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Thanks! That was where I read it. One of the best books written on bridge.
Sept. 16
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This reminded me of the Tony Lederer story where he keeps the rubber alive by spectacular defense. His partner congratulates him on the defense and he says "You've seen my card-holding skills. Wait till the next deal.
Whereupon the opponents bid and make a grand slam.
Sept. 16
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Thank you very much. You know it would never have occurred to me to call a director when a revoke took place but instead I'd expect the players to police themselves.

(Turns sarcasm font off.)

Yes the TD had the facts of the first revoke…After the diamond suit had only 12 cards we got my partner and declarer to count their cards. Both claimed to have 13 but I could see the backs of my partner's cards counted to 13 so I knew he was not the revoker.
Eventually the 13th diamond turned up in declarer's hand, after she had revoked in a second suit and I realized that if we drew the TD's attention to it and he imposed the second penalty there might be a seppuku or at least the player in question wouldn't be able to follow suit for the rest of the afternoon.
(Not that she could before this…)

Since they were playing a 4-2 fit at the two level and one down would have been a shared top the 300 we were already getting was quite enough.
Sept. 14
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The first week of the new penalty we only enforced the first of the two-trick penalties we were due. as expected that got us a top on the deal, plus convincing the TD of what had really happened would have taken too long…
Sept. 14
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Many thanks; there is truly nothing new under the sun. Maybe an example of morphic resonance?
Sept. 13
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(Text edited; I misremembered the play). Here a club back would be into the tenace
Sept. 13
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Lesley Charteris wrote some good short stories involving the Saint, and these was a splendid one involving a confidence trickster who used something like PRC in one of his cons.
His schtick was that he produced a completely bogus explanation of why PRC worked, one that was clearly false though the underlying premise was correct. Does anyone read Charteris any more?

It might be this one? (I quote:

There aren’t many Saint stories that involve mathematical probability questions, but in “The Percentage Player” Charteris makes the Saint challenge Mr. Theocritus Way, who bets on probability puzzles to fleece less-mathematically minded punters. Does Simon have the mathematical knowledge to outsmart a master player of the odds?)
Sept. 10
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Note that in 6 the club suit might offer homes for slow heart losers whether the heart finesse wins or loses. I think but I'm not sure that this makes the finesse rather more attractive in a really strong field.
In my local club I assume making slam is going to be well above average so I play safe.
Sept. 7
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I think that the unethical action is to pass 3 here, since you know partner is playing you for spades and 3S-n is cheaper than 5 doubled-n? You know 3 wont be terrible facing four don't you. Even the 3-3 fit may produce a crossruff?
But had partner alerted 2 you would have bid 4 here as your way to get out in 4. So there is a case for just doing what you would have done anyway?
But here you know partner (who has already demonstrated his unsuitability for high office by forgetting the system) is pretty unlikely to remember you have clubs now and then something really bad is going to happen.
Sept. 7
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Mike Kopera in the post above indirectly makes the important point that (no matter what really happened in the quoted auction) the need for Last train may be obviated if either player has bid 3NT as a non-serious slam try. Here when East limits by doing so continuations should just be cuebids – no need to send the same message a second time re values.
Sept. 4
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Yes but… I have beaten that (something in the high 40s) using the ace = 1 valuation. You might need to define your terms a little better?
Sept. 4
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Please help me. I think I need it…I couldn't tell where the real reviews ended and the fake ones started and which if any of the other items for sale were real as well.
The book itself is real, right? (per google) –though maybe there is an obscure link between ‘google’ and million numbers…
Luckily my tin helmet will keep the UFOs away.
Sept. 3
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Yes but.. the use of playing a weak jump in competitive auctions is far lower than that of playing fit, because you have committed the side to a high level with no guarantee of a fit and no likelihood you can undo the earlier auction and fool RHO into thinking LHO didn't open/overcall.
Two examples where weak jumps make little sense to me are after 1M (x) where a jump in the other major even on the perfect hand rates to buy a singleton trump in support. is your journey really necessary?

And as fourth hand after RHO has responded at the two-level both opponents know they have on average 23+ HCP; you can't preempt them when they've made their opening bid at the auction – the idea of preempting is to get in first.

I agree re the KJxxx not Axxxx thing though; partner wants to value length and honors in that suit. I'm not convinced that reduces their frequency much. just as you don't weak jump in Jxxxxx….or maybe you do?
Sept. 3
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The inverse rule doesn't really work since you don't tend to pick up your 29 count and say ‘Damn its AKQJ3 not AKQJ9’ that ruins the whole thing…
And yes the same partner has picked up two 29-counts in three or four national events he played with me. By the second time we got round to discussing Kokish…
Sept. 3
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Since Brad and Fred Gitelman bid more successful 4-3 fits (deliberately) in the course of their partnership than anyone I know in the past 50 years, I am pleased to be told that Brad did not know about the singleton heart or he would definitely still be kicking himself for not bidding 7.
On vugraph it was only because of that that I was sure he would bid 7.
And I'm especially relieved for the pair that it did not cost the match, otherwise it would have left both players feeling like they had lost a match in which for the most part they had played extremely well. When you take no prisoners you will put pressure on both your opponents and yourselves; Brad and Joe brought in a lot while making very few culpable errors.
Aug. 30
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2 as double negative or hearts, 2 is spades, 2 is transfer to 2NT but GF, 2NT is clubs, 3 is diamonds, 3 is long diamonds specifically singleton club, 3/3 three suiters short hearts/spades respectively.
After all the transfers bar 2, opener typically completes with 20-21.
Aug. 19
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I do not know whether Michael Rosenberg was channeling Alan Hiron from 35-40 years ago in Bridge Magazine. He wrote something that was very similar to what MR wrote here.

There is also something relevant in Jeff Rubens' splendid articles on BJ Becker in 1981/2. in Bridge World.
Aug. 18
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At double dummy, would south have beaten 3NT by ducking H!10? I don't think North could ever work out to continue the suit unless the tempo from south (plus his bridge IQ) were good enough that North could play for that.
Aug. 15
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Very nice.
Aug. 13
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As a separate question why would you bid 2m with 4M and 5m (though (41)(53) might do so I suppose? Wouldn't you pass 1NT, so 2m always suggests 5-4 not 4-5?
Aug. 13
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