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Case 2. Once RHO has found the time to play a card, it may not be rules as written, but as a practical matter we are not going back and changing the card played from the dummy. It's impossible for the director to determine declarer hasn't paused for thought for a fact. The director has to rule one way or the other but how does he know for a fact? As a practical matter, we are not going to make the defenders ask, “ Is that your final answer?” every time you call a card from the dummy.

Case 3. If declarer claims the rest of the tricks on a squeeze AND it is accepted, we then rule the defenders failed to find the killing defense at the table even if they point it out to me later. Unless the squeeze never operates.

If declarer concedes a trick and later finds he can take all the tricks on a squeeze, he doesn't get that trick unless it is impossible to lose a trick by ordinary play.
May 26
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If it is not an established revoke declarer can correct it without penalty. You can call the director or you can solve it yourself.

When the opponents revoke in 7N, they didn't win the trick on which they revoked. They probably won a subsequent trick. They probably didn't create tricks they weren't going to win anyway probably. I don't see why there is an ethical predicament. If the people at the table know the rules well enough to apply them fine and if not call the director. Where does ethics come in?
May 26
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Are there special rules for senior trials? Extra bathroom breaks and nap time and allowed memory aids.

Case 1: Card is face up on the table it is played.
Case 2: Card is called from the dummy it is played.
Case 3: If you can play your cards such that the squeeze doesn't operate the squeeze doesn't operate.
May 25
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You know how a half gallon of orange juice is 61 ounces. Now a match is 15 boards. Do they save money by reducing the size of the match?
May 25
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This might be obvious but with AKx east would clear the suit and hope partner has an entry. What does west lead with 9x or 9xx? He doesn't need the ten.
May 22
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If I wanted to convince declarer I started with three spades I wouldn't give even count on trick one.
May 22
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If declarer has 6 hearts it seems like partner is squeezed in spades and diamonds.
May 22
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I need to change my name to Bogoljubov maybe I'll win more.
May 21
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Who said anything about authorized?
May 18
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The director got called after the 3D bid. If 2D should have been alerted than the “offending side” can't really complain. She should have known enough to ask about 2D, but asking will transmit information to partner. I'm just wonderring if there's a better system. You are going to suggest screens and writing alerts and explanations on paper.
May 18
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Marilyn plays 2D as artificial. Seems like the bridge community plays 2D as artificial.
May 18
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This question comes from a director ruling. Hand twelve of the 5/17 aft common game. after P-P-1H-P-2C (alert)-p-2D (no alert)-p-3D the issue is whether a reasonable sophisticated club player should know to ask whether 2D is artificial (defined as not promising four diamonds). It sounds like the community plays 2D as artificial.

After I take North away from the table and ask her if she would of done anything different if 2D was alerted, her partner knows to lead a diamond whether I alter the auction or not. That's a whole nother issue. Even if I never show up and do nothing, her partner knows to lead a diamond.
May 18
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If south has seven diamonds and the K he has eleven tricks and can squeeze me in da blacks. If he has a stiff club a club shift breaks up the squeeze. If he has two clubs … I can follow Andrew's advice and lead the 3 but I'm still squeezed. Unless he doesn't have seven diamonds. If he has 6 diamonds then any defense will work right? He has 11 tricks counting the club finesse.
May 12
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I have a spade entry to my blocked diamonds but playing the 9 doesn't cost either so why not.
May 10
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I can't find a hand where playing the 9 helps and I can't find a hand where playing the 9 hurts.

So go to the board with the K and lead heart to the Q. If east rises with the K and cashes the A, they have two tricks and you have eleven. If east rises and does not cash the A you have twelve. Best for east to duck and capture the jack. Now unless the hearts are 3-3 you have ten tricks.

If west captures the Q with the K and clears clubs, you have 10 tricks with an eleventh whenever the person with the long hearts has the K or the suit just splits 3-3.
May 10
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Russian wife Stella no doubt a product of his special agent dalliance.
May 9
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How good a claim to the last trick do you need before law 74 comes into play? Is hoping they mess up good enough? Is hoping they revoke good enough?

I wish I had a hand record or a better memory but here it goes. Against perhaps the two best players at the club (not named mark), the auction is two diamonds roman on my left, three clubs by partner, 3NT by me. We play off a few cards and partner has A9xx. If LHO has precisely KQJ10 I have him squeezed in the red suits. I don't think this is possible because he would of led a heart but I'm not going to concede a trick either.

So I procede to torture my opponents by running off a zillion black cards. LHO gets impatients and claims the last trick, a heart. The trouble is, he doesn't have the last trick. He has to throw all his hearts to guard diamonds but his partner has a heart stop so all is right with the world.

How would they like it if I claim, saying that my not as stellar partner will of course keep the right card in the end position?
May 8
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My thoughts are to open any 12 hcp hand at matchpoints because I can't afford to get a zero if we have a part score or they go -50. That has nothing to do with the strength of the hand. At IMPs I'm willing to pass the crap and suffer a part score swing because it is easier for partner to bid the games and slams if he knows I have at least an average 12.
May 5
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If W-L were leading fourth best, the 6 can't be a doubleton. Even if H falsecards the 9.
May 2
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BBO shuffles the cards right before I'm about to lead in an effort to get me to click on the wrong card. Since all my leads cost a trick I think that's a feature not a bug.

Clicking on the wrong bid is common. If you are playing against human you may or may not get a redo. If you are playing against robots you don't. My human partner pulled out the wrong bid at the club thursday but it isn't as common as misclicks.
April 30
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