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That's an entirely different problem and would have needed several separate polls.
Feb. 18
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Like Kit said above there isn't room for 4 in West's hand. He has either 2 or 3 . I can understand either exiting a and hope that West is down to 3-2-0-H and ensure the contract or play East for the Queen assuming West is now 2-2-0-Hx.

In actual play West had discarded down to Qxx QT - K. Declarer, presumably reasoning as David Patterson above, finessed West and wound up with an over trick !

Credit to Jimmy Cayne and Jay Baronnen who produced this defense. As everyone knows JEC doesn't sit EW, I rotated the hand for convennience.
Feb. 17
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Expert opponents as I said. And not just ‘BBO experts’.
Feb. 16
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Josh,

I like your idea of doubling 2 and then bidding 2nt if partner can not double 2. But what if your major suit holdings were reversed ? Wouldn't you want to still double 2 lest it should go all pass ?
Feb. 12
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Yes, I had missed that line when I was kibitzing the hand. That seems to cover everything.

At the table declarer took the A pitching a , ruffed a high, two high trumps and then AK. East showed out on the second round in both major suits. Now declarer had a choice, either ruff a and end-play West with a or simply take a double-hook in s.

Influenced by this line, I thought the two successful lines diverged and they do indeed. But if you simply think of 4-1 right at the outset you don't need to know anything about s at all. You need Jxx opp ATx just to protect yourself against a lead.
Feb. 10
Sathya Bettadapura edited this comment Feb. 10
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I’ve been to the Zoo in D.C. Sorry it doesn’t come anywhere close to the SD zoo. You get what you pay for.
Dec. 4, 2017
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Coming into the last National of the year, I was looking to complete a triple. Having made it to the finals of Platinum Pairs and LM Pairs, I was hoping to make it to the finals of Blue Ribbons. I hadn't found any suitable partner. But surely that wouldn't be problem right ? With so many people at the venue, someone would recognize me right ? “You're Sathya right ? See a lot of your posts on BW”. More like “Sathya who ?” Here's my tip: If you have to find a partner for a 3-day National event from the partnership desk, consider taking take three days off. Go sight-seeing, kibitz Zia or see if you can help with VuGraph.

But I had better luck in Reisinger, making it to the second day. But we used up all our energy on day#1 and were running on empty the second day. This is my fourth time making it to the second day. May be five is the magic number ?
Dec. 4, 2017
Sathya Bettadapura edited this comment Dec. 4, 2017
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I think team SHEN were our first round opponents. And when they came late we got our game average for that round. Coming to think of it now, we might have scored less if we had actually played them ! Missing two matches and still qualifying on day#2 needs the kind of mental fortitude that few teams possess.

Congratulations to Shen and Co on a great win !
Dec. 4, 2017
Sathya Bettadapura edited this comment Dec. 4, 2017
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Any idea if the $11 charge includes in and out privilege ?
Nov. 25, 2017
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I found a parking spot called “Park-it-on-market”, 614 Market St which seems surprisingly affordable - $1 per hour. Looks like a 15-minute walk from Manchester Hyatt. Has anyone tried it ?
Nov. 24, 2017
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Parking at the host Hotel look very expensive. Back in 2008 there used to be a huge parking lot not too far from the venue which was moderately priced. No mention of it this time.
Nov. 23, 2017
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Partner could have made the same bid with KJxx. Now there's no lead that lets 7 make. And partner never had a chance to say anything after his double of 4.
Nov. 5, 2017
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No, that was just a question I asked of people who do play transfers. Transferring into opponents suit to show limit raise is really neat.
Nov. 3, 2017
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If 2 is limit, what do you do with a natural-non-forcing 2 hand ?
Nov. 2, 2017
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On the hand where you bid 7 against their 6, if partner's are headed by the KQJ he should be leading a non- as he knows that you'd not be pushing them to 7 if the Ace you held was in s.
Nov. 2, 2017
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The problem really is that whatever East does can be horribly wrong not knowing how strong partner is. Bidding 3 is obviously worse than doubling 2nt. But even doubling 2nt can put partner in a tight spot when he didn’t want to do anything except transfer and pass. Input from responder seems critical for East to have any chance of getting it right.
Oct. 31, 2017
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Reaching Par at MP is not for the faint-hearted. As Michael said the double says or he wishes it could say “we could have made 2”. Which in MP translates to “We should defend 3 doubled when it's right unless of course it's making in which case we should be bidding 3”. Whether to pass or bid 3 is the kind of decision that gives a migraine to East. But without partner's input which tells you that you have the balance of power it's even more of a guess for East and he just needs to pass. On this hand if East passes 3 doubled EW are chalking up -670 soon. If you don't have an occasional -670 or -730 on your score card you're not playing effective MP.
Oct. 31, 2017
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I don't understand what reason you have to believe that the bidding is not going the same way at most tables who play 15-17 NT.
Oct. 30, 2017
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Not sure if bidding 2nt with a hand that has tenace holdings like AQx and KJXx is good idea as it forces the auction to 3 opposite a possible weak hand.
Oct. 30, 2017
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All that's true. But does it mean you were going to bid something ? Or pass and wait for post-portem ?
Oct. 30, 2017
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