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Drop. It is slight favorite even without knowing vacant spaces. (It seems clubs are 4-4, but the I find the OP a bit confusing with the play)

Also, given the spots, how happy are you to lose to 10x?
June 1
David Yates edited this comment June 1
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On a claim, the claimer does not get the benefit of doubt.

Declarer sealed his fate with his claim and his comments. He had 11 tricks without the ruffing finesse. His claim shows that he was not aware of the fact at that time. So, suppose North exits a club, J-Q-ruff. Now he cashes the K and sees a pitch. He thinks he needs the ruffing finesse. (He said so.) Declarer plays J and North discards.

Since he thinks “he is toast”, what is to say he just doesn’t pitch a card and claim down one? I have seen players do that before.

Sure it is a mistake. But saying “I bet he would not do that” is pointless because WE WILL NEVER KNOW. Declarer gave up the right to continue playing. Plus, why are you betting he wont make a further mistake when he has already committed several? And speaking of mistakes, it would appear the most surefire bet in the world of what was “never going to happen” was South ducking the Q. Oops, there it is. Bridge is a game of mistakes and when declarer is clearly not thinking the hand properly you cannot allow declarer to continue mistake free after he voluntarily relinquished his ability to make choices.

If you want to play bridge, play bridge. When you claim, it is adjudicated.

At pairs, I will often claim with an opponent on lead. Keeps the game moving and hopefully protects whatever thought effort the opposing pair has when they leave the table and play against my real opposition. But in a team event, it is foolish to ever claim with an opponent on lead. First, you want them to expend mental energy because they are your only opponents. Secondly, it creates a negative inference that when you do not claim, something must be in doubt.

I am normally forgiving to incomplete claims. (Just check my votes on claims.) Lots of times people try to win tricks with silly contesting of the phrasing. But IMO, the TD and AC got this one right.
May 31
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So is this the same CoC from years ago when teams actually entered?
May 31
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This was actually B13, I believe. N was K7/xxxx/AK10/AK85. With both diamond honors and just 3 clubs Eric didn't even need to do any fancy maneuvering. I think he can still make since spades are 3-2 even if N is AK10x but it might get tricky.

Anybody know if G-H have ever missed a game?
May 31
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Looking on the bright side, a special thanks to D-22 for making the rest of us look good by comparison.
May 31
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Apparently not 6-man Vandy teams though. Somehow, they play slowly enough to get through just 60 these days.
May 31
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The issue is not “who is better”, it is who wins. That is why we have horse races.

Golden State just lost 118-109. So the Warriors bounce back, winning the next three games by 15, 10 and 12 points. Now the Raptors win the next two by a couple points each. Obviously, Toronto needs to win game seven by 25 points to be NBA Champions.

If that isn't stupid enough, lets not tell Toronto until after the game clock expires they needed to run up the score.

I see plenty of men's tennis matches when the loser wins more points or even games, but the set score is 3-2 and that is all that matters. No one in their right mind thinks the loser won.
May 31
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Sure, it's penalty and means that West made the wrong bid on round two.

If I have something like xxx/AQ/AKJx/QJ9x I am overcalling 1NT, not X. If I have defense - and apparently everyone thinks six defensive tricks on their own is common - I still have a partner. If I pass, partner can still reopen with a double.

Also, I am bidding 1NT with Jx/AQ/AKxx/QJxxx because 2C is just too horrible to contemplate. I already know partner doesn't have 5 spades because he did not transfer. He can sit for the X, or if he bids 2S and not a minor, I pull to 3C and he passes or corrects to diamonds. (2NT with 54 minors)
May 31
David Yates edited this comment May 31
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The “plus” is in the eye of the beholder. IMO, quick tricks alone are not a plus. Actually, that would be Kaplan's opinion as well since a hand like: AKx Ax xxxxx xxx (which I suppose is now a “double plus” according to your partnership) clocks in at 10.9

“Some 11s to 14” is probably a more accurate description, as it implies specific rules about the 11s. Especially if your rules would have you pass the hand Michael H suggests above. This might not be the “technical” announcement according to our “admittedly fuzzy” alert rules. But then it takes very little effort to improve upon them.

