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If A is with East you can afford to lose TWO spades. So you duck a spade completely. You can then play 2 more rounds when you get in and then run diamonds until the cows come home. 2 spades, heart, heart ruff and 6 diamonds comes to 10. A club to the Ace and a ruff doesn't harm you
21 hours ago
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I don't see why you should create a loser by throwing a winner.
March 31
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If your agreement is that it is game forcing then you (or your partner) should explain it as such.

Next time add on - “but partner has been known to psych this call”.
March 28
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Jonathan's brother (George) plays at my bridge club (Durham) and has donated one of the (many) trophies Jonathan won for an annual competition.
March 28
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It's a perfcect time for East to fool around. I would suggest 3NT instead of 4 spades. Oppos may be less likely to bid the slam. e.g. South's 4 Heart bid might end the auction. (If doubled then you run of course, but opponents might then have caught a doubling rhythm.)
March 28
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It's not nice writing -180 insted of +90 (you're probably getting a spade lead) but even one off for -50 is better.

I am not a great, very good, or probably even good Bridge Player but I know enough to think: suppose I was the other side, what would I do in this auction? Leaving the opponents two bids at the one level was not the best tactic in the world - and after all, if there isn't a game, there's a part-score battle.
March 24
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The person who has two hearts MIGHT only have had two spades KX
March 23
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Oh well - irony is obviously dead on this thread.
March 19
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To be fair doubling with the AK is not a good strategy:

a) opponents might run to a making 6NT when partner (as partners do) finds the wrong lead because they think the double was Lightner.

b) Declarer will redouble - he stands to lose only another 100 or 200 and to gain much more if the contract makes.
March 17
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And V Mollo has a hand where either 7 Clubs or 7 Diamonds makes on a 3-3 fit (a trump lead holds it to 6)and no other slam (small or large) makes.
March 16
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A player has no recourse if they take an action based on their own misunderstanding. If your agreement is how you say then you shouldn't be worried at all if people think you are playing Precision.
March 15
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Heard by a supermarket employee that although people were buying tons of pasta, they weren't buying anything to go with it. - Will be a pretty bland diet.
March 15
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I think the unusual 1NT is basically to get into the auction - Mr Cohen in his book is obsessed with suit lengths so wants his partner to know the difference between 4 and 5 cards in the suit. - with 5-5 I think he goes for 2NT.
March 14
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Well yes - BUT there is no UI, by definition, if the call is comparable - and the ‘aid of the infraction’ is if his partner takes some action only because he knows South has a genuine 1 Spade opening bid rather than a 2 Spades balancing bid if the TD rules the two bids are similar.
March 11
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I think so to - but the question as ever is: what is the partnerhsip agreement?
March 11
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Under which law?
March 11
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What declarer does is hesitate a bit as well before putting up the Ace - what's sauce for the goose . . . (TIC - I obviously do not approve of coffeehousing).

Now a perfect defender would hesitate on half the times he has the Queen . . .
March 11
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Lead the next card with your left hand - reverse singleton signal.
March 10
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Maybe if you had a radioactive switch - 50% of the time it will say you saw the 3 50% of the time you saw the 2 - but you won't know which until you try and find the Queen.

I mean personally I don't care - if you have no count or whatever the Queen is going to be on the right hand side of the hand you led from more often than the left - for the simple reason you have excluded all cases of Queen singleton on the left, but not excluded Queen singleton on the right.

Alternatively watch which way I play for the Queen and then decide to play the opposite (before you find out if I am successful or not) - I find that method works out far more than 52% of the time.
March 10
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I am no good at maths - but suppose you play another suit and find it is 3-3. Now when you play the suit with 4 cards missing the situation at the point of decision is 7 vacant spaces opposite 8 vacant spades or 46.7% - 53.33%

(Not every suit can split evenly - so you should pick a suit that is uneven)
March 9
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