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Nicely done team Snellers!
Dec. 4
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I also like Andy's last rule, I think it holds regardless of which shirts the opponents wear.
Dec. 2
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I don't see a reason to call the director, that is the job of the opponents.

Of course, if you are playing against novices then it is certainly good behavior to tell them that they should consider calling the director, and why.
Oct. 17
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South has the best hand they could possibly have, yet left the decision to partner by bidding 4S. It seems to me that 4NT followed by 5NT would have painted a better picture of south's hand. North would know south has the 3 missing keycards plus something else for the strong bidding.
Oct. 5
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GF with 5+ spades
Sept. 16
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If I may give a serious reaction to your frivolous (but appreciated) compliment: I think that Kit's Corner is currently among the best (if not the best) bridge reading available. The Bridge Winners site, with interactive hand diagrams and the possibility for discussion, makes it better than a book possibly could.
Aug. 10
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Holding that hand east has no inclination that declarer is missing the club queen. After all, north has shown the club queen.
Aug. 10
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The contentions of the narrator may not be the same as mine. To be honest I think he's a rather nasty person.

It is possible that the stories take place in a time before people actually played bridge, but I try not to worry about that. To my mind his opinions about fancy college professors were more realistic than his talk about baboons. I imagine that in the wild west people probably didn't refer much to animals living in Africa. I didn't know a suitable alternative though, and decided that strong insults were more important than historical accuracy.
Aug. 10
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Hamman, seriously? I met him once at a money game near the western border. Suffices to say I only met him once.
Aug. 9
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On the first hand, did north have a pass?
Aug. 9
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I told him about it and he seemed to be up for it, but I will skip a few nationals just to be sure.
Aug. 9
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I am willing to change my opinion the day I meet a mathematician that knows how to play bridge.
Aug. 9
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Meike sometimes says that when she is going to write a book on bridge, one chapter will be about not making lead directing doubles on slam auctions.
Aug. 9
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Serves west well for opening 1H on those cards.
Aug. 3
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I thought it was nicer not to mention that in the story (although Michael said it was fine if I did).

I think that while there are many people that would solve it when given as a puzzle, few would make the hand at the table.
Aug. 3
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It is fictional story, but it also is a Spingold hand from Toronto. When I heard about the hand I thought that it was just perfect.

By the way, all the hands in the series are real hands. Most are misplayed by me, but these days I'm mostly baby sitting so I look for hands elsewhere.
Aug. 2
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There might have been someone with a gun, threatening to shoot unless south passes. In those circumstances I think you still have to bid 2H (missing a vulnerable game is too dangerous), but south might pass.
July 28
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The first hand is a good advertisement for playing more modern methods. After 1C - (1H) - 2H (5+ spades, inv+) I think that north can drive to slam.

I think this is a good method in conjunction with Dbl = 4+ spades. If you don't have another bid to show spades the double is a little overloaded. Playing this 2H makes the double much better defined. If doubler later rebids spades he is less than inviational. On the other side, if doubler later shows strength he has exactly 4 spades.
July 25
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I don't understand your response Kit. What do you mean by “default meaning”? What other default meaning is there when count is known?
July 23
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Your math is off.
July 16
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