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I think BW does fine in this regard. It is not critical software and because it is web-based, they can push out fixes quickly. The organization I'm in has several full-time testers and new releases go through extensive beta testing. I don't think that either the context or budget of BW justifies this approach.
July 20
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On the first hand, it seems to me that South can take another call. 5S is still reasonably safe even if you remove North's KQ and playable if you remove the AQ, which is a questionable 4 bid.
It's also a good hand for fit jumps.
July 20
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@John, I don't think West asked for East's benefit. Both partners always ask and I am pretty sure West would have asked anyhow.
July 20
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For those not familiar with the hand, see http://csbnews.org/2014-spring-nabc-dallas-the-vanderbilt-final/?lang=en.
July 19
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Verizon has informed me that it is impossible to arrange for my phone to work in Canada. As I will be on vacation in the True North for another two weeks after bridge, my plan is to get a cheap pay-as-you-go phone for use there. However, I was not able to find anywhere near the tourney site where I might be able to do that. Any suggestions?
July 18
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At the end, in trying to guess West's shape, there's also the matter of the bidding. A preemptive jump is more likely with a side doubleton than with a completely flat hand.
July 18
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On your auction, it's a level lower, responder hasn't promised at least invitational values, and opener hasn't promised real clubs. So I don't think there is enough in common to arbitrarily play the same thing.
This is especially true when you play double as support!
July 17
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I win the second club and float the 9. Assuming it wins (or is covered and I return to the 8), I lead the J. If RHO plays the queen, I play the king and am home if no really bad breaks. Otherwise, I think LHO has the queen and try the king anyway.
July 17
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In general, in the US, indictments and convictions are matters of public record. However, so long as you stay on the right side of the law, your tax information remains private. (Unless it is hacked, leaked, or released voluntarily.)
July 16
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I disagree. Many psyches work particularly well against GIB because it believes your bidding, where a human would find the right defensive play “just in case you were goofing.” And in bridge, sometimes you sit in third seat with xxxxx AK x xxxxx and decide to try 1. In this game, that can't happen.
July 15
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If you have a 14 count, especially in 3rd/4th seat, you probably have the best hand.
July 14
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It is simple, but not necessarily easy.
July 14
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Why wouldn't 2NT be the same as in an uncontested auction? Or is the assumption that you open enough of the unbalanced 11 counts that game is not in the picture?
July 13
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Please specify the form of scoring. Also, I would consider 3, especially at IMPs.
July 13
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Thanks for everything and the partial hand feature in particular. I was just about to post an article on an end position and am grateful not to have to enter a whole hand, then carefully delete most of the played cards.
July 13
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Some people play that opener's raise of responder's suit promises four, in which case 3=4=5=1 is a problematic shape, leading to the off-shape 1NT opener. With 4=4=4=1, you can open 1 with no rebid problem. So I think analysis of this hand should focus on 3=4=5=1.
(FWIW, Kit gets around this with a 2 rebid because he plays a strong club and doesn't need 2 to show reversing strength.)
July 11
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Henry Liddell was the father of Alice Liddell, whose contribution to bridge theory is discussed at http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/09/style/pastimes-bridge.html .
July 11
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Mostly as Craig suggests, though 3 by opener would show shortness there.
July 11
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As with Ray, just above, but I also like the idea that either partner can rebid responder's suit (if there is one) to suggest a Moysian.
I also play that you don't bid bad suits to avoid 6x with two trump losers.
July 10
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