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For all dummy reversal enthusiasts:

At the table, I played 10, spade to J (all follow), AK, third heart. East discards a diamond as you ruff low.

How should declarer continue?
April 8, 2018
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We led K, dummy played 2, partner played 3, declarer Q.
April 8, 2018
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Nice one Paul. Very similar theme!
March 13, 2018
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Thank you, Yehudit!
March 10, 2018
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Cheers David. See you around this week!
March 10, 2018
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Appreciate it, Howard.
March 10, 2018
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Cheers, Michael.
March 10, 2018
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Thanks Richard.

Regarding suit preference (and also in response to Patrick below): I believe it is standard to play that a definitive low or high card promises the Ace or King (or occasionally a void) so that partner doesn't make the mistake of leading away from the King when we have a singleton. I didn't fully explore this in the article, but I do believe it is something that regular pairs must discuss - unclear suit preference agreements are a disaster waiting to happen, IMO!

Likewise I agree with you that, given 6+ known cards in the suit to signal with, a slighter higher spade would be appropriate with a club singleton. With fewer cards in the suit we are signalling with, we have to give an ambiguous middle card and hope partner works out that ‘I need to have partner to have a singleton to beat the contract, so I’ll try swinging this Ace' (rather than ‘knowing’ we have a stiff).
March 10, 2018
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Well done, John. The bridge world had needed a podcast for a while. Looking forward to more!
Feb. 11, 2018
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I can easily imagine no losers in the red suits, so I think I'm worth a move. 5 can't be natural, so I'll show my control. The five level feels safe to me.
Feb. 7, 2018
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Won't partner know a diamond shortage is good if you do something else, e.g. splinter in clubs?
Feb. 7, 2018
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Let's assume 2NT is Jacoby with opener rebidding shortages, 2 is something non-useful on this hand, and splinters the usual 10-12 or so.
Feb. 4, 2018
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Double was the winner, was wondering if anyone could find it!
Dec. 19, 2017
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2NT natural, normal fairly solid style for 2
Dec. 15, 2017
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Hi Will, no - a good player doubled in this position, so wanted to see the opinions of others.
Dec. 10, 2017
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Assuming the most common agreement of double = 4/4 majors (exactly), we are basically raising partner's 1 response. It looks borderline between 2 and 3. I'm falling on the side of 2 because we have an additional bid available, 1, which we might bid with really terrible hands with four spades, so I'm hoping 2 shows at least a little bit of interest.

Cuebid followed by 2 would be GF.
Nov. 8, 2017
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Hey dudes. Nice to see you in the well!

Psychology (and emotions etc.) plays a big part in this game. What do you guys feel you do well in this area? Where do you feel you still have work to do?

Hope to see you in the USA again sooner rather than later - hopefully Philly.
Oct. 3, 2017
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I'm thrilled that the IBPA has seen fit to honour Sartaj Hans for his book and Nabil Edgtton for best junior deal of the year.

If you haven't read Battling the Best yet, now's the time. It's a great read with something for everyone. You won't regret it!

To read about the hand that won Nabil his award (from the World Youth Teams Championship last year), you can check out the Bridgewinners article that inspired the IBPA article here: http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/fantasyland/

Well done to all of the other award winners.
Aug. 21, 2017
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I love bridge enough to have made it my living. Why would I not play for fun, as well as for a crust?

I played professionally for part of the NABC in Toronto and had a bunch of work lined up in Sydney for when I got back. In between, I played a 3-day Australian event with some of my closest friends and had a blast. It would've been crazy not to!
Aug. 16, 2017
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Nice hand! You beat me to the punch :) I heard about this hand in Toronto and likewise thought it was fantastic.

I gave it to Bart Bramley at the baseball game the day after I heard about it. After about 10 minutes I said, alright, I'll let you have it. “No, let me work it out. I'll get there.” A minute later he had the solution. Better than I did when given to me!
Aug. 3, 2017
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