there is no obvious reason to lead a spade. On this logic, I think playing for the drop was a great play with a truly underserved result.
Jan. 4, 2018
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When I first read your comment I thought this wouldn't work because partner would be misled on my shape. But this is probably the best technical play because partner should have enough information to find the correct defense. He knows declarer probably has 3 spades (since I doubled earlier), 5 hearts, at least 2 diamonds and at least 2 clubs. His diamond play seems to indicate 3, so he might deduce exactly 2 clubs. Then he needs to see the possible spade situation and avoid the “obvious” overtake and spade shift.
April 13, 2017
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RHO bidding 3 indicating a preference is a good point and something I didn't consider.
April 13, 2017
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Even playing very standard methods, wouldn't 4NT keycard, followed by 5 over the expected 0 key card response, ask for a 3rd round control in hearts? With all that room below 6, partner can show 3rd round control or the Q of hearts.
Nov. 8, 2016
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Aiming for a trump lead in grand.
Sept. 27, 2016
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17 years? What motivated you to put bridge on hold for so long?

Thanks,
Will
Sept. 23, 2016
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I don't believe a priori you should play for anything but QJ tight or stiff honor, but if you're confident you could try this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_coup
Jan. 19, 2016
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In the GNT Open Flight finals, both pairs opened 6C. Partner had a void in clubs, one opponent had Kx.
Sept. 10, 2015
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it's an unusual hand for sure, and maybe something you'll never see in a lifetime. But it's still an interesting problem.
Aug. 29, 2015
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I think after cashing the club ace, a low spade wins on all distributions. A and Q will lose to RHO having Kxx.
Aug. 29, 2015
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This should be featured. A great topic and well written.
July 7, 2015
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Thanks for all the responses everyone! All the comments made a lot of sense and definitely will be something I look for in the future.
June 17, 2015
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Well written article Oren!
Dec. 24, 2014
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Whoops good catch, thanks.

And I do think strong hands with 4+ support for partner's major should show it with 2NT or whatever your methods are. I was more interested in the strong, shapely, one suited hands. To tell the truth, I thought it was standard for 2/1 to be GF here showing the strong shapely hands.
Aug. 4, 2014
William Zhu edited this comment Aug. 4, 2014
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