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Craig Zastera
Craig Zastera
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June 28, 2012
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"The worst play I have ever seen"
John, I guess it is unclear to which play OP was referring. I assumed it was West's shift because that is the play after which 2 becomes unbeatable with best declarer play. But I suppose discarding T instead of 2 when playing UDCA is a candidate, as ...
"The worst play I have ever seen"
Yes, Phil, East's s in my example are 98. The :JT7 is the South holding.
"The worst play I have ever seen"
But playing a 4th will fail on my example (East has K8xx-A9xxxx-T-98). Must shift to a to succeed.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 864 AKJ53 J74 A5
Why is it "at best moot"? Points are at best evenly divided. So unless you are arguing against the LOTT, a call that will likely result in our playing at the 3 level without sufficient "total trump" is likely to be a losing action.
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: AK8xxxx x 9xx KQ
you are correct. My bare-bones example does not produce a 50% play for 4. On the other hand, I actually expect a somewhat better hand than this for partner's negative double. Still, I suspect that 3 is probably the "percentage" action, which is why I think it ...
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: AQ96 J92 JT52 K3
Why does our side have to hold at least half the deck? I mean, we could,.... but also East could have 13 and West up to 11, so we certainly don't have to hold half the deck. Another inference is that partner knows (2) is terminal for their ...
"The worst play I have ever seen"
Here is a possible lay-out that absolutely refutes any suggestion of "worst play ever." Suppose East's hand were: K8xx-A9xxxx-T-98 Leaving declarer with: AQJ9xx-KJ-xx-JT7 I believe this lay-out is reasonably consistent with the bidding. After West starts with K, A, the *ONLY* defense that will beat 2 is: 1 ...
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: AK8xxxx x 9xx KQ
I agree with your assessment of "close." I based my aggressive 4 choice more on the form of scoring--at matchpoints I would more likely choose 3. I expect partner to hold a decent hand for a double at this level. It doesn't take much to make 4 ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 864 AKJ53 J74 A5
Your "doesn't come up enough" is, if true, an argument for playing this double as something other than responsive (for example, it could be used to show s so that 3 would show a good raise and 3 a lesser raise as a supplement to ...
"The worst play I have ever seen"
If East's T were a stiff (say he had one more and one fewer ), a shift at trick 4 by West would not defeat the contract assuming the same major suit honor lay-out. Nor would leading the 4th succeed. No, if this were the lay-out ...
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