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Kit Woolsey
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July 29, 2010
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Kit Woolsey is a world-class bridge and backgammon player, analyst, and writer. His most recent major victory was winning the Cavendish Invitational Pairs in 2011. He was elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2005 and lives in Kensington, CA.

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Suit combination: QJ8x opposite A7xxx
Andy properly demonstrates the best procedure for working out this and other card combinations.
On an Assumption
In order to have both an invite in diamonds and a signoff diamonds, you would need to either: Play 2 over 1 as not an absolute game force. or Play 1NT response as 100% forcing. I believe that the cost of taking either of these approaches outweighs the gain from ...
Does UI have to be helpful to count?
You say: South decided - rightly or wrongly - that his hand warranted a raise to game. That may or may not be the case. South's statement is self-serving and can be ignored. We can't read South's mind. What we can do is look at South's hand. Is ...
Tempo question ( too fast over a jump)
The answer is that there are no guidelines. Each case has to be analyzed separately. There are some situations where it is obvious what is suggested by the UI. A slow penalty double indicates that the player isn't really sure. A slow signoff to partner's slam try indicates ...
Tempo question ( too fast over a jump)
I will accept that double is a logical alternative. What I don't accept is that the UI suggests bidding 6. Suppose South had doubled, and that turned out to be the winning action. It could be argued just as easily (and more accurately IMO) that the fast 5 ...
Your call
In scenario 1, I don't think any particular inference can be drawn from partner's slowness. I can't imagine him bidding a quick 3 whatever his hand is on this auction. In scenario 2, obviously you must pass.
Tempo question ( too fast over a jump)
Seems to me that South has a pretty clear drive to slam. I was more wondering if we were missing a grand. Even if South's bid were marginal, what does a "fast" 5 bid tell South other than what South already knows from the 5 call --- that ...
On an Assumption
We have no way to invite with long diamonds -- that is correct. We can sign off in 3 immediately by bidding 3. We can also choose to bid 1NT (which will usually be passed if opener is 5-3-3-2), and then bid 3 if opener's rebid doesn ...
On an Assumption
East would have a problem only when he has the ace of spades but not the queen, which will occur 25% of the time. And as Richard points out, he will probably get it right then. Making a trump play is far more important.
Obviously South didn't have to get in there. But what does North have different from what he has already shown?

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