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Yes the question of which diamond they led and who is winning the first trick is essential information.
July 20
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I'm not sure if this was covered in the navel contemplation in mid hand, but Liam could you also comment on West's failure to shift to a heart or club after winning K?
And also (as the cards lie) would you have done anything different had West shifted to a heart when in with K?
July 18
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I was watching TV this afternoon after posting this when the cbs(?)sports update referred to the Olympic channel starting today…I think.
July 15
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Incidentally if you bid 4 it might be a good idea to have an agreement about whether you might have a doubleton with no control in the off suit.
I think you are supposed NOT to, to allow partner with the red kings to use KC?
July 10
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I'd never heard 4 being solid as opposed to six good diamonds. As other comments indicate keeping it for a good suit is far more useful on frequency grounds.
July 10
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Agree with comments above; expect 4-4.
Barry
July 10
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Actually there IS an answer and I will give it.
Eric at the closing banquet announced that after a decade off he had agreed to play natural with Fred in the previous Canadian trials and Fred had produced 384 pages of notes which neither of them (well EOK) knew.
This time Fred suggested they play his strong club – a mere 142 sides. They had therefore done a lot of new work for the event… But in a sense they have a common heritage on competitive auctions I guess.
I would say they avoided major partnership accidents (bar a 3-3 fit that played for +140 and 8 IMPs in the finals).
July 9
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David Stern and Christina both did excellent interviews and took photos. All credit to them.
As to the bridge articles. that was also split work (As in Liddell and Scott for clerihew fans).
July 8
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Maybe someone should quote the definition of should…
July 8
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Excuse me! I'm not sure I understand the implication of that last sentence; but If you believe that it is possible/appropriate NOT to precisely specify the cards from dummy when you call them and rely on dummy or your opponents working out what is best, then bridge isn't the game for you.
Cards have names and numbers for a reason.
July 7
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Rafael
3 becomes wide-ranging (6-9 is really wide) when preempt 0-4+. And some five-counts …

J10xx
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Axxxx

is that a preemptive spade raise?
July 6
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So now we have the conclusion the longer we are in the opponents suit the better the hand is for a takeout double?
July 6
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When Richard was my teammate I stretched to bid 7 – down three on bad breaks. They had warned us by bidding to 3 vul vs. not.
Teammates were plus 730 in 3x. (They came in over strong 2).
July 6
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strongly agree with Doug. people (me?) cheat on 3C so wide ranging is necessary especially when 3M is preemptive. You need to do more at favorable when 3M could be a four-leafed clover +4T. So 3 gets 3 –'You cannot be serious..can you?'

HOWEVER. The young Turks these days seem to play 1-3 as HEARTS, 3 and 3 as Bergen….anyone who does that might care to comment on why the extra space for 3 relaying for spade support/some extras might be wise?

Barry
PS when i tried to post this, I got a message saying potentially objectionable content…is this idea really so offensive to the Net Gods they might bar it?
:)
I did have typo but surely that wasn't it (could missing an ‘l’)
July 6
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Its Kokes v Pepsi. Do you think the bulletin editors could resist…. Nah.
July 6
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The auction I often encounter where the player using the stop card conveys a message unconsciously is 2M-Pass-4M.

As 2M opener my partner's tempo with the use of the Stop card often conveys whether he is bidding preemptively or knows they wont bid.
July 4
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Bulletins are online at http://www.jcbl.or.jp/home/English/yehbros/tabid/1457/Default.aspx
The venue might be the prettiest I've worked at for a long while. And the 26 teams assembled would make a pretty god comparison to a Bermuda Bowl field.
July 4
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How many examples (other than the one above) of Fredin doubles do you have? I'd think Magnus Lindqvist is the guy to go to. I always enjoy watching PF – he is a great player and provides great copy but occasional accidents will happen…
I think you have to accept that active players generate more IMPs in and out.
July 3
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Ever since I used the stop card on 3C-3S-P-6S and caught a pro with a lightner x problem (he didnt make it but had I not forced him to pause his tempo would have indirectly given his partner UI as to what to do?) I have decided there is no auction someone wont have a problem on; so I try to use it every time and not make the decision for them.
July 3
Barry Rigal edited this comment July 4
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I expect this to turn out to be a ‘Norman Kay’ problem.
Oppo come incensed to TD saying ‘Rosenberg took 25 minutes to play to trick one when diamonds were 2-2!!’

TD comes to MR and asks why he took so long. MR says I was planning for trumps 4-0…

As an aside; what is the longest you SHOULD take to play to trick two in a serious team game on this deal?
July 2
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