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Aviv, I think you meant to write ‘assess’ instead of ‘asses’…
13 hours ago
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That was my line of thinking too. And so I passed.
Turns out, he was asking for aces, and slam happened to be making on a favourable layout of the spades.

It is a relatively new partnership, and we have now made new agreements, to be able to bid 5+5 majors below 3NT.
Nov. 20
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“the DBF has done more than was humanly possible”
The result of the implied divine intervention is, unfortunately, less then impressive.
Nov. 17
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What else? There are no more entries to dummy…
Nov. 16
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Ken, playing it out would have cost less than a minute. But I suppose it was a good lesson in the workings of a squeeze, which he probably would not have noticed otherwise.
Nov. 16
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@MK: agreed.

@RF: If you refer to the table size, you are a lucky man. If not, you're not.
Nov. 16
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Bridge tends to be played on small tables, in almost total silence. Everyone at the table hears every mumble.
Nov. 16
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A selective memory seems to be the order of the day, especially in Washington and Hollywood. Plausible deniability is the name of the game. You deny until clear proof is presented. Then you suddenly remember, but deny the rest that is not (yet) proven.
Nov. 16
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I am actually concerned about N's false testimony regarding the cards that declarer showed when claiming. If N indeed only showed the hearts to the director, and not the spades. Is that worth a PP?
Nov. 16
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Well, for one thing: “it doesn't matter” is not an instruction for dummy, “play anything” is (although not an actual designation of a card).
“It doesn't matter” could be a mumbling to oneself while considering what card to choose.
Nov. 16
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I thought the face-down opening lead is also meant to avoid LOOT problems. After it is pointed out that the other defender is on lead, the face-down can be retracted and play can continue without any problems. Do we really have to call the director in such a case? Do we consider this an irregularity?
If it is allowed to retract the face-down card without instruction from the director, it was not a played card after all.
If it is not allowed, there will be at least a dozen extra director calls on any given club session. Who wants that?
Nov. 11
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Michael, keeping the 6 for reasons of flexibility is a play that requires more conscious thought than just running the suit top to bottom. If something still needs to be achieved in another suit, sure, this could be a possible play. However, if this is the only suit that is relevant, the play is automatic.
By the way, keeping the 6 still doesn't block the suit, so I don't really get your point.
Nov. 6
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Aviv, the automatic play is from top to bottom from a short side with honours. This automatically solves the blocking in the OP case. The automatic play from the useless dummy in your example is from bottom to top. It requires a conscious thought to unblock the 8.
So these situations are definitely not comparable.
Nov. 6
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IMHO playing the short hand from top to bottom before crossing to the long hand is fully automatic. I can do it in my sleep, since just about the third time I played bridge. It doesn't require any conscious thought.
Even using the word “unblock” is a bit of an overbid for this type of play (although a technically correct term, of course).

Frankly, I consider it an insult to suppose that my opponent would mess this up. And I don't like to insult people.
Nov. 6
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@Ed, Jason wrote: “the double I put on the table”. If they were not using bidding boxes, what on earth would be on the table? Without bidding boxes, do you spit on the table to indicate a double? And in Jason's case the double was not clear because the amount of bodily fluids was insufficient for his partner to notice?
Nov. 5
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I don't understand this “subtle, quick double” stuff. Isn't the “double” card left on the table in the US?
Nov. 4
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LHO opened 7NT with AKQ AKQ AKQ AKQx. Unlucky for him, I had Jxxx…
Oct. 31
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Would you lead from Jxxx(x) without a side entry? I would prefer to find my partners long suit. So I will play for West to have the K.
Oct. 30
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Actually, his name is De Wijs, but close enough.
Oct. 30
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Bernard, in the Netherlands we have three different ‘standard’ CC's. For beginners, club players and experts.
And we always place the CC's on the table, at the beginning of each round.
Obviously, we don't have that nonsense with a score card on the back of the CC. I really don't understand that…
Oct. 25
Peter Jan Plooy edited this comment Oct. 25
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