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Seldom, this will be a 4-2 fit, but I don't care… sometimes they will play 2M and I need a diamond lead.
May 14
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Yes, indeed… is the purpose:

- to dispassionately clarify a matter of partnership arrangement
- to make an brief, interesting observation about the previous hand that others will find entertaining and/or amusing
- to apportion blame where it belongs; with you-know-who.

I think that the great majority of PMs belong in the third group.
May 14
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Paul:

For many decades at rubber bridge, Tim Seres said, “Well done”, if partner made the contract. He said, “Bad luck”, if partner went down.

He NEVER engaged in an at-the-table post-mortem during a tournament.


The Bridge World, Interview with Tim Seres, Jan 2013:

A.W.: What about matters at the table such as comments and conversation?

T.S.: You must keep your mind off past deals, because that affects both your concentration and that of your
partner. A partnership must not discuss any of its problems at the table. Any debate can only encourage the opponents and distract your own pair.
May 14
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Jan is on the right track; as Jeff Rubens pointed out in a Theater of the Absurd article, the aim should be to play 7NTXX.

Opening 2, then bidding a minor or two is a reasonable plan.
May 10
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If one hand guards spades and diamonds, they are finished after cashing nine red winners…
May 9
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To rebid 2 is most unwise.

What, exactly, would that achieve, other than help the opponents when they ended up playing the hand?
April 19
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I don't have the issue, but it's in the August, 1963 BW.
April 9
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Indeed the South hand is above minimum.

Personally, I play a 4 rebid as 0-1 KCs; the need for better methods is clear. My (borrowed from Kokish) structure allows for showing a 5-2-2-4. Now a Q ask is easy.

In my view, a GF raise should always show 4+ support. A great many endplays require a trump in each hand…
April 9
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I am surprised by the number of opinions express so far that seem to ignore the chance of opponents bidding spades and partner being on lead.

Well, I guess if “40 years ago, we were told to open your longest suit first”, there is no need to think further.
April 2
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Not my choice of opening lead; on a bad day, they take the first eight tricks on some cross-ruff.
April 1
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As the joke goes, “Don't worry about the world ending tomorrow. It's already tomorrow in Australia”
April 1
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That layout makes partner's 4 bid a little thin…
March 28
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Anyone not playing 2XX has the spine of an earthworm.
March 24
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Tim Seres was one player who considered doubleton leads to be a last resort.

Upon his return from a tournament in Paris:
“It took me a few hands to realise, if they didn't lead a doubleton, they didn't have one!”
March 22
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newspapers.com is a pay site… I used it for several months while doing research for a book.

The free trial is kosher; you can easily cancel and you will not be billed.
March 20
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Walter the Walrus says, Passed-in.
March 20
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Clearly the Handys were not paying enough attention to the principle of “exceeding tolerance”.

Danny Kleinman, in an essay about Reese-Schapiro, wrote:

“To give and receive illicit signals in such a way as to escape detection and still show a profit is a delicate task. Few bridge players are up to it…”
March 19
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