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I gather Mr Chakraborty is Italian and learnt his bridge in the 60s.
June 23
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I.
June 23
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And “Case 1: I need to switch to the ♠A”, is false.

West is way odds-on to have a void; why else skip a standard response to Key Card?

As I noted above, a second diamond is required when West is 0-7-2-4.
June 22
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Anyone with two key cards and a void who,rightly or wrongly,doesn't want to be passed out in 5H.
June 22
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If we are playing standard count, partner may have 1084 and declarer 32.

I am not able to come up with a good reason for OP not to say what his partnership's signals are.
June 22
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That's nice.

Now, what sort of count?
June 22
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I play for West to be 0-7-2-4, say:
AKJxxxx xx J10xx

We will get squeezed in spades and diamonds unless I play a diamond now.

It would have been useful to know more about our signalling methods.
June 22
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment June 22
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Ron Klinger wrote this:

https://www.amazon.com/Better-Bridge-Memory-Master/dp/0304364762/

I haven't read it, so can't comment on its worth.
June 21
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As for the EC in Montecatini:

- Enza Rossano played the Women's Pairs with Sara Cividin De Sario

- Antonio Vivaldi played the Senior Pairs with Lorenzo Savelli

Something very strange is going on.
June 21
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Yes, Ruben's EBS is well worth studying.
June 21
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I would read, in order:

Reese on Play
Play Bridge With Reese
The Secrets of Winning Bridge, Jeff Rubens
Bridge Odds for Practical Players, Kelsey and Glauert
The Expert Game, J T Reese
Killing Defence, H W Kelsey
Test Your Play, Jeff Rubens

In my opinion, this is a good blend of expert theory, at-the-table discussion and tough play problems.

Paul Lavings will have copies of all of these…
June 21
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There was a series of articles run at Neapolitan Club on the topic of memorising… dunno if that is of any interest to you, as I suspect you are after more advanced techniques.

http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/category/eng/memorizing
June 21
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Old-fashioned Losing Trick Count advocates would say:
18 - (6+8) = 4.

So bid 4.
June 18
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And I am guessing that:

- East and South passed 1NT
- West doubled
- East bid 2
- West bid 2
June 18
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Have you tried “constructing some examples” where leading, say, the 8 from K1082 and the 7 from Q972 is costly?

It's my opinion that 3rd highest from four at NT is “unwise”, to say the least.
June 4
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Clarification wanted:

Does this “1-3-5” apply at NT?

To be more explicit, does anyone lead 3rd highest from a four-card suit at NT?
June 4
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????

- For the same reason Karl Schneider was clearly guilty of cheating in 1937 and 1957 and nothing was done

- For the same reason the WBF refused to find Facchini-Zucchelli guilty of cheating (just a “severe reprimand for improper conduct”) and yet barred them from future events:

ACBL Bridge Beat, 1st August, 2012:
… the WBF advised Italian bridge officials that it would not welcome the nomination of either player to any event it conducted in the immediately foreseeable future.

- For the same reason the WBF demanded a report from the Italian Bridge Federation about the Burgay Tape, and after 850 days and no report, announced, falsely (see Ortiz-Patino's The First 50 Years of the WBF), that they hed received it.

The policy is, NO SCANDALS, NO MATTER WHAT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ree0zNrSPWM
June 1
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment June 1
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We agree. And their titles must be rescinded, asap.
June 1
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Yes, Minister!
June 1
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“Barking mad” is standard UK/AU/NZ English.
June 1
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