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I said at some point during this thread that I was not at the table and my OP was based on information from other people.
July 14
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Well, if you think 3 is disgusting:

On Kibitz the Pros Dan Korbel and Sylvia Shi play some of the Common Game hands vs Dave Berkowitz and Gary Cohler. They each record a video of their thought process on the hands. You can access them at bridgefinesse.com/kibitz/

This hand is from 7/9. The pro who held this hand perpetrated not 3, but 4.
July 11
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Michael, that's my error. I misdescribed the play. He did pitch 2 diamonds and no clubs from dummy and tried to claim 10 tricks.

I was mostly concerned with whether he should be allowed to notice that the club jack didn't fall and make 9 tricks or be forced to play clubs immediately and go down.
July 10
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True.
Actually I think I may have misstated the play and he really stiffed the queen of diamonds rather than pitching a club from dummy. But he could indeed have lost a diamond as well as the hearts and club. I wasn't at the table but heard afterward what had happened.

What I was interested in was: if he really said something about the jack of clubs falling does that entitle him to notice that it didn't fall under the queen and realize the rest of the clubs aren't good.
July 10
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Declarer has 9 tricks now but if he tries to cash the club queen and 10 before all the spades and diamonds the opponents could then cash 2 hearts for down 1
July 10
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They've already taken 2 - the club king and diamond ace, John.
July 10
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I can't tell you how to practice Richard, but you can prepare for the sessions by taking a large dose of anti-anxiety medicine an hour before you play.
July 8
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I noticed that I had omitted the passes late in the process and I couldn't figure out how to edit my hand diagram without redoing the whole thing, so I just added a line to my text.
June 27
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To me 0 or 2 means we play the card we would have led if playing coded 9's, 10's and J's. So 10 will be 109x, KJ10 or AJ10. Jack will be J10x. 0 or 2 higher, not 0 or 2 touching cards. Jack not 9 from J109x.
June 26
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My thought was ace at trick 2 and low club at trick 3. If we can reach dummy we will make at least 9 tricks. LHO might even duck with Qxx of clubs worrying that his partner might have Kx.
June 26
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A Kantar book on defense I read a very long time ago said to play splits show 0 or 2 higher. That still seems best to me.
June 26
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Jeff, I recall in the 70's the NYC unit produced a publication called ‘Post Mortem’. I lived in District 3 about 90 miles north of NYC and received it as an insert in my ACBL Bulletin. It might have been quarterly rather than monthly. I don't recall exactly when it was discontinued. I believe the reason for discontinuation was financial.

It did have some bridge content. What I remember most clearly was a regular column called ‘The Cynical Observer’ which was the author's snarky take on unit politics and personalities. The author was Marcel Friedman IIRC.
June 7
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It's clearly UI since you know from your partner's remark that the 8 of hearts wasn't a signal.
May 14
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I would agree with your partner's 3NT. They caught you with good trump, 2 aces AND the key queen of hearts. It was hard for them to hope for all that. And it takes excellent agreements and rapport to try via 4 and then stop in 4NT. At matchponts 5 may be a disaster so you need to be able to play 4NT when NT takes 10 or 11 tricks.

My partner and I rolled into 6 after the clearcut (Haha) 1NT opening by East.
May 10
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I think 3D shows the ace. With Kxx or QJx bid 2NT. With Axx try to right-side it opposite the queen.

With xxx of diamonds bid 3C.
edited to add last sentence
May 10
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You misread Jerry. partner was not a passed hand.
April 25
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I don't claim any knowledge of the laws. That said it seems to me they must be allowed to respond to their partner's opening bid. Otherwise why not just bar them for one round as we did under the old laws? Of course the auction now has the UI that they won't have an opening and the director needs to monitor it.

It may be less clear in the case of an overcall if RHO opens, but I think it should be treated similarly. A one-level overcall (or a takeout double for that matter) certainly includes hands that are less than an opening bid so IMO both are also allowable as comparable calls. There is the potential for major UI in either case so the director again must monitor.
April 2
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6 is actually cold. N/S lead spades which is as good as anything. Declarer draws trump and plays ace, king and a third heart discarding the spade loser. The fourth heart is good for a club pitch.

Declarer takes 6 diamonds 3 hearts and 3 black winners.
March 23
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Well done, congrats
March 20
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Monty
In the case where 2 shows clubs your method would work well on this hand. It could miss a spade contract when opener has 4 but maybe that's alright.

That said I'm hesitant to give up transfers since we want opener to be declarer. That's even more true when his LHO has values. Letting RHO lead through opener's hand at trick one isn't good.

I'm also not a fan of low level penalty doubles. One hand in ten we might have them nailed, but on a few others we lose our best chance to find our own best fit. Picture the problem hand with one less diamond and one more heart. For a penalty double to work in the case of Meckwell, we not only need to have clubs nailed but one of us also needs to have defense against their run-out suit.

Vs Cappelletti system on works okay. If no immediate action seems right we can pass and then take action after we find out what their suit is.
March 19
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