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Perhaps they had some undisclosed methods of sorting things out.
Aug. 11
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Alan, I think that’s a great analysis.

Incidentally, spades broke so it was moot, but that doesn’t detract from the interest.

And Bernie, it was my last board of the session, so the only time penalty would have been delaying my departure. :)
Aug. 9
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Richard, that seems to cover most things, but if either hand stops both majors, it’s a simple squeeze - IF you can diagnose it in time. Any way to keep that in play? I think it’s somewhat of a guess regardless.

The one thing you can’t handle is if south stops both hearts and clubs. I don’t think that’s what you meant by scenario 3.
Aug. 9
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Tom just won the 0-2500 pairs and was third in the Bean Red Ribbon pairs in Las Vegas. Plus he’s a real nice guy. You will enjoy playing with him.
Aug. 8
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Shouldn’t the bidding on the second round be ONE NT - 2?
July 24
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Art, last year at VF, Sylvia Shi was playing in the X strat.
July 8
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Ray, obviously it was the Reston Regional going on this week.
July 6
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Last District GNT playoff we reached 7 making, while the other table stopped at 3. If it had been vul we would have continued on to the next day.
July 2
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I think Barry’s line with a slight modification is best. Win the club, don’t cash the diamond but ruff a diamond. Club and another. Now lead a heart off the board to set up an entry. You can now ruff a heart to ruff a third diamond. Draw one round of trump, which might have been done for you already after the heart. Ruff to hand, choosing the suit less likely to be overruffed, probably hearts, and draw the last trumps.

If the diamond king is in the short hand, or if they are 4-4, the ace and queen are good.

This has a probability of about 54%, and doesn’t need much luck in hearts. The spade ten will not cause problems.

Lines trying to get a heart trick seem to be 50% at best, and they all risk a potential overruff.

4-0 trump breaks will kill all lines, so 3-1 or 2-2 are assumed.

Does this seem right, or am I missing something?
June 29
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Actually, both lines would work, as hearts and diamonds were both friendly. But which one has a greater chance of success? BTW, opponents were not strong, even at a club level.

When assessing which line, don’t ignore the 10, as it could become a monkey wrench.
June 28
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They replied standard. Which means not 3/5. Though it could be bottom of three.

But I really doubt if that matters, as you have plenty of other things to worry about, e.g. the ten.
June 26
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Should say drop the king.
June 26
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Standard
June 26
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I was west on this hand. Fortunately south rescued me by bidding 2, not recognizing that the double was penalties, though DF says I should only be down 1 at 2. (Some actually made 2, though they were at 3.)
June 11
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If dummy can correct declarer in time, I.e. before a card is designated, that’s fine. If declarer has named or played a card before dummy can stop the mistake, then dummy should not say anything. Though this latter part is violated probably a hundred times every session.
June 9
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Perhaps the two sessions were played as a lark since the end result was known, with no one seriously competing. If the pending concession had not been made, it is quite likely the results would have been different.
June 7
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James, you mean intRA-league
June 5
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I once won a round robin with a 4 - 3 record. The wins were blitzes or near blitzes, the losses were close.
May 31
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Long out of print, but I was able to locate a used copy.
May 30
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Richard, it’s not really a play problem like that. I saw the hand as an interesting one to figure out the best line. It’s not a Coffin construction.
May 24
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