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Agree with PM - cashing tricks on a particular layout takes precedence over pre-arranged general methods.

It may be that partner has to rise to the occasion. C'est la vie.
2 hours ago
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I hear that New Zealanders have recently discovered two new uses for sheep:

Wool and meat.
Aug. 20
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CAB lives.
Aug. 19
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Deleted… now redundant.
Aug. 17
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 17
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D. None of the above.

I am a big fan of raising with three trumps… to not bid 2 with three, a singleton and a minimum hand is a crime against humanity.

1 - 1
2 - 2 *
4

* 4-4 majors and forcing

It is close to mpossible to miss slam now.
Aug. 16
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Robert May, one-time lecturer in mathematics at Harvard, wrote articles on bridge odds for Australian Bridge magazine in the 1970s.

Quibblers soon learnt that arguing probability with Prof. May was futile.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_May,_Baron_May_of_Oxford

Edit: typo
Aug. 11
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 11
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Paul Lavings, at bridgegear.com, has several copies of Eleanor Tenant's book, mentioned above.

He also has an extensive set of books on whist, dating back to Edmund Hoyle.
Aug. 6
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I have played LJS (Lowest Jump Shift) is a serious GF+ raise for over 20 years… that includes 1 - 3

This frees up a 2NT response to be 13-15 flat, and thereby allows a 2/1 to be a real suit.
Aug. 1
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Very interesting article… please keep us posted.
July 17
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Most interesting… thanks for posting.
July 8
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It's hard to find any details of the International Bridge League… no one seems to have documented the affairs of the day.
July 7
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I like 2 and regard it as the best call for reasons given here:
http://www.australianbridge.com/article_39-5_raisingonthree.php

Those enlightened folk who raise liberally with three-card support generally use 2NT as an enquiry, not a natural invite.

A simple scheme:
3m = three trumps, natural
3M = 4 trumps, min
>3M = 4 trumps, max
3NT = three trumps, 13+ - 14 flat.

Responder, having bid 1 with 4-4 in the majors, should rebid 2 to get back to a 4-4 fit when opener has, say, 4-3-5-1
July 4
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I believe Siniscalco has a doctorate in civil engineering.
June 29
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Well, Forquet and Dr Siniscalco (BB 1957-1959) are still alive, so if they draft one of those nouveux blow-ins like Arturo Franco (1974) or Vito Pittala (1973), they have a team.
June 29
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I am old enough to remember when, if a politician said, “I accept full responsibility”, it meant he was about to tender his resignation.

Nowadays it means, “I am making some meaningless noises and hope that people forget about this current stuff-up quite quickly.”
June 26
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Curiously, I recall when Tim Seres returned from a big tournament in Paris.

“It took me only a few hands to realise, if they didn't lead a doubleton, they didn't have one.”
June 26
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And anyone who thinks Reese-Schapiro were *not* signalling heart length at the 1965 Bowl is referred to Danny Kleinman's devastating analysis of the available hands.

It forms the last third of his book, Bridge Internationals, Famous and Infamous.
June 26
ATB
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I gather Mr Chakraborty is Italian and learnt his bridge in the 60s.
June 23
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