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All cards produced by GIB's closed hand could be exposed by expert defenders. Even the most sophisticated 7 (instead jack). The point is - in my opinion - that optimality (of declarer's play) depends on the expected strenght of defenders. For the moment GIB is not going to play in Bermuda Bowl so it is trying it's best against the average players.
Nov. 11, 2018
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Thank you Craig for your opinion. It would be bad if such a nice and expert declarer's play (it is my personal opinion) receive no reaction at experts' forum. Of course the concept of GIB could be ruined by other play of defenders.
If participants of Bridgewinners will be interested I present the actual list of MPs scores of this hand.
Of course reducing the number of tricks taken by GIB to 8 (not saying to 7) would radically change the MPs score.
Nov. 10, 2018
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They probably will ruff their own spades trick ;-)
Nov. 9, 2018
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Pd second bid is strange! We probably have dominance in HCPs from one hand. But there exists (from pd's perspective) a danger of misfits. It is logical - instead of 2 - to double, having hearts and some HCPs surplus, therefore!
Nov. 8, 2018
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The chance here is the fact that normally makes troubles: division 1-5 of diamonds. Next time W will win the trick he he can not play trumps! In turn if E will win he must play to KJ from behind the queen.
Nov. 8, 2018
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In Poland there was one great actor: Gustaw Holoubek and 2 great writers: Antoni Słonimski and Jan Brzechwa, who were known as the bridge addicts.
Nov. 7, 2018
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I agree with the David's line. Basic part of it is that the hearts finesse works.
From this viewpoint one can consider winning first trick in the closed hand and make this finesse at once. And then we should cash all hearts.
We have to assume that at many other tables NS play 2 or 3 NT contracts. We have no chance against those NS pairs unless we win 3xx.
Nov. 7, 2018
Andrzej Matuszewski edited this comment Nov. 7, 2018
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Is double well defined in such position?
Nov. 6, 2018
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E must have AQ and good minors (but we do not know which of tchem is better). Spades lead is natural therefore. Of course it will not be lucky if we will see KQ10 in dummy…
Nov. 5, 2018
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At least 4-3 between hearts and clubs. 4-4 is an extreme distribution, while it is possible.
Pass is very bad because E either will pass or bid 2. Both decisions are statistically bad for us.
Nov. 5, 2018
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I passed! Of course at MPs I'd bid. Here pd can bid 4 at once and then … the only chance: he will be interested in the next deal…
Nov. 4, 2018
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Probably you know Richard that I appreciate your opinions!! (if not, I confirm this appreciation now!).
In this case you probably (or surely) know that the effect of pass was fast minus 2. They had 2 aces and 4 clubs to cash.
May be your argument is: I'll always play slam that was set through the banal ace and ruff.
I think this problem is not that banal, but may be I'm wrong. Nobody is perfect, especially me :-(
Nov. 4, 2018
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Fine joke Craig! But in this case 100% solvers would have the same answer. And I would agree with them!
Nov. 4, 2018
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I'm not sure, because in such case N has to hold a good stopper in clubs for his 3NT
Nov. 3, 2018
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Of course there exists possibility that pd has A and QJ9x. But it is extremely good configuration.
Nov. 3, 2018
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This is the question that can be formulated from the beginning.
Nov. 3, 2018
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What can I say with nice 9HCPs+ (of course with 4 hearts)?
Nov. 3, 2018
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More general meaning of 3NT is: I have nice 9HCPs+
Nov. 3, 2018
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This is an interpretation for easy option.
Nov. 3, 2018
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Try to explain Ned!
Nov. 3, 2018
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