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(The acorn doesn't fall from the tree.)

The question was not intended to be one of laws law but what I perceived to be a changing sense of ethics. I am surprised that a majority polled would give a correction in none of the circumstances. There appears to me to be a growing sense of “sportsmanship” and “golden rule” in my bridge community where these sorts of concessions are given and accepted.
18 hours ago
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Introduce yourself to me if your are there tomorrow. I am the only ponytail in the room. As approaching senior Denver bridge status, I have not seen these methods before. Not my choice, but ok.
19 hours ago
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I would expect declarer's suit to be a minor. The third club from North is suit preference.
May 25
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I voted for 3C because it was defined as weak but would not be my system choice. The problem in precision is the need to disambiguate your minor suit lengths. We went round and round on whether 2C should be NF and 2S as clubs, or 2C as forcing and 2S as limit both minors. We play 1D-(DBL)-3C as mixed both minors which we really like. The problem is what to do with 5-4 minors limit, either way, if 3C is weak. You can't have everything, so giving up the nonforcing club bid made the most sense.
May 22
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No. CA, overtake second spade, cash third spade pitching diamond, ruff fourth spade, DAK, ruff diamond, C to T.
May 21
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Some hands stick with you. Several thoughts.

1. I opened 2C precision and Sontag overcalled 2H. Given he could have at most 10 high card points, led a low spade from 3/5, and is a “solid citizen”, if he had 4 diamonds it would mean he overcalled on a five card suit and 9 losers. My judgement is that is not possible. Yes, Steve is right that I should have played for it (it is free), but it wasn't happening.

2. Suppose on the CA both opponents played small and I crossed to dummy to play clubs. If west had started with J97, when I lead the CT, he should play the 9.

3. On a spade lead, there is a double dummy solution that does not require a trump coup by pitching hearts on the third and fourth spades and endplaying east to lead a red suit. I actually thought about that position when I was declarer.

But mostly, these are thoughts from 3 am when I have been unable to sleep.
May 21
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Give enough monkeys typewriters…

Ask Annie how she liked playing 3N with a spade stopper of Qx opposite void with 6C frozen? Yes, I lost my mind. I even tabled dummy saying, “3NT down with 6C making.” (First board from the Friday afternoon session.)

But, seriously, check out Bob Bitterman's play on board 19 of the Friday morning session. F'ing amazing. (On bbo Vugraph.)
May 19
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When I was younger, I was a serious recreational endurance athlete (My last race was at the age of 51 when I ran the Grizz 50 in 8:32.) My coach was Jon Sinclair, America's best 5000 meter runner 35 years ago. Jon was a disciple of Arthur Lydiard, the New Zealand coach who preached “building a pyramid”, followed by a period of intense training, and then a tapering down to a target date (in the case of his athletes, the Olympics.)

I had many conversations with Jon about whether Lydiard's methods were applicable to other endurance activities, including bridge. Our answers were inconclusive. Sure, simple observation of rest, diet and a healthy lifestyle will improve results, but it would take a fundamental change in the approach of the current top bridge players to determine whether what Lydiard called “periodization” would work for bridge.

The current bridge pro basically does the same thing week after week and would have a good base. But the idea of “putting on spikes” and ramping up the intensity for a period of eight weeks, followed by a taper of four weeks leading into a nationals or trials is something I believe is untested. I would be most interested in observations others may have in this regard.
May 17
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It would be inadequate for public disclosure, but for partnership memory purposes, assigning names to treatments and sequences may have merit. For example, a bid showing a symmetric pattern could be called Bob. A bid showing shortness could be called Napoleon. And a bid showing a completely worthless piece of trash could be called Donald.
May 16
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Ok. Call me an idiot, but I have been an amateur musician most of my life and fairly well versed in jazz chording. I am not familiar with “down three” as a jazz chord. My best guess is a flatted third?
May 16
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Trust the law. It is better than you are.
May 9
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6N. All the other bids required partnership agreement. But as far as south knew, they could be cashing the first 8 diamonds, partner having a stiff.
May 9
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The board that made me lose sleep was 22 from the final set. At that point, the match was basically a tie. Meckstroth was in 3N with nine top tricks after a spade lead. He could cash, or take a club finesse. If the finesse loses he goes down. If the finesse wins, he scores two overtricks. He came down to a four card end position where the distribution is inferentially known. The issue is whether Harris, in third chair hot, had opened 1S on AKT9x, Jxx, xx, xxx, or Morgan had made a two level negative double on Jx, KQxx, xxx, xxxx.

Depending on what he thought the likelihood of his opponents was of bidding 3N, Jeff was betting something like ten imps to win one or two. (On a non-spade lead, declarer will be forced to take the club finesse and score ten tricks.) So, purely on an expected value basis, he needed better than 90% that the CK was on his right.

But it isn't just expected value here. There were eight boards left. Losing ten imps may be fatal, winning one or two is unlikely to be decisive.

Big players are willing to back their judgment and make big plays. But us little guys might be well advised to cash their nine. I would be interested in the thoughts of others.
May 6
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Because the DT won trick one, declarer's line would have worked if West had the HA. The argument I see against that line is West had passed, so if he had the HA he couldn't have the Q and possibly not the J. That and West has less open spaces. But it is really close.
May 6
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Someone has to say this. Harris has been lights out all week when they needed to be. After seven segments, it is theirs to lose. And it isn't that they folded like a cheap Army surplus tent, but Team Nick" has a final segment record of something like 142-0. It would be my great pleasure to buy anyone from either team a beer.
May 5
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Try Coffin's 88. Google it. On line a number of places. One of the top US pros claims he does them every year just to stay sharp.
May 5
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Give our man “Norm” the SKJx and, now, we be talkin' de-fense.
May 5
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I got it on clue five by googling the clue. Then I googled the person's name because I had not heard of him. He must be important because he has a Wiki entry.
May 5
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First voter. I have never seen 100% agreement before. Who's the man? Who's the man?
May 3
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Our P-1C-2H is DNE. I don't see a need to give it one.
May 2
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