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The hand occurred in the 1950 Bermuda Bowl.

Konstam (W) and Dodds reached 3N for GB - the hand shows why they were a feared pair when the cards were running for them.

At the other table, Harrison-Gray opened a weak NT as South and was doubled by East. West led J: East won and switched to J. Gray won with A and then, dubiously, led a spade to dummy's J. After an avalanche of minor suit tricks, Gray contrived to mess up the discarding and allow West to score the last trick with J.

So the result was 1NT doubled minus six, so 1100 to E-W and a swing of 500 aggregate points.
an hour ago
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David, if I were to discard an encouraging club (not my methods, by the way), I would want my club holding to be better than Q10xxx.
3 hours ago
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In virtually all partnerships, I've played Gerber, though only as an immediate 4 response to a 1NT or 2NT opening.

I've often played MUD.

I've played 2 double negative and Fishbein on odd occasions (Fishbein as part of Film).
3 hours ago
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Partner can't have four spades (unless he gratuitously led 6 from J763).

I think that the popular diamond discard is dangerous: if declarer has (e.g.) 109x Q109x AK10x AK, he may well now get the diamonds right.
13 hours ago
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Well done Nafiz and Nezih!
13 hours ago
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My first encounter with Alzheimer's was at a London event many years ago.

Freddie Della Porta had looked in at the event together with his wife, Pip. Pip had played for the GB women's team on two occasions in the 1950s and they had achieved a fair amount of success in national events. Sadly, it was clear that Pip's mind had deteriorated: looking round the room, she asked “What are all these people doing here?”.
15 hours ago
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What on earth is wrong with a 1 opening with the South cards?
18 hours ago
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There is a danger of over-thinking these situations. Partner has made an encouraging bid and I have a bit extra, so I go on.
23 hours ago
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Vulnerable IMP - that's all you need to know.
23 hours ago
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Kieran is quite close, but no cigar.
23 hours ago
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Great hand, Kit.

Noteworthy that both declarers played for what is, on a close analysis, a misdefence.
23 hours ago
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I take it that you have no evidence that they were the best mixed pair in the world (not, it should be noted, one of the best mixed pairs in the world).
June 24
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Is 2NT forcing?
June 23
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As Tony Forrester once remarked to me, the fact that a sequence is forcing to game does not mean that we can necessarily make one.
June 23
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Yes they did; so what.

How is that evidence in support of your statement that they were the best mixed pair in the world at the time?
June 23
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Crane and Shuman?
June 23
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That's not my idea of a penalty double.
June 23
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I expect partner to have a penalty double. Q10xx and two aces is the same 500.
June 23
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I don't know the hand but it would not have occurred to me to pass on the first round.
June 23
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“The best mixed pair in the world at the time”

A doubtful statement, to say the least.
June 23
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