Edit/Add: The purpose of the announcement is similar to the alert. It is just general information. If the opponent's need or want to know specifics, they can ask and then you can give your dissertation. But if the auction goes 1NT-2C; 2D-2NT; 3NT I pretty much know you cannot have a 5CM nor a minimum.
May 30
David Yates edited this comment May 30
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Interesting stuff. Yet another informative post from Don that I don't like :)
May 30
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ACBL does not believe in sensible rules that were not invented here.
May 30
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This is sort of like “new-math” exams in schools now. There are no wrong answers.

Agree with Rosalind this should not be opened 2.
May 29
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I win first club with Q (not K) play a heart up (good chance of winning, W has to duck except Kx, E ducks with Kxx) and then a diamond off.

I think you want to entice E to fly A-D if he has it. You know you have AKQ and W 10, but East cannot know partner doesn't have K and you AQ10. He may figure if he ducks and you play A and another (say K with W) that W cannot profitably attack clubs. Now he has to shift and declarer can easily knock out the diamonds after West is forced to a spade shift.

This is the Goldman Pairs. Hopefully some of the contestants are vaguely aware that sometimes it is right to play 2nd hand high. Make it look like this might be one of those times to the defender.

The 9 is a big card. You really want to start diamonds low to Q anyway. Besides W can have something like: Jx/Kxx/AJx/108xxx _ remember we know he has 10 but didn't lead it, so 9 is unlikely. He ducks the heart, wins the A and now what? What if you are 2344 with AKQ9 of clubs (he knows you have AKQ, doesn't know about the 9. So he shifts to J. You duck and a spade continuation is fatal to the defense.
May 28
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OTOH, if I took a line of play that had 13/30 chances of success when an alternative line offered 17/30 chances, I am pretty certain that everyone on the BoD would call me an idiot since the alternative is clearly superior by a wide margin.

And a 13+% difference between A & B in an election is normally termed a landslide. It is only “too close to call” if the TAC did not give you the answer they wanted.
May 28
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I find it is easier to figure out what a good player has for his psych than what a bad player holds for his bid.
May 28
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So when all is said - and calculated - what is the real life probability that LHO led a stiff trump?
May 26
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Now it makes less sense. Are we to suppose that declarer gave up the % play in spades(*) just in case RHO was paying attention and the reminder of playing from the wrong had was a “tell” and not just reflexive habit?

(*) Unless declarer was always playing top honor and hooking he never changed his line of play. If he was finessing first round without cashing the K first, that is inferior.

Also, I don't understand declarer's alleged advantage from a comment. If declarer called a low card from Kxx and I held Qx(x), why would I say anything? It looks like his plan (AKA the % play) is not going to work for him.
May 26
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Haven't finished my coffee, but it seems to me the offending side is N/S since the irregularity was declarer playing a card from the wrong hand.

It is not an offense to exercise one's rights. So L72C does not apply.
May 26
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So Kaplan-Sheinwold had two ways to invite and Martel-Stansby had none.
May 25
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If instead of masterpoints, we awarded director points, how many TDs would be bereft?

This should be a gimme. E-W have MI. By law(*) and by common sense - if there is any left in the world. (* this is really simple, if you do not have system notes to the contrary, then it is MI. Can we make this ANY easier?)

CLEARLY the MI damaged E-W. If W knew the double was just diamonds, he would have rebid 1NT (duh!) East is continuing with 2H and now W raises to game.

Somehow, the TD fails to understand that even if East MIGHT have saved the day with a 2H call, HE IS NOT LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO DO SO!!!! The non-offenders are not expected to guess right in a situation that arose only do the MI.

Just enforce the laws. And this TD should stop telling people how to play bridge when he obviously has yet not mastered reading comprehension.

This is a completely incompetent decision.
May 25
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