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Felicitari!
Dec. 4
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Just switch from 2/1 to Precision and the problem vanishes!
July 31
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4. The risk to let opps make game is too high to pass, but I would have passed 3 without doubling in the first place…
July 27
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Take out 100%
March 6
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Maybe p-p-1C-1S-p-2S-3H might persuade East to raise to 4H. But noway 4H or 5C are cold on this case! IMHO percentage winning play would be in 3H making (only 9 tricks).
June 16, 2018
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For the record at the table I did bid 4H, get doubled and made in comfort after my partner tabled an excellent dummy. The rest of the field played in 3D or 3H so we did get a Top. But as the majority voted 3H seems to be the safest bid, keeping open the road to game.
April 7, 2018
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North might even open the hand with 11 HCP and in this case South will surely bid game. Signing off in 2H is too conservative and he was punished to act this way. What can South do after he confirmed a full-opening bid and his partner signs-off in 2H ?
July 10, 2017
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Dealer S: Vuln: All; 1NT (upgrade)- 2 (transfer to )-2-4NT (quantitative)-6NT (final decision)-7NT! Not very disciplined, pushed bidding by both North and South…
April 17, 2017
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For the record the play in diamond was based on a “table feeling” that the Q is with West. Sometimes you just have to trust your feelings! When this proved to be right, finessing in hearts too means you push your luck too much… In addition a squeeze to get the 13th trick looks more sexy than a simple finesse… Don't forget that you already pushed the contract at least one trick above the normal limit…
April 17, 2017
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No, I'm just saying that getting six diamonds tricks is a guess. If you guss wrong you are already down. If you guess right, you aren't home yet…
April 17, 2017
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Maybe! But you have too many losing options to execute a percentage play. And as cards lie the whole squeeze will fail since the Diamond Queen is with West, if you take this line of play.
April 17, 2017
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I agree with Gary! 3NT is out of discussion with a singleton heart so I will show my 4 diamonds support. If outside trumps break 4D is safe even with a lighter responder hand…
March 24, 2016
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To make a joke borrow Dustin Hofmann like in “Rain man” ! He will be quicker and more accurate than a computer for sure. Seriously, keep practice. There is no other way.
March 17, 2016
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Hi Brad,

Can you share with us how do you approach a team's competition versus a pair's one ? How does your play and bidding strategy is modified ? Do you find easier to win a pair tournament or a team's tournament ?

Thank you !
Oct. 29, 2015
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In the early days when together with three of my high school colleagues we discovered the wonders of bridge play, we arrived in a very thin 3NT contract. Before ending the auction the player who had the lead said: “I will get your contract down but I won't double it !”and afterwards he passed. He had in his own hand four Aces and one King…
Oct. 24, 2015
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What do you think about making some kind of a multimedia e-book where you can actually use the bridgewinners format of the different hands and their analysis and just add some chaoters and additional colums that links these hands together and try to demonstrate something specific…And all you need to read the material is a web browser and internet access. It looks revolutionary, but from the technical point of view should be very easy to implement…. Not to mention that it can be a “live” product that can allow people to comment and ask questions on different issues… I'm a constant reader of your posts and I would for sure enjoy such a structured material….
Aug. 31, 2015
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Save the forrest ! Digital formats are flexible enough to cover all display formats.
March 7, 2015
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I don't want to “fix” the bidding. Just to let intuition and table feeling to be more important than fancy bidding conventions. Let's take example the british bridge players. Historically they preferred more natural bidding systems based on intuition to sophisticated methods. And we can give many examples of such great players (not only british) that used more or less natural bidding.
If we can assume that a 100% perfect bidding system is discovered where is the fun ? A computer program will implemented and will never forget even a complicated sequence… And human players will have no chance against the computer in a perfect algorithmic world… Let's consider that in the end bridge is still a game and we must enjoy playing it !
March 5, 2015
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What if in some competitions all pairs/teams were forced to play the same bidding system (BWS, 2/1, etc) with very basic rules/conventions included ? This way the advantage of very sofisticated and unusual systems will dissapear and the winning pair/team will be the one who maximizes their skills for bidding, declarer play and defencive play. It could certainly alter the existing hierarchies and make the competition more interesting and easy to follow by the Vugraph viewers. Sometimes 99.99% of the viewers are in the total dark when an unusual system is used during the bidding by some pairs.
March 5, 2015
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For sure N should be the captain after his partner 1NT opening, so I blame South for inquiring for key cards. He could easily bid 4H and let N to bid 4NT or continue cuebiding.
Dec. 10, 2014
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