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David Burn
David Burn
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Aug. 28, 2010
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about me

A bookful blockhead, ignorantly read

With loads of learned lumber in his head,

Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot

To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.

United Kingdom

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What exactly is an elopement?l
To me, a [i]coup en passant[/i] is the simplest possible case of an elopement. Certainly Kelsey and Ottlik thought so (see page 110 of [i]Adventures in Card Play[/i]). There, they say simply: "Elopement play may be defined as a method of scoring tricks (or a threat ...
Difference of Opinion
Sure - [i]if[/i] there was an agreement to be forgotten. I am notoriously absent-minded in such matters, but I assure you that if I were playing that a 2 response to Stayman showed a five-card major I would remember it. One of the (many) reasons I don't ...
Tollemache Qualifier - Group A
The two North-South pairs score with the two East-West pairs, producing four IMP results on each board which are then aggregated. The VP scale is adjusted accordingly (to win a 12-board match 20-0 requires +132 IMPs).
Difference of Opinion
Only in the sense of "a perfect storm".
Difference of Opinion
Nobody is suggesting that South can actually tell West what South does not know (which is that North-South do not know the methods). But for the purposes of score adjustment West is assumed to have the correct explanation (which is that North-South do not know the methods). West is also ...
Difference of Opinion
Nobody is "entitled to" any wrong explanations. But everybody is entitled to the correct explanation, which is "We do not know what this auction means: it may be that South has shown five spades via 2 then 3NT, while North has shown 3+ hearts and 2 spades via 2 ...
Difference of Opinion
It does seem a bit odd that South should have "temporarily forgotten" a variant of Stayman so unusual that I do not recall coming across it in thirty years of studying high-level bidding methods. As in the vast majority of cases of this kind, the partnership really had no agreement ...
Difference of Opinion
No, it isn’t. The actual position (as usual) is that North-South didn’t know what they were doing, but among the possibilities were playing what North thought the system was and playing what South thought the system was. Armed with [i]that[/i] information (together with whatever guff South ...
It took 45 years but eventually....
First time I saw this manoeuvre attempted was at Brighton many years ago. A defender led the king from KJ109xx with a side king after he had opened a weak two in the long suit, doubled on his left and removed to 3NT on his right. A flaw in someone ...
Play 6NT
No, it mustn't. If, say, you play a diamond to the queen and then duck a diamond at once, you still cannot make. For a start, what will you pitch from dummy on that second round of diamonds? If God had meant you to make 6NT on a double ...

